Adventures of a country singer. {Official website.}

Hi, I’m Kelleigh. I’m chasing the elusive country music dream in my hometown and favorite city in the whole world, Nashville. I love songs. I love songwriting. I love performing.  And most days I wake up amazed that I even have the chance to do the very thing that I love most as my job.

But man, is it a long process. I put out my first indie project in 2008. I signed a major label record deal in 2011 with EMI Nashville. I’ve since made 2 (and a half) albums that haven’t come out. Yep, that actually happens. I’ve had three country radio singles, none of which have cracked the top 30…but some that have sold pretty well—which is kind of an accomplishment these days if you’re not getting played on the radio. (Did that sound braggy? Forgive!)

You can find my music here (itunes), here (spotify) and here (my official website.)

It’s frustrating, being a woman in country music right now just means that the bar is that much higher. I sometimes wonder if it’s even possible to “break” a woman in country music without every single star aligning. There’s been a lot of press in the last year about the lack of female voices on country radio, so instead of recapping it myself, I’ll just point you hereherehere and here… if you’d like to read more about it. #tomatogate

Another thing for the ladies…for a long time us up-and-coming major label girls were told that “only one of us would get through,” and I think it set everybody back. We need each other, we need the support of our community. Our peers may sometimes be our competition but that doesn’t make them our enemy. I don’t believe there is a limited amount of success or opportunity in this world and I’m calling bullshit on anyone who does.

To the fun stuff… Yes, I am gonna address some of the nitty gritty behind the scenes of the music biz on this blog. I’m gonna tell you the stuff I’m not supposed to tell you, and I’m gonna say things I probably shouldn’t! BUT I also want to take you along for the fun and the glamorous stuff too. It is the entertainment business  after all, and there are some occasional perks—if you’re a fashion lover, or makeup junkie…and of course there is no rush quite like that of being on stage. So come with me…I’m gonna show you the good, the bad, and the beautiful.

Grant to Glory {On Addiction}:

In 2008, I lost my brother, Grant, to an accidental drug overdose on February 18th, which happens to be my birthday. I guess I saw that as a sign, that Grant and his battle with addiction would always be a part of my story, and that it was now my calling, after his death, to talk openly about loss, and drug and alcohol abuse. An addict is never in a vacuum, and oftentimes the family is as sick as the addict, though in different ways.  Sometimes it’s still hard for me to be vulnerable about drug and alcohol abuse, because even all these years later I still wake up and miss Grant. I wonder what could have been different if he’d been able to get clean. It’s still confusing, and it’s still sad, but if addiction touches any part of your life I want you to know:

There is no such thing as a “small” alcohol or drug problem, addiction is always a matter of life and death. So ask for help. There are many amazing resources available (I’ve linked to some here), and you’re not alone.

Hazelden/Betty Ford FoundationAANational Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence,  My favorite TED Talk on addiction by Johann Hari.

I believe addicts need love, they need forgiveness and they need hope….and so do their families.

And somehow it all ties together…After Grant’s death, I did a tour in his memory benefitting the Hazelden Foundation and strangely enough that tour is part of how I ended up getting signed to a record deal. You just never know how the story is going to unfold.