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A Drive to be Different

Singer Kelly-Lynn wants to bring a wholesome attitude back to pop.

Posted: February 4, 2008 2:13 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2008 2:03 a.m.
Looking through tabloid magazines and watching the nightly entertainment reports, it seems that today's pop stars and female role models are slipping up. Many have been arrested for drug and alcohol-related offenses while others are seeking refuge at rehabilitation clinics to clean up.

But Kelly-Lynn doesn't want to fall into that trap.
The 18-year-old Canyon Country resident wants her career as a pop singer to be wholesome and positive, something that can serve as a role model for younger girls.
Already having recorded songs for Disney, Kelly-Lynn, whose full name is Kelly-Lynn Federman, hopes to build up a fan base in the Santa Clarita Valley and one day hit it big as a pop singer.

Her Beginnings
From a young age, Kelly-Lynn began singing and dancing. By age 6, she was singing at churches in New York and Florida, states that she called home before moving to California.
Four years later, she landed the lead role as Sandy in her school's production of "Grease." The part encouraged her to train more with her chorus teacher.
Recognizing her talent and its potential, Kelly-Lynn said her parents enrolled her in singing and performance classes.
"Once I had everything down, we started making performances," she said.
Kelly-Lynn's hard work and dedication to improving her singing skills began to pay off. By the age of 12, she was able to perform 45-minute shows in the community. She even held a Christmas tour in parts of Florida when she was 14 years old, leading her to realize something about her talent.
"It turned into my passion," she said about singing.
A year later, Kelly-Lynn teamed up with songwriters in Wales, United Kingdom to record songs and learn from a professional.
"I went there to work with Charlotte Church's vocal coach," she said, referring to Louise Ryan.
The experience taught Kelly-Lynn how to sing from the diaphragm, which differs from the basics of singing a pop tune. Plus, she got to record "classical pop" songs that have a sound similar to Josh Groban.

The Move to California
Knowing that the music industry is based in the Hollywood and Los Angeles areas, Kelly-Lynn and her family decided to make the move to Southern California over a year ago to get her closer to her producer, Ron Dante, and, hopefully, one step closer to her music career.
They chose Canyon Country because of its proximity to Los Angeles and its community feel.
"We wanted to live here because it's not too far," she said. "It's a good family community."
Coming from New York and Florida, Santa Clarita has grown on Kelly-Lynn. "I really like it," she said. "It's so pretty around here."
In November of 2007, Kelly-Lynn got the chance to record the song, "Little Puppy," for Disney's "101 Dalmations," which will appear on a separate CD with the soundtrack in March. She had previously recorded a song for Disney's "Cinderella 3," although it was never sold, and a Disney karaoke CD that was released about six months ago.
"They called me in and wanted the song to be redone with a new vocalist," she said about recording for "101 Dalmations."
However, the producer only gave Kelly-Lynn two days notice that she was going to be recording, which created a hectic situation for the 18-year-old.
"I had to learn the song, which wasn't too hard," she said. "But you need to put your own style into it, so it takes a lot of time."
Since the song is for a Disney movie, Kelly-Lynn said they "wanted something cute" for youngsters to enjoy.
Singing for the "101 Dalmations" CD became a fun experience for Kelly-Lynn as she owns a Dalmatian puppy. She even brought in a photo of the dog to use as inspiration.
"It was really funny because I was actually singing about my dog," she said.
Dante, a producer who has worked with Barry Manilow, Pat Benatar and Cher, is pleased to have been working with the young singer for the past three years.
"I am delighted to have discovered Kelly-Lynn," he said.
On finding her, Dante said, "I saw a video clip of her singing and knew that I wanted to produce her. There is something special about her voice and the way she connects with the lyric of a song that drew me to her."

The Voice and Style
Although Kelly-Lynn sees herself as a current pop star, she looks to the past for inspiration. She names Barry Manilow, Crystal Lewis, Charlotte Church, Josh Groban and Karen Carpenter as her influences and looks up to Mandy Moore for the positive image she has created.
Having performed at churches since a young age, Kelly-Lynn also finds inspiration in her Christian upbringing and God.
"If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have the gift that I have," she said about God.
By singing at churches, including New Life Assembly of God in Canyon Country, where she recently became a member, Kelly-Lynn said she is able to give back the gift that God gave to her.
"I want to share my faith with people," she said.
But regardless of her influences and who she can be compared to, Kelly-Lynn maintains that she wants to have her own style.
"I try to be my own," she said.

Plans for the Future
As Kelly-Lynn continues to establish herself in Santa Clarita, she hopes to continue performing at her church and any other local venues. In January, she performed for a local audience of about 70 during the Pipho family's Street Violence Awareness Rally in Canyon Country.
She is currently in talks with Six Flags Magic Mountain to do some sort of performance in the spring or summer.
"Basically my goal is to get as far as I can in this business," she said. "I will keep recording stuff and I know it will eventually happen."
By building a fan base in the Santa Clarita Valley, Kelly-Lynn hopes to one day get enough popularity so that she can go to auditions.
But whatever comes her way, Kelly-Lynn wants to maintain her positive self-image.
"That's my goal, to be myself and really send a positive message through my music," she said.
To find out more about Kelly-Lynn, visit her Web site or Listeners can hear Kelly-Lynn's song, "You Take Me to Heaven" and her remakes of "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Kids in America."


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