For Cape Town-born performer, musical director, solo artist and concert pianist, Kyle Petersen, there was no turning back after playing his first note on the piano at the tender age of four years old ‒ as music would soon become the driving force and passion in his life.
Kyle started singing professionally at the age of nine and soon thereafter landed his first musical role in the theatre production, Evita, held at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.
By the age of 16, Kyle had already performed in nine major opera productions with principal roles in two of them ‒ Tosca and Amahl and the Night Visitors. As a consummate theatre performer, it was evident that he was destined to pursue a full-time career in the arts. Just after reaching his 18th birthday, Kyle had completed 14 years of classical piano and vocal training, and his love for music was affirmed when he chose to pursue a full time career in music. The love for music runs deep in the Petersen family, as younger brother Darren now also works an a successful drummer – having also performed alongside Kyle on numerous local and international projects, as well as for various top South African performers on stage.Some of the top SA artists Kyle was worked with include Danny K, Toya Delazy, Blackbyrd, Chad Saaiman, Elvis Blue and Zahara. These days, Kyle works as Musical Director and has now directed more than 30 shows for IMAX, Sun International, CTICC, Emperors Palace, Monte Casino & Artscape Theatre.
In 2011, Kyle released his début solo album, PROJECT ONE, which saw him stepping into the front stage, after having spent many years working behind the scenes in the music industry. In 2014 Kyle jetted of to the USA where he studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston USA, specialising in pop/rock keyboard performance. Due to his excellence and performances on stage throughout his time at Berklee College of Music, Kyle was also selected as a member of the prestigious Berklee All Stars 2014 fraternity. In 2015, Kyle reconnected with music producer and former 10CC band member, Duncan Mackay (who executive produced Kyle’s début album in 2011), who in turn introduced Kyle’s work to international music producer and songwriter, Mick Evans, who was working with Australian artist, Rebeka Rain, at the time.
Mick was impressed with Kyle’s talent and instantly a musical connection between the two were formed ‒ with Kyle flying to Sydney to join Rebeka in studio and lending his vocals to a number of songs on her project. A few of these songs have since started received airplay in Berlin, New York, London, Nashville and San Francisco in 2015 and 2016 and it seems there’s no stopping Kyle’s mark on the international music scene.
Prior to working with Mick Evans in 2015, Kyle penned his current track, EASY TO LOVE, which he subsequently recorded with Rebeka and Mick in studio upon his arrival in Australia. The single, which sees Kyle, Rebeka, his brother Darren perform together as a group under the stage name, LIFE, is set to be released in Europe in April 2016. Kyle is also the official South African Ambassador for Roland Keyboards, touring nationally and internationally representing their brand. He is also currently putting the finishing touches to his second solo musical album, which is set for release later this year.
Rebeka Rain was born in Cornwall UK. She moved with her parents to Australia when she was 6 years old. She grew up singing and riding horses, and when an opportunity arose at age 16 to become an apprentice racehorse jockey, she chose this as her career. She had a successful career in the Australian Racing industry, which resulted in her travelling overseas with horses and riding internationally.
She worked with, and for, many of the worlds most influential racing people.
It was when she lived through the tragedy of losing her amazing son ‘Harry’, (who was also a successful apprentice jockey), to suicide, that she realised how much music was soon to become a huge part of her life.
The time following this tragedy was a period of extreme emotion. Days, which turned into months of hardly rising from bed, the world had become a much darker place. There seemed to be no point to life anymore. The day came however when she had to make a conscious decision to move forward .
Rebeka has always had a deep love of music and during her racing career she won singing competitions and participated in a music television reality shows. What became very apparent to her was that singing and her music were to be the key to her healing. She began writing music again and her early dream of a career in singing and song writing was soon to become a reality. Through her music her aim is to bring as much happiness and compassion to the world as she possibly can and encourage others to laugh, love, dance, feel, to follow their dreams and to live life to the full.
Rebeka teamed up with Mick Evans from Melpro recording studio in Cairns, Australia and together they recorded her first album, ’Question’, which is lyrically a glimpse of issues Rebeka feels is important. Still finding herself as a singer and songwriter she moved quickly into wri