Hi, I’m Kali Stewart. I’m a composer and singer in both contemporary and classical genres currently studying at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. I’m inspired all at once by Beethoven, the Beatles, Debussy, Megadeth, Schubert, Muse, Alice Cooper and Tchaikovsky. I’m interested in collaboration through writing for visual mediums, as well as performing vocals for projects as a classical lyric soprano OR contemporary/pop/rock alto.
I was born in Denton, TX, home of the University of North Texas (UNT) – the school that houses the internationally renowned jazz music program. Where I grew up, music always was in the air. Literally. I got an electric bass and voice lessons for my 10th birthday and knew from then on that I must have a life and career in music. (Although my mom would argue that my musical inclinations were present way before age 10 – with a specific recollection of myself, age 2, standing in a shopping cart in the middle of a grocery store and screaming “A Pirate’s Life for Me” and other pirate shanties at the top of my lungs.) Around age 14, I started performing with various rock cover ensembles while attending For Those About To Rock School in Southlake, TX and Rockestra (a rock orchestra) in Flower Mound, TX. Throughout high school, I sang in a Guns N’ Roses cover band called Dust N’ Bones. When I was 17, I founded, co-wrote and sang lead vocals for the alternative metal band Not Guilty!. The summer between high school and college, I attended numerous summer programs at Berklee College of Music, most notably the 5-Week Summer Performance program (emphasis on contemporary voice.) That fall, I started receiving classical training at Richland College in north Dallas, where I earned my Associates of Music with a Voice Performance emphasis. During my time at Richland, I studied composition with Rice/Yale alumni Jordan Kuspa and studied voice with classical vocalists Amy deCola, Kay Austin and Beverly Griffin-Dyer and jazz voice with UNT graduate Jimin Lee. In the fall of 2014, after earning my Associates, I transferred to SMU to pursue a B.M. of Music Composition with a Songwriting minor, studying under Dr. Robert Frank. I’m currently continuing my classical vocal performance education at SMU with Camille King.