Co-Lin alum hits Top 40 on iTunes
Award-winning singer/songwriter and Copiah-Lincoln Community College graduate Kyle Graves has charted in the iTunes U.S. Singer/Songwriter Top 40 with his debut release, “The Autumn Sessions.” The record was released on March 8 and peaked at #26, surpassing Paul Simon’s “Graceland” and coming in just below Joni Mitchell’s “Hits” album. “Seeing it chart anywhere near some of those greats was very surprising,” Graves said. “Their music is much more known than mine, and it’s both amazing and a great honor to say that I’m in the charts with them.” Following his 2021 Josie Music Award win for Rock Song of the Year with local band Four Way Stop, Graves has chosen to showcase his versatility with a five-track EP of original acoustic folk songs. “I had been doing a lot of acoustic shows, so I figured it would be fun to make a record that reflected that,” Graves explains. “I was a little nervous about it since it would only be me on there—literally, only me. That leaves room for a lot of mistakes to be accentuated. But I learned that the lack of perfection really can make a song, and [the EP] was easier to make than I was expecting.” Discussing the inspiration for his music, Graves credits his fiancée, Autumn Hendrix, a graphic design major who also provided the cover design for the record. “She really inspired me to write more,” Graves says, “and the themes of seasons and time just simply happened. I view this record as a gift to her.” Graves is currently touring across the state, both solo and with Four Way Stop, and is scheduled to graduate the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in May.