VAIL — Kaylene Richardson has been singing since she could talk. She was 8 years old when she first performed in public for her church.
On Sunday, the 16-year-old will bring half a lifetime of experience to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater stage. She opens for Jeremy Camp, one of the top names in contemporary Christian music, in what organizers believe to be the Ford Amphitheater’s first Christian concert.
“I’m so honored to be part of it,” said Kaylene, who goes by her first name as her stage name. “Jeremy Camp is such a godly man. He’s amazing with the God-given talent he has, and his testimony.”
Richardson doesn’t believe in coincidence; she believes in God.
One of the people at her church is a music producer with Camp, and when they knew they needed to fill a spot on Sunday’s bill, he suggested Kaylene. They gave her a listen and she got the nod.
“It’s honestly just God. It would not have happened without my lord and savior,” Kaylene said.
‘BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE’
She’ll be singing her own material. Her five-song EP, “Beautiful You Are,” will be released that day and available at the Ford Amphitheater. She’s working toward a full album by the time she graduates high school.
If you wandered by the Calvary Chapel kids area at Avon’s July Fourth celebration, then you probably heard her belting out tunes that shifted easily between pop, blues and rock. The kid has serious pipes.
Kaylene is a junior at Eagle Valley High School. She’s in the choir and Mad Melodies, the a cappella group.
“I try to take advantage of any singing opportunity I have,” Kaylene said.
She is unabashedly Christian. She said she has been one her entire life.
“I look at it not as being part of a religion, but as a way to live,” she said.
There was no effort to prohibit Christian music in Vail, it’s just that no one ever booked any … until now. UpLift Vail is presenting the event.
“Nothing like this has ever taken place in our backyard. We are excited to be a part of this fun, family-friendly event, eventually growing into an annual celebration we can all be a part of,” said Chad Brasington, UpLift team member.
Richardson opens for Jeremy Camp, one of contemporary Christian music’s top names. Also on the bill are rapper Roy Tosh and pop singer Adam Cappa. Camp’s Vail performance kicks off his latest tour, which runs through the end of November. For a story on Camp, check out Saturday’s Vail Daily.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.