Kylie Auldist has been singing for as long as she can remember and possesses an undeniable
natural vocal talent: the kind of powerful yet nuanced
soul voice that comes along only once in a while, and when you’ve heard it once
you never quite forget it. She is half-Samoan but
born and bred in the outback of Australia. Kylie recorded her first song at the
age of six, and from the age of fifteen could be found singing country and
western songs in pubs - which, for the only non-white in town, was a gutsy move
(in her words it was “a bit like the reverse of Steve Martin in ‘The Jerk’”).
Kylie moved to Melbourne to pursue her musical ambitions, where she has
since performed with a variety of funk bands (including Polyester and Mega
Bias), provided studio and live backing vocals for music
legends such as Renee Geyer and Jimmy Barnes. While in Melbourne, Kylie hooked up with kings
of funk The Bamboos and provided
stunning guest vocals on their acclaimed album, “Rawville” for Tru Thoughts.
The Bamboos and Kylie Auldist toured Australia and beyond, landing on the fair
shores of Brighton, UK, in 2007, where Tru Thoughts snapped Kylie up after being
bowled over by her spectacular and charismatic performance.
Kylie signed to Tru
Thoughts for multiple albums, and her debut single “Community Service Announcement” was released on 28th
April 2008, followed by the album, “Just
Say”, on 26th May. A heady mix of Kylie’s distinctive, soulful
vocals and the flawless, funk-fuelled production of Bamboos’ main-man Lance
Ferguson, “Just Say” created a buzz immediately and was dubbed “the sound of
the summer” by many. In the UK Mark
Lamarr (then on BBC Radio 2)
declared it “one of the best albums of the year”. Further afield, tracks from
the album have gained national radio playlisting in France and Kylie’s native
Following the release
of her debut, Kylie Auldist recorded live radio
sessions with The Bamboos for Mark
Lamarr’s God’s Jukebox on BBC Radio 2, and the BBC 6Music Funk & Soul Show, bringing her further to the
second album, ‘Made Of Stone’, which
came out in August 2009, Kylie again enlisted the production skills of Lance
Ferguson and the backing of The Bamboos to create a sizzling collection of
original, grown-up pop with warm, retro-inspired funk and mod soul flavours
complementing the razor sharp musicianship, crystal clear production and
Kylie’s incisive lyrical voice.
Following European tours
with The Bamboos and Cooking on 3 Burners, and a sold out Bamboos tour of
Australia, Kylie releases her highly
anticipated third album ‘Still Life’ in Autumn 2012 via Tru Thoughts.