How do you transcend your commercial pop sensibilities without abandoning them and turn them into something that has a more definitive, substantial head and tail?
This seems to be the question that Los Angeles triple artist Kaleigh had in her mind when she was recording her debut album Predestined. If you wonder what that triple stands for, it is the fact that Kaleigh covers practically the key fields LA is known for – acting, modeling and being a musician.
What her acting and modeling are like is a question in itself, but on the evidence of Predestined, her musical career should not suffer. First of all, Kaleigh has a very interesting voice, in some ways akin to that of Pretenders’ Chrissie Hyde. Secondly, it is obvious that Kaleigh doesn’t want to be a one-trick (pop) pony. While she brings along pure ‘modern’ pop like on “Mine,” she at the same time tries to bring in more rock sensibilities like on “Weather The Storm” and “Lost Souls,” for example.
Sure, Kaleigh is still searching for her best-suited mode of musical expression, after all, she’s only 22, but quality and even more so, promise are there. Maybe Kaleigh will cross more genre boundaries in the future, or maybe she’ll just keep on honing her pop sensibilities evident on Predestined. But even if she stays in that realm, there is nothing wrong, and there is a lot of pleasure to be extracted from well-constructed pop. And for the moment, this is exactly what Kaleigh can offer.
Kaleigh – ‘Predestined’ Reaction
On her debuted album, 'Predestined', Kaleigh takes a step outside standard pop with promising results.