KYLIE AULDIST is the soulful voice behind the 2016 worldwide hit ‘This Girl’ [Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners], she’s also the leading lady of Australian funk/soul stalwarts ‘the Bamboos’ and a celebrated solo artist in her own right.
Described by The Music Magazine as “Melbourne’s high priestess of soul”, Kylie was born to sing - hailing from the small farming town of Hay, New South Wales, Kylie was introduced to music at an early age and recorded her first song at just six years old. From humble beginnings, Kylie has grown to become one of Australia’s most respected, versatile and accomplished performers.
Relocating to Melbourne in the early 90’s she became a fixture on the Fitzroy funk scene before becoming an in-demand backing vocalist for the likes of Renee Geyer and Jimmy Barnes. In 2006 she joined forces with Australia’s premier funk outfit, the ARIA-nominated Bamboos, a relationship which continues to this day and up until recently she was also the voice for Hammond trio Cookin on 3 Burners.
In 2009 she signed a solo deal with UK’s Tru Thoughts records releasing three critically acclaimed albums ‘Just Say’ (2008), ‘Made of Stone’ (2009) and ‘Still Life’ (2012) and in 2016 she released her fourth solo album ‘Family Tree’ on Freestyle Records (UK). Both ‘Made of Stone’ & ‘Family Tree’ won the coveted AGE Music Award & the releases were championed by leading international tastemakers including US radio’s KCRW and UK luminaries such as BBC’s Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Mark Lamarr.
Kylie shot to global prominence in 2016 when her sublime vocals on ‘This Girl’ reached #1 in France, Germany and Portugal and #2 on the UK charts (where it sat for 9 weeks). It took out the #1 spot on iTunes in the UK and many countries throughout Europe, reaching the top 100 in over 50 countries including in the US where it hit #2 on the electronic charts. The song itself has well over 1 billion streams.
Not satisfied with being at the epicentre of Australia’s funk, soul and disco scene, she is also an in-demand international session vocalist. She has sung on collaborations with Boy George’s long-time producer Marc Vedo and had underground club hits with UK artists Flevans & Aldo Vanucci.
On top of all this, you never really feel like you understand Kylie’s true talent until you’ve seen her perform live. She possesses a voice that can run the gamut from soaring vocal pyrotechnics to heart-wrenching tenderness and her down to earth warm (but no BS) personality permeates through everything she does. Whether it’s with the Bamboos or her solo crew, her onstage presence is truly joyous and its easy to see why she has such an ardent live following.
With her 2016 release Family Tree touching upon her earliest musical passions; the follow-up album (due late 2019 early 2020) is quite firmly entrenched on an electro boogie tip, rooted deep in the NY club scene of the early 80’s.
Kylie is a remarkable artist whose musical journey continues to expand and blossom the longer it progresses.
Credit: Cindy Lever