LOCAL FEATURED SPOTLIGHT ARTIST KAYLA AVITABILE PHOTOS BY BRIAN LIMAGE
Kayla Avitabile is an eighteen year old singer songwriter known for her soulful vocals and punchy lyrics. Describing herself more as an indie artist, she frequents venues in the Lehigh Valley from breweries to festivals like Musikfest. In addition, she is a two-time Lehigh Valley Music Awards nominee and performed on the latest award show alongside blues artist, James Supra. Kayla recently graduated from Phillipsburg High School being ranked fifth in her class. While music is one of her great passions, she inherently draws songwriting inspiration from academia and politics. Her EP, The Difference Between Fine and Okay was deemed a “lyrical comparison to J. D. Salinger’s prose in Catcher in the Rye” by Steel Notes writer, Josie Janci. Not surprisingly, Salinger is Kayla’s favorite author! References from Shakespeare to Isaac Newton weave into her lyrics as well as songs dedicated to film and literature like The Outsiders and A Streetcar Named Desire. Kayla will attend Tufts University in the fall where she plans to double major in American Studies and Film and Media Studies. She has aspirations to become a journalist or a screenwriter to continue her love for writing as a means for positive change.
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