Kyle Douglas “Clean Hands” is a perfectly named, well-conceived album that portrays his own evolution toward personal, creative freedom. The idea behind “Clean Hands” in other words “being free from unfair conduct, living the right kind of lifestyle, and spreading a positive message.” I was browsing through his bio and that description seems timely in our present situation. And his music has that rocking optimism that can only come from an old soul.
I decided to check out his tunes just to see what’s causing all the fuss in the social media. And yes he’s got it. He is charismatic and his lyrics can really strike a chord to those who are like him-pilgrims in search for a higher meaning in this life.
I know there’s been too much negativity everywhere so I decided to take a break and REALLY listen to music with meaningful lyrics. And the more I search the more I see why in this jaded world it is easy overlook a talent that aims to inspire and not to catch attention.
There are four musicians involved in the Kyle Douglas band and they are:
Mikey Rucker – Drums
Desmond Bullatd- Bass Guitar/ Back-Up Vocals
Greg Erwin – Lead Guitar
Kyle Douglas – Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals.
He came from Eastern Kentucky and became an award-winning artist in the Nashville music scene. His music covers many styles- from contemporary Christian, to pop, rock and blues. Hands Clean is his first EP and I can see that it is generating a lot of buzz. The title track is the first single and it debuted around September along with the music video. He left his daytime job as a salesman to follow his musical passion. Perhaps his background explains his great charisma. I have a sales/customer service background and I totally dig this. I know how challenging it was!
His album press kit has this interesting blurb:
Kyle Douglas “Clean Hands” is a perfectly named, well-conceived album that portrays his own evolution toward personal, creative freedom. The idea behind “Clean Hands” in other words “being free from unfair conduct, living the right kind of lifestyle, and spreading a positive message.” Coal miners, auto mechanics, farmers, and in many other fields of work where getting your hands a little dirty is inevitable, they still continue to live clean lifestyles.
Douglas has an interesting testimony about how Clean Hands came to be:
“I have spent 12 years of my life bound by the chains of addiction of substance abuse. At one time in my life, I had burnt every bridge and destroyed every relationship with family, friends, and everyone I had come in contact with until there was no one. I was all alone. I know what it’s like to be homeless. To lose every material possession you once had, and to meet what some would call rock bottom head on with a shovel. I know what it’s like to lose people that never come back. I know what it’s like to live in a hopeless state of mind to where not only death was inevitable, I was inviting it day in and day out. I know what it’s like to live with no meaning or direction in life, with nowhere to go but down to your knees to throw up a sinner’s prayer. It is a miserable existence. I also know what it’s like to bounce back and to pull yourself up out of death’s doorway and to renew a relationship with God and strive to do better. I am a very spiritual person today; it’s the little things I appreciate and pay attention to. Today I have a choice, and I choose to live. Not only do I want to live, I want to live a fulfilling and rewarding life. To inspire through my actions and the songs I create. “It’s all about the healing and the evolution of getting better”, Kyle says.
I was reminded with this Supergirl episode where the villain by the name of Livewire, a former shock jock turned current demon hates the heroine so much because according to her ” she represent what’s good therefore not cool.” But I think that is changing. The more we see the world around us, how our egotistical ways are spreading so much noise pollution, it is only fitting that Kyle Douglas has a place in mainstream music.
His debut album Clean Hands is now available on iTunes: Clean Hands – EP