Mormon teen's testimony shines in her music

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

So far, she’s just worked independently, though she has had label offers. Much of her time has been taken up in applying and auditioning for college musical theater programs. She says she’d love to merge her love of musical theater and newfound love of songwriting someday, and perhaps even write musicals.

Kira Stone is determined to keep her standards as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as she enters the world of music.

”I feel like I’ve made choices already to steer clear of some things … and because I’ve been faithful to them, it’s easy to stay that way,” she said.

“It’s easy to want to sell out and say, ‘Oh, it’s not that big of a deal if I wear this,' or 'Oh, it’s not a big deal if I say this word in a show.’ But when it comes down to it ... it’s about your faithfulness to the gospel. I think that is the most important thing ever.”

“Kira doesn’t hide the fact that she’s a Mormon,” Jared Stone said. “She’s very much happy to talk about her faith.” He said that he’s excited to see what opportunities she might have to share The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as she goes so many places and meets so many different people.

"The music industry, I think, does get a bad rap for a lot of the headlines that come out," he said. "But I think it’s easy to miss a lot of the good and creativity and a lot of the God-given talents and gifts that people are magnifying and pursuing and building upon. It’s really an inspiring thing to watch. I try to focus more on that.”

Jared Stone acknowledged that any parent would worry about a child who’s pushing toward a bit of fame, but at this point he's not overly concerned.

“She has a great head on her shoulders and great heart, so I just don’t worry about that,” he said.

Her songs' lyrics are squeaky-clean and rather whimsical. She said that “Peter Pan” was born out of her love of the tale and a desire to capture childhood innocence. “Find Me Now” is a light-hearted song about celebrity crushes.

She cited Jason Reeves, Colbie Caillat and Taylor Swift as inspirations, and when she tried to describe her style, she called it “a mix of happy sounds.”

She burst out laughing. “That sounds so dorky!”

Laughs aside, she takes the power of music very seriously.

“I really want to try to make other people just feel more bright and feel happier and recognize the light of Christ that they have in some small way.”

She believes everyone has a divine purpose, and she’s found hers.

"I’ve prayed a lot about this to see if this is actually what I should do, or if I should go to college for another reason or figure out a different life path,” she said. “I’ve really just gotten confirmation after confirmation that this is something that is going to help me feel the Spirit the most, and help others I come in contact with feel the Spirit the most.”

Stone says she honestly wants to pursue whatever would best bless the lives of whomever she comes in contact with.

Jared Stone believes his daughter is ready for this next chapter in her life. Her vibrant, bubbly personality includes a huge helping of bright-eyed faith for her future.

“Kira really knows that she wants to make music a really essential part of her life,” he said.

For more information about Kira Stone, visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kirastonemusic. Songs are available on iTunes for download.

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