Kylie Auldist is the soulful voice behind the 2016 worldwide hit ‘This Girl’ [Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners ft. Kylie Auldist], she’s also the leading lady of Australian funk/soul stalwarts ‘the Bamboos’ and a celebrated solo artist in her own right.
Described by The Music Magazine as “Melbourne’s high priestess of soul”, Kylie was born to sing - hailing from the small farming town of Hay, New South Wales, Kylie was introduced to music at an early age and recorded her first song at just six years old. From humble beginnings, Kylie has grown to become one of Australia’s most respected, versatile and accomplished performers.
Relocating to Melbourne in the early 90’s she became a fixture on the Fitzroy funk scene before becoming an in-demand backing vocalist for some of Australia’s biggest acts. In 2006 she joined forces with Australia’s premier funk outfit, the ARIA-nominated Bamboos, a relationship which continues to this day and until recently she was also the voice for Hammond trio Cookin on 3 Burners.
In 2009 she signed a solo deal with UK’s Tru Thoughts records releasing three critically acclaimed albums ‘Just Say’ (2008), ‘Made of Stone’ (2009) and ‘Still Life’ (2012). In 2016 she released her fourth solo album ‘Family Tree’ on Freestyle Records (UK). Both ‘Made of Stone’ & ‘Family Tree’ won the coveted Australian AGE Music Award & the releases were championed by leading international tastemakers including US radio’s KCRW and UK luminaries such as BBC’s Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Mark Lamarr.
Kylie shot to global prominence in 2016 when her sublime vocals on ‘This Girl’ reached #1 in France, Germany and Portugal and #2 on the UK charts (where it sat for 9 weeks). It took out the #1 spot on iTunes in the UK and many countries throughout Europe, reaching the top 100 in over 50 countries including in the US where it hit #2 on the electronic charts. The song itself has well over 1 billion streams.
Not satisfied with being at the epicentre of Australia’s funk, soul and disco scene, she is also an in-demand international session vocalist. She has sung on collaborations with Boy George’s long-time producer Marc Vedo and had underground club hits with UK artists Flevans & Aldo Vanucci.
On top of all this, you never really feel like you understand Kylie’s true talent until you’ve seen her perform live. She possesses a voice that can run the gamut from soaring vocal pyrotechnics to heart-wrenching tenderness and her down to earth warm (but no BS) personality permeates through everything she does. Whether it’s with the Bamboos or her solo crew, her onstage presence is truly joyous and its easy to see why she has such an ardent live following.
In 2020 she signed to Greg Boraman’s K7! Imprint ‘Soul Bank Music’ and released the 80’s electro soul flavoured ‘This Is What Happiness Looks Like’, this release saw BBC radio rotation and nominations for best album in both the Music Victoria & AIR Independent Record Music Awards.
Later in 2021 ‘Soul Bank Music’ presents Is It Fun / I Get It EP. Since ‘This Is What Happiness Looks Like drew comparisons with that 80's underground club sound of Evelyn King and Studio 54, it was only natural to get soulful house producer Richard Earnshaw to re-interpret the albums most infectious ear work 'Is It Fun?' The EP also includes two reworkings by Kylies' producer and bass player Warren Hunter aka 'The Waz'.
Kylie is a remarkable artist whose musical journey continues to expand and blossom the longer it progresses.