Watch above: Kyle Riabko recalls his roots and performs “Holding My Breath”
SASKATOON – Kyle Riabko has made a big splash in New York City, and he attributes much of his success to growing up in Saskatoon; in fact, his first shows were on the stage at Buds on Broadway.
The talented singer, guitarist, composer and actor said “you don’t try to break out” when speaking of his success.
“You should never have to feel like you must transcend where you come from, you should be where you come from.”
Holding true to these words, Riabko stopped by Global Saskatoon’s Morning News for an interview and performance of his self-composed “Holding My Breath” ahead of two shows on Friday, July 25 at the Bassment.
“For me it’s a great excuse to see my family and everybody, this is a vacation for me. There’s no place like home,” said Riabko.
“It all started here. I have Saskatoon to thank.”
Before starring on Broadway in both Spring Awakening and Hair, Kyle released a full-length album of original music at the age of 17 and has opened for a wide range of artists, including crooner John Mayer, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, BB King, Buddy Guy and James Brown.
His most recent project, called “WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? Bacharach Reimagined” played off-Broadway in New York City and features Kyle’s arrangements of the music of his idol, Bert Bacharach.
He is currently working on the next steps for the production.