Kylee Phillips is a pop/folk singer, pianist and songwriter from Plymouth, Michigan. Since beginning her "professional" music career at the young age of 14, Kylee has built a loyal local following with her personal lyrics and intimate performance style, garnering comparisons to the likes of Sara Bareilles and Brandi Carlile. During her years at Wayne State University in Detroit she was afforded many unique performance opportunities, including several choral performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and appearing as a soloist in the premier of Russ Miller’s jazz composition Suite Justice. She has also had the honor of performing as a soloist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Philharmonic and many other choral, orchestral and musical theater groups. All of these experiences have certainly shaped Kylee as a performer, but it is as a singer-songwriter that she truly shines.
Kylee's earliest memories of songwriting are at the age of 10 or so, writing words and melodies in her head. By the age of 14 she was able to put chords and instrumentation to those songs and begin to refine her craft. Now, as an adult, she finds herself looking at much of the world through the lens of a song. "When I started writing music I was mostly drawing on my own thoughts and experiences and that definitely still plays a role in the songs I write, but lately I've been looking at other people and situations and trying to tell stories that are bigger than just me and my life. The biggest compliment is when someone tells me, 'I hear myself in that song, it's so nice to know that someone else feels this way,' so I'm hoping that these songs will lend themselves to more of that."
Kylee has performed all over the state of Michigan, from her hometown of Plymouth to local music hot spots like Detroit and Ann Arbor performing with Vanessa Williams, Kris Allen, and The Proclaimers among others. Kylee has also had the pleasure of appearing on several Metro Detroit radio stations, including Ann Arbor’s 107.1 where her sound was described as, “Absolutely modern… fresh, and really good,” by Michigan radio DJ John Bommarito.
In her own words, "I've gone through times in my life when playing music didn't seem practical or realistic and I tried to pretend like I could get by without it, but it always made me feel like I was sitting on a shelf collecting dust, like I was wasting the best tool I've been given. I finally came to the conclusion that whatever comes of it or doesn't, I'm just going to keep making music."