Feed the Band
Feed the Band
If you asked me a month ago what a girl barely in her teens and I had in common the list would be extremely short. That was until I met our latest member of the Southern Fellow family. Bailey James is mature and looks at life with the eyes of someone three times her age. My parents once told me they had a 40 year old trapped in a child’s body. I imagine Bailey’s parents had a similar thought at some point in time. She does like old things, from houses to music, but it’s Bailey’s approach to life that is making her a successful music artist.
Bailey James has an amazing work ethic. She puts 100% into the craft of making music, all while being homeschooled. This is a heavy workload, but Bailey meets it with grace. If she is not in the studio or playing a venue, Bailey takes time to connect with her fans in a real way. She often pulls her fans in on live videos and sends notes of encouragement to those who need it. Bailey James does all of this, while still being a teenager. That’s a balancing act I wish I could do.
Hard work does not get you all the way in the music industry. You really need an “it” factor. For Ms. Bailey James, that comes from her soul. She knows how to tap it and pull out that rich molasses voice of hers. Her voice really coats your ears and finishes with a sweetness that brings so much goodness. Her voice is not the only thing she pulls from the depths of her soul. Bailey uses songwriting like a mirror. She reflects personal experiences and those of others the way a mirror reflects light. A prime example of this is her single “The One”. In this song, Bailey reflects on her emotions after her brother’s suicide. She takes her love, sadness and confusion and shines it back at us in a beautiful song that fills the soul.
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It is an honor to have Bailey James as member of the Southern Fellow family. There is a cheesy side to her that can be found in the middle of the interview. Bailey inspired the cheesiest mac and cheese recipe we have ever done. Also make sure to enter our giveaway at the bottom. Here is our interview with country music artist Ms. Bailey James.
Tell us about your road to Nashville.
My road to Nashville had a lot of twists and turns. My parents saw my love for music. I constantly played and lived in it as a kid. I would get home from school and go on my computer and research artists and sing till I would go to bed. They realized this is what I wanted to do, and brought me down to Nashville when I was 11. I had a small demo CD recorded and that’s where it all started.
If you could not play music, what do you think you would be doing?
Something in medicine and health. I wanted to be a brain surgeon, but I have shaky hands!
What does success look like?
When you help other people through your own successes, and influence them.
If you came with a warning label, what would yours say?
Handle with Care.
We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow; when writing music, what recipe do you use?
I start with a melody or an idea. Most come from personal life struggles, and I turn them into a catchy song. It’s always different.
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What would you do if you had all the money in the world?
World Peace. If that’s even possible.
What is your first fond memory of food?
This place in my hometown made these AMAZING home fries. Me and my Dad would go to every Saturday.
There are many young women that may not feel like they fit a particular mold when they dream of being a music artist. What advice do you have for these women?
Uniqueness is what makes an artist different from a legend. Musical legends were always the outsiders in everyday life. Be unique, make your own sound, just be yourself.
Tell us about your brand new single “Bitter”.
“Bitter is a turn in my music that I’ve been waiting to make. It shows my rock influence. I love Nirvana and Black Sabbath, and I wanted to show some of my love for rock in my music,” says Bailey.
“We wrote this song about how we felt when a relationship had turned sour. Have you ever had a boyfriend who talked about you after the relationship was over? Then you’ll love the song. I was so excited to feature Mia on the song,” says Bailey. “It’s a banger!”
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What are some small things that make your day better?
A really good song, talking to my parents, or my grandma. Working out. A clean room. Video games. I’m obsessed with Mafia 3 right now.
What does the coming year look like for you?
Lots of new music. I’ve never been more proud of the place I’m at.
If an alien came to earth what would be the first lesson on humanity you would teach them?
If you could write with anyone, living or who has passed on, who would that person be?
Patsy Cline or Kurt Cobain. They both emote emotions so well into their lyrics.
Tell us about your work with The Jason Foundation?
I am the first youth spokesperson for The Jason Foundation. Alongside other artists like Rascal Flatts and the late and great Charlie Daniels. I try to do as many suicide prevention and awareness events as possible with them. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.
Is there anything else you want your family at Southern Fellow to know?
I love you so much! Thank you for what you do for artists. You are a light in this world.
Over the past year Bailey James has truly become someone near and dear to me. The only thing bigger than her sound is her heart. Bailey is an artist to watch and her music is diverse. She has a little something for everyone. Everyone reading this with find at least one song of Bailey’s that’s worthy of your playlist. You can find her music on your favorite platform including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and YouTube. While you are listening make sure to give that Super Cheesy Mac and Cheese recipe a try. Thank you for reading! We will see you next time right here on Southern Fellow!