NashNews: Start by telling us about Kaylee Rose, who are you? How did you get into music?
Kaylee Rose: My name is Kaylee Rose. I was born in Miami and moved to St. Augustine in middle school. In Miami, I grew up doing cheerleading & hip-hop dancing. When I moved to St. Augustine in middle school I taught myself how to play guitar and that’s when music started for me. I started playing at all of the local bars on a regular basis at age 14. That carried on all throughout high school and college until I decided to make the move to Nashville. Along with singing, I was captain of my high school dance team & class president. It’s funny how balancing all of those things in high school really helped me with my transition to Nashville.
NN: You just released a new EP, tell us a little bit about it.
Kaylee Rose: I released my first EP this past week and it is available on Spotify and Itunes. It is 4 songs that I feel represent who I am as an artist and songwriter. Produced by Matt McVaney, the songs were all co-written with songwriters that have helped me express my unique style of country and pop. I am so proud of these songs and am so happy they are finally out!
NN: What is one thing you hope to cross off of your professional bucket list within the next year? Five years?
Kaylee Rose: In my 3 years of living in Nashville I have grown so much not just as a singer but as a songwriter. My goal in the next 5 years would be to play bigger stages and have success as a songwriter. Whether it is someone else cutting and recording my songs or it is myself.
NN: You’ve played around 1000 shows since you were 14, what have you learned through playing those shows about yourself as an artist? About your stage presence?
Kaylee Rose: The biggest thing I’ve learned is that performing is not about me but about my crowd. I want to write and play songs that people want to hear because if they’re pumped up and happy with what I’m doing, then so am I. I feed off of it. Whether it’s two or two thousand people in the room, if a song I wrote moved someone in the crowd, my goal is accomplished for that show. I’ve definitely learned the difference between being an entertainer versus being a singer. I am so thankful for all of the shows I’ve played because there are so many little tricks to performing and writing that can only be taught by going out and playing countless shows.
NN: What are three things you have to take with you to a show?
Kaylee Rose: I don’t have many things I bring to a show. But my friends always laugh because I always bring the most ridiculous water bottles to my shows. I’m always that girl carrying literally a gallon of water. Hydration is so important for singers. If Taco Bell was good for the vocal chords I’d probably bring that too lol.
NN: If you could do a collaboration with anyone, who would you choose and why?
Kaylee Rose: If I could collaborate with anyone it would probably be Ed Sheeran. He is such an amazing songwriter and singer and has so much swag. I love how he will sing a beautiful folky ballad and then in the next song he will start rapping. Everything about his style is very unpredictable yet authentic, which is inspiring.
NN: What is the best advice you have been given about the music industry?
Kaylee Rose: The best advice I have ever been given is that this journey is a marathon, not a sprint. It is very rare for things to move quickly in this town, no matter how hard you work. A lot of musicians, including myself, have moved here with thousands of shows and paid dues under their belts. But it’s kind of like clicking a refresh button when you move to Nashville, everyone is back at square one. As frustrating as it gets, the longer I’m here, the more I’m learning how to trust the process and how to patiently work hard. They aren’t kidding when they say it’s a 5 to 10 year town.
Follow Kaylee Rose on social media @iamkayleerose
Check out her new EP and let us know which song is your favorite!