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Kaylee Keller wants to help her community with the release of her Christmas song

When we last visited with Kansas-born Kaylee Keller, she had just won the LA Music Critic Award for best lyric video for her collaboration with the Vinyljackers of her hit “Diamond.”

More recently, Keller released a duet with country singer Rusty Rierson of the Alabama classic hit, “Christmas in Your Arms.”  Check out the stream below.

Today we’re sitting down with Keller for another interview on what’s new in her career.  Grab a cup of coffee and learn new things about this amazing indie artist who, surprisingly, just turned 19 years old.

IVB:  What have you been doing since we last talked after your win for LA Music Critic best lyric video?

KK:  First, after I won, I was waiting to receive my Grammy.  But seriously, I have been in Nashville for the past three months working on my new EP.  I worked with some of the best songwriters in Nashville who have helped me craft my new six song EP, which I plan to release as a group of singles throughout 2017, and then release the collection near the end of 2017.  I loved working with my producer Nathan Meckel.  I’ve been thinking of calling the EP Ruby, as a spin-off to my first EP Diamond, so then you could look me up as the Gem Collection.  We want to test the waters with each single so that they will stay fresh.  I like to be a trendsetter and do my own thing as an independent artist.

IVB:  Tell us about your latest project “Christmas in your Arms.”

KK:  This one was a fun project.  Garden City, Kansas is my hometown and they approached me to see if I wanted to be part of their annual holiday compilation album, called Kozy Kansas Christmas.  It’s their fourth year of doing this CD and I was honored that they wanted me to do a song for the album.

The proceeds from the sale of the album go to fund local charities in Garden City.  They only print a limited amount of CDs, which makes them more valuable.

I’ve known Rusty Rierson for about three years after we met at a Joe Diffie concert.  I was doing the National Anthem, and Rusty was the opening act.  After I was approached by Garden City, I asked Rusty what song we should do.  He suggested that we do an Alabama song called “Christmas in Your Arms.”  My mom suggested we make it a duet.  Both of them proved to be great suggestions.  We had a blast turning the song into a duet.

The album is available on Garden City’s Facebook page and can be purchased there.  My single on the album is also available on iTunes.

The project is getting a lot of media attention, including The Ellen Show, as they begin planning for next year’s double CD.

IVB:  What’s next for Kaylee Keller?

KK:  I wanted my current EP, Diamond, to be country, but it turned out to be more of a pop project.  I’m using my new Christmas single to introduce me to the country pop community.  I’ve been called a mixture of Colbie Caillat meets country pop by local media.  The new project is much more country based albeit country pop, which is where my heart truly lies.  We are looking forward to bringing this side of me to my fans and to hopefully find new ones in the country pop genre.

 

Getting to know the 2016 LA Music Critic Award winners – Kaylee Keller

We are back with our next feature on one of the LA Music Critic Award winners of the first half of 2016.  Today’s featured artist is the amazingly talented 18 year old phenom Kaylee Keller, who won for her VIP video remix collaboration with the VinylJackers of her hit song “Diamond.”

Sit back, enjoy the ride and learn things about Ms. Keller.

IVB:  How long have you been performing?

KK:  All my life, really, from talent shows and competitions to  performing for my family and friends.  I really love to jam with my family.  I learned to play guitar about a year ago.  I have also tinkered with the snare drum and keyboards.    I once bedazzled my guitar for a couple of years before learning how to play it.  At the time I was taking acting lessons and not into pursuing my music.

IVB:  Who are your influences?

KK:  Definitely Shirley Temple when I was younger, but around middle school I fell in love with the music of Jamie Grace, Shania Twain, ABBA and the Go Gos.  I also started to check out other artists like Hanna Montana (Miley Cyrus), Hillary Duff, and High School Musical.  Lately, I’ve been grooving on Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Adele and Ellie Golding.   Glee made a big impact on me as well because it was so creative and featured top notch acting.  But I had to stop watching because the content was too mature for me.

IVB:   What made you decide to go the DIY route?

KK:  Well, my mom has been with me every step of the way.  I felt inspired by God since the age of 6 and never really wanted to do anything else but music.   I did musical theater as well as acting in film and TV in New York City.  The opportunity opened up when I graduated two years early (at age 16) and since then the connections have all been coming together.  I simply love being an Indie artist and although I have been offered things by the labels, I’m not ready for that yet.   I want to make sure I have the right team together before I sign with anybody.

IVB:  Are you seeking to be a mainstream artist?

KK:   I do want to be signed to a label and go on tour, but more importantly I want to see what doors God opens for me.  I also would love to have what Meaghan (Trainor) has.  I’m happy learning songwriting and am open to all opportunities.  I want to try them all.

IVB:  How did the collaboration with VinylJackers come about?

KK:  My song “Diamond” was submitted to Radio Diego in the Netherlands and it kept popping up in the Top 5.  The VinylJackers worked alongside of them and reached out to do something with me.  They used the original video I made for “Diamond” to create the VIP remix.  They are two guys who won the title of Best Producers in the Netherlands in 2015.  At the time they were the youngest to win that title.  They have also worked with Chris Willis on his song “Blood in my Veins,” as well as working with Star Beats and performing at big dance parties.  I believe there will be more collaborations in the future.

IVB:  Did you write “Diamonds?”

KK:  My mom and Jeff Pardo wrote it with me, as well as three other songs.

IVB:   What are your future plans?

KK:  I’m going back to Nashville in August to work with Nathan Meckel.  We’ll be writing more music at the Cowboy Clinic Studio over the course of a couple of weeks.  I love working with Jen (Lyneis of Ue3 Promotions) – she has such a good heart and is one of the few people that I can trust.   So many cool things keep coming up because she believes in me.

IVB:  Any good stories from touring/recording/performing?

KK:  Once, I was performing on stage in a musical.  It was a really rough performance.  Early in the play, I was supposed to walk off the stage but instead I walked into the side of the house set piece.  I was talking to the audience and not paying attention to where I was on the stage.    I also broke a plate backstage to create a breaking sound and one of the techs got cut.  I also poured an entire plate of spaghetti on another actor.

IVB:  What type of social media presence do you have?

KK:  I have the usual, including my website and Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

Thanks to Jennifer Lyneis for the nomination.