SoCal-based artist Kaleigh will drop her debut album, Predestined, on March 5. The album finds Kaleigh expanding her stylistic affinity for pop into the realm of alt-rock.
Kaleigh explains, “The main inspiration for this album is the notion of coming of age. I just graduated from UCLA in March of 2020 and turned 22 years old in December, so I feel like my perspective on the world has changed. I’m no longer a little girl dreaming about writing music; I’m a woman writing music about what I see in this world and how I feel. I hope that strikes a chord with people and touches some hearts. I really believe there is a song on this album for everyone.”
She goes on to add, “This album was written entirely during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. I’m lucky enough to have a studio and my ability to continue creating art was very cathartic. It helped ease the turmoil of emotions I was feeling about the state of the world.”
Multi-talented – actress, model, musician – Kaleigh recently signed with Otto Models, while as an actress she’s appeared in major commercial campaigns, as well as primetime TV shows, followed by Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling and CBS’s Why Women Kill. Her music has amassed more than 75,000 streams on Spotify, while her music videos have collected more than 40,000 views.
Comprising nine-tracks, the album opens with “Weather The Storm,” rolling out on dark, grunge-flavored guitars topped by tints of new wave hues as Kaleigh’s raw, edgy vocals infuse the lyrics with urgent, menacing tones.
Highlights include “Lost Souls,” pushing out tight pulsing energy vaguely reminiscent of Paramore, but more visceral and smoldering with potent alt-pop dynamics. “You Remember” merges savors of country-pop with Sheryl-Crow-like textures, offering an infectious retro tune rife with warm coloration.
The last track, “God Have Mercy,” blends alt-pop and searing punk waves into a thick, stripped-down gritty tune chock-full of femme fatale lethality.
With Predestined, Kaleigh serves notice she’s arrived on the scene and is the real deal, not merely a sonic flash-in-the-pan.