It is well known that music can act as medicine. There is a power within it that can help and inspire people to live their best life. Our recent find Kimia Penton uses this power wisely. She is a Psychologist that pours her heart into music to help in the best way she knows how.
We caught up with the songwriter to get a deeper look into her music and story. Enjoy the interview here:
First off, what drives you to create original music?
Music is powerful for communication and healing. I’m passionate about writing music with a message. As a musician and creative, it’s very exciting to see an original idea come full circle and to make a contribution.
How would you describe the Kimia Penton sound?
Heartfelt lyrics with a fusion of jazz, pop and bluegrass. Mellow vocals with violin solos and live instrumentation. I love the acoustic sound and acoustic instruments.
Which artists have had the biggest influence on you?
I grew up listening to and playing classical music. I will always enjoy classical composers. I’ve also been influenced by Bob Dylan, Farid Farjad, The Beatles, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss, Alicia Keys, Ryan Tedder and Adele.
You are much more than a songwriter. Tell us about your other work as a psychologist?
I have a masters degree in Organizational Psychology and I’m passionate about improving processes in the workplace. So much of our self worth and quality of life is tied to what we do, so I like to focus on making the workplace the best that it can be for the well-being of the teams I work with. I love studying people, personalities, leadership, and motivation theory.
How does a song come to you? What is your songwriting process?
Song ideas come to me in a moment of inspiration due to a personal experience or observation. I capture the initial lyrics and melody that comes to mind and then I work on re-writing until the lyrics and melody/progression are at the best level that I can get them to. The ideas come from inspiration, the final product is a result of work ethic.
We hear your recent single “Chameleon” has a hip hop remix. How did that come together?
My good friend Prynce P who is a Hip Hop artist heard the song and fell in love with the lyrics, melody and message. Like me, he is passionate about encouraging authenticity and self love. He suggested a collaboration and I loved the idea!
What do you hope listeners will take away from your music?
I hope listeners feel inspired, encouraged, and motivated after hearing my music. Life is hectic and music is a great way to unwind and recharge.
Give us a peek at the future for Kimia Penton?
I’m recording a live album of some new songs of mine as well as writing for other artists. We are also filming the music video for Chameleon. You can catch the latest at www.kimiapmusic.com