We had the good fortune of connecting with Kymberly Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kymberly, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
Being open and honest about what I believe. Admitting my faults. Pursuing my goals every day, doing what I love and teaching my kids to pursue the things that make them happy. I teach my kids that it is their right to live their lives as they choose to.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a children’s singer/songwriter, musician, composer and actress. Although my music is upbeat and interactive like the majority of children’s music, I believe what sets my music apart is the distinct elements of gospel, jazz and R&B that I incorporate into it. I am most proud of my ability to create wonderful music for children and finding a way to make a living doing it. I’ve been writing songs since I was a teenager. During my marriage, I was more focused on being a wife and mother and raising my kids, so creating music was put on the back burner. After my divorce, I found myself a single mother who needed to provide for her children. I began teaching private piano lessons and this opened up my creative side, which I had pocketed away inside of me during the years when I was focused on raising my kids. Writing songs has always come easy to me. I would wake up hearing melodies. Often I’d get ideas for songs based on conversations I had with my kids. I knew my songs were good enough to be on the market, I just needed to get my foot in the door. The main lessons I have learned along the way is that I am the only one who can realize my dreams and goals. With hard work, consistency, determination, and a positive mindset, I can be as successful as I desire to be.
I want the world to know that my brand offers songs with lyrics that young children can relate and identify with while providing sophisticated music that parents and caregivers can appreciate and enjoy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I think we would go to the Montrose and Mar Vista Farmers Markets. Melrose Trading Post for some good live music, (hopefully I’d be performing on the family stage!). For places to eat, we would go to Tatsu Ramen on Melrose for their Cheeky Ramen, Bea Bea’s on Pass Avenue in Burbank for their delicious has browns, Smorgasburg downtown L.A., we’d defintely have to hit up a Roscoe’s chicken and Waffles, and Sweet Rose Creamery in Studio City for their yummy mint chip ice cream. We’d drive down Pacific Coast Highway and go to some of the beaches along the way, like Seal Beach and Huntington Beach, and I’d take her to Santa Monica, we’d have lunch at Mel’s Diner (their coffee milkshake with chocolate chips and banana slices are delicious) and then walk down the Promenade, and head over to the pier, then we’d stop in Sur La Table for some of their cute little knick knacks. We’d also see a comedy show at The Black Box theatre.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank Devin Walker, owner and founder of WEE Nation Radio, who has been instrumental in getting my music out to the public on a larger scale. Also Family Music Forward, an organization that amplifies Black artists in the children and family music genre.
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Two photos curtesy of Timberwolf Photography