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We are growing at a fast pace here at Southern Fellow. We have come so far in the little time we have been established. We have had growing pains and setbacks like any group might. However, we were able to overcome odds that most of the time were not in our favor. Country artists Kelli and Kayla know this all too well. They are the latest members to join the Southern Fellow Family. Kelli and Kayla are sisters who make up the duo Wild Fire.
People often say that youth is wasted on the young. I believe if these same people met Wild Fire their opinion would change after 10 minutes of conversation. Even I was caught off guard. For a duo that sings about boys, breakups and bad friends, Wild Fire takes what they do very seriously. I even believe that there are seasoned artists out there who could learn a thing or two from these young ladies. They manage an extremely heavy workload between music and school. On top of getting an education, gigs, studio time and everything else, Wild Fire always makes time for their fans.
This has been the biggest thing I have noticed that sets them apart. They don’t just do autographs and social media posts. Wild Fire reaches out to the individual. You will often find them live on Instagram video chatting one on one with fans. They realize that their fans are just as much part of their journey as their music is to their fans. Wild Fire puts their heart and soul into connecting. It is truly something awesome to see.
Wild Fire’s connection to their fans starts with their music. They are proven songwriters and are on par with such artist as Maddie and Tae, Maren Morris and Taylor Swift. Looking at them as a 30 something male there are some songs that I will never connect with. However I do find a guilty pleasure in “Been There and Dumped That” a track off their brand new EP “Been There”. It just contains so much sass, which makes it fun to listen to. You really want to get to know that girl in the song. Actually there are stories of women standing up for themselves woven throughout this EP. It makes the record refreshing. I need to mention “Hold on to That”. It is really a feel good song that is easy to connect to. I imagine there are going to be plenty of fans singing it.
Let’s get to the interview. Wild Fire is kind enough to give away an autographed copy of “Been There”. Look for that at the end of the interview. Also check out our Kabob recipe they inspired. It will get you in the mood for that summer BBQ. Here are our questions answered by Wild Fire.
Tell us about your road to country music.
We started singing at a very young age, doing musical theater and dance. We instantly fell in love with the singing aspect of musical theater and tried out for as many plays as we could. We seemed to always land the singing parts. During this time we would sing at home together and learned to harmonize really well together. Blending our voices just seemed to come naturally. Many years later, in 2016, we entered a singing competition called Rodeo Rockstar put on by the Houston Rodeo. We ended up making it all the way to the semifinals and were even interviewed by our local Fox26 News station. That was a pivotal moment, we knew that we wanted to leave the world of theater and dance, and join forces as a country duo. At the time, we were only 11 and 12.
Describe the perfect country song.
A perfect country song tells a story that everyone can relate to. A great example of this, and one of our favorite country songs – Miranda Lambert’s song “The House That Built Me.”
If you could not play music, what career path would each of you be looking at?
Kayla – I would become an entrepreneur and start my own marketing agency.
Kelli – I would love to become an entrepreneur or a criminal detective.
How do you balance your school and music career?
We have an insane work ethic and we rarely let any spare time go to waste. We credit our parents with instilling these habits in us. We are constantly writing songs together, practicing, creating content, interacting with fans and marketing our music. We always make time for school and both maintain excellent grades.
We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow; when writing music, what recipe do ya’ll use?
We each share song ideas and the best idea always wins. From there we pick up a guitar or get on the piano and come up with catchy melodies.
What risks are worth taking?
If you have a passion and a dream that consumes you, the risk is definitely worth taking. Go for it and don’t look back!
What is your first fond memory of food?
A Jamba Juice Acai bowl. We are kind of obsessed with Jamba Juice.
Connect with Wild Fire
What are the first 5 songs on your favorite playlist?
Kacey Musgraves – Happy and Sad
Ingrid Andress – Lady Like
Kina – Get You to the Moon (ft. Snow)
Lennon Stella – Breakaway
Maren Morris – The Bones
If y’all wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
Grilled chicken and broccoli (two of our favs)!
What does the coming year look like for you?
We just released our new EP “Been There.”. However, we are already working on new songs and have plans to record some great new music for our fans in LA this summer. We are also working hard to book more shows here (where is here?) and Texas and beyond.
Try this inspired recipe!
Southern Fellow Summer Balsamic Herb Kabobs
What is something you think everyone should do once in their lives?
Go on a cruise!
Your EP “Been There” is out. What is your favorite song off the album?
Gone in a Flash
What hobby or interest do you each of you have that most people do not know about?
We are both obsessed with working out and go to the gym every day.
Is there anything else you want your family at Southern Fellow to know?
We want you to know we appreciate you!
I would like to again welcome Wild Fire to the Southern Fellow Family. This will not be the last you hear from them. Make sure you enter our giveaway below and try our delicious recipe above. You know what time it is. Get that playlist ready. Let’s add Wild Fire to it. You can get all of their music on Spotify, Apple, Amazon and YouTube. Thank you for tuning in here at Feed the Band. We have a ton of recipes and music on the way. Stay tuned!