Monday, March 28, 2022

Adult Student Finds Her Voice At Vol State

Kathryn Hoxie, professionally known as Kfhox, found her voice at Vol State. Literally. “From the time I was little, everything was a song or a commercial. Everything was my microphone,” said Kathryn. “And so, from a pretty early age, the woman that helped raise me put me in voice lessons.”

Kathryn grew up playing drums, singing in choir, and performing in a jazz ensemble. She even had the opportunity to record in Bob Marley’s studio in Kingston, Jamaica, where she recorded a reggae remix of one of her songs. She later wrote a children’s book based on that song, called Screaming To Be Free.

“It's just always been a part of who I am. I just don’t remember my life without music.” she said.

Kathryn studied several subjects in college, but she still felt like something was missing. “My undergrad is in Political Science and Pre-Law. I have an MBA and a Masters of Management. But even after all of that, I just felt like I was fighting myself and my purpose and my path,” she said.

“I had attempted to come [to Vol State] a few years back after I moved here, but my mom got really sick and she passed away,” said Kathryn. “Especially after I lost my mom, I realized the importance of living for myself and my purpose. You don’t realize how precious life is until you lose someone- especially a parent.”

Kathryn finally decided to enroll in the Music: Associates of Fine Arts program at Vol State, and had to overcome a new hurdle.

“I literally lost my voice for like, months. I could barely talk,” she said. “I literally felt [like] I couldn't tell people that I sang.” Kathryn practiced meditation and enrolled in voice lessons at Vol State to regain her voice. 

“I was super thankful to start classes because I started voice lessons. I mean, I’ve been in and out of voice lessons my whole life, but it came right on time,” said Kathryn. “Honestly, since I started school, my voice is back and I’ve been doing shows again.”

Kathryn is continuing her education in the Music program at Vol State. She currently has several albums out on streaming platforms. Her book, Screaming To Be Free, is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and more. To keep up with Kfhox, click here: www.facebook.com/kfhox

- Chloe Duvall

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