Award-winning metro musician composes himself in many different ways

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You never know who’s going to show up to change your tire when you call AAA. If it’s Kyle McKinney, you may ask him to play a tune. He is, after all, an award-winning composer and musician.

“I think a lot of people look at me and they don’t see a person who’s playing sweet, pretty music on a piano. They, well I don’t know what they see,” joked McKinney.

McKinney has been a musician since he was a little boy.

“While a lot of kids were out playing, I was in the basement playing away at the piano,” said McKinney.

Even while he worked at a hospital, he played the piano in the lobby on his lunch break for patients.

“I was just doing for them what music did for me, and it always kind of had a healing effect,” said McKinney.

Inspired by the feeling music gives, McKinney decided to start composing for films. He even won an award in the 48-Hour Film Project Festival for his work.

“There are plenty of bad films that had great music. There are no great films that had bad music. It just doesn’t work that way,” said McKinney.

McKinney says he hopes more musicians and filmmakers will have the chance to stay in the metro and make even more movies with Kansas City as a backdrop.
McKinney’s greatest advice is to never give up, network, and prepare to work hard and give up a lot of other opportunities to make any kind of a living being a musician.

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