Rei Kennex’s musical mind works in mysterious ways. Though she won Ukraine’s largest national music talent show and has pitch perfect pop-star pipes, she is anything but today’s typical female pop star. Her inspiration transcends that genre. Whereas most of her peers worship today’s hottest artists, Rei finds her musical inspiration in film scores, sci-fi books, and imaginary worlds. “I was always fascinated by the beauty of storytelling,” says Kennex, who was born and raised in Ukraine and currently calls Los Angeles her home. “Music in Russian cartoons and later scores by Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and James Newton Howard sparked my interest in music.