July 28, 2019, brings Kyshona Armstrong and her unique bluesy, soulful style of music to Summer Breeze. Music begins at 7:30 pm in Lions Park, Flood and Symmes. Bring seating and refreshments to enjoy a free evening of outstanding music in the park.
"Kyshona Armstrong has been called upon to represent for soul and gospel in roots, rock and folk lineups and to bring singer-songwriter sensibilities to R&B bills. But wherever she plants her feet, she does so with righteous conviction and a strong sense of her own voice."- NPR Music
Kyshona started out enabling others to enjoy the healing properties of songwriting, and keeping her thoughts to herself. When you're a music therapist to incarcerated and institutionalized adults and school children with emotional behavior disorders, artistic considerations aren't even on the table.
Discussing her decade or so in the mental health field, she confides: “That got kinda heavy." At a certain point, her patients' pain became too much. Kyshona soon found the need to write music independently to help her process her daily experiences with her clients.
She soon joined the college singer-songwriter circuit, blending skills of empathizing and entertaining. She moved to Nashville in January 2014, easily made friends and landed bookings in local folk singer-songwriter, pop and soul scenes.
Kyshona has reached the point where she embraces repetitive internal rhythms that emerge in some of her songwriting — likening them to both gospel spirituals and the viscerally simplistic utterances of her former patients — and she's delivering her roots-soul originals with articulate warmth and newly claimed authority.
Audiences will often find a common thread of overcoming, hope, and empowerment in her songwriting and storytelling. She uses her emotional intelligence to create her unique bluesy and soulful style of music. Her latest album, "The Ride", shows off vocal stylings that are reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Al Green.
Kyshona has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Wynonna Judd, Lake Street Dive, Meiko, Margo Price, Even Stevens, JD McPherson, Anthony David, Cracker, and many more. Deemed “One of the most compassionate and uplifting young voices in Nashville today.” by NPR Music’s World Cafe, Kyshona’s music has been heard on Issa Rae’s (HBO’s Insecure) short film series, and major prime time television shows on ABC, CBS and NBC.
Free Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, with in-kind support from Norman Parks and Recreation Department. Norman Smile Center is a Summer Breeze Sponsor. Contributors include: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; The Mont; Hugh and Keri Young; Peggy Doviak, DM Wealth Management; Hitachi; Republic Bank of Norman; Edward Jones Investments; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; Bob Schlegel; Bluebonnet Bar; and The Montford Inn. Friends include: Laurel Group, LLC; The Baked Bear; The Winston; Frank and Suzy Lawrence; and Monty Kapunkle. Becca Hewes, Yogalife, is a Neighbor.