Sherman Oaks, California is a far cry from the mountains of Kentucky, but for songstress Kailey Swanson her love of singing country ballads was nurtured at a young age by her grandmother, and Kailey soon realized she had a natural gift for song and for telling a story. Kailey was born in Las Vegas and then moved to the west coast, but her extended family and heritage is deeply embedded in Southern culture, and she never eschewed her visceral country roots. It's all been a part of her passionate and personal journey, and now firmly planted in the Los Angeles area, the music world is taking notice of this remarkable talent.
Tuneful and tenacious, the new Kailey Swanson EP this Spring will usher in a "ready for the big show" musical tsunami, after many years of honing her songwriting craft. Kailey has the hooks, looks and radiant disposition to turn heads, and a "force of nature" voice that fully envelops you. The lyrics tell stories of angst, independence and fighting for what you believe in.
Working closely with her new producing team Jared Sagal and Niles Thomas of SECTION SEVEN, Kailey has penned her best songs to date, many hearkening back to her upbringing on country and gospel. And these aren't your "skimming the surface" kinds of songs you hear permeating out of Music City; these are songs that see our teen turned adult Kailey descending into the deepest darkest chasms of her soul and expunging her late-night musings for public display. The otherworldly presences are there, but also are the pillars of what makes a memorable country song just that! Kailey's ready for the next level, and the big boys are taking notice! In a world where the new country is a mix of back beats, rap rock and super slick production Kailey has chosen a different road. Gambling on a demographic that is yearning for down home roots filled story telling songs. The kind of Patsy Cline country her gramdma used to play while she was baking in the kitchen.
Swanson's songs are like letters from a friend. They're reassuring, yet haunting, insightful, but easy to cherish. They invite re-visitation, and sometimes even contemplation. And they continue reverberating long after they're done playing. Perhaps that helps to explain why Kailey's young fans are so passionate about her music. Swanson's latest collection of heartfelt, radiant vintage country, is the sort of album that prompts protective feelings in listeners. In its poise, intelligence, and craft, it's the sort of set that might have come from a veteran singer-songwriter. But the youthful Swanson is still a new voice.
Kailey Swanson may be located in the sunshine of Southern California, or the neon and glamour of Las Vegas, but she is truly a country girl at heart. This new collection of five songs traverses the musical spectrum, from a Linda Ronstadt inspired rave up on "Backseat", to the dark, gospel tinged allure of "At The Corner Of Heaven". The voice is mature, the musicianship stellar and the production flawless. In a time of over-sharing and over-exposure, she remains a guarded secret among those who love her. When the instantly winning new EP is released, that's going to change in a hurry. Talent like hers begs to be widely recognized.