Kylie Auldist has been singing for as long as she can remember and possesses an undeniable natural vocal talent. She is half-Samoan but born and bred in the outback of Australia. From the age of fifteen she could be found singing country and western songs in pubs - which, for the only non-white in town, was a gutsy move (in her words it was “a bit like the reverse of Steve Martin in ‘The Jerk’”).
Kylie moved to Melbourne to pursue her musical ambitions, where she joined and performed with a variety of funk bands over the next seven years, playing stacks of gigs, festivals and also TV appearances on Good Morning Australia (with Aussie icon Bert Newton, who we Brits may not know, but lots of old ladies in Oz do!).
While in Melbourne, Kylie hooked up with kings of funk The Bamboos and provided stunning guest vocals on their acclaimed album, “Rawville” for Tru Thoughts. The Bamboos and Kylie Auldist toured Australia and beyond, landing on the fair shores of Brighton, UK, in 2007, where Tru Thoughts snapped Kylie up after being bowled over by her spectacular and charismatic performance.
Kylie signed to Tru Thoughts for multiple albums, and her debut single “Community Service Announcement” was released on 28th April 2008, followed by the album, “Just Say”, on 26th May. A heady mix of Kylie’s distinctive and soulful vocals and the flawless, funk-fuelled production of Bamboos’ main-man Lance Ferguson, “Just Say” created a buzz immediately and was dubbed “the sound of the summer” by many. In the UK Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2) declared it “one of the best albums of the year”. Further afield, tracks from the album have gained national radio playlisting in France and Kylie’s native Australia.
Kylie Auldist and The Bamboos will be embarking on a UK and European tour in October-November 2008 (dates tbc).
Check her myspace: http://www.myspace.com/kylieauldistmusic or www.thebamboos.com