Kitt Wakeley, who rose through the ranks in the music industry
For many people, music is just a fun hobby. They’ll listen to uplifting songs while running on a treadmill, blast to soothing country music as they travel across the country, and dance to passionate hip hop at a nightclub. There are only a select few who consider music a great way to [â¦]
For many people, music is just a fun hobby. They’ll listen to uplifting songs while running on a treadmill, blast to soothing country music as they travel across the country, and dance to passionate hip hop at a nightclub. There are only a select few who see music as a great way to express themselves. For them, music opens a portal to an entirely new world. It is their safe space and their paradise on earth. One of those people who weaves magical symphonies with his quill is composer, songwriter and producer Kitt Wakeley.
On July 3, 1979, Wakeley was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Holdenville, Oklahoma. By the time he was 8, he was adopted by two angelic souls Jack and Linda Wakeley. From an early age, Wakeley found solace in music. It provided him with a way to channel his deepest thoughts and find out what he really wanted out of his life. Wakeley started out with the trumpet, but moved on to keyboards as he grew older.
Throughout his school career in high school, Wakeley performed in several groups and developed his interest in a wide range of musical genres. After graduating from high school, he was offered several music scholarships to prestigious music schools. Instead of enrolling in a music school, Wakeley decided to go to East Central University and earn a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and sociology. He later also enrolled at the University of Oklahoma and earned a master’s degree in public administration. Although Wakeley took a radically different academic path, his heart was still in music. In college, he honed his skills in writing, producing and recording music. His most notable musical enterprise was Mydion, a progressive rock band in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In 1998, Wakeley entered the business world and started Medicorp with his partner John P. Jiles. His company specializes in billing, consulting and health insurance cost reporting services. Medicorp then evolved into an umbrella company, Valir Health, which operated over 40 business ventures. Businesses include nursing homes, home care, hospices, durable medical equipment, emergency care, outpatient physical clinics, rehabilitation facilities, drug addiction correction centers, and real estate.
A Music Maestro in the Making As his entrepreneurial businesses began to flourish, Wakeley had the opportunity to step back and finally focus on his passion full time. He released his first solo album under the pseudo-name AudioKaoz, titled “Cinematic Chaos”. His first work was a hybrid of rock and electronic dance music and cemented the spirit of his subsequent albums. This project granted Wakeley the honor of becoming a member of the National Academy of Recordings and Sciences (NARAS) and Grammy Voter.
After establishing his credibility in the music industry, Wakeley released his second album, titled âMidnight in Macedonia. This time he was confident to use his real name. His second album was even a bigger hit than the previous one and marked its entry into the Orchestral Rock genre, a hybrid of orchestral, piano, rock and EDM. Recorded in 2015 in the Dreamscapes of Macedonia, this groundbreaking project featured several notable musicians, including Kenny Aronoff, Daniel Uribe, Tre Nagella and Kevin Lively.
Wakeley’s masterpiece made it to the Grammy’s first round of voting in four different categories. Nominations included âBest Contemporary Instrumental Album,â âBest Acapella Instrumental Arrangementâ Best Instrumental Composition âandâ Best Rock Performance. âWakeley’s third solo studio release wasâ Symphony of Sinners and Saints. âThis project was carried out in the prestigious Abbey Road Studios, London, and has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic and the London Voices.
Cliff Masterson was the conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra during the recording. The album also featured famous guitarists including Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Neil Taylor, Daniel Uribe and Paige Harwell. To complete the training, Ryan Miller on bass guitar and Brent Berry on drums. Once again, Tre Nagella’s talent was used in the co-production and mixing of the project while Kevin Lively mastered the album.
Wakeley’s musical magic continues to inspire aspiring musicians around the world. His journey tells them that there is no shortcut to success. If they want to make a name for themselves in the music industry, they have to work hard and diversify their portfolio.