Folk Artist Kailey Prior Talks With TMI About Her Debut EP We’re Okay
What inspired you to pursue music?
My parents were really great about introducing my sister and I to a bunch of different musical outlets. I bopped around from chorus to band to theater, but always knew music would be a part of my life in some way.
Can you tell us a little bit about you?
I’m originally from Concord, MA, I live in Brooklyn, NY, I’m queer, and I love good food. Especially cheese.
What artists do you look up to right now?
Brandi Carlile has always been a big inspiration for me, but I’m especially loving what she’s doing to highlight women in music right now, creating the Highwomen supergroup with Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby, and her annual GJWW (Girls Just Wanna Weekend) festival with an all-female line-up.
Your just released your debut EP “We’re Okay”! Can you tell us about what this EP means to you?
The songs on the EP are all various colors of me dealing with heartache and loss, and figuring out who I am along the way. I wrote them all at different times, but collecting them together for the EP, they took on new meanings and formed a longer narrative of the ups and downs of self discovery and self love. I love them all independently but I think they’re strongest together, and I’m so excited they’re out and available for everyone to hear!
What has been your thought about the reaction of the new EP?
I’m really happy people are loving it as much as I loved creating it. My favorite thing is when someone messages me to say that they listened to “Little Bird” when they were having a hard day and it made them feel less alone, or that “Sleepwalker” made them cry in a good way, or that they danced to a”Assume” at work. Hearing how these songs, which were quite healing to create, are meaningful to listeners, is awesome.
Any fun moments while creating the EP?
I got to play drums on “Not a Tree” which was super fun!
What song are you most excited to perform from this new EP?
“Sleepwalker” is one of the most rewarding to perform. It hits me right in the feels every time, and it’s really special to feel the audience feeling it right along with me
What does it feel like to perform your own music live in front of your supporters?
I love it. You can “finish” a song by yourself or with your band, but until you get to share it with people who are excited to listen, it doesn’t feel complete. If I could perform live every day I absolutely would.
How do you want your relationship to be with your supporters?
I hope that they feel that these songs are as much theirs as they are mine. To listen to, to feel to, to share.
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
I had someone reach out from France which was pretty cool!
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your supporters?
I’m mainly on Instagram @kaileypriormusic, and dabble in some Facebooking as well.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists today?
Social media is one of the tools artists, especially independent artists, can use to create and share on our own timeline. I also like that it opens that line of communication between artist and listener.
Are their any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
I’m working on a music video right now, more details coming soon!
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you for listening and sharing ‘We’re Okay’ and letting it into your hearts. I’d love to hear from you if any of the songs in particular mean something special to you!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us.
Thank YOU for these fun questions!