Kimberly Kelly Talks With TMI About Her New EP “Don’t Blame It On Me”

What inspired you to pursue music?

I loved music as a child, and had always imagined myself being a singer. I wasn’t sure of ways to actually “accomplish it,” other than crazy stories I’d heard of people just getting discovered, or competing on talent shows. My mom encouraged me to attend the commercial music program back home in Waco, TX (McLennan Community College). It was there at MCC where I realized there were more realistic steps you could take to “build” your career – for instance, I started playing shows in Texas.

How would you describe your musical style?

I would say my musical style is a modern throwback style of country, neo-traditional, or some even call it neo-countrypolitan.

What artists do you look up to?

I admire Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, LeeAnn Womack, and also admire today’s female artists, like Cam, Carrie Underwood, Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves – basically, anyone that continues to just blaze their own trail.

You just released your highly anticipated EP. What was the theme for this EP?

Overall I tried to just choose songs that said things I would say, and that musically felt the way I believe my style of country feels. I guess you could say 4 of the 5 tracks are relationship based, but “Daddy’s 8-Track” is about nostalgia.

Any fun moments while creating the EP?

The day spent in the studio recording the songs was very inspiring. The players were given creative freedom, so we all had a good time just making music.

Whats the process of writing one of your songs?

Sometimes a song will start with a title or an overall idea, but I really try to have a good hook. I’ve mostly co-written for the past several years, so I’ll throw out an idea to the person I’m writing with and we’ll run with it, or we might focus on something they’ve brought to the table.

What’s been you favorite song to record and why?

It’s a tie between “Some Things Have a Name” and “Don’t Blame It on Me” on this project. When the keys player had the idea to add a string section to “Some Things Have a Name,” the entire song took on a completely different feel; it came a alive. “Don’t Blame It on Me” was a fun one to record, because I did it almost a year before the rest of the project, and it is what convinced me to do a campaign to raise money for a whole project. It also gave me a chance to highlight my brand through the music video.

Are their any other projects in the works you can tell us about?

I’m currently thinking of how I’m going to go back in and follow this up, planning a Christmas house concert tour, and have plans to record one more video to go with one of the songs on this project.

How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?

I want to know my fans, because their stories are like mine. I hope they feel that I’m telling them for them.

What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?

I find myself always opening Instagram, followed by Facebook. I’m trying to get into Twitter as well 🙂

What does an average day for you look like?

I have a master’s degree in speech pathology, and I still work some. If I am working, then I wake up and start sending emails I need to send for the day. If I have a meeting I’ll get ready for that, and if I’m writing, I’ll prep for that. I try and spend time with my boyfriend, friends, and dog. I eat throughout there obviously, ha, and try to work out. If I don’t do it, I at least thought about it. That counts, right!?

What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?

I would love a chance to have my music played on country radio, to play the Opry, Ryman, Gruene Hall, Billy Bob’s, etc. Personally, I look forward to getting married and possibly having some kids if I can!

How has this whole music career experience been?

It’s been quite a ride. I’ve seen so many sides of it being an independent artist back home in Texas, playing that circuit and doing a radio tour down there- I’ve sang on big stages and major tours as a harmony singer for my sister, gone from focusing on writing now back to putting out an EP. I’m interested in seeing how it all continues to unfold. It’s difficult at times, but even more rewarding at others

Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?

Thank you for hanging with me and following along! Hope you enjoy the new project, and if you do, please continue to share it with your friends and family!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with me.

Absolutely! Thank you for having me!

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