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I still have a hard time believing how fast our family is growing. Thank you to everyone for your unending support. Southern Fellow, now as always, has been more than one person. You all put your whole heart into this family each and every day. Our latest member to the family also has a heart worth talking about.
Kelsi Mayne is a Canadian songstress that makes me feel like a moth to a light. She is someone who magically draws me in over and over. She is beautiful and secretly I do like redheads. However, these superficial things are not what keeps me coming back to her music time and time again. It would be her heart that pulls me in. I know at this point it is getting pretty sappy, but hear me out.
We have shared a very similar experience that has brought us to to where we are. Both Kelsi and myself got to be where we are purely by circumstance. We just happened to be at the right place at the right time on our respective paths. Then we got to a point where opportunity knocked and we both pushed fear aside and opened the door. To us, there was no other choice but to put our whole heart into the unknown. She makes great music and I have the opportunity to listen and talk about her music. This however, is not the beginning or the end for Kelsi Mayne.
Kelsi Mayne has alway put 100% of her heart in everything she does. She has performed at extremely high levels as an athlete, worked to pursue her passion for caring for people as a nurse and today is making some truly remarkable music. Kelsi Mayne makes making music seem easy. Her rich voice carries enough soul that will make you feel like warm Canadian maple syrup being poured over pancakes. Her single “About Time” is a great example of this. As with any redhead, there is also some fire. “Your Jolene” is a single that definitely explores that side. It is a song that is fun and has a warning label plastered all over it for men. These are just a couple of examples of the raw talent and heart that lives in Kelsi.
I have been speaking with Ms. Kelsi Mayne now for a couple of months. She let her heart lead her right here to the Southern Fellow family. It is an honor to have Kelsi join the family. Please welcome her any chance you get. As always, look out for our giveaway at the bottom and try our recipe Kelsi Inspired. Here is our interview with Kelsi Mayne.
We were talking and you mentioned that music was not on your radar until you started to sing at a country bar. What was your “aha” moment?
Yes I was in school for nursing and worked part-time singing/serving at a local country bar in my hometown. It was here, when I had two nights in a row, with two different people I’ve never met before say the exact same two things: “What are you doing here?” and “You need to take this to the big city.” The first time I brushed it off, but the second time I took it as a sign.
What risks are worth taking?
The ones that keep you up at night wondering “what if ….”
How has your training as an athlete prepared you for your career in country music?
So many fundamentals for success in a challenging career: perseverance, determination, focus, discipline, patience, teamwork, to enjoy and trust in the process, and to remember to celebrate the little things.
What is your biggest fear?
In life… losing those closest to me. In my career… failure. In my day to day… spiders :P.
We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow; when writing music, what recipe do you use?
It usually starts with a concept. Add a few chords to set the mood. Then string together a few thoughts and make it up as you go!
If Merriam-Webster was to define your music, what do you think that definition would say?
A country casserole filled with bits of rhythm and blues, soul, and notes of pop.
Connect with Kelsi
What is your first fond memory of food?
Looking forward to my Nonna’s apple squares every holiday.
When you have the time, what do you like to do to relax?
Watch some of my favourite shows (Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Shameless, and Wentworth to name a few!)
If you wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
I can’t pick one so I’d have to write two. One for Salt and Vinegar chips and the other for peanut butter.
What does the coming year look like for you?
Lots of driving, lights, stages, people, dancing and good music :).
If you could be queen for a day, what would you try to accomplish?
The eradication of homelessness. It makes me very sad whenever I see someone sleeping on the street, especially here in Canada where the cold can be unbearable.
Try this inspired recipes!
The Kelsi Burger
New music is always exciting. Tell us about your brand new single “About Time”.
It’s literally about time LOL. I wanted to write about what I feel is the most important and valuable thing to possibly give the people you love most…. and that’s your time.
If we interviewed your best friend from high school, what would they say?
Besides going through a massive ugly-duckling phase, I haven’t changed. I’m still the same kind of quiet, fairly reserved person that gets up on stage and shows a completely opposite side.
Is there anything else you want your family at Southern Fellow to know?
I’m currently one of eight semifinalists in the biggest contest of my life called “Sirius XM Top of the Country”, and the only one without a label, management or agent…. Which is why I need as much help as possible getting to the finals! Voting goes until May 17th!
We would like to thank Kelsi Mayne for her time and all she does here at Southern Fellow. If she is not on your playlist then you are truly missing out. You can find her on your favorite music services including Spotify, Apple, Amazon and YouTube Music. Give the burger recipe a try and enter in our giveaway below. Thank you to our entire Southern Fellow family for your support. Come back tomorrow because the Jensen Sisters are dropping a brand new music video. It is premiering exclusively right here at Southern Fellow!