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What happens when you're a 22 year-old college graduate with big dreams, empty pockets, and a wild imagination? In K.Raydio's world, you drown out the noise, take a chance and follow your heart.

A self-proclaimed "Daughter of the Midwest," singer/songwriter K.Raydio (born Krysta Rayford) has released two EP's, performed in many of the Twin Cities' landmark concert venues (7th Street Entry, Cabooze, Varsity Theater), established a fanbase in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and conquered stage fright – in less than a year.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, K.Raydio was pushed creatively by her singer/guitarist mother and her Memphis-bred father, the son of a blues musician. After moving to Minneapolis in grade school, she focused her attention on sports and academics for most of her childhood. Privately acknowledging that music was her passion, the fear of singing publicly prevented K.Raydio from chasing her music dream for many years.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2010, the Communication Arts major grew tired of keeping her musical ambition quiet. Unemployed and searching for a sign to point her in the right direction, K.Raydio drove to Chicago last summer to see her inspirations Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae perform live – and the rest is history.

K.Raydio released her debut album, the Significant (Other) EP on August 30, 2010. Produced entirely by DJ, producer and multimedia artist Man Mantis, the EP includes heavy hip-hop, soul and blues influences, particularly on the opening track "Make It Happen" (featuring Minneapolis' own Phonetic ONE) and fan favorite "Catchy Hook" (featuring JDante). The album's closing track, "My Outro" is a dedication to Lena Horne and has evolved into K.Raydio's signature song.

Following an ecstatic reaction and favorable Internet buzz, K.Raydio extended the project and released the Significant (Other) EP – Part II, as an exclusively free online release on March 3, 2011. Collaborating once again with Man Mantis, Part II incorporates more jazz, R&B and experimental elements than its predecessor. The tracks include J Dilla-esque "It's Alright," soulful duet "Prayin'" (produced by and featuring Charlie Kim) and "Protocol", which The Onion's A.V. Club - Madison called a "stellar, new break-up song" (3/29/11).

After sharing the stage with some of the Midwest's hip-hop elite (Big Quarters, Dumate, Cecil Otter of Doomtree, F. Stokes, Maria Isa, Prof) and over 14,000 listens and downloads later, K.Raydio is hungry. With two more collaborative projects and an as-yet-unnamed solo project in the works for Summer 2011, she is taking matters into her own hands and making music that truly makes her happy. Her only hope is that by pursuing her dream, she will motivate others to do the same.

Who is K.Raydio? You're about to find out.
"Dare to be different."

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