Fairview senior releases her first EP

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FAIRVIEW — After spending years gigging across the state then traveling to Nashville to record, Fairview high school senior Sydni Kann has released her first EP.

Sydni says she’s been performing for others for as long as she can remember and her father Gary said she’s always had a flair for entertaining. He harked back to the days when his daughter would stand next to the television performing along with whoever was making music that day, or when she would kick off her brother’s high school basketball games by singing.

“I was 6 years old and started singing the national anthem at Mio basketball games,” Sydni said. “That really is what got me started.”

Beginning her performance career at such a young age has paid off for Sydni so far. As she’s been in front of people her whole life, she said she doesn’t feel the nervousness people expect her to have at 18.

“To be honest, I’ve never really had nerves,” she said. “I don’t really know why I’ve been so fearless. Maybe it’s because I started performing so early.”

One particular memory Sydni spoke of was performing at Mackinaw Crossings in front of roughly 300 people when she was 10 years old. She remembers having no problem dancing, singing and signing autographs for the hundreds in attendance.

Sydni said as she grew older, music became a source of catharsis for her. She began getting paid for her performances at 14, and at 16 started writing her own songs. She said her songbook has become akin to a diary for her as she’s written upward of 50 tracks.

Sydni said while being a musician is hard work, it’s also incredibly rewarding.

“There are two sides of it,” she said. “You have behind the scenes where I’m busting my butt for 4 1/2 hours every day. But you also have the songwriting side, and I’ve completely fallen in love with that. Nothing feels better than working on a song for 45 minutes thinking it’s the best thing you’ve ever come up with. Even if two days later you don’t think so.”

Titled “All of the Rumors are True,” Sydni’s first professionally recorded set of songs takes listeners through a tough time in her life. She said it is a chronological story of being hurt by a breakup. She believes if someone listens to the EP they will understand everything she felt during and after.

Sydni recorded the EP over a three-day stint in the city often referred to as the Mecca for country music, Nashville, Tenn. She said it was one of the defining moments of her music career so far.

“Going to Nashville, and being able to be open and honest with myself and the audience, it was awesome,” she said. “I’ve had expectations of Nashville ever since I was little, and it lived up to them all. Getting that experience was one of the best I’ve ever had.”

While the initial recordings were made in August of last year, months have gone into the production of the EP. Sydni said she’s been involved in every step of the process and is proud of what she’s put out.

If asked to put a label on her music, Sydni said it is a mixture of pop and country. However, she said what matters more than the genre is the content of the songs she creates. Sydni’s songs are 100 percent original, and she doesn’t receive any help from co-writers. She strives to make her music as honest as humanly possible, and doesn’t worry too much about what others may think.

“So many people don’t want to say the wrong thing,” she said. “If I don’t completely open myself to my audience, I’m doing something wrong. … There is no right thing to do. I’m putting out what’s honest, and if they like it, great.”

Sydni said she owes much of her success to her family for being so supportive. She said they’ve done everything for her throughout the past few years in order to help her to get to the point where she is now. However, her father believes what got Sydni to this point is her own work ethic.

“Her dedication to work hard is what got her here,” Gary said. “Any time you can see your child excel, it’s going to be a great thing. I’m proud to say the least.”

After graduation Sydni expects to perform throughout the summer at Mackinaw Crossings and Boyne Mountain as well as other venues across the state. Her EP was released March 1 and is available on most digital streaming services. More information on upcoming show dates or how to acquire physical copies of the EP can be found on her website, sydnination.com. She also performs digitally on Facebook and Instagram every Saturday night, during which she spends time listening to fans, answering questions and performing a song or two from her repertoire.

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