Kami's Career

Kami Lyle

 

Most recent

2015

Great American Song Contest Winner in the Special Music: Outstanding Achievement In Songwriting Category for the song “Joy To The World Especially You”

Great American Song Contest Finalist in the Adult Contemporary Category for the song “Mambo”

Great American Song Contest Finalist in the Singer-Songwriter Category for the song “Ladies Skating”

2014

The Kami Lyle While Sit-A-While…real songs, real writers, fake fireplace.
With Bonnie Hayes and Kimon Kirk (and surprise neighbor Joey Spampinato)
The Spire Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA

Steve Forbert ‘Jack Rabbit Slim’ Tour (Kami Lyle Band as opening act and backup band)

The Kami Lyle While Sit-A-While…real songs, real writers, fake fireplace.
With Claudia Nygaard and Dennis Brennan
(and surprise neighbors Joey Spampinato and Bruce Maclean)
Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA and Preservation Hall, Wellfleet, MA

The Kami Lyle While Sit-A-While…real songs, real writers, fake fireplace.
With Bonnie Hayes and Kimon Kirk (and surprise neighbor Steve Shook)
Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA and Preservation Hall, Wellfleet, MA

The Kami Lyle While Sit-A-While…real songs, real writers, fake fireplace.
With Susan Cattaneo and Scarlet Keys (and surprise neighbor Judith
Partelow) Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA

2013

The Kami Lyle While Sit-A-While…real songs, real writers, fake fireplace.
With Sally Barris and Jake Armerding Hugh (and surprise neighbor Hugh O’Doherty)
Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA and Preservation Hall, Wellfleet, MA

The Kami Lyle While Sit-A-While…real songs, real writers, fake fireplace.
With Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh and Jon Pousette-Dart (and surprise neighbors Julie Charland and Tim Dickey, Toast & Jam)
Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA

Steve Forbert ‘Alive on Arrival’ Anniversary Tour (Kami Lyle Band as opening act and backup band)

The Kami Lyle While Sit-A-While…real songs, real writers, fake fireplace.
With Cosy Sheridan and Peter Mulvey (and surprise neighbors Sarah Swain and Liam Hogg)
Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA

The Kami Lyle While Sit-A-While…real songs, real writers, fake fireplace.
With Catie Curtis and Dana Cooper (and surprise neighbor Mathias Bossi)
Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA

2012

“Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” 
Cotuit Arts Center, Cape Cod, MA
(acted/danced/played trumpet/performed solo pieces in French, English and Flemish)

2011

Co-wrote “Japan” with Joey Spampinato for The Spampinato Brothers
Pie in the Sky album. (Japanese version)

Great American Song Contest Finalist 
(“Summer No” and “The Ice in Her Glass” were both chosen as finalists in the Pop Category)

2010 

Performed with Manu Katche Band at Le Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France 

2009

Co-wrote and recorded “Stay With You” with Manu Katche
(drummer with Sting, Peter Gabriel) in Avignon, France for his album
Third Round on ECM records. Produced by Manfred Eichman. Tore Brunborg -  
sax, Jason Rebello - piano,  Jacob Young - guitar, Pino Palladino - bass

Buddy and Julie Miller, Written in Chalk (trumpet solo on “Long Time”)

2008 & 2009

Opened for The Boston Pops, “Pops By the Sea” Hyannis, MA

Solo Albums

Ten Songs (August 2005)
Blue Cinderella produced by Hugh Padgham for
MCA Records (August 1997)
Featured single “Polka Dots”

Video

“Polka Dots” directed by Thom Oliphant (VH1)

Compilations/Soundtracks/Other Artist’s Recordings

2013 - 2014

Played trumpet, sang and did voice-over work for the soundtrack to video game Mew-Genics by Team Meat, creators of Super Meat Boy

2011

The Spampinato Brothers Pie in the Sky - Japanese version (co-wrote “Japan” with Joey Spampinato)

2010

Manu Katché, Third Round, ECM Records
Recorded in Avignon, France for ECM records. Produced by Manfred Eichman.              
(trumpet on “Flower Skin”) 
(voice/trumpet on “Stay With You”, co-written with Manu Katche)                                     

2010

Jim Stephanson, Say Go (trumpet on “Joey’s Song”)
  

2009

Buddy and Julie Miller, Written in Chalk (trumpet on “Long Time”)    

Singer-Songwriter Heaven, The Songs of Kevin Faherty. {Ellis Paul, Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, various artists } Produced by Darryl Purpose
(performed “In This Town”)

2008 

The Rip-It-Ups, Midnite Ride (trumpet)

2007

Link Montana and the Rough Riders, Joe’s (trumpet on “Ode to Billie Joe”)

Heather Rigdon, Young & Naïve (trumpet)

2004

Bobby Bare Jr. From The End of Your Leash (trumpet/ background vocals)      

Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck {George Jones, Al Anderson, various artists, produced by Robbie Fulks}
Bobby Bare Jr., “Motel Time Again” (trumpet)
 
Michelle Wright, Shut Up and Kiss Me (trumpet)

Sally Barris, Little Voice (trumpet on “Little Voice”)

2003

Tom Herrell, Wise Children       
(co-wrote “Straight to My Heart” with Tom Herrell; sung by Diane Reeves.)

Jolynn Daniel Come Closer (trumpet)

Bobby Bare Jr. OK – I’m Sorry (trumpet/ background vocals)

2002

Patty Griffin, 1,000 Kisses (trumpet on “Tomorrow Night”)

Kerrville Folk Festival The Silverwolf Years {Dar Williams, Cheryl Wheeler,
Catie Curtis, various artists }
Michael Lille, Middle Child (trumpet/ background vocals on “Perfect Strangers”)

2001

Ron Sexsmith, Blue Boy (trumpet on “Fool Proof”)

1999

Live From the Sundance Film Festival - Where Music Meets Film {Lisa Loeb, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, various artists)  “Like a Thief” written and performed by Kami Lyle.

NRBQ, NRBQ (trumpet and horn co-arrangement on “Sail On, Sail On”)

Vince Bell, Texas Plates (background vocals)

For Love of the Game (Kevin Costner) soundtrack, “Loverman”
(voice/trumpet, co-written with Manu Katche)

1998

Victor Mecyssne, Hush Money (duet vocal on “Register One”)

Live at the World Café, Volume 6,
“Polka Dots” written and performed by Kami Lyle

1997

Lilith Fair – Music for the Ride, “Polka Dots” by Kami Lyle

Le Demenagement  soundtrack “Loverman”
(voice/trumpet, co-written with Manu Katche)

Best of Alice Radio, Volume 1, “Polka Dots” by Kami Lyle

Bob Cheevers, Gettysburg to Graceland (background vocals)

Time and Love: The Music of Laura Nyro {Suzanne Vega, Rosanne Cash,
various artists} Jill Sobule, “Stoned Soul Picnic” (background vocals)

1996

Michael Lille, Middle Child (trumpet/ background vocals on “Perfect Strangers”)

Harriet the Spy soundtrack, Jill Sobule, “My Secretive Life” (background vocals)

Press

Billboard, CMJ New Music Reporter, The Cleveland Scene, COVER, Daily News, ELLE, Gavin, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, Nashville Scene, New York Post, People, Performing Songwriter, Philadelphia Daily News, The Providence Phoenix, Request, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Star Tribune (Minneapolis/St. Paul), The Tennessean, The Provincetown Banner, The Cape Cod Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, USA Today

Television

Several songs including “Midnight Club” and “September” featured on Passions (NBC)
“Love Me“ featured on As the World Turns (CBS)
“Polka Dots” featured on Real World (MTV) and All My Children (ABC)
Melrose Place (FOX) – Kami performed “Midnight Club” onscreen during a scene at Kyle’s Upstairs Club. The episode also featured “Boys” during the opening credits.

 

Radio

ORF - Radio Oe1 – Musikredaktion with Albert Hosp  (Austria)
WGBH/WCAI The Point with Mindy Todd (NPR)
Mountain Stage (West Virginia Public Radio)
WOMR-FM (Provincetown, MA)
WXPN-FM World Café, (Philadelphia)
WKDF-FM (Nashville, TN)
WRLT-FM “Live from 3rd & Lindsley” (Nashville, TN)
WFUV-FM (Bronx, NY)

Touring

Kami performed with Manu Katche at Le Theatre des Champs-Elysees
in Paris, France (2010)

In addition to her own shows, she has opened for Lyle Lovett, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, The Spampinato Brothers, NRBQ, Duncan Shiek, 10,000 Maniacs, Lisa Loeb, Garrison Starr, Robert Earl Keen, Jill Sobule, Jonatha Brooke, Meatloaf, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, JJ Cale, and The Boston Pops.

Played for Hillary Rodham Clinton, 
National Endowment Fundraiser (Los Angeles, CA, May 1997)

Kami has toured extensively throughout the United States. Venues including:
Five Points Music Hall, Mobile, AL
The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
11, San Francisco, CA
The Galaxy, Santa Ana, CA
The Bellyup Tavern, Solano Beach, CA
Largo, Los Angeles, CA
Luna Park, Los Angeles, CA
House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA
Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Cal Poly Theater, San Luis Obispo, CA
Palms Theater, Davis, CA
Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
9:30 Club, Washington DC
The Cotton Club, Atlanta, GA
Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
Parkwest, Chicago, IL
Schuba’s, Chicago, IL
House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
The Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
Johnny D’s, Somerville, MA
Paradise, Boston, MA
Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
The Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
Harvest Gallery Wine Bar, Dennis, MA
Bubala’s, Provincetown, MA
Stone Coast Brewery, Portland, ME
7th House, Detroit, MI
St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI
The Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN
The Fineline Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
Marrz, Raleigh, NC
Be Here Now, Asheville, NC
Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC
Ocean County Library, Tom’s River, NJ
The Peppermill, Reno, NV
The Turning Point, Piermont, NY
The Supper Club, NY
The Living Room, NY
The Cutting Room, NY
The Bottom Line, NY
Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY
Odeon, Cleveland, OH
Wilbert’s Bar & Grill, Cleveland, OH
Eugene, OR, W.O.W. Hall
Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
Theater of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Five Spot, Philadelphia, PA
Rosebud, Pittsburgh, PA
The Wire, Harrisburg, PA
Lupo’s, Providence, RI
House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
The Bluebird Café, Nashville, TN
The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
12th & Porter, Nashville, TN
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
La Zona Rosa, Houston, TX
Trees, Dallas, TX
The Pier, Seattle, WA
Showbox, Seattle, WA
Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
The Purple Onion, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Awards and Nominations

2015

Great American Song Contest Winner in the Special Music: Outstanding Achievement In Songwriting Category for the song “Joy To The World Especially You”

Great American Song Contest Finalist in the Adult Contemporary Category for the song “Mambo”

Great American Song Contest Finalist in the Singer-Songwriter Category for the song “Ladies Skating”

2011 

Great American Song Contest Finalist in the Pop Category for the song “The Ice in Her Glass”

Great American Song Contest Finalist in the Pop Category for the song “Summer, No” 

2000

Invited to Chateau Marouatte, the prestigious songwriting retreat hosted by former Police manager Miles Copeland at his castle in France. Kami enjoyed writing with some of her favorite writers in the business, including Lisa Loeb, Duncan Shiek, and Maia Sharp.

1998

Nashville Music Award nomination for Best Pop Album

1997/1998 

“Best Albums of 1997” lists – Blue Cinderella 
Billboard (Timothy White)
Billboard (Jim Bessman)                                            
InReview 
Philadelphia Daily News

1992

Quincy Jones Scholarship Award, Berklee College of Music

1988

Professional Music Scholarship Award, Berklee College of Music

Promotional Appearances

Gavin AAA Radio Seminar (Boulder, CO)
UNI Showcases (Washington D.C., Dallas, Los Angeles)
Nashville Entertainment Association Extravaganza
Nashville Songwriters Association/Tin Pan South Festivals
National Association of Campus Activities        
(NACA - East Coast and New England showcases)

Education

Graduated Cum Laude, Berklee College of Music
(1988-1992, Professional Music/Jazz Composition and Performance)

Press

“Young lady with a horn and a fresh take on pop.”    Billboard

“Pure cool.”    USA Today

“…a rising star.”    Liz Smith

“…enchanting.” Louisville Savvy

“An effervescent blend of musicianship and personality.
She’s headed for bright lights, big cities…”  Gavin Report

“When Kami Lyle sings you can hear a hush fall over an audience as they lean in to soak up every one of her lyrics. She’s one of the finest new talents I’ve heard.”
Lydia Hutchinson, Editor The Performing Songwriter

“Kami is an endearing mainstream pop writer/artist disguised as a Scandinavian schoolgirl who studies Miles Davis and Laura Nyro. She should have been on the Tonight Show by now. Everyone will embrace the music of Kami Lyle.”
Jody Williams, BMI.

“One of the most unique talents to come out of Berklee”
Pat Pattison, Professor, Berklee College of Music