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“Why so many female artists?” is a question that crosses my desk from time to time. The honest answer is because the ladies are the gender telling honest stories these days. As a man myself, the bullet is hard to bite, even for me. However, all you have to do is listen to one song from our next artist on Feed the Band and you will realize that storytelling and music is in her DNA. It’s not something she has to do, but it’s the fuel that drives her soul.
Kayley Hill is a name I will drop anytime someone asks me about the direction country music should take. Haven’t heard of her? Well you need to. Kayley did not form out of thin air. She has been featured on The Voice and seen her share of highway. Her work ethic is fierce by any standard. However, her music and honesty are truly her biggest selling point. Kayley Hill’s sound is familiar and new all at the same time, something every artist should strive for. She deserves a place next to Cam, Kacey, Dolly and Reba.
Kayley and I have have been talking for a few months. She drew me in like a moth to a light, but I am not complaining. She is raw, honest and her heart is always on her sleeve. I know at this point I sound like an extreme fanboy, but that is because Kayley Hill is the same woman in both her music and personal life. You can keep punching, looking for a glass wall that separates these two sides, but all you are going to hit is air.
Kayley Hill is a traditional country artist. However, her powerful vocals can easily pull in some soul. “Just Thought That You Should Know” is as country as you can get with lyrics, but it is Kayley’s voice that pulls you into the emotions. Her vocals pull you in so deep that you can feel the heartbreak in your bones. Not only that, but it rattles them so much that after the song is over you feel like you lived through the story being sung. If you don’t think that makes for a good song, music is just not your thing.
As i said, I have been talking with Kayley for months. So let’s get down to business. Check out the recipe inspired by Kayley. Also enter that giveaway at the end of the interview. Here is our interview with Kayley Hill.
Tell us about your road to Nashville.
My moving to Nashville was meant to be. Now that I’ve been here for 5 years and have gotten to the place I’m at, I can’t say it was a premature move, but I definitely wasn’t ready when I moved to town. My hubby and I had just gotten married and then moved to Nash a month later. I wasn’t writing amazing songs and I wasn’t playing out, but I knew I was preparing my home and starting to plant those roots. Everything has to come with time and the first year I spent getting acquainted with this town has helped me build a springboard into the season I’m in now. At the end of the day, I knew I was called to Nashville. I was gonna live out my dream and I had a husband who was all about it.
Describe the perfect country song.
“Help Me Make it Through the Night” by Kris Kristofferson.
The purest country song tells a story that you can hear with your eyes. You see it unfold before you and it moves you from the inside, making you reminisce on your own stories.
If you could not play music, what do you think you would be doing?
If you paid close attention to my time on The Voice, you would know that I have a plethora of power tools. I love building things or simply adding a little trim to my baseboards. There’s an addictive feeling that comes from making something with your own two hands. I’ve also always loved foreign language, so I’m positive I’d be doing a job that had me speaking different languages.
What is your biggest fear?
I’ve noticed lately that my fears have been shifting a little. Right now, I’d say my biggest fear is that I’d give up and stop climbing the music mountain. Whenever little doubts creep in, they’re never enough to shake me into throwing in the towel and I hope they never are.
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We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow; when writing music, what recipe do you use?
The more I continue writing, the more intention I put behind the songs. The recipes changes song to song, whether it’s starting with lyrics or melody or both at the same, but the goal remains the same- support the hook.
If Merriam-Webster was to define your music, what do you think that definition would say?
What I’d hope it would say: Honest, relatable, and that my writing allows you to see the story of the song unfold.
What is your first fond memory of food?
Man. I just have always loved eating. Haha Thinking on my childhood, I distinctly remember eating instant grits and cheez-its on a regular basis at my Nanny and PawPaws. I could always count on them to have that in stock.
If Southern Fellow could develop a recipe for you, what would it be?
I just loveeee a good ribeye and yummy roasted veggies. Give me the fat, give me the savory, give me the delicious veggies that God grows on His green earth.
If you wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
Steak. However, I did write a song called “Christmas Cookies” with my friend Jennifer Smestad. Haha Go check it out on iTunes.
Try these inspired recipes!
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Our Steak Rub
What does the coming year look like for you?
I’ll say if any of my prospects ring true, it’s gonna be one heck of a ride. I just got done with a little run of shows in Canada and I’m on fire. Hoping to blaze right on to December with new songs, new venues, new fans, just blazing it up!
If you could write with anyone, living or who has passed on, who would that person be?
Easy. Dolly Parton.
You know I can’t get enough of your single ”Just Thought That You Should Know”. What inspired you to write that song?
I was with my friend, co-writer, and now manager, Keirsten Hedden and we were talking about life as we always do and it sorta just spilled out of us. The lyrics came and every line hit us to the point where we were like “dang, I think we got something here”.
What hobby or interest do you have that most people do not know about?
I love to dance! I’ve lost my edge since leaving The Boston Conservatory where I studied ballet, tap, and jazz. But I just loveeeee to dance, specifically partner dancing. Nashville has a big swing dance community and I always try to go out in the summer and dance in the park.
Is there anything else you want your family at Southern Fellow to know?
Aside from my faith, I’d say I am who I am right now because of the risks I’ve taken. The music industry can be treacherous and it’s not easy diving in and risking failure, but every time I was scared and took a plunge, it made me stronger. I’m more confident and ready than I’ve ever been, but you can’t find that by sitting on a couch watching Netflix. You gotta move and shake your surroundings and do things you don’t want to do until it’s no longer a job but a joy.
That is Kayley Hill everyone. If you see her at a concert, on the street or social media welcome her to the Southern Fellow family. I don’t need to say it, but I am going to say it anyways. Dust off that playlist and add all of Kayley’s music. You can find it on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and YouTube. Make sure you check out that giveaway below. Thank you for tuning in here at Feed the Band. We have more music and recipes coming soon to Southern Fellow. Stay tuned!