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Herriman local set to release first album

Aug 09, 2021 11:24AM ● By Justin Adams

The cover of Herriman local April Kerr’s debut full length album, “Headspace.”

By Justin Adams | [email protected]

In the fourth grade, April Kerr was assigned to write a poem. She chose to write one about World War II because her grandpa was a soldier. Then all on her own, she added a melody to it and started singing. A song writer was born!

Now, she is set to release her debut full-length album, “Headspace,” this summer. The album contains 10 songs she’s written over the course of the last three years. While the collection of songs share common themes, they’re not all necessarily related to one another. That’s why Kerr’s sister suggested “Headspace” for the title of the album, because it’s “just things that happened in [her] head.” 

While the album is Kerr’s first full length release, it’s likely that many Herriman residents might have already heard her perform. She recently performed two songs from the album at the Herriman Live talent show. She’s also been a regular at Hale Center Theater over the past four years, performing in such shows as Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Christmas Carol, Seussical the Musical, Freaky Friday and A Tale of Two Cities. She was also active in Herriman High’s theater program during her time as a student. 

In fact, Kerr’s connection to musical theater has been a big influence on the sound of the forthcoming album. She also listed Sarah Bareilles, Carole King, Lizzy McAlpine and Gavin James as some of her musical inspirations. 

“Headspace” is notable for Kerr in that it represents the progress she has made not only as a performer, but as a recording professional as well. 

For her first EP released in 2018, she worked with Noise Box Studio in Provo to produce it. “I just had to come in and play my songs. [They] did all the recording and mixing,” she explained. 

But after recently graduating from Utah Valley University with a degree in commercial music production, she decided it was time for her to produce her own album.

“I decided, this is my senior year, I should be doing this on my own. I shouldn’t be paying other people to do it when this is what I’m studying,” she said. 

As a test run of sorts, she and a friend, Kyle Olsen, produced a Christmas music EP this winter. That success gave her the confidence to go through with producing her own full-length album, which she has been working on this spring in the home-studio of a former professor.

“This is the first project I’ve done that’s really just me, from start to finish,” she said.

You can support Kerr's new album by listening to it on any streaming platform or even better, by going to a promotional concert she’ll be playing at the Draper Historic Theater on Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $10 and attendees will also be able to buy physical copies of the album.










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