At around age 7 or 8, Kalene had discovered the sounds of the ‘80’s after seeing Thirteen Going on Thirty with Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. She received the movie soundtrack for her birthday and would play it (in sequential order) at every opportunity. “When you’re a kid, you don’t consciously realize how much music inspires you. Why would you? You’re just responding freely.”
Her true, eye-opening moment came some years later, when she was 20 years-old and listened to Adele’s 25 album. “Listening to 25 changed my life. I just realized I have to do this. I need to tell my stories. I need to make great music. Now!”
“When I was like 12 years-old and just starting my Christina Aguilera obsession, I would listen to Stripped and just cry. I felt every emotion I could ever feel as if she was singing to me. After that, I’ve only ever listened to music that way.”
“Christina Aguilera is hands-down my favorite artist of all-time. I mean, she’s that little girl with the big voice. My other influences: Gwen Stefani, Adele, Fiona Apple, Lady Gaga, and especially, Pat Benatar.”
Following her high-school graduation, Kalene attended Brooklyn College as an acting student in the BFA Theatre program. However, Kalene discontinued her enrollment to pursue a career as a successful recording artist. Kalene is currently working on her debut EP titled Four that will be released in 2017. She has already recorded three tracks that she performs on a regular basis in the New York City area. Performing with her are Joe Oliveto (guitar), Tony Perez (drums), and Mike Themistocleous (bass guitar).