Kayla Brianna On ‘Meet The Smiths,’ Dad Kenny Smith & Her Music Career [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]
Kayla Brianna appears on TBS reality TV series Meet the Smiths with her family, which includes her famous father, former NBA star and Inside the NBA analyst Kenny Smith.
Kayla Brianna On ‘Meet the Smiths’
Meet the Smiths premiered back in April, making it one of the latest family-oriented reality TV series joining the ranks of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. While Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian are more than used to going about their daily lives with a camera pointing in their direction, it took some getting used to for Kayla.
“At first it was super awkward because we’d be at dinner and they’d be like, “Ok, act natural,” and you have three cameras with you at the other end,” Kayla told uInterview in an exclusive interview. “But I feel like once we finally got used to them being there we would just be ourselves, you know and act natural… You can only be private so much, but I feel like when you embrace who you are and your mistakes people relate to that.”
One of the more difficult parts of having her day-to-day private life filmed was navigating her relationship with her dad in regards to her dating life. After recounting an instance when Smith stalked her Instagram page to find out who she was seeing, she explained, “He’s so over the top, just how he is on his show, Inside the NBA. He’s just like that at home, except the viewers think it’s cool, but we just think he’s dad and embarrassing.”
“I tend to be careful who I bring around the house,” Kayla added. “I just make sure 100 percent I know that they’ll be around for awhile before I introduce them to my parents.
Aside from the TV show, Kayla also has a budding music career. The up-and-coming R&B singer first entered the music scene in 2012 when she was just 17-years-old. Now 22, Kayla, who draws inspiration from the likes of Brandy and Aaliyah, feels like she’s found her sound, which can be heard on her new track “Honest” that she wrote with Eric Bellinger.
“I would say that my sound resembles a modern Brandy. I feel like we both have a lot of harmonies and a lot of stacks in our vocals,” Kayla told uInterview. “She’s someone I look up to as an artist as well, and I have a very clear tone too, so [“Honest”] is just talking about what I’m going through in my relationship. It’s an R&B track but you can still bob your head to it.”
Meet the Smiths airs Fridays on TBS at 9/8c.
So, season one of Meet the Smiths – it was a lot of fun filming, but like, at first it was super awkward because we’d be at dinner and they’d be like , “OK, act natural,” and you have three cameras with you at the other end. “Just act natural.” But I feel like once we finally got used to them being there we would just be ourselves, you know and act natural.
Yeah, mostly it was the stuff that my dad did. There’s an episode where he went on mine and my sister’s Instagram and thought he knew who we were dating, and like printed out pictures of them so that was pretty embarrassing. He’s so over the top, just how he is on his show, Inside the NBA. He’s just like that at home, except the viewers think it’s cool, but we just think he’s dad and embarrassing. I tend to be careful who I bring around the house. I just make sure 100 percent I know that they’ll be around before I introduce them to my parents.
To me, he’s always just been dad, and I never really realized like who he was I guess until I got to school, and my friends would come up to me and be like, “Hey, your dad was so funny on TV last night.” Like I never realized how many people were watching him, and then I started watching more and more and I’m like, “Oh, this show is actually kind of funny because it’s not just about basketball; it is about basketball, but it’s just so entertaining because they’re all so crazy. And, I feel like more and more I realize now that I’m older how many people actually watch the show, which is cool.
I think that with reality shows you just have to know, I mean, it’s a reality show, so it is your life. You can only be private so much, but I feel like when you embrace who you are and your mistakes people relate to that. I think all of us, we just want to show people who we are as a family. I feel like if we show certain things, like us making mistakes or how we can come back from it as a family... And we always have a conclusion at the end of the day. It’s not drinks being thrown for no reason or things like that.
“Honest” is a song that I recorded. I co-wrote it with Eric Bellinger and it’s a very personal song, and I got to work with Birdman and the producer Isaac Flame. Birdman actually recommended that I work with him because “Honest” is actually a whole different track, and basically Birdman came in and heard my music and said my tracks were outdated. I sounded good, but the tracks were just outdated and boring so he linked me up with Isaac Flame and that’s how we came up with the single “Honest.”