What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about pursuing a career in music?
To discover who I am – what I want to say and how I want my music to say it – and then to stand firm in that when the industry, or competitors, or critics, try to change me. Being unique and using the voice that only I have is the only way to truly have joy and succeed, no matter on what level.
Where do you draw inspiration from when writing?
Real life stories! More specifically, the situations I’m going through or the experiences of the people around me. Country music is three chords and the truth, after all – and both songwriters and music fans resonate with real stories more than anything.
What has changed in your life between recording your last EP and this one?
So much! I graduated college and have been spending more time than ever diving into songwriting, working with lots of new people, and figuring out the next direction for my music in this new season.
Tell us about your new single, “Superhero”.
“Superhero” might be my favorite song I’ve released! I wrote it with my friend Brittany Ray, and for me, it’s a message of hope. I think that we’ve all been in a place of recognizing our own lack of perfection – but the story here is that in spite of that, or maybe because of it, we can still be the perfect person for someone we love.
What can we expect from your forthcoming EP?
Every Minute Matters is somewhat of a love letter to my past, full of songs about love and nostalgia and the passing of time. It’s appreciating what has been and what brought me to where I am now as I look towards the future (and what songs will be inspired next)!
Let’s Talk Nashville
What’s your favorite place to eat in Nashville?
Breakfast: Biscuit Love
Lunch: Hattie B’s
Dinner : Burger Up
Place to get BBQ?: Edley’s
Nashville Hidden Restaurant Gem: House of Cards
What excites you most about the Nashville music scene right now?
In the midst of everything crazy happening in the world, I love to see musicians playing live shows from their living rooms and encouraging hope and uplifting other artists! Such a cool way to use modern technology to connect with music fans.
Can you remember your first trip to Nashville?
Like it was yesterday! I actually missed my first 2 weeks of my senior year of high school to visit Nashville. I did media training, a photoshoot, a tour of Belmont University, and co-wrote and recorded my first EP. I still remember sitting on the plane as we flew in, seeing all the lights, and feeling like I was home.
What do you do on a day off in Nashville, no work allowed?
READ. I absolutely love reading, and if I can do it in a hammock in Sevier Park (preferably with a coffee from Frothy Monkey), I am the happiest Kaylee I can be J
What are some places you recommend for out-of-towners?
The Listening Room for some live music, Loveless Café for the best biscuits ever, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for a fun first trip to Music City.
Favorite Nashville restaurant? Burger Up!
Best place to relax with a beer and listen to music: Bluebird Café!
About Kaylee Rutland: Country songstress Kaylee Rutland is showing a new side of herself and her music with her forthcoming project, Every Minute Matters, set for release this Spring. Since the release of her previous EP, Rutland has graduated from Belmont University and immersed herself in music full-time. While crafting this new EP, Rutland has kept busy with many co-writes and recording in the studio, along with leading a small group for her church and reading her favorite literature in her free time. Rutland has experienced great success in her career thus far as she has been named a Country Living Magazine “Artist to Watch,” a Billboard Magazine “Top 10 Artists to Watch” and was a finalist in the inaugural Nash Next competition. Additionally, she had the opportunity to tour alongside Warner Music Nashville’s RaeLynn. Rutland has also had several tracks receive significant airplay from Radio Disney Country. For more information, visit www.kayleerutland.com