Exclusive Interview with Bailey Callahan

Bailey Callahan

About Bailey Callahan

Why is country music a good fit for you? What attracts you to country music?
~ I played guitar first and then began singing. For me, it’s the music that complements the country genre; it’s a “fit” that has always been fascinating to me. From a songwriting standpoint, I love the structure of the writing; it is more complex than any other genre. And…I’m just too country to not be country!

If everything and anything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which two people do you think should sing, or should have sung, the ultimate country duet?
~ What a great question. I think Miley Cyrus and Eric Church would be a great pairing for a duet. They are both really edgy and between Eric’s songwriting and music production, combined with Miley’s vocals…they would rock it!

What song (that you've recorded) means the most to you and why? (Touch on emotions, vocal range, reaction, etc.)
~ My new single, “Home Made," is very personal to me. One of the main reasons that I’m so proud of my new release is because that song is the best representation of how I’ve felt over the past several months. Just a week after I graduated from high school, I moved away from home and relocated to Nashville. I had a lot of things thrown at me and stood with courage and determination. This song is dedicated to my hometown and to my family, friends, the community and surroundings that shaped me into the person I am now. No matter where I am, I’ll always be the girl that homemade.

Who would you like to write a song for you and why?
~ I’m a big fan of the Dixie Chicks! …and if I had the opportunity to pitch a song to the Chicks, I believe they'd take it! I think I write in a very similar vien; it's my favorite writing style.

What is the one thing that readers/fans would be surprised to know about you?
~ People would be surprised to know that I have 13 ribs and I have a rod in my back; so, I have perfect posture. (No one has to tell me to “straighten up!” LOL)

What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and...you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ I’m a die-hard fan of the TV show, “The Office.” I’ve watched the entire series about 12 times! I’ve always wanted someone to ask me trivia questions from the show. I also like questions about cooking; I’ve always wanted someone to ask me what my favorite dish is to prepare. While I’m not an expert cook, I make a mean Shepard’s Pie!

Describe the ultimate recording studio (we are more interested in the facilities than the technique—environment, history, recording equipment, etc.)
~ For me, the ultimate recording studio would be really cozy. I picture stained glass windows, with a really rustic/boho vibe. A cozy environment just makes me feel at home and makes me feel more comfortable.

Johnny or June? (Who are you most attracted to as a career performer; tell us the reason behind your choice.)
~ I love both Johnny and June for so many reasons as trendsetters, vocalists and genuine, dynamic songwriters. If I have to make a choice, I would say “Johnny;” I’ve connected with his music since I was very young.

Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves.
~ I really don’t get nervous anymore; but, occasionally I do get butterflies just because I'm excited! Some of my pre-show rituals include: vocal warm-ups; I go for a run, and I drink at least 3 bottles of water. I’m a waterholic!

What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ There have been so many unforgettable experiences during my career; but for me, I will always recall the time that I was invited to play at my hometown arena. I was treated like I was someone famous. I had my own green room, people who escorted me to and from, and I held my first official meet and greet. It was special.

Tell us about the triumphs and tribulations of a “woman” trying to make it in country music in today’s environment.
~ This is a question I feel really passionate about. Sometimes, it is very frustrating as a female artist trying to be discovered because it seems we (women) just don’t have as many opportunities as the guys. There are some phenomenal females who are killing it, but have not achieved the recognition they truly deserve. Slowly but surely, I think the country music industry, as a whole, is beginning to recognize that. I believe women in country music will become the cream of the crop and rise to the top!

What women in country music do you most admire and why?
~ I have an admiration for the Dixie Chicks and Kacey Musgraves! There’s just something about their music that resonates with me, and Kacey's writing is just out of this world! I look up to her as a writer.

What is the best advice that you could offer an aspiring up ’n comer.
~ My best advice is to say this: “patience is a virtue.” I’ve been pursuing my music career for more than 9 years. I finally feel like I’m getting closer to achieving my dream. It takes tenacity, hard work, and it takes a while for people to recognize your talents.

Tell us what is important to you in making you own imprint in country music; what impression do you want to make? What legacy do you hope to create and/or leave behind.
~ I’ve always had a vision in my head of someone coming up to me to say that I moved them to chase their dream in music. That would be the most fulfilling and gratifying moment. Taylor Swift was my role model; she was family-friendly, a business women, and so kind. I would like to make that same kind of impression, but with my own flare. Of course, I want to be known for my talent, but it’s just as important to me to be known for being kind, caring and giving to my fans. The fans are the reason I am here and I couldn’t do this without them. My whole-hearted goal is to leave a positive impact on people.

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