Growing up in Maine, Country Music Artist Kalie Shorr started writing songs at the age of 6. We all know that Kalie would’ve been a star no matter what, but Perez Hilton was a big influence in her career.
Kalie didn’t think it was real when Perez reached out to her, but it was and the rest is history. It all just takes that one person to make your life better, and Perez Hilton has done that.
I was lucky enough to get in contact with Ms. Kalie Shorr and send her some interview questions as part of a new interview series on my website. She happily agreed and is my first guest as part of this new interview series.
Steve Rudden: Do you see yourself doing what Taylor Swift has done in terms of starting out as a Country Artist and making pop hits? Or do you see yourself being a Country Artist your whole career?
Kalie Shorr: I think my music has the ability to make country fans out of people who aren’t because my influences are so diverse, but I don’t want to do anything that isn’t authentic to me. I like experimenting with different sounds and pushing boundaries but country is where I feel most at home. I also do write a lot of pop music for other artists but I choose to sing country because it feels truest to me. I wouldn’t completely rule it out but I also wouldn’t expect it anytime soon!
SR: I read that you started writing songs at the age of 6. Do you still know the name of the song and would you ever perform that at one of your shows?
KS: I don’t remember the name, but it was about soda of all things. My mom didn’t let me have a lot of junk food when I was younger and I was only allowed to have soda on really special occasions like birthday parties. So I wrote a song about stealing soda from the fridge and “partying with my girls” which at the time meant watching The Princess Diaries and playing with American Girl dolls. Pretty rock and roll if you ask me. I probably wouldn’t perform it but it would be funny to dig up an old song and play it for sure!
SR: Perez Hilton is a very well known in the celebrity world, so what was it like having someone as well known as Perez get in contact with you? Do you keep in touch with him? I’ve reached out to him on twitter for an interview, but all he does is like my posts, lol.
KS: Perez is really kind and so selfless. The amount of doors he’s opened for me out of the kindness of his heart has really been amazing. When he first reached out to me in 2011, I thought it was a joke. Turns out it wasn’t. He’s helped me out in so many ways- getting me in the door at labels, introducing me to other artists, having me open shows for amazing artists like the Backstreet Boys and Daya… I’m so thankful for him! We actually talk pretty often and he’s one of the first people I send new songs to. He’s honest and I appreciate it!
SR: Now that you’ve been in Nashville for a few years, do you think you’ll ever move to LA?
KS: I like LA for its health food and beaches but Nashville has my heart. I belong in the South a thousand percent!
SR: What country artist would you love to collaborate with?
KS: I’d love to do a duet with Jake Owen! I adore him.
SR: Do you have any plans to tour anytime soon? If so, would you be making a stop in DC? I’d love to see you perform.
KS: Yes! I am constantly on the road and D.C. is one of my favorite places (my sister lives there)! Keep an eye out for tour dates on KalieShorr.com
SR: How did the Song Suffragettes come to fruition? Would you ever start a country band with those members of the Song Suffragettes?
KS: There’s a production company in Nashville called Hi-Fi Fusion who has done a lot of media work with female artists, most notably, Taylor Swift. They saw how huge a female artist could become and also how no one is giving them those chances. They approached me about the idea and we started with three other girls at 3rd & Lindsey in Nashville for an audience of 15-20 people. We’ve now moved to a bigger space at the Listening Room that sells out almost every week and in total, we have had 170 girls play. It’s been amazing. I think I might be a little too much of a control freak to be in a band but Song Suffragettes allows me to play with other girls on stage and write together without being in a group which is awesome. Maybe we will start a super group one day! Haha!
Kalie Shorr’s music career is just getting started and I’m excited to see what the future holds. It’s going to be amazing to see how big she will get in the world of music.
When she ends up winning a lot of awards, I’m going to be able to say that I had the opportunity to interview her. If you want to listen to some of Kalie’s music, check out her website at http://www.kalieshorr.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kalieshorr.