Pauline King


Brilliant songwriter Pauline King taps into a strong vibe to create an original blend of songwriter music with an emotional twist. It's little wonder why her new radio single ‘Through My Little Girl Eyes’ is racing up the charts.

Anna, Illinois resident Pauline King is a excellent example of a songwriter that elegantly leverages her originality and compositional skills to the service of modern entertainment. Her new single ‘Through My Little Girl Eyes’ demonstrates sublime musical stylings that are sure to appeal to mainstream audiences. This aongwriter with a production flair has the right approach and the right attitude to become a proper songwriter-magnet and audiences around the world are beginning to acknowledge the fact that a new creative force has arisen. Where will she take it from here? One critic wrote of her award-winning work: ‘Possessing seasoned poetic skills, exceptional vocals and refined musical ability, Pauline King and her collection of songs embody what is most intriguing in the art form.’ We suspect this artist will navigate the future on her own terms, given her obvious passion and musical skills. Independent reporter Alexis Adams recently caught up with Pauline King to discuss her music and the interesting path by which she came to it.

ALEXIS: When did you first get that feeling that your music career was gaining momentum?
PAULINE KING: I started writing in 2006. My full CD “Through My Little Girl Eyes”, was released by the end of April 2014. I was shocked when I sold my first CD. My music has been gaining momentum since being street ready in 2014. I appreciate these wonderful people very much! Then, when the public wanted my autograph on my work, I thought, they like my music - Good! Then the Akademia awarded the same album, “Through My Little Girl Eyes”, as Best Album for January 2016 in Folk. I was shocked and happy at the same time. After that, Akademia took things another step and got my song from the album, onto Live radio, major radio stations in Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Sydney, Australia, and London, United Kingdom. So, Thank You to Akademia. It is still building. I do hope that all are enjoying this very special music. This song at the same time went on the jukebox with TouchTunes since January 7, 2016. My whole album is on CDBaby, ReverbNation, iTunes, Amazon, CD Universe, Alliance Entertainment, Goggle Play, Xbox music, Medianet and many other locations. However, Akademia is really getting the music out!

ALEXIS: Your song ’Through My Little Girl Eyes’ is receiving a positive listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
PAULINE KING: When I first heard my song playing on the radio, I took my husbands iPad and ran to let him hear it. We both loved it! We were very excited that a major radio station was playing our music - amazing!

ALEXIS: What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single?
PAULINE KING: The inspiration for my song, “Through My Little Girl Eyes”, is my childhood. My mother died in 2003 and my father died in 2006. I was questioning my own existence. So I started putting my memories together into lyrics. This song came together in the shower. Everyday I would add a line. I had a wonderful childhood and I did not want to ever forget it. The lyrics show what is common among children and the fun things while growing up I remembered, “Through My Little Girl Eyes”.

ALEXIS: It is often said that great art arises from difficult experience. Is there something in your life experience thus far that you would describe as the ‘catalyst’ or ‘fuel’ for your desire to create music?
PAULINE KING: My husband is a Vietnam veteran who is severely disabled with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. I am his only caregiver. I sing to him in the shower and when I began listening to the lyrics of other's songs that I was singing I thought, these songs are not what we should be listening to. So I stopped singing other artists' songs and starting creating lyrics every day to our songs. My father, before he died, was writing his own music, so I thought to myself, I am my father’s daughter, so I will write my own music and add lyrics. My husband loves the songs and will sometimes come up with a theme to write about. Writing is a great stress release.

ALEXIS: How would you characterize yourself as an artist/musician? (Ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving, complicated…)
PAULINE KING: I would characterize myself as fun-loving, down-to-earth, and peaceful. And I think that is the way I want to represent my music. I want the public to have fun and enjoy the music. Music should be refreshing not stressing or sad. I smile a lot and I h


ALEXIS: What has your experience been like working with the other people on your team?
PAULINE KING: The biggest support I have is my husband. He loves music and he loves to sing to me, and likes to hear me sing. My producer is absolutely amazing! He has worked and is still working with many, many famous artists. He was Faith Hill’s keyboard player and background vocalist for many years. His name is Steve Hornbeak and he currently is working on the hit T.V. series, Nashville where he is keyboard player for Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton.) He also tours with Richard Marx as well as Felix Cavilere’s Rascals. Check out Steve Hornbeak/Facebook and look at his biography. I am always amazed at what he teaches me in the studio. He has so much energy and his professionalism just soars. These famous artists he works with everyday are so happy and blessed to have him on their team, just as we are. He is an extraordinary producer with such a keen sense for music. Steve owns and works at his studio, 326 Productions, in Anna, Illinois. He and his wife own and operate KiKi’s Coffeehouse in Anna as well. There, he is taking his experience and is assisting many artists to perform there, just like the Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville. He is taking all of his many years of experience and passing it on to upcoming artists by hosting Open Mic Nights. I perform there as well by hosting my own shows. He loves for artists to contact him for his production skills as well as his musicianship at or The artists on our team include Keven Marks on guitars. He is a genius on composition, a thoroughly amazing artist who also tours with many, many great artists. We have Tom Hoey, a master on drums and percussion. I am always surprised at his work - beautiful every time. These professionals are so gifted! We are so happy to have them on our team! Also, on the do-bro, Pat Severs, also from Nashville - another amazing artist. GREAT, GREAT TEAM!!

ALEXIS: Did you come from a musical background? Are there other musicians in your family?
PAULINE KING: My father was a very talented musician, who played all kinds of strings. Every weekend there was music being played in our home. During the week I would practice singing with my Dad. When I was very small, we children, would sleep to my Dad’s music. My father’s mother was a music teacher who taught her eight children to play, but, she never taught her grandchildren. You had to learn on your own. When all her sons got together, they would all play their instruments. My family was always surrounded by music.

ALEXIS: What do you find most rewarding about being an artist? What do you find most challenging?
PAULINE KING: What I find to be most rewarding about being an artist is that I get to hear my music in public. We hear what was once an idea come to life. Then, when the public makes comments about our music or our CD, it warms our hearts because everyone likes our music. We have not heard a negative comment yet. It is so exciting to bring the public music that will refresh them. What is most challenging is getting our music played. The Akademia is getting our music heard and not just holding onto it. The Akademia recently met with program directors from several Berkshire Media Group radio stations that placed us on 5 major radio stations. Also, as of January 7, 2016 we have been on the jukebox with TouchTunes. So, that challenge has been met. However, there is the challenge of being paid for our work! I would love to get my music into film, T.V. and movies. The main thing is that I would like for the right people to hear our music and contact us to record it.

ALEXIS: Who are your role models in music?
PAULINE KING: My role models in music are first my Dad. I could listen to him all day long. Next is Steve Hornbeak, our producer. What an entertainer he is!!! He and his band, The Main Street Players, really know how to entertain you!!! They take music to a whole new level! I had the wonderful privilege of performing with them last year and I was so blown away by them even doing my songs!!! Everyone should check them out! Then there is Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Helen Reddy, Ann Murray, Richard Marx, Reba McEntire, Patsy Cline, Sting, Karen Carpenter, and many others. None of these entertainers sound alike. They are all unique in their music and sound. That is where music is an art. If everyone sounds the same or similar, then music stops being entertaining!

ALEXIS: Describe your best or most memorable performance.
PAULINE KING: My most memorable performance is Stone Creek Golf Course. That was my first performance where I had the privilege of working with Steve Hornbeak and the Main Street Players. The audience was so wonderful! And another performance that was memorable was at the Marion, Illinois Cultural Civic Center in which I was invited to sing a few songs of mine to a crowd of 300 people. I performed with Travelstead Dance Studio. One of the Ballerinas danced to one of my songs and is currently being made into a video. That was memorable!

ALEXIS: What advice would you give to young, aspiring artists out there who are unsure and need guidance?
PAULINE KING: Do not listen to critics. Your music is yours and you want to sound and be yourself in your music. Do not try to turn yourself into another artist. You want your art to stand out! And find a really good producer, because he or she will know how to make your music soar!

ALEXIS: What's next for you as an artist? Is there a new single in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?
PAULINE KING: Our second CD is in progress right now.. The sound on this CD is much different then on the first CD. I love being able to create new sounds and I always like to do full albums. Right now while the second album is in production, I continue to write for a fourth album. And a nice added surprise for everyone is that all my music from the first CD is currently being arranged for just instrumentation only. It is going to be beautiful. Mr Hornbeak is taking care of the production on this as well. Lots of exciting things are going on for 2016 and 2017. A new video is in the works for my song, “Hush and Be Quiet”, so stay tuned!!

ALEXIS: Sounds great! Thank you so much for letting me get to know more about you as an artist. I wish you continued success in your career.

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