Rising Southern California-based singer-songwriter Kylie Trout joined us at this year’s CRS to chat about her experience as an artist over the last 12 months, her path into country music, plans for new music and more!
Hey Kylie! How have you found the last year, from an artist’s perspective? We’ve all been hit hard by the pandemic, but it’s been particularly difficult for musicians. Have you been doing many Zoom writes?
From an artist’s perspective, I view this last year as a year of personal growth. It has given me the free time I need to rediscover myself and who I want to be, personally and artistically. I have been given the time I need to set a pathway for my future so that I can work hard and get where I need to be. I have been doing many Zoom writes, which have been awesome! They have allowed me to connect with people from all over that I probably would not have gotten to connect with if it weren’t for the circumstances.
For anyone here in the UK who maybe isn’t too familiar with you and your background, tell us about your path into country music and how it all started for you?
My name is Kylie Trout, and I am a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Southern California. Music has been a huge part of my life from a very young age because it helped me get through a lot of difficult situations as a child. I have not seen my biological mother since I was 4 years old because she was abusive, therefore I grew up living with my grandparents until I was 8. They introduced me to country music and I fell in love with it instantly because the songs told stories and shared emotions I could relate with. Music has always been my saving grace and I can’t picture myself doing anything else.
We’d love to delve into your writing style – where do you typically get your inspiration from when you go into a writing session? Do you prefer solo writes or co-writes?
I do a great mixture of both solo and co-writes! I personally love writing songs from personal experiences I have gone through. I believe these spark the most real, relatable songs.
Can you tell us about any new music you have coming up on the horizon?
I am working on multiple new songs and I hope to be releasing my very first EP by the end of the year!
As tricky as it is to look ahead at the moment, what achievements do you hope to fulfil in 2021?
My outlook for 2021 is just all about growth. I hope to just keep building and growing upon what I have. Lots of content and connecting this year!
As we’re based in the UK, we have to ask if you’d be interested in testing out the international country market at some point? The genre is growing very fast in Europe, and we’d love to welcome you across the pond!
It has always been a dream of mine to travel to the UK! Hopefully one day we can meet face to face! Thank you so much for having me!