Kyle Patrick

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Kyle Patrick
Born Kyle Patrick Dickherber
(1986-05-20) May 20, 1986 (age 28)
Atlanta, GA, U.S.
Occupation Singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist
Years active 2005–present
Website
http://kylepatrickmusic.com

Kyle Patrick Dickherber (born May 20, 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and the lead singer of Boston power pop band, The Click Five.

In February 2007, former vocalist of The Click Five, Eric Dill, officially left the band. Kyle was then scouted by Atlantic Records, and formally joined the band in early 2007.

Personal life[edit]

Kyle was born and raised in Marietta, GA, where he graduated from Lassiter High School and later moved to Boston to attend college.

Kyle attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2007, his third year at the college, he was chosen by The Click Five to be the new lead singer of their band, replacing Eric Dill who had left the band in late 2006. He left in the middle of his studies to join The Click Five as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. He has been performing since the age of 11, citing Eric Clapton and his bands Derek & The Dominos, Cream, Stevie Ray Vaughan & James Taylor as his main influences.

Kyle revealed that upon his joining of the band, he had to do an initiation. "The latest one was they painted me brown with baked beans, and put me in a half man, half horse suit. They made me walk around in Copley Square, with a megaphone, and I had to say random things like “Hello, Hello my name is Kyle Patrick! I reside in East Boston…”"[1]

Kyle is also a Celebrity Ambassador with MTV EXIT, performing countries like Cambodia and Thailand to raise awareness about human trafficking. He visited shelters to interact with human trafficking victims, as well as to hear their life stories. He is also involved with the Human Trafficking Awareness Council and performed at the 2011 Freedom Walk and rally against human trafficking in New York City.

In addition to his performances to raise awareness about human trafficking, Kyle is also an active participant in the annual New York City Marathon to raise funds for charity. In 2010, the funds he raised went to Team For Kids, and in 2011, to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York City.

Career[edit]

Despite being from the United States, Kyle has had much more success in Asia, especially in the region of Southeast Asia, earning gold records in countries like Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines.

2005-2007: Beginnings[edit]

Kyle formed a band with close friends from high school, Patrick McGraw and Billy Justineau, and later added friend Josh Dockins to the lineup. The band was called Hillside Manor. It was formed circa 2005. Kyle left Hillside Manor to pursue The Click Five, but the remaining band members continued to write and perform under the name for a few years following. Kyle still remains in close contact with his former bandmates.

Before he officially joined The Click Five, Patrick had co-written the song Empty with CF's keyboardist Ben Romans.

2007-2013: The Click Five[edit]

Kyle Patrick sang the lead vocals on The Click Five's sophomore album, Modern Minds and Pastimes. With Kyle at the helm, the band has sold over two million records to date and had number-one singles in no less than eight countries. 2008 saw The Click Five headline sold-out arenas on three continents as well as perform with heavyweights like The Black Eyed Peas and Placebo. Cheryl Leong of MTV described Kyle’s voice as “Deep, Powerful, Steady, and Strong.” The year culminated in a sea of wins for the band, including the Knockout Award from MTV Asia, Band of the Year from Singapore’s 987FM, and Most Outstanding Pop Act at the Boston Music Awards.

The band's third studio release, TCV, was released exclusively in Singapore on November 16, 2010, and subsequently released to other countries. Three singles were released: "I Quit! I Quit! I Quit!", "The Way It Goes" and "Don't Let Me Go".

The third single, "Don't Let Me Go", was picked up by MTV EXIT to help raise awareness for human trafficking. The band filmed a music video with MTV EXIT. The music video includes real-life statistics of human trafficking, and makes use of blindfolds to show that people need to be more aware of what happens around us.

Together with the band, they traveled to Phnom Penh, where they headlined MTV EXIT's free concert with Korean girl band After School, performing in front of an audience of approximately 40,000. They visited the Transitions shelter, a home for young girls who have managed to escape the wraths of human trafficking.[2]

The Click Five officially disbanded on January 14, 2013.[3]

2010-present: Solo career, "Go For Gold", Kyle Patrick[edit]

Kyle embarked on a solo career in May 2010, when he released his first solo EP, KP, on Bandcamp.[4] He remained a member of The Click Five until the band decided to part ways on January 14, 2013.

For KP, Fans were able to download the 6-song EP, at a price of their choice. He gave an explanation, saying, "The price is pay-what-you-want -- including zero. You can pay any amount, or pay nothing. It is your choice. This music means the world to me, and I want you to have it. " All 6 songs on the EP were produced by Kyle Patrick himself, and features a wide variety of instruments on it.

In order to raise funds for his upcoming album, Kyle launched a campaign on Pledgemusic.[5] The project was launched on May 20, 2011, and finally reached 100% on August 30, 2011. During the process, videos of Kyle's recording process, progress and demos were uploaded to the sites as an exclusive update to pledgers. He would occasionally play pledger-only concerts via ustream.

From mid-December 2011 to early January 2012, Kyle traveled to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Phnom Penh to promote his solo work. He gave interviews and performed for radio stations such as 987FM, Fly FM and Lush 99.5FM. In addition to that, he performed private shows for fans. He performed at TAB,[6] an intimate live music venue in Singapore, to an almost sold-out crowd.

Kyle announced on Pledgemusic in 2011 that he would be working on a song named Ready Set Go. The title was later changed to Go For Gold. He describes the song as "big", "anthemic" and "uplifting", and feels that it is a perfect fit for the Olympics. A full demo of the song was released to pledgers on his Pledgemusic website on September 14, 2011. The song later underwent heavy editing and it became his first single "Go For Gold!". "Go For Gold!" was released worldwide on June 20, 2012, along with a 2D and 3D music video.

Kyle released his second solo EP, Kyle Patrick on July 20, 2012. The EP consists of five tracks: "Follow Your Heartbeat", "Go For Gold!", "Wild Ways", "Baby Don't Board That Plane" and a cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". Kyle stated that the EP had been in the works for 5 years, and he had started working on it when he was in college.

On August 15, 2012, Kyle was invited to perform at MTV Sessions at MTV Asia, becoming the third artist to perform at MTV Sessions after Vanness Wu and James Morrison. The show was filmed in front of an intimate audience of 200 people, and the performance will air on MTV Asia on September 8, 2012.

Kyle performed in Dumaguete on August 17, 2012 for an MTV EXIT roadshow. In August 2012, Kyle announced that he would be accompanying British-Irish boyband The Wanted on their Asian tour, and will be playing in Kuala Lumpur and in Jakarta with the band as the opening act.

2013: New music[edit]

In April 2013, Kyle announced on Twitter that he was working on new music and possibly, a follow up to his debut EP Kyle Patrick which was released in 2012.[7]

Influences[edit]

Patrick has cited artistes like The Beatles, David Bowie, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Roy Orbison as his main musical influences. He is a fan of David Guetta, Bill Withers, Robyn, Coldplay, Maroon 5 and Rihanna.

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Year EP details
2010 KP
  • Released: 20 May 2010
  • Label: Self-released
2012 Kyle Patrick
  • Released: 20 July 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Distributor: Warner Music (Asia)

Awards[edit]

Independent Music Awards 2013: "Follow Your Heartbeat" - Best Pop Song[8]

References[edit]

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