We had the good fortune of connecting with Kymberly Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kymberly, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
Pursuing my dreams all the way! Finding a way to carve out a career doing what I do best, which is making music. It’s important to me that my kids see me being committed to my craft and consistently working at it. I want them to understand that hard work pays off.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a children’s singer/songwriter, musician, content creator and early childhood music educator. Growing up I was heavily influenced by gospel and RnB music and that is the style of music I create for kids! My songs are upbeat and interactive, celebrating childhood over a soundboard of jazz, gospel and soulful pop sounds. I like to create music that is sophisticated enough to pull the parents in while keeping the lyrics developmentally appropriate for the children. I have a few projects that I’m really excited about right now. I’m currently in the studio working on my second full children’s album that is set to be released in the Fall.
Another project is a series that I created titled Miss Kym’s Music Place. This is a musical sketch show for children ages 3-7 that combines my original music and comical skits. I play a fictional version of myself as well as different characters. The show promotes learning, social and emotional growth, and cultural diversity.
My other project is a series titled, Welcome to the Black History Museum, a program that celebrates Black History. In each episode the exhibits come to life and share their amazing journeys through song and storytelling.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is that creativity never runs out. In fact, the more you use it, the more creativity you have. Sometimes, when I’m not feeling inspired I give in to that and then I find myself in a slump. But when I force myself to push through, sit at the piano and play or or open my laptop and start writing, the gates open and creativity starts flowing like the ocean! Creativity comes when you create! You have to make that first move.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would go to Descanso Gardens and the Arboretum in Arcadia to see the peacocks, the promenade in Santa Monica , I love being out amongst lots of people. We would go to the Californian African American Museum, and to a live theatre to see a stage production. I love Live theatre!
We’d eat at Roscoe’s Chicken n Waffles and Summer Canteen for some delicious Thai food. And then we’d take a long drive done Pacific Coast Highway. I love long drives and I don’t mind being the one who drives.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
1 Tribe Collective is a networking community of African American musicians and artists in the children and family music genre that has been very supportive and instrumental in the progress I have made on my music journey. Our first children’s album, All One Tribe, which was released in June 202, was nominated for a 2022 GRAMMY®. I would not have attended the 64th Annual GRAMMY ceremony if not for this amazing group!
Kira Rappaport, a phenomenal musician and early childhood music teacher and dear friend, has also been a constant support and mentor to me in my life.
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