We had the good fortune of connecting with Dacia Kings and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dacia, how do you think about risk?
I grew up in a family that was by the book, whether it was the Bible, or Schoolbook. My household was very structured – there was a time and place for everything. During down time, my mother allowed my brother and I to be creative. We made up this game called “Electrocuted Chords”, a game that granted us to be innovative musically. We played chords and sang loudly even though it could fail. We ventured off creating an atmosphere for ourselves without structure, doing whatever made us feel innately full.
Because of the freedom I felt during our Electrocuted Chords game, it prepared me for the many risks that I would soon be taking on, musically. Later in life after my brother passed, I stopped singing for some time and contemplated if I should continue. I walked around numb from losing my best friend and took on an audition just to fill the void. It was through this audition that I was given reassurance by a music veteran that music was my path. After high school, I took the risk to move to New York on my own, and study Jazz – a genre to me that is rooted in its own challenges and filled with courageous and strong willed individuals. Being around such prominent talent made me want to measure up. I spent most of my college days in fear of messing up, but I still showed up. I learned a lot from my peers, that mistakes are what makes a tune beautiful, it builds personality and character, and forced me to own my position on the band stand. Trying not to make mistakes only stifled my learning. I believe this all prepared me for this next leap into the limelight of Country Music. I run the risk of not being accepted and possibly hurt. In spite of, I am prepared to tell my story through Country Music of the Texas raised girl who is now a woman. I hold onto my faith, and my history, and my lessons, knowing this is who I am, and music is the path for me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I went back and forth on what genre I wanted to be in because I am a chameleon and can do a lot a genres very well. I landed on country music out of sheer love for it growing up but not without reservations, but I knew I had to stay true to myself and what was in my heart.
So, I am Dacia Kings the country music vocalist.
I grew up in a musical home. My mother was a choir director, and my dad is a musician so by default music surrounded my brother and I. I was introduced to Country music in the third grade by my first vocal coach, who was a country artist at the time. I was instantly drawn in to the stories she told in her music. She sang about love, which I had no knowledge of at that point in my life, but her words made me believe it could happen one day. As a third grader, I absorbed more than I understood. Thus, my journey to being in country music began.
I revisited country music when I was in the middle of a project where I was experimenting with a mix of genres. It became obvious once more, that this was my favorite genre. Plus the fact I noticed more people of color were being accepted into country music, which made me feel encouraged to take a leap of faith. It wasn’t so common when I initially fell in love with the genre. Now, through my own personal journey of self-acceptance, I feel the freedom more than ever to become who I envision and sing the music that lifts me when I’m low. It’s my hope and prayer that more people would be interested in the genre because of the stories and passion of the stories told by phenomenal singers besides myself.
Especially, more people of color.
My version of country music explores different sides of myself, that I don’t usually reveal to strangers. I tell tales of love, anger, sorrow, and finding my way. Topics I have personally experienced in my 24 years of life. The true battle was getting out of my own way to tell these stories of my life. That was the real challenge, especially because I struggle with trust. I’m often left feeling like others wouldn’t relate. Circumstances could be similar but never actually the same as I experienced them, keeping me thinking no one would actually understand me.
To overcome that, I have written songs now that are more like conversations with myself. It started with me. I thought if I could open up to myself to face whatever I was going through, then I could start opening up to the world. I can be real with myself and say that I thought I was in love, or that I was struggling to be my complete self with someone, or even if I was upset, in a song. Whereas my outward reaction would be to flee from feelings, but those words I write and songs I sing are those fleeing feelings that have come to life.
I want people to know that there is no story too small. It only takes a mustard seed of faith to trail-blaze. There is power in multiple, so don’t go at it alone. Lead with a willing heart to learn from others. And just like me, please understand the journey starts with you. And know Dacia Kings will revolutionize the industry. Amen.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For a quick bite; I Love Mary Macs Tea Room! I always have to find a good southern cuisine with a good SWEET TEA!
Drink and Visit: Yebo Beach Haus! The Ostrich sliders are amazing!
Night Hangout, because I love to dance; Johnny’s Hideaway!!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Thank God, because He is my firm foundation in all things. Thank my mother Leslie Kings, for supporting and loving me always. I want to thank my brother James Dante’, for tagging me in. I want to thank my very first vocal coach and third grade teacher Becky Black Eichelberger, whose teachings have always stayed with me. Thank my friend Jnolyn for believing in little miss sunshine.
Business Email: Daciakingsmusic@gmail.com
March Page: https://dacia-kings.creator-spring.com
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