Meet Khearstynne

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Meet Khearstynne

Songwriter / Singer / Pianist

Khearstynne is a singer-songwriter from Memphis currently residing just outside Nashville in Fairview, Tennessee. While in Memphis, she was a Suzuki-trained pianist and an active member of the local theater scene. While a student of The University of Memphis – where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in education – she taught piano and music theory classes for the University’s Community Music School. She is currently a teacher for Williamson County and is in the process of recording her debut album. 

Where are you from? 
I’m from Memphis, TN, but have been living in Fairview for a little over 6 years.

How long have you been making music? 
I have been playing the piano since I was 5 years old and have always enjoyed singing. I started writing music and lyrics when I was around 13 as a way to express myself, but I didn’t really begin sharing my creations with others until a couple of years ago.  

What was the pivotal moment that made you decide to follow your path as an artist?
After years of writing only for myself, I shared a piece I had recently completed with several friends who are local musicians and members of the band, Route 40. They invited me to perform my song, “Last Words,” at their upcoming gig at the former First District Coffee where the encouragement and support that I received from the community was overwhelming! Several audience members said I had moved them to tears and the coffee shop owner asked me to come back as a regular monthly performer starting immediately. I will never forget how incredible that felt and it truly fueled my desire to share my music with more people. 

What can you tell us about your process?
Inspiration tends to strike me out of seemingly nowhere (often while driving alone) and it manifests in different ways. I have written songs that started as a melody, a chord progression, or even just a phrase. Other times, all the individual parts flow out simultaneously as though the song had already written itself before it came out of my head. 

What are some of your favorite places you’ve played?
My two favorite venues I have had the pleasure of performing at were actually the same building at different times; First District Coffee and Harvest by LabCanna were both places at which I had the privilege of being a recurring performer. 

Who are some of your influences?
My favorites are all over the map! Due to my background with piano, I greatly enjoy classical composers like Rachmaninoff and Chopin. I have taken inspiration from female singers, writers, and pianists like Fiona Apple and Amy Lee.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Everywhere! The themes I have written about have come from my thoughts on everything from mindfulness/being present in a moment to recovering from trauma, and from figuring out who you are and how that is separate from the way you are perceived to the concept that any time you speak to someone, it could be the last. I’m heavily inspired by big, abstract thoughts. 

What have you found to be your biggest challenge in making your art?  My greatest challenge has definitely been making the time. I am an elementary school teacher and that takes up a great deal of my time, so finding a balance between my profession and my writing, performing, and recording has been a struggle.

What would you say your future goals include? 
Recording my album is my most immediate goal. The songs that will be included on this album have been in the works for years now and I look forward to finally seeing that come to fruition!

What would you like to see happen in Fairview to build a better art community? 
Once it is possible to safely gather again, more art events around town such as in the Fairview Arts Council space or at Bowie Nature Park would be fantastic!

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