Interview with Country-Pop Singer-Songwriter Kailey Nicole
Country-pop singer-songwriter Kailey Nicole recently released the music video for “Aim a Little Higher” a track from her self-titled EP, which dropped not long ago.
The EP is a collection of six-tracks produced by Mikal Blue and Brett Pemberton, and reflects Kailey’s singular interpretation of country-pop, at once innovative and alluring.
Splitting her time between Nashville and Los Angeles, Kailey delivers not only infectious country-pop but also dominates her videos with her presence and acting gifts. The video, directed by SCOUT (Lindsay Sunada & Jensen Vinca), depicts Kailey going through the throes of dating a series of good-looking men, who display unnerving tendencies of possessiveness. Eventually, she runs into a man who is not only a gentleman but truly kind.
As the visuals close, she realizes that “aiming a little higher” is worth her time and patience.
Muzique Magazine spoke with Kailey Nicole to discover the inspiration for “Aim a Little Higher,” her songwriting process, and her influences.
What’s your favorite song to belt out in the car or the shower?
I’m definitely going for some Carrie Underwood, Martina McBryde, or belting out Wicked.
Who is your favorite music artist?
Well, it’s almost impossible to pick just one artist but right now, I love Brandi Carlile.
How did you get started in music? What’s the backstory there?
I started in musical theatre originally when I was about 8 years old. Then around 14, I started writing original music. I’ve always loved telling stories and singing since I was a kid and I think writing my own music was a very natural place to end up.
What musicians influenced you the most?
Growing up, I heard a lot of Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash. So, I would have to say that those artists have had the biggest impact on my life and music.
Which artists are you listening to right now?
Right now, I’m listening to Caitlyn Smith, Little Big Town, LANY, The Chicks, Aubrie Sellers, Ashley McBryde, Lucie Silvas, ERNEST, Luke Combs, and Chris Stapleton.
What inspired your latest single/music video “Aim A Little Higher?”
The single was inspired by just looking at my own dating life and wondering what advice I would give my 16-year-old self. For the video, I asked the directors to pitch me an idea completely out of left field and they definitely delivered. As soon as I heard their idea, I knew it was something we had to run with.
Why do you make music?
I love telling stories, helping people escape and dream a little, and giving people something they can relate to. The best part of making music is knowing that something I write about may help someone get through a difficult moment or be the soundtrack to a great day.
What is your songwriting process? Lyrics first or music?
Typically, lyrics come to me first. I usually start my songs off with the title and build from that.
How are you handling the coronavirus lockdown?
Well, it has most certainly ebbed and flowed throughout this year. There have been months that have been really creative and other months that have been focused on personal growth. I’ve just been focused on embracing this period of time for whatever it brings me and making the most out of it.
What’s next for you musically?
More music! I’m releasing the rest of my EP soon and I’m currently in the studio working on more music. I’m really excited to share it all soon!
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