Born and raised in Oklahoma, you can’t help but hear and feel Kinnie’s roots in her voice and music. She’s a country girl at heart, but couldn’t wait to grow up and get out to see the world. After graduating with her Bachelor’s in Musical Theater from Oklahoma City University, she moved to New York City where she immediately started touring the country with Broadway shows. She absolutely loved traveling the country, but the theater life never sat right with her. She left the life of touring and theater after 5 years, having done 4 national tours and visiting 48 states.
Kinnie went in a completely different direction with her life and started teaching for Imagine Swimming, a prominent swim school in NYC. She helped to write their Baby Swim program that utilized song to comfort young infants in the water. When she wasn’t teaching, she was singing backup vocals and gently ‘managing’ a friend’s band. Over the years she gradually taught less and less and was doing more and more for the band. At the end of 2010, she taught her final classes and once again found herself pursuing music full-time. She and her friends purchased a van off of Craigslist and decided to travel and sing their way across the country to San Diego. The majority of 2011 she was living in a van with her two bandmates and busking. They met a lot of people and sang a lot of songs. Through the kindness of strangers and their beautiful harmonies they managed to start new lives on the west coast.
After 5 years with the band, Kinnie decided it was time to venture out on her own. Since leaving the band in January 2016, Kinnie has done big things. Her first full-length album, LIVE, was recorded in Encinitas at UNIV. In just three days, she and some of the best players in San Diego, laid down 12 tracks – all live takes. It was an exciting and new experience for Kinnie to create a completely live album. There was no “studio magic,” no “cut & paste.” The take was great and used, or it wasn’t. Simple, easy, old-school. She wanted her voice and the songs to speak for themselves. They were also able to record some older cover songs to share the depth and range of her vocal stylings.
Experience & Awards
Queen Bee - Master Teacher
Feb 2019 - Present
Online-based voice studio. Roster of over 500 clients. Manage teachers. New client placement.
Apr 2008 - Jun 2008
If This Hat Could Talk National Tour
Role - Eleanor Roosevelt
Mar 2007 - Aug 2007
Forever Swing National Tour
Jan 2006 - Mar 2006
Beaty and Beast National Tour
Equity Tour featured at The Aladdin Theater in Las Vegas
Sep 2003 - Jun 2004
Seussical the Musical National Tour
Role - Birdgirl Understudy - Mayzie La Bird
Bachelor of Music - Music Theater (BMMT)
Aug 1999 - May 2003
Oklahoma City University
BugByte Studios Level 4 Teaching
Reliable, sustainable mixed voice Knowledge of vocal anatomy Formants and and understand of vowel shapes Stylization Diction Whistle Tone Vocal Fry Arpeggios & rhythmic styling for accompaniment Multitrack recording Microphone placement Diagnosing of vocal performance assets & pain points The "singer's lifestyle"
BugByte Studios Level 3 Teaching
Putting together a home studio Using audio interfaces Tracking in a DAW. Mic technique and audio effects Creating mindful setlists/playlists Warming up & cooling down. Rest days & restorative practice. Writing lyrics, chords and melodies Song form, arrangement & building dynamics Flow state, and the performance mindset Presence and the "alter ego" effect Full set performance or recording project
BugByte Studios Level 2 Teaching
Ad libbing & improvisation Riffing Building Major and Minor chords on piano and by ear Build out repertoire with songs in I, IV, V, vi patterns Transposing on piano, uke and/or guitar (using capo or transpose button) Singing up & down a half step for any song Finding the perfect key for your voice. Flipping into falsetto/ extending range How to get yourself to practice at least 60 min per day, 4 days a week. Healing the voice Register recognition Working "mixed voice"
BugByte Studios Level 1 Teaching
Practice routine Water routine Matching pitch/ Long tones Holding back air- Straws/Ssss What is singing “Full Voice”? How often should I sing? Lip trills to any melody Notes on Piano Listening for beats in tuning. Color vs. Pitch Practicing in public Differentiating between major and minor keys by ear. Sing a major scale from any starting point in solfege.
Yin Yoga - 40 hour Certification
Long Postures Breath Technique Prop Assistance Meditation Guidance
RYT - 200 hours (Hot Power Fusion)
Postures Breath Technique Structural Anatomy of the Body Hot Room Practice and Safety Protocols
RYT - 200 hours (Vinyasa Flow)
Posters Breath Technique Structural Anatomy of the Body
Woman of the Year (Nomination)
San Diego Magazine
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