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About Kira Hooks

Nashville based singer/songwriter, Kira Hooks, is an independent and free-spirited soul that refuses to be put in a box. She was born in Houston, TX in 1993 and raised overseas in The Netherlands, Nigeria, Scotland, and China. Kira’s musical versatility is reflective of her exposure and curiosity to cultural differences and emotional similarities. She is always in search of what, ultimately, brings us together and what feels like honest work. This has led her to remain conversational and light-hearted in her writing process. Through the humbling inspiration of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Antonio Carlos Jobim, India.Arie, and Lianne La Haves, she has grown more in love with her path and is in constant development of her musical abilities. After graduating from the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA (2013), she’s released one album, three EPs, and four singles. She’s also an active member of Concerts In Your Home and is performing on the road on a frequent basis.

Albums

Underground Sky – EP (2013) – Produced by Nikhil Korula
Elephant Heart (2014) – Produced by John Avila (Oingo Boingo)
The Lyric Apothecary – EP (2016) – Produced by Brian Irwin
Heart Between The Lines – EP (2016) – Produced by Steve Savage (Lukas Batteau)
Are You The Girl (UPCOMING) (2018) – Produced by Markus Chang
+ Multiple Singles

Music Videos

‘Labor of Love’ by Kira Hooks (2016) – Produced by PANGEAN Co., Directors: YashXana – Roxana Baldovin and Yasha Gruben – (Directors of Phony PpL’s music video, HeLga)

Interviews & Performances (TV/Radio/Podcast):

Halo Halo w/ Kat Iniba (Los Angeles, CA)
Hawaii News Now – Sunrise (Honolulu, CA)
Music El Cafe (Los Angeles, CA)
Tap To Music Podcast by Nick Johnson

Other Performances Including:

Multiple House Concerts (Nationally through Concerts In Your Home)
Private Parties (Nationally through Gigsalad and Personal Bookings)

List Of Past Mentors/Teachers:

Dorian Holley (Michael Jackson, The Tonight Show)
Kacee Clanton (Joe Cocker, Luis Miguel, One Night With Janis)
Kathleen Grace (Portugal The Man, LA Jazz Vocalist)
Andrea Calderwood (Ben Folds, the Boston Pops)
Tony Inzalaco (Maynard Ferguson, Oscar Peterson)
John Avila (Oingo Boingo)
Rick Garcia (Rango, Brokeback Mountain)
Tierney Sutton (Jazz Vocalist Grammy Nominee)
Dawn Bishop (Sergio Mendes)
Sara Leib (Voxercise, Singing TV, LA Jazz Vocalist)
Dani Palomino (Master in Vocology)
Jessica Vautor (Amel Larrieux, LA Jazz Vocalist)
Teresa James (Randy Newman, Kirk Whalum)
Lynn Fanelli (Jon Bon Jovi, Wild Cherry)
Nikhil Korula (Ziggy Marley, Nikhil Korula Band)
AmyBeth Smith Beel (Musical Theatre/Opera Vocalist/Teacher London)
Heidi Krenn (Vienna Jazz Vocalist)

Artists/Songwriters I’ve sang BGVs for/have written with:

Jimmy Borja (written for Lea Salonga)
Kevin So (written for Keb Mo)
Alejandro Millan (written for Los Claxons)
Ally Brown
Nova Mariée
Dawn Red-Sun
Fernanda Alba
Empire Assembly (Jay Hansen)
Brooks Hubbard Band (opener for Stephen Kellogg and KT Tunstall)
Lacey Canfield
Basic Printer (Jesse Gillenwalters)
MELD (Melanie Dewey)
Kira Morrison (Aubrey Logan, Adam Levy)
Katie Buxton (Spotify New & Notable Artist 2016)
Daniel Sauls
Paul Nelson
Madeline Fuhrman
Markus Chang (The Voice Hong Kong, Collaboration with Benny Steele)
Dru Chen (opener for D’Angelo and Maxwell)
and more

Festivals/Music Conferences Played:

Edgehill Rocks (Nashville, TN)
Sevier Park Fest (Nashville, TN)
Level Ground (Nashville, TN)
Make Music Nashville (Nashville, TN)
Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (Los Angeles, CA)
Make Music Pasadena (Pasadena, CA)

626 Night Market (Arcadia, CA)
Artist Showcase at Folk Alliance International 2017 – Kansas City, MO
Sales Assistant at Summer NAMM 2016
Performance through Mothertone at Bigshotz for Summer NAMM 2017
NAMM Show Performance, Anaheim, CA (2015 & 2017)

Venues Played:

California:

Room 5 (Los Angeles, CA)
Tribal Cafe (Los Angeles, CA)
Catalina Jazz Club (Los Angeles, CA)
House of Blues (Los Angeles, CA)
Amara Chocolate and Coffee (Pasadena, CA)
Skinny’s Lounge (North Hollywood, CA)
Republic of Pie (North Hollywood, CA)
Oak & Vine (Glendale, CA)
ONE Colorado (Pasadena, CA)
Toro Sushi (Pasadena, CA)
Jones Coffee (Pasadena, CA)
Plate38 (Pasadena, CA)
50 Mason Social House (San Francisco, CA)
San Diego Safari Park (San Diego, CA)
Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center (Los Angeles, CA)

Canada:

The Railway Club (Vancouver, BC)

East Coast:

Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY)
Light Club Lamp Shop (Burlington, VT)
Fireflies (Alexandria, VA)
The Pinch (Washington, D.C.)

Hawaii:

Hard Rock Cafe (Honolulu, HI)
Tiki’s Grill (Honolulu, HI)
The Dragon Upstairs (Honolulu, HI)
Medici’s (Honolulu, HI)

Midwest:

2720 Cherokee (St. Louis, MO)
Cafe Carpe (Fort Atkinson, WI)
Disaster Room at miniBar (Kansas City, MO)
The Golden Mean (Cincinnati, OH)
Drink OTR (Cincinnati, OH)
Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House (St. Louis)
The Brink Lounge (Madison, WI)

Tennessee:

The High Watt (Nashville, TN)
The Basement (Nashville, TN)
Exit/In (Nashville, TN)
Frothy Monkey (Nashville, TN)
Donato’s Pizza (Nashville, TN)
Ugly Mugs Coffee and Tea (Nashville, TN)
Bobby’s Idle Hour (Nashville, TN)
Angie Gail’s Restaurant (Columbia, TN)
Variety Records (Columbia, TN)
Boskey’s Grille (Manchester, TN)
The Cobra (Nashville, TN)
Bigshotz (Nashville, TN)
Bootleggers Inn (Nashville, TN)
Whisky Rhythm (Nashville, TN)
Neighbors of Sylvan Park (Nashville, TN)
CJ’s Off The Square (Franklin, TN)
Substop (Murfreesboro, TN)
The Bridge @ The Renaissance Hotel (Nashville, TN)
The Country (Nashville, TN)
Alley Taps (Nashville, TN)

 

Credentials:

Her intensive study at the LA College of Music with mentors such as Kacee Clanton (Joe Cocker), John Avila (Oingo Boingo), Dorian Holley (Michael Jackson), and Sara Leib (Singing TV), allowed her to evolve into a well-rounded musician/songwriter. It also helped pave the way for opportunities such as being an exclusive performer on the Concerts In Your Home network, opening for Chicago based soul/funk band, Sidewalk Chalk, playing the NAMM Show/Summer NAMM three years in a row, and performing at festivals and well respected venues, such as Exit/In (Nashville) and Rockwood Music Hall (NYC).

Music Education:

Trinity Guildhall Intermediate Level in Music Performance First Concert Certificate Singing with Merit (2008) – Aberdeen, Scotland
Berklee College of Music Specialist Certificate (via Berkleemusic Online Extension School)
Berklee Five-Week Performance Program (2009) – Boston, MA
Private Lessons Aberdeen, Scotland, Shanghai, China, and Pasadena, CA (2006-2013)
LA College of Music – Associate of Arts Degree in Vocal Artist Development – Pasadena, CA (2011-2013)
Desmond Child Songwriting Workshop – Nashville, TN (Through ‘World Arts’) (2016)
JZ School – Shanghai, CH (2010)

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