Role reversal

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When 2011 McNary High School graduate Kyle Kuhns moved to California four years ago, he had dreams of being a singer. Now he’s managing singers – and he couldn’t be happier. Along the way, he’s taking lessons learned in his musical pursuits and using them to help guide new talent and his new company. When the Keizertimes last caught up with Kuhns, the son of Keizer Police Department deputy chief Jeff Kuhns, he had just come close to making it onto American Idol as a singer. He had gone to Willamette University for one year on a music scholarship, following a busy performing schedule while at MHS. Kuhns ended up on the TV show X Factor with the group NYO (Not Your Ordinary) for three seasons, during which time he moved to Los Angeles. “We were all good, talented musicians,” Kuhns said. “They’re all great people. In December 2013 it wrapped up and I was done performing. I didn’t really love it, so I wanted to go into the other side and make a path on the business side that felt genuine and true to who I am, instead of being an artist and being told to do things and going in a direction I didn’t want to see my career going.” Even though Kuhns was signed with an agency, he quit at...

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