samedi 14 juin 2014

Artist Interview With Kaylee Rutland

By Jake O'neil

Eighteen-year-old Kaylee Rutland, a Texan contemporary country singer and songwriter, will be playing this year's Dallas Music Fest in it's twelfth consecutive run. Kaylee's musical inspiration comes from artists such as Reba McEntire, Sarah Evans, and Carrie Underwood. "Music has always been something I've wanted to do," says Kaylee, "it's been a huge part of my life since I was a kid." Kaylee's songs primarily deal with themes of friends, faith, and love - things.

"If I hear someone say something that I think would work great in a song, I'll take that knowledge with me and work with it to write my lyrics," she says. When Kaylee is writing songs, she says she is hard on herself because she wants the lyrics and music to sound as good as they can. Once Kaylee has the basic lyrics down for a song, she takes what she wrote and her and her band meet up, jam through it, and bounce ideas off of each other.

Kaylee and her band plan on releasing their second CD sometime in the near future - it has been about a year since her first EP was released. Kaylee also recently wrapped up recording a song and filming a music video with country stars, Jamie O'Neal and Colt Ford. "It was a real blessing to record with such nice and down to earth people like Jamie and Colt," said Rutland. When Kaylee was just starting out in music, she says her biggest challenge was being comfortable on stage in front of a crowd when she originally felt awkward being in front of so many people.

Her favorite show she has played so far has been the Pregame Party on the Plaza; she has played this show twice now and has loved it both times. It is a two-hour set that was before the Dallas Stars hockey game. "It was freezing cold but I loved every second of it!" she says. If Kaylee could open up for any artist of her choice, she would choose to open up for Reba McEntire because she is her idol.

"Whenever you're an up and coming artist," Kaylee says, "you will always have those people that will want to bring you down and want to tell you that your music isn't good enough. Don't listen to them, because they are just out to put you down." Kaylee also went on to say how important it is to listen to those who love you and believe in you and not anyone else. Her biggest advice to other up and coming artist around the world is that they should always believe in themselves, because if they do, they will succeed.

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