Kolby Knickerbocker

Kolby Knickerbocker

Kolby Knickerbocker

My music is simple, but powerful. Soulful-folk would be a start, but that doesn’t quite capture the essence of my music; there has to be heart, and lots of it.

I moved a lot as a kid so I’m not really “from” any place. I was born in Miami, raised in Atlanta, did some highschool in San Diego, college in Santa Barbara, lived in London for a few years, Poland next, then Sacramento, and finally Bend, Oregon. I currently call Bend my home.

Regularly having to say goodbye to friends and the people I loved really shaped me as a person. Moving a lot can be very painful for a young person growing up, finding out who they are. I think because of it, my songs are usually tinged with a bit of sadness; I’ve never written a strictly happy song, they just don’t feel right to me.

The repeated loss of friends is heart-breaking. Through my songs, I’ve found that there is beauty in sadness and a deep joy in discovering new friends and being at peace in being alone. My songs speak to love and loss, the beauty in life and in love; I think my fans recognize that and it’s why my songs speak to them. Everyone has experienced loss at some level; my music tries to put words and sound to that experience.

It took me a while to really start owning my musical talents. I always thought people were just being nice with handy compliments. Then I started recording and putting music out there and total strangers were like, ‘This music is really beautiful.’ I think that’s when I started to believe I was good; when total strangers started to connect with my music and tell me how it helped them through a hard time in life.

I started my professional musical career early on, releasing my first album with Kitty’s Musicbox (2004) as a sophomore in college. I’ve since released an additional full-length album Red Dust (2015) and two EPs, Rodello’s Machine and Animus (2012 and 2016), with Nate Donnis of Rodello’s Machine. In 2019, I claimed my solo project and its been upward since then.

The emotional vulnerability in my music has landed me spots in various TV and film placements across the globe. My music has been featured in television shows like MTV’s Degrassi High, 90210, Heart Signal, Barely Breathing, many independent films, and has been featured in Spotify’s “Top” editorial playlists.

Growing into life has taught me that time, family, and love are what’s important. My debut solo EP, Kindness Courage (2019), met with critical acclaim and fan praise. This EP wove between timeless messages of kindness and strength left for my unborn daughter (“Kindness Courage”) and dedication to my wife and family (“Promise”). Both of these tracks set my foundation for a strong fan base and fueled my future releases.

My next set of singles shifted focus to my daughter (“Alright with Me”) and the world I wish for her, the dedication of the love to my wife (“Over and Over”), and my wishes for a better world (“Prayer”).

I think my kids and my family will be an inspiration for me for many years to come. I tell my wife that I’d love to write a sweet “Justin Timberlake” style dance track, but they just don’t come to me. Sweet tender love songs are my jam and I’m okay with that.
Bend, OR

Recent Submissions

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Over and Over by Kolby Knickerbocker

Eric Hillebrecht

Umm. I am not even going to bother commenting on this track except for I LOVE IT!!!

Whoa Kolby! Spiritual, Engaging, Emotive, Beautiful, Raw! You nailed this man!

Well done.

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Alright with Me by Kolby Knickerbocker

Benjamin Groff

Hi Kolby - this is really a fantastic piece.  I listened twice!.  To be honest though - I really don't work on the country side of things either on publishing or via our music blog.  But this is really a great job piece here - song, playing, voice and all.  I'm def going to check out the rest of your tunes.  Thanks for the submission.  

Chris Heintz

First and foremost thank you for submitting Kolby. Starting out the mix on the record sounds great. Nice space between all of the elements and everything sounds clear and clean.  There is a lot of depth with the music and vocals overall really nice job here. I really like the heart of this record all together. The vocals breathe enough to really let the production shine. I particularly enjoyed the bridge really nice build up there. From a vocal performance stance I wasn’t blown away. I feel like this could be a big record for a more distinguishable voice, but that’s just my opinion. As an A&R I would be pitching this record elsewhere if you were presenting it as the songwriter only. I love the record overall though and have nothing but positive things to say about it as you can see. From the writing to the production it’s a 10 in my book. I think this would be a great synch record. I would definitely be sending this out to as many music supervisor’s as possible if I were you. Thanks again for submitting!

Scott Cohen

Great voice.  Excellent songwriting.  If you are looking for publishing opps you probably need to get down to Nashville.  

Eric Hillebrecht

Hi Kolby.

Thanks for sending the track. I like it. Intimate yet powerful, delicate, but emotionally charged. Overall i think it has a great feel and i don't have much criticism of the track. Well done. I'll drop you an email.

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Kindness and Courage by Kolby Knickerbocker

Tom Johnson

Hi! Thanks for the submission. The song is very nice, and I would echo the sentiments of the quotes you've included below; it is indeed immersive and nicely detailed. Can't really fault the songwriting and production, though it does sit quite far in to the country sound which not a lot of blogs/sites tend to cover these days. My advice would be to target more niche/nuanced sites that deal directly with this genre. It's not quite the kind of thing we cover on my own site but i'll certainly share it with our writes. Best of luck!

Andrea Young

Much of this is right in our wheelhouse.  Some of sounds a bit overproduced, but overall much to embrace here.  This has a very spiritual tone to it, with the slow tempo and intimate vocals. Send a high quality mp3 to andrea@aspenbeat.com with 'Fluence Request - Artist Name - Track Title' in the subject of the email and we'll include on playlists and shows, it'll make a good ending for those.  The links provided to Twitter and Instagram below didn't work, just fyi.  And we'd love to see the lyrics.  Thanks for the submission, good luck with your music!