His upcoming album ‘Inner Song’ is an account of Kashy’s roller coaster life which saw him emerging from an unknown musician with the most eclectic range of day jobs to a renowned star in China. With a musical style that touches upon influences from Adele to George Michael, Kashy has won over the hearts of the people in Hong Kong in 2013 where he started turning his acclaimed song into reality and live his dream of being a successful musician.
‘Inner Song’ is a personal account of the life and its highs and lows. While drawing on his own experiences, Kashy is using his music as a means to connect to others and encourage them in dealing with inner turmoil. Using music to help empower others or to try and provide some form of hope, comfort or healing has always been at the core of what has motivated Kashy to write songs. And the singer has plenty of reason to do so. Having had a colourful life that has been filled with many surprises, both good and bad, he understands what adapting to change means.
His musical journey began at the age of seven when he first started taking piano lessons and he wrote his first song around the age of 10. Having spent most of his teenage years in isolation to write and record his music, Kashy has always been certain in terms of his aspirations. The songwriter grew up to the music of artists like Elton John or Tracy Chapman as well as Gospel music, which contributed to the development of his own songwriting techniques.
After having won a young journalist of the year competition at the age of 15, he started working as a journalist interviewing world famous celebrities such as the Spice Girls or Steven Spielberg. Giving up his journalistic career to focus more on his musical ambitions, he went on working in a vast mixture of jobs including cleaning toilets at a nursing home and being a clerk at a hospital. At the age of 25, Kashy was diagnosed with a neurological disease called Charcot Marie Tooth which causes progressive muscle wastage in the feet and lower legs. The physical limitations that are part of the disease have made him realise the importance of seizing the day. The diagnosis has led Kashy to invest all the more time and effort in pursuing his musical ambitions. It has taught the singer self-acceptance and given him a fighting spirit which has ultimately inspired his lyrics. Kashy also eventually returned to working as a journalist.
His big musical break wasn’t until 2013, when his most famous song to date “This is my Dream” unexpectedly turned out to be a massive success in Hong Kong and became an anthem for the pro-democracy protests over there. He was consequently invited to perform to 30000 people. In the same year he came second in MTV China’s songwriting competition as the only white English singing performer.
Having to take various detours until he finally found himself realising his dream of being a professional musician, Kashy’s songs on the upcoming album are an observation of the challenges that people sometimes have to go through:
“Life is a lot about how we deal with change – endings, new beginnings, opportunity, loss, love and separation; change is the one constant in life. The past five years have brought some of the biggest changes I have experienced. Starting a new life on the other side of the world; getting married; career changes; body changes and just about everything in between. I have lived through the biggest highs and lows of my life and learnt greatly from these experiences. And so I decided to call my new album ‘Inner song’ because these songs are my account of those changes from the inside out.”
With this album, Kashy is now entering the next chapter of his inspiring story and continues to both encourage people with his positive message and share a breathtaking set of soulful pop songs.
The album ‘Inner Song’ is out on 18th March and ready to pre-order on itunes on 5th March 2016.
The single ‘Need For Love’ is available on itunes on 5th March 2016.