Kailey Nicole was shaped by the country music always playing in the house. Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash all made an indelible impression on Nicole and their “honesty and ‘trailblazing’ attitude toward their craft” helped shape her own musical spirit. “Back in the day, my grandmother looked and sounded like Connie Frances,” Nicole described. “In order to pay her way through nursing school she would perform as Connie throughout Kentucky. She picked me up every day after school when I was young, so she has had a big influence on my music and me.”
Kailey Nicole got her professional start singing and acting in theatre when she was just nine years old. She’s worked in film, TV, voice-over, and commercials, which has helped set the stage for her recording career. Above all, Kailey has always enjoyed playing the guitar and writing music. She made her first mark on the music scene in 2015 when she was 16 years old, with her first EP, Nashville Stick-Up (Fervor Records). The EP and accompanying video for the title track were well received by critics and marked Nicole as someone who sang like an old soul at a young age.
With the Nashville Stick-up under her belt Nicole decided to take time off from performing to study music at the University of Southern California. Now graduated, she has reemerged with the release of her bold new eponymous titled EP. The new collection of songs was produced by musician Niles Thomas (Roxystar), the EP was mastered and engineered by six-time Grammy winner Bonzai Caruso (Madonna, Stephen Marley).
With this new record, Kailey Nicole has found her harmonious sweet spot –the place where old and new meet. “Both EPs are traditional as well as contemporary country, but I think this new EP blends in some other genres, as well. This time the approach to production is different, the lyricism is different, and my approach to vocals is different. I think what’s working now is a sense of vulnerability and my comfortability in myself and the artist/songwriter I’m becoming.” Her blend of old-school country with new-school style makes her sound diverse and yet, relatable. Kailey Nicole is known for soulful lyrics—Y’all wire called them “gut wrenching and soul searching”—and it’s a one-two punch when paired with her powerful, yet ethereal voice.
Nicole has recently made her home in Nashville. “I love Nashville and always knew it would be where I ended up,” she notes. “I was visiting there not too long ago and had a hard time getting back on the plane to head home. I didn’t want to leave Nashville and just sat there as the airlines called my name over the loudspeaker. It was then that I realized, ‘Hey! I’m an adult now. If I want to move here, I can.’ I got on the plane to California and started making the plans to make Nashville my new home.”
Playful yet determined, Kailey Nicole reminds us of popular music’s rich history of strong female voices and relative importance. The record follows in their footsteps with its fresh, vibrant vocals and Nicole’s fearless confidence and firmness in her musical direction.