1. Hi Kaylee, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer? I first started off as a dancer and cheerleader in Miami. That was always my passion and I used to think dancing would be something I would continue pursuing. When I was in middle school, my family moved to a smaller town in Florida and I decided to teach myself how to play guitar. Even though I kept cheering and dancing, my focus changed to music once I started high school.
2. How did you get into country music fan and when did you know you wanted a career in it? My dad took me to an open mic after my first day of high school. After singing a few songs, the manager offered me a paid gig. I was 14 at the time. From there on, I started playing at the bar and then next thing I knew I was booking shows all around town at different bars. It was pretty cool having my passion also be considered my part time job as well.
3. How did you come up with the name of your EP “Upside to Down,” and what is your favorite song off this EP? This year has been a rollercoaster for me in many ways and I have learned that no matter what comes my way, there’s always an upside to down. Also, it is a line in one of my songs so it was a no brainer to make that the EP title.
4. Who are some of your musical icons? I love everything from Johnny Cash, to Michael Jackson. Currently I am a big fan of Sam Hunt, Ed Sheeran and Kacey Musgraves.
5. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music? I‘m not sure how to answer that since this town and industry is very unpredictable. I just hope to see myself still climbing that ladder and pursuing music full time.
6. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? People often compare my artistic style to Walker Hayes so I feel like we could probably sing/rap something cool together.
7. Is there anything else new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018? I am already working on new music to release in the New Year. Can’t keep these songs bottled up anymore!
8. What is one of your favorite quotes? “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”
Kaylee Rose was born in Miami, Flordia. Rose grew up immersed in a zoo of different musical genres and cultures, which influenced her rare brand of country music. As a child Rose was a hip-hop dancer with ambitions of performing professionally. Her dad was the first one to see the music in her. On the first day of Rose’s freshman year, her dad picked her up from high school and took her to a local dive bar. Her guitar was in the backseat of the car. Rose took the stage at Ann O’Malley’s in St. Augustine Flordia and she sang three cover songs. After performing she was offered a paid job right on the spot.
Her dad gave Rose her first guitar at 11 years old, when they moved from Miami to St. Augustine. Rose explains St. Augustine as being a tiny town and how it was hard for her to make friends at first, so she started sharing her thoughts and making them into lyrics. She also started to take guitar lessons and just in a short time she was teaching herself to play the guitar.
At the age of 14 years old, Rose began promoting herself and booking gigs all over St. Augustine after school and on the weekends. Rose never said “no” to an opportunity while still handling her schoolwork and her titles as a Dance Tem Captain and Class President. After high school, she would play 4 to 8 hours shows every day to save enough money to move to Nashville. In 2015, she traveled to Music City (Nashville). She made ends meet by playing every week at Rock Bottom Brewery and The Row while also working in a gift shop at the Johnny Cash Museum. She also praises museum owner Bill and also Bart Herbison, the Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), as important mentors in her growing music career.
Rose’s first single, “Good Intentions,” is a combination of a rootsy acoustic guitar performance and a mid-song rap that makes the young singer’s introductory effort feel as meaningful to Country as Blondie’s hit song “Rapture,” was to 1980’s mainstream Pop. The clear-spoken story of “Good Intentions,” showcases Rose’s distinctive wordplay skills, being truthful about an argument between herself and her best friend whose boyfriend who was not a great person. That same best friend is in the official music video, which represents this tune’s storyline.
Rose has played over 1,000 live shows since the first bar gig at 14 years old. She is also not scared to speak her mind. Her brand of music is a celebration of life, love and clarity. Also her music is truthful with no limits and it is similar to her musical influences which includes Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain and Beyoncé.
Rose’s brand new EP “Upside Down,” came out on October 29, 2018 and is available to listen and download on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to know more about Kaylee Rose then check out her website at https://www.iamkayleerose.com.
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