I’ve been great. Doing my goals day by day. Smiling and taking time to be grateful. Stop and smell the roses kind of thing.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “You’ll Always Love Me”?
It was a song inspired by my love for classic soul songs. It was originally titled “The Heartbreak Song.” The song was produced by a group of friends; Garth Herberg, Danilo Arroyo, and Myself. I dragged them up to a family cabin in Big Bear Lake, Ca and we recorded for 5 days straight. Laid down most of the foundation to my upcoming LP. The guitar in this song was recorded in a bathroom with a ribbon mic hanging from the shower rod. While Garth was playing I was in there taping down all rattling noises. It was actually quite funny. The rest of the album was engineered in Los Angeles at Oliver Hilds’ home studio. This was a passion project of a few friends.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
I had a boyfriend from 18-22 and he wasn’t the best at knowing how to treat a partner. I was young and I didn’t know any better myself. He was my first boyfriend. I was very unhappy with our relationship after finding out he had cheated on me. I had tried to forgive him but I definitely did not forget. I had written a letter and kept it in my wallet for a month telling him I no longer want to be with him. One day he had done an incredibly selfish act and I handed him the letter. After breaking up with him I had come to find out that he was already seeing someone behind my back. I had been cheated on twice and the girl who was going to be with him was someone I knew. She was naive and had no idea what was coming her way. It was my way of processing with my first real heartbreak.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
When I moved back to LA after taking a break from college. I ended up crashing on a couch at a friends house, Eric Aldema. His roommate, Ben Spink, a New Zealander, happy go lucky guy who was into film. These people have been my friends to this day and I can’t imagine making a video without them involved in the process. Ben currently runs a project called, Music Human. Starting a project with him goes like this… “Hey Ben!” “What’s up Kaely?” “I got an idea.” “Ok, let’s make it happen.” He’s a joy to work with and to know as a friend. Low stress and always up for an idea. Fun fact about the location… it’s the same cabin where I recorded 40% of my album at. I also collaborated with a long time friend and dance extraordinaire, Brianna Lopez. She is a total inspiration to me. I’ve never known anyone to move so intentionally and emotionally. I felt incredibly honored to take direction from her. I am a total goofball behind the scenes and am the first to laugh at myself. I really listen to the music and let it take me wherever, sometimes making crazy faces and weird movements. I never shy to a feeling and instant reaction to sound.
How was the recording and writing process?
The project started when I reunited with drummer/producer Danilo Arroyo. After the meeting with Danilo, I met composer/arranger, Garth Herberg at a party. The two of us became very close friends and worked day in and day out getting my songs in the right shape to record. Including, “You’ll Always Love Me.” The production on this song was very simple. The song itself already had stated the style that it needed to be in. I have always had the love for large orchestration. Anything with strings make me melt. It called for an explosive and confident chorus with as many instruments to back up strong vocals. It had to live up to the powerful statement that no matter what he will do in his life you will still be a thought in the back of his mind. It was in the midst of passion and sloppy emotions and the music had to reflect that. I also have some great background singers with me. Cristi Bunch and Kudison Kai. When I lived in LA I would get pretty lonely and attend church to sense community in a thriving environment. These vocals are very much a reflection of that time in my life. To me, a community is nature living all under one roof vulnerable and susceptible. In this song, I couldn’t feel these emotions alone. I needed other people to get thru it and that’s exactly what music is and this project is to me.
What role does Nashville play in your writing?
Right now, Nashville is my home base and it has been such a breath of fresh air. It’s everything to my writing process at the moment. I have the woods nearby to write in and a river to float on. I’m working on writing my next big project, it’s about coming into positivity by impersonating yourself first to truly understand freedom. I also have so many incredible and talented people around me that are inspiring my musicality. I just started studying with Regi Wooten. I’m ready to level up and allow music to be my understanding of life. 360 degrees and multi-dimensional. Rock on! Hakuna Matata.
How’s your new album coming along?
It’s ready for ears!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The album is self-titled and is going to be out in the spring of 2019
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely! I would love to open up for any major acts. Also, getting more acquainted with my Nashville community. I have a show at Fond Object in East Nashville Sept 21st. I go on at 9pm.