Part of the "Quarantine Series: How Are You Staying Busy" series in Shoutout DFW
Hi Kayley Nell, what’s been your favorite thing to do during quarantine? In addition to being an independent singer-songwriter, I work full time at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Education Department. My role is Community Outreach Coordinator and I plan music programs for local youth and families. During quarantine, my team and I have been hosting Songwriting 101 workshops via Zoom, as well as promoting weekly Instagram Live “Words and Music at Home” sessions with artists such as Carly Pearce, Blanco Brown and Brett Young. It’s been inspiring tuning in and hearing them share stories behind their songs. We often get emails from parents thanking us for providing something for their children to look forward to each week, but honestly it’s the highlight of my days working from home! The kids are so talented and clever with their lyrics and melodies. We even wrote a song called “The Quarantine Blues,” about how they miss their friends and school. It’s been a much needed bright spot for all of us during this strange time. Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community? My new EP, “Daydreaming,” is a project that has been brewing since I moved from Texas to Tennessee two years ago. It feels great to finally get these tunes out of my head and into listeners’ ears! My heart will always be drawn to 60’s-70’s folk music like Janis Ian, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Jim Croce, which I hope is reflected in these songs. Special thanks to Kevin Dailey, my incredibly kind and creative producer here in Nashville, as well as my good friend and mentor Billy Herzig for co-writing “Old School” with me back home in Texas. I hope these songs can be a source of comfort or inspiration to all my fellow daydreamers out there.
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