MOUNT VERNON — 21-year-old singer and songwriter Olivia Kight has big dreams and even bigger focus.
The Mount Vernon native said she knew pretty early on that it was her dream to have a career in music.
“My parents told me that I sang before I talked,” Kight said. “So I would sing gibberish. … The first time that I had a guitar placed in my hands was 6-years-old by my dad so I’ve pretty much grown up doing music my entire life.”
Kight was taught to play the guitar by her father, who she grew up watching perform with his rock ‘n’ roll band, Wild Child. He also helped her write her first song, “My Chance,” when she was just 7 years old. The song was about having the opportunity to shine and taking it.
Kight followed her own advice and has taken every available opportunity to perform and hone her vocal and guitar skills.
“I have pretty much taken any gig opportunity that has presented itself,” the young singer said. “So I’ve played at any talent show … (sang in) musicals … any bar, winery or coffee shop in Knox County. I’ve also played at weddings and even played in the Kroger flower department on Valentine’s Day.”
Kight has stayed focused on her singing career with a disciplined approach.
“Instead of going out, I stay home and practice my music and reach out to as many other musicians out there so we can kind of compare ideas and grow together,” she said.
Though Kight grew up singing country, she compares her current sound to Avril Lavigne. She explained that she’s going for pop vibes with a rock edge.
Kight draws inspiration for her songs from real life events and spends a lot of time talking with friends and people she encounters locally about their lives, memories and experiences.
“One of my goals as a singer-songwriter is to be honest and truthful when I write,” she said. “So to be able to take the stories from this town and put them into a song and into a melody is where I am trying to head.”
She plans to continue living in Mount Vernon for the time being.
“Right now, it just feels right to stay in my hometown,” Kight explained. “This is where all my support comes from. My whole life people have supported me and my career and it feels right to stay here and kind of have my career blossom where people are supporting me.”
Her first music video for her original song, “Because He Met Me,” was filmed Saturday at locations personal to Kight. Shooting took place at Hard Knox Tattoo, where she got a tattoo, Legends Sports Bar, where she has performed, and the Mount Vernon High School, where she graduated in 2015.
“Because He Met Me” is a song about a girl being introduced to her boyfriend’s family and receiving negative feedback especially from the boy’s mother. Kight featured individuals who are important to her as actors within the video. Several of Kight’s family and friends will be featured in a concert scene filmed at Legends Sports Bar. Jill McClure, a teacher at Mount Vernon High School, and Jared Robinson, a good friend from high school, portray the mother and the boyfriend mentioned within the song.
“I’m most excited about the music video because of who is going to be in it,” Kight explain. “It’s going to be a really personal video so I guess it makes it fun because it’s the first one.”
The music video is set to be released March 8. Her second single “Heartbreak” will also be released in March. Kight will be performing for a much larger crowd as the opening act at the 2018 Knox County Fair concert held Friday, July 27.