Ken Leighton 1 p.m., April 26
Sound description: Acoustic soulful pop.
RIYL: Dave Matthews, John Mayer, J Turtle
- Musician Interviews · Jan. 16, 2008
- MySpace page · Sept. 10, 2007
Influences: John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Gavin DeGraw, Bill Withers, Dave Matthews, Marc Broussard, J Turtle, Sean Mitchell, Coldplay, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Incubus, John Legend
Singer/guitarist Kyle Phelan was honing his pop-blues approach to rock and roll while still in high school, crafting his first album at the age of 17. After graduation, his local profile grew as turned up constantly in concert, on the radio, and even on television. He performed three years in a row for KPRI’s Concerts on the Square in Horton Plaza. He’s played on seven different stages at various Del Mar Fairs, as well as being featured on KPRI’s Homegrown Hour. His first CD, My Side of Soul, exhibited his vocal and musical potential. His second CD I'll Be Ready was released in January 2006, displaying growth in both songwriting and vocals.
In summer 2007, he promoted his self-titled third record (sometimes called The White Album,) by performing several cuts on a KUSI-TV morning program. All this, and he just recently turned 21.
“I know I'm new at this whole drinking legally thing,” he says, “but I'm very drawn to the dive bars. Not gonna lie. Something about ordering a Jack and coke and not dressing up is just cool as hell to me.” Around the same time that he discovered happy hours, he found himself nominated for a 2007 San Diego Music Award, as Best Acoustic. “I'm finally at a place in my life where I can wake up every day and know all I have to do is play music,” he says. “God, it’s a good feeling.”