Updated: Feb 22
OCTOBER 24, 2017
We caught up with singer/songwriter Kaylee Keller to get the inside scoop on all that she’s been up to! The talented musician dished on her new Rubies EP, the artists that inspire her and so much more! Read our exclusive interview below and get to know your new fave!
Let’s talk about your Rubies EP! What was the creation process like for you?
The creation process is always a ton of fun! My co-writers and producers and I wanted to give each song on the “Rubies” EP, its own unique sound adding some whimsical instruments with melody lines. We achieved this by adding instruments such as steel guitar, banjo, violin, mandolin, special effects keyboard, fruit shaped shakers, and of course fun hand claps and foot stomps. I think we all felt like little kids goofing off on the playground while creating this.
Is there a track off the EP that holds the most significance for you?
Each song tells its very own story and each of my songs have a significant meaning for me! But one that stands out a little more then the others is the 6th song on the Ep, “What I Believe.” This song is written about believing in myself, loving others and striving to live a good moral-based life. My lyric “The Golden rule still adds up to 10 things” for me that reflects on the Ten Commandments for example. Treat others the way you wish to be treated, or you could say, don’t treat others as you do not wish to be treated!
What’s the songwriting process usually like for you?
Most of the time I forget I am actually working when I am creating a song with my co-writers. We typically start by pulling out our iPhone notes of song ideas we had jotted down, looking for an entertaining yet impactful hook. We spend a few hours writing the lyrics, guitar parts and melody lines. By the end of our writing session we record a rough demo. I go home and start practicing the songs right away vocally and by guitar. After several meet ups and picking out my favorite songs we start the studio recording process. Adding live musicians and getting the party started.
Is there a song that you absolutely love that you wish you wrote?
There are so many I wish I wrote. One of my favorite songs is “Brighter Than The Sun” by Colbie Calliate. It is an uplifting, feel good, dancing song that just gets stuck in your head in a good kind of way. Colbie is such an incredible artist. I love her clever lyrics and reggae pop rhythm in this song. Now that would have been a good one to write or at least co-write it with her.
When it comes to stage presence, which artist(s) do you take inspiration from?
Shirley Temple was and forever will be in my opinion one of the most talented performers. She was an actor, singer, dancer and spokeswoman. At age 3 she started her film and music career and at age 5 received her first acting award. I loved her kind and serving heart.
Growing up, which artists were you inspired by? Do they still influence your sound today?
I was inspired by an array of artists and genres growing up. My family listened to Nat King Cole, Olivia Newton John, Jimmy Buffet, John Denver, Cat Stevens, ABBA, Shania Twain, Amy Grant and Hillsong, etc. All of these artists have influenced who I am today. Nothin’ better then jamming to some Shania and ABBA on the weekends!
What do you hope people take away from you and your music?
I want my music to be a safe place for them to go. Bringing them smiles, courage and hope no matter what situations they are going thru. I want all ages to be able to listen to my music without the worry of explicit language, sexual lyrics, etc.
What’s been the highlight of your year so far?
I have had so many incredible experiences this year, its hard to pick one. I think my most recent highlight would be performing live with my talented friend Grant Michelson on Fox News, Fox411 and running around New York on interviews with my publicist, Brian Mayes.
What’s something you’re still hoping to cross off of your bucket list?
Being in a movie and acting in a Broadway Musical! That’s something I am still aiming for.
What’s the best way for fans to get your attention on social media?
The best way would be to follow my accounts and comment on my posts or hashtag me in your posts! I love connecting with my fans and I try to always reply back.
What are some of your current obsessions? (ex: books/movies/tv shows) My current obsessions are: 1- Watching The Voice auditions. 2- I like to draw abstract types of patterns.
What should people be expecting from you for the rest of the year?
I can’t give away all of the details just yet… but people should expect new releases, new videos, more shows, and more TV interviews and live performances!! Y’all can stay tuned at www.kayleekeller.com.
How would you describe your personal style? Fave stores to shop at?
My personal style is bohemian and vintage. My mom has excellent taste in mixing styles for me. There are times when I am in a time crunch and she is wearing something cute so she takes it off and gives it to me. Some of my fave places to shop are second hand stores, Free People, Buckle, Forever 21 and vintage dress shops!
If you could raid any celeb’s closet, whose would it be?
I honestly haven’t thought about this before. I like raiding my mom’s closet – she has an awesome wardrobe. I don’t really have a celeb that I follow closely for fashion tips. I tend to rely on my mom, pull inspiration from magazine clips, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
Any special message for your fans?
What is your purpose? Money, fame and spotlights will only bring temporary happiness. Using your God-given talents to fulfill your purpose will bring a lifetime of contentment and joy.
Stream Kaylee’s “Rubies” EP below: https://open.spotify.com/album/1492gCsrXUWg29652Bafev?si=2ybViDEuQDKT1FGwejualw