Last updated: 09/09/2008 12:00:00 PM
KACI, Curb Records 15-year-old International Singing Sensation is a talent to watch. Her voice is so mature and so powerful it transcends her youth. Her first single "Paradise" has just been released here in the U.S. In Europe "Paradise" was a top ten hit and remained in the top 40 for 11 weeks! Greece, Spain, Japan, Germany, & Australia feel this song (scheduled for release in Aug.) will be the hit of the summer! In Ireland, Paradise is certified Gold. Kaci not only recorded "Paradise" in English, which was produced/mixed by Brian Rawlings and Walter Turbitt (Cher's Believe, Enrique's - I Just Want To Be With You) but she also recorded it in Spanish with #1 Spanish Producer Rudy Perez (who has worked with Christina, Faith Hill, Oscar DeLaHoya).
Kaci is currently working on her album, "I feel so fortunate that at my age and on my first album I am given the opportunity to write and produce on my album. Not many people get that opportunity but I'm with a record label that respects my opinion and values me as an artist". So what can you expect from her album? "Well, expect the unexpected! It's going to have songs like "Paradise" with an upbeat Latin feel along with songs that are very pop and R&B, not many ballads, I like music that I can dance to".
Kaci's new U.S. Single "Intervention Divine" hits radio stations on November 12. This song, Kaci say's " is one of my favorites on the album. I recorded it (April, 2001) because I really loved the message and how it relates to the world today, especially from a teen's perspective."
On television, Kaci has recently been featured on CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Extra Extra, Fox & Friends National News, CBS Saturday Morning News, Channel 1 News, KTLA News, and forthcoming the Jerry Lewis Telethon (Sept. 3), and the Teen Choice Awards (Aug. 20 at 8pm on FOX), where Kaci will be recognized as a break-out artist for the coming year, presenting the break-out artist of this past year!
In Magazines, you'll find her in Teen, Teen People, Bop, Popstars, YM, Cosmo Girl, Sixteen, Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, Blast, Kidsday (Newsday), Scholastic Magazine, Launch.com, and on the cover of Network 40 (June issue).
Paradise Music Video recently won best music video on Nickelodeon, top 5 on the Disney Channel, #1 on The Box in Europe, and was featured at the 2001 Super Bowl in Tampa!!
Kaci has recently supported several dates with the BackStreet Boys and is the opening act for the summer O-Town tour. You will also find her on several Radio Disney tour dates.
Kaci has been singing since she was three years old. "I used to beg my dad to take me to this restaurant to sing karaoke". I would sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Part Of Your World". Then at age eight she joined a local singing group of girls who appeared at various events around the local Tampa/St.Petersburg area. Kaci soon did solo performances, including singing the National Anthem for the Florida Governor, Florida Congressman, and the New York Yankees. She mastered other styles of music, including Jazz, Country, Broadway and Pop and sang such classic songs as Over The Rainbow and Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart.
At nine, she recorded a Christmas album for her family and friends and at 10 she recorded a CD, A THOUSAND STARS, produced by her mother. Singer/songwriter Bobby Goldsboro gave her five songs for that CD and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of A THOUSAND STARS went to a local housing project for the homeless. At the same time, Kaci pursued her acting career which includes several commercials, a Disney Christmas Special, and appeared in a movie for home video, Camp Tanglefoot where she played the lead child role.
In school Kaci maintains an "A" average. "School is very important to me. I'm home-schooled now and I just recently tested out of high school. I plan on taking some college classes next semester and just start working towards my AA degree. I'm not sure what I want to major in yet, but I want to minor in business." While Kaci did attend school, she was very active in sports. "I played Basketball, AAU Basketball, Volleyball, and I actually lettered in Track while in the 6th grade!" She's also a brown belt in karate!
Kaci's musical influences include Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion and Judy Garland. "I have 13 Judy Garland CDs and eight of her movies on video," Kaci says. "Judy Garland puts all of her feelings into her songs. She's mesmerizing."
Her first album, also titled PARADISE, combines her many musical influences. Kaci believes she knows why young people are so excited about the teen pop movement. "The people who are listening are teenagers," she says. "They like hearing people their own age, people they can relate to." As for her future ambitions, Kaci wants to do it all. "I want to make records, make movies and be on the cover of magazines," she says. With her drive and talent, she can certainly go Over The Rainbow.