She may have just turned 21, but Kaylee Keller is already a seasoned pro in the recording studio and on stages of many stripes. In a whirlwind five years, she dropped her debut EP Diamond and the brand new Rubies, amassed heaps of critical praise, rising chart-success and tackled her fair share of touring (including opening slots at the arena level) opening for artists such as; Josh Wilson, Jerrod Neimann, Craig Campbell, Joe Diffie, and many others! Alongside live performances and interviews with media outlets such as FOX News Channel, FOX Extra, iHeart Radio, CelebSecrets, FOX411, ABC, WMEG TV, TCN Bridges, and Simply Grace Magazine.
But no matter how massive the reach thus far as an entirely independent artist, the Christian pop country singer/songwriter with a lifelong affinity for self-expression (and Shirley Temple!) has literally soared into the stratosphere with the instantly connective single “Nowhere America.” In addition to lighting up the internet, the media is latching on at lightning speed, thanks in part to her immense charisma but also a storyline that simultaneously celebrates coming from a small hometown with a unifying message that couldn’t be more vital in times of dissension and despair.
“I have been very blessed to be able to travel the world at such a young age. I have lived in NYC and Nashville for different seasons of my life, but I realized how much I actually love and miss my hometown each time I come back home to Garden City, Kansas,” echoes Kaylee. “I think this song [Nowhere America] connects because it pulls at the heartstrings. When you listen to the lyrics, it sends you back to your own home- that one place that is irreplaceable and has molded us into who we are today. I think in a time when we’re more separated then ever, this song reminds us of America’s foundations, along with our roots, and love for one another.”
In fact, it’s just one of many gems that populate the Rubies collection, which also includes the incredibly relatable (not to mention musically infectious) “Taking Out The Trash” to build upon Keller’s tradition of positive and empowering songwriting. “We all can carry baggage or ‘trash’ from past mistakes and choices we have made, so this is a song that encourages and reminds you that today is a new day,” she confirms.“So take out your trash and move forward. Stop letting baggage and toxicity hold you back.”
And Kaylee isn’t just talking the talk with a sense of theory, but speaking from the personal experience of someone who’s been dealt her fair share of setbacks. Not all that long ago, this entertainer with a passion for fashion was relentlessly bullied and sexually harassed by a group of boys at her high school, and while those years cast some dark clouds, she instead used such intolerably negativity to add fuel to her dream-chasing fire. For starters, her grades and exceptional progress allowed her to graduate high school with honors two years early, and as her career in music ascended, she incorporated motivational speaking into the mix, vulnerably sharing her low points and eventual triumphs with students all across the country.
“Without having a strong sense of who I was and what I believed about myself. I would have caved in physically and emotionally to the bullying,” she admits of the terribly trying time. “I didn’t have anyone at my school to stick up for me because sexual harassment isn't something that gets addressed. But I want to be that person for others. I get to bring awareness by my music and my words, so I wrote a song called "Diamond". This song is an anthem to remind every single person that they are more precious then jewels and that they are beautifully and wonderfully made by God. This truth is what has kept me living in truth and purpose and not despair".
In addition to her anti-bullying stance loaded with self-esteem affirmations, Kaylee shares many other platforms throughout her performance mediums. “I am a very passionate person and I talk about several important matters, depending on the age group and event, such as ‘show me your friends and I will show you your future,’ ‘you are made for a purpose,’ ‘you're never to young to chase your dreams,’ plus the idea of dating with a purpose, the importance of abstinence until marriage and putting an end to pornography. I talk about my relationship with Christ and keeping morally strong in a world of peer pressures and temptations.”
While there’s plenty for faith-based music fans to sink their teeth into throughout Rubies, the project is also stocked with fresh, diverse sounds capable of appealing to practically any walk of life. Having an influence pool that lands somewhere between Shania Twain, Toby Mac, Colbie Caillat, Kacey Musgraves, Andy Grammer, and Jamie Grace certainly doesn’t hurt, and anyone who listens firsthand could safely wager Keller will soon be mentioned next to any of those household names.
Even though Kaylee’s trajectory is clearly heading towards national (if not global) familiarity and fame, she’s only concerned with the message that’s projected through the highest quality of music she’s capable of making at this point of her blossoming career. And as far as her fans are concerned, Keller is committed to always being accessible and encouraging, even willing to come alongside any of their journeys and help in any way she can.
“I hope my listeners feel my music is a safe place for them to go,” she sums up. “I want it to make them smile, give them courage and hope no matter what situations they are going through, but without the worry of explicit language. I hope my fans find me approachable no matter what adventure God has me on. I want them to reach out to me on social media to help them achieve their own dreams and give them advice and guidance when they need it. I’m all about teamwork. I wouldn’t be in this position without God and my fans and I want to help and serve back.”