Melissa Cohen

Broadway star and Trolls universe favorite Kyla Carter is celebrating creativity and the qualities that make people unique in her debut single.

You might recognize Kyla Carter (or at least her voice!) from Trolls and Trollstopia where she plays CJ Suki, but she is also a podcaster, singer, dancer, actress, and Broadway star. Despite her success, Kyla hasn’t always felt like she was exactly the same as everyone else, but she’s embraced that and taken inspiration from it.

“I have always felt that I didn’t blend in with the crowd and realized early on that it was ok to be different,” she said. “Never change who you are or compromise your integrity.”

Her debut single, “Average Puzzle Piece” explores this in a familiar theater style. (We could totally imagine hearing this song in a Broadway soundtrack!) “‘Average Puzzle Piece’ is a song about being comfortable in your own skin and being true to who you are,” Kyla told us, explaining that even though there’s a lot of pressure to be like everyone else, she’s learned that being unique is a good thing. “What I want people to take from this song is that having confidence in yourself is more important than what others think of you.”

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“Average Puzzle Piece” is part of the work that Kyla has been doing over the last year as her schedule changed. “The past year has been very challenging,” she said, sharing that she spent time focusing on positivity after a project was postponed. “I embraced the time I had and discovered my love for songwriting and developed the kind of artist I want to be.”

Kyla’s music is an extension of the encouragement and inspiration she tries to share in her weekly podcast segment “Kyla’s Korner” on The Mark White Show where she encourages listeners to “Live sunny side up!” “When I write music, I am writing about these experiences and how to get through them. I always try to look at the bright side of life, dance in the rain, and be the superhero in my own story!”

“Average Puzzle Piece” is available to stream now on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, and other major streaming platforms.

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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.