Even at a young age, Ky Rodgers knew that music was going to be a big part of his life. Heavily influenced by musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughn and John Mayer, his eyes were drawn to the guitar, and as he grew, he won several talent shows and was considered for different music scholarships. That momentum came to a halt when he dropped out of school, moved in with his girlfriend and began a father. But the drive to create and the need to provide for his family never left his bones. He was subsequently contacted by an artist in Nashville who wanted him to play guitar in his band -- but it would be for a country rapper, a genre that was new to Rodgers. He soon began listening to artists like Jelly Roll, Wiz Kalifa and and Drake.
But after 11 months on the road, a car accident nearly robbed him of the ability to walk. During the ensuing recuperation, he was unable to work and entered into a deep depression which was aided by a split from his girlfriend. After a few months, however, his strength slowly returned, and he started making music in the basement of a friend's house. He slowly began sharing videos and songs online, with his fanbase growing with every release. But to pay the bills, he resorted to selling weed. After being arrested one night, he had the realization that this was not the life he wanted, and so he poured every ounce of himself into his music. And it seemed to have paid off, as he recently signed with InVogue Records to release his new EP, "From My Mind."
Across the 6 tracks of "From My Mind," Rodgers turns his attention to the things that he knows: a combination of hip-hop, pop and country perspectives blended with the details of his own life. There's a darkness that seeps into almost every song here, a weight that bears down on you as the music rolls from your speakers. He doesn't hold back in detailing the ups and downs that he gone through, and he welcomes the company as he revisits these painful memories. Opening with "Can You Tell Me Something," a track about regrets and consequences filled with echoing guitar lines and a thrumming bassline, all set against a minimalist beat and Rodger's own persuasive vocals.
Other tracks like "Don't Turn Your Back On Me" and "I Talk To God About You" are filled with hurt and remorse, but there's also a hesitant lightness that tries its best to make itself known. There's an understanding that things don't always end up the way you want, but sometimes it's all for the best. He ends the collection with "You Give Me Life," a song that finds him exploring a vulnerable love and asking how he can show the object of his affection the full scope of his commitment. Built around fluid pop melodies and affecting guitar rhythms, the song is indicative of Rodger's overall approach to music: expansive but emotional specific. "From My Mind" is a convincing record of hardship and growth, and to hear it is to hear the sounds of a man coming to terms with the contours of his own experiences.