If you're all about new artists and new music do I have a post in store for you today! Kalie Shorr is releasing new music TODAY! Her EP Slingshot is out and we scored an interview with her to talk music, new EP's and just Kalie Shorr in general! Check it out!
NashNews: Tell us about yourself. What makes you Kalie? How did you get involved in music?
Kalie Shorr: I started singing very young. I was always really drawn to it. I grew up in Portland, Maine as the youngest of six. My siblings' taste in music definitely rubbed off on me. I thought my older sisters were the coolest people on earth so I was always borrowing their Martina McBride and Dixie Chicks CDs.
NN: In a music industry where you have to make a splash to get noticed, how do you stand out among other female artists? What would you say makes you different from others?
Kalie: I think the best thing you can do as a female artist is to support other female artists, and the solution to that little competitive voice in your head is to focus on yourself and craft your sound and make it so unique that it's not competing with anyone because no one is doing exactly what you're doing. I think I am a pretty bold songwriter and there's nothing I won't put in a song. I try to be really honest, vulnerable, and real and I hope that resonates with people and sets me apart.
NN: You have a new EP called Slingshot that came out today, March 3rd, what is your favorite song on the EP? What makes that so special for you?
Kalie: It is SO hard to pick a favorite! It's like picking your favorite child! I guess I would have to say Nothin New. From a songwriting perspective, I am so proud of it and I got to write it with two of my really close friends, Lacy Green and Emily Landis. It's about my first real heartbreak that dragged out a lot longer than I expected. It's about coming to terms with the fact that someone can't or won't love you. It's definitely really sad but I think there's a lot of hope in it too.
NN: Tell us a little bit about the process you took in making that EP. How did you chose the songs? What your favorite part of the whole process?
Kalie: I wrote a lot of songs for this project, but I rely a lot on the reaction I get from fans after playing them at shows. These songs are the ones people mentioned in the meet and greet line, or tweeted me about, or I saw them singing along to. My favorite part of the whole process was definitely the time in the studio. My producer, Aaron Eshuis, along with Nolan Verner, Derek Wells, and Phil Lawson were the instrumentalists on the record and they are all so phenomenal. I was in such awe of how talented they are and what they did to these songs!
NN: What is the best advice you’ve ever received about the music industry and your career?
Kalie: I went to a women in music event and Cris Lacy from Warner Nashville gave a wonderful acceptance speech for the award she had just won. She said you shouldn't have time to focus on what others are doing long enough to get jealous. I actually wrote it down. I think that's such a good sentiment because every second spent worrying about someone else is a second you've taken away from yourself.
NN: What is the best memory of a show you have? Any fun, weird story most people don’t know?
Kalie: I got to open up for Chase Rice in Huntington Beach, California this past summer. It was a festival literally on the beach- so beautiful. I was excited enough to be in California and just be on the road with my band, but when we walked on stage and I saw 4,000 people in the audience I was just so happy. I saw so many people singing along. It was really special cause it was the biggest audience I had ever played for at that point and it was the best energy.
Probably the weirdest story I have is the time I played at Perez Hilton's birthday party back in 2012. He is SO supportive of me and flew me out to LA to perform. I actually opened up for the Backstreet Boys which was AMAZING. I got to take my big sister and we had the craziest time. But after my set, we ended up meeting Kim Kardashian... like, Kim Kardashian was at one of my shows?! Like what?! She was really nice, too. Definitely not your typical show!
NN: Describe a normal show day for you. What do those days look like for you?
Kalie: Usually I'll have an early soundcheck if we're opening, so I get there early and go through all that. Then I go get ready- I love doing my own makeup because it gives me some time to really get in the zone and relax. I think focusing on something really helps me calm the jitters. I also just really love makeup! Then me and the band usually go look for food- they usually take a shot, I usually drink some tea because I am a total grandma (at least until after my show is done). Then I always say a quick prayer before I take the stage! After the show, I almost always eat something terrible for me. I eat pretty healthy but after a long show, anything fried just makes my heart happy.
NN: If you could do a collaboration with any singer, who would you choose and why?
Kalie: I am DYING to do a duet in the vein of "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica or "Does He Love You" by Reba and Linda Davis. Something sassy and scorned! Maybe with Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina, or RaeLynn! It's hard to choose!
NN: Anything else you would like us to share with our readers?
Kalie: That I am so thankful for them! Country fans are the best fans in the world!
Kalie, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for us! Everyone needs to go buy Slingshot and let us know what your favorites are! Follow Kalie on all socials @kalieshorr