Every single person’s path to their dream is different, and those differences are what makes us unique. Take this week’ feature in our New Artist Alert, Kacy Moon. Kacy is a budding artist with a classic, catchy pop sound that leaves her music playing over and over again in your head after one listen. The discovery of her love for music and performing came not from performing itself, but from somewhere completely different, martial arts. Kacy has been on ESPN2, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Day LA and is able to call Taylor Lautner one of her former teammates. Today, Kacy has carried over these techniques into her performances, adding some fighting flare to her live shows.
How would you describe your style of music?
I would call it shiny, fun pop with genuine, heartfelt lyrics
What or who inspired you to pursue this passion?
My inspirations when I was younger were Shania Twain, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. I would watch their concert videos, and try to reenact what they were doing. I just loved singing and performing.
Who pushed me to pursue this was Mike Chat – my martial arts coach. He approached me when I was 13 to consider transitioning from the martial arts world to a move to LA to pursue entertainment. He had done the same with my former teammate Taylor Lautner, and he went on to do big things.
You’ve clearly already accomplished a ton outside of just music. Out of your achievements thus far, which are you most proud of and why?
I’m honestly most proud of my perseverance. I’ve had my fair share of set backs but I just keep pushing through. Everyone has their own journey and for most it’s not an over-night success story.
Going off of that, which of your past experiences/achievements would you say has been the most impactful on your music career to date?
When I was younger I had written and recorded all of these songs that I never released. I felt like I needed to find a manager or a label first. But then I realized I don’t want to wait on anyone – I want to put my music out there for the world to hear. That’s when I started releasing my music independently.
What inspires you when making new music?
Anything I’ve been through! I feel things very deeply but I don’t always show it. Music gives me the opportunity to tell that person how I’m really feeling without actually telling them. Sometimes I’ll write about something that happened 4 years ago but it still feels just as good as writing about something that happened yesterday.
Who do you currently look up to in the music industry?
I think Lauv is amazing – he’s an independent artist and he’s killing it.
What was the first concert you remember going to?
Shania Twain. I think I was about 5 years old. I got out of my seat, snuck past security and ran up to the stage. I gave her flowers and she stopped singing to bend down and pick them up. She gave me a guitar pick and held the flowers for the rest of the song!
Who is your favorite artist and how have they impacted you?
It’s a toss up between Shania Twain and Justin Timberlake. Career wise I want to have one that mimics JT – he managed to make such a smooth transition into acting and is able to do both and be well-respected in both areas. As for Shania Twain, she has the sound that I admire – not necessarily country (although I absolutely love country music) but just the fact that she kind of created her own sound. Everything was so catchy and had such cool production, yet her lyrics were so genuine and honest and easy to relate to. That’s what I’m aiming for.
Tell us a little about your new single “What Do I Do”.
This song I cowrote and recorded with my producer Szabo in Sydney, Australia. It’s kind of a sad song in a way because it’s about someone who really let me down and changed on me and I’m left wondering how to make things work and if it’s worth it. But the production makes it into this upbeat and fun song!
Any other new singles, albums, concerts, etc coming up?
Yes! I have a new single coming out in August, and will be releasing 2 more singles before the end of the year. All of these songs were cowritten and recorded with Szabo.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of music?
I love working out with my personal trainer. I try to go 5 days a week, and I work out with a group of girls which is awesome. I also love just hanging out with my friends, whether it’s going to the beach or going out for drinks, and I’m getting back into acting which is exciting!
What role do your family/friends play in your career?
My family is so supportive and really believes in me. I never could’ve done this without my mom and dad. They’re amazing.
What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve received?