influences

 
Kira was born in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas and, like so many musicians, first realized her love of music singing in church.

As a child, she played the piano - played, not practiced - and her sensibilities have remained playful, contrasting with her other childhood predilection for dramatically sad torch songs.

Her listening diet was straight-up oldies: Simon and Garfunkel, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Dusty Springfield to name a few.

As a teen, Kira did what all self-respecting teenagers do if they can: she started listening to and playing punk music. Her first band, The Disappointments, rehearsed in her basement and performed locally. Their sound was inspired by bands like Fugazi, Minor Threat and Operation Ivy, with Kira on the bass.

Later, she branched out into the world of jazz - playing bass in a jazz ensemble and touring around the Midwest and Texas. However, she never stopped writing and performing her own music for piano and vocals.

 

inspiration

 
In 2006, Kira found a 1964 Harmony Stella guitar in a junk shop in Baltimore for $50. The two of them traveled together through Europe, India, and Nepal - playing and recording music.

Upon her return to the US in late 2007, Kira continued writing songs and in 2008 she moved to New York to bring her music to a wider audience. She began playing at variety shows and venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn and founded Tricycle Theater company with Alexis Hosea and Evangeline Crittenden, the trio writing, producing, and performing original shows in New York City.

Kira has been traveling, performing, writing and recording for her solo project, Kira Lyra, since 2009.