Amplify Kickback Series – Benefit for Community Partners
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October 27 @ 8:00 pm $25
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Join Amplify and YCS for a special evening to highlight the success and need for public support of the YCHS Music Department, raising awareness and funds for the brilliance within it. There will be performances from YCHS students with sets from the 2022 Amplify Fellows, Ki5 and Lorian Janine. The show will also featured words spoken about the program by Crystal Harding (of YCHS) and district leadership regarding the importance of the arts in education for Ypsilanti students and the wider Washtenaw county area.
Singer-songwriter and producer Kyler Wilkins, from Ann Arbor, Michigan,has been performing as Ki5 with a loop station capturing original vocal arrangements and covers since 2017. Ki5 delivers familiar genres such as R&B, pop, and folk through the lens of an a cappella singer-songwriter. His honest, empathetic, and freeing style has been influenced by Reggie Watts, Bobby McFerrin, and Bon Iver. In August 2022, Ki5 released his debut full-length album “Spirit” in partnership with the Amplify Fellowship and Christopher Porter of Ann Arbor’s Pulp had this to say about the album: “Positivity and emotional openness course through Wilkins’ words, which he sings earnestly and passionately without overselling, the sentiments flowing easily and naturally from his heart.” Ki5 is active on Patreon and all social media at “ki5loops,” and more info can be found at ki5loops.com
Lorian Janine is a creative singer-songwriter from Detroit Michigan. She began playing the violin at age eight and continued to grow in her musical gift to play the guitar and drums. Although she sang in her church choir from age 11, Lorian didn’t find her own passion for singing and begin to explore her voice until 18. Lorian has put out her first single project, “Middle of the Sea,” with the Amplify Fellowship.