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Poet Nicole Lyons once said, “She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.”
She could have been describing Kylie Trout, a young country singer-songwriter who writes and sings with a maturity beyond her years. Kylie attributes her old-soul status to growing up with an absentee mother, a fact she reflects on with her song “I Can’t Remember Growing Up”. However, being raised by her single father, Kylie was often around her grandparents and other adults who helped shape her into the woman she is becoming. That woman happens to be both talented and ambitious. She is a woman grounded in her roots but willing to branch out and explore all of the possibilities.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Kylie about her career as she’s explored some of those possibilities. At just seventeen years of age, she rose well past the debut single mark and is fast approaching seasoned performer status, although the advice from peers and role models in the industry is well accepted. Read on to find out more about who Kylie Trout is as an artist. You’ll learn more about who she is as an individual as well.
Music is becoming more risque, I feel like, but country [music] shares my morals and values.
— Kylie Trout
Shannon Henry: Please share more about “Extra.”
Kyle Trout: This song...the writing process took quite awhile. I had the idea in my mind that I wanted to write a personal story about a crazy ex that I’ve had. One of those people you know isn't too good for you but you ignore the fact and let it happen. But after we broke up, he went out of his way to make me jealous and I was like, “Dude, I don’t even care. I don’t know why you have to be so extra.” So I actually wrote and rewrote it three or four times. Once with a buddy, Jason Hamo, and then again with Mark Addison Chandler. Then I worked on it with my family and then again by myself, which is the version you hear now. I kept the melody, but pretty much wrote my own words.
SH: How many singles have you released thus far?
KT: This single is my 8th release. I believe I released my first single early 2019 or late 2018. I’ve been singing and writing for forever, but didn’t start releasing until then.
I never had a real childhood. I was always around older people growing up. I feel like that really, really contributed to how I am now.
— Kylie Trout, talking about being called an old soul
SH: Is there an album or an EP in the works?
KT: Yeah, I’m hoping to put out an EP by next year. That’s the goal. Over quarantine, I’ve been working with new people and will hopefully be able to go record in Nashville soon.
SH: There’s a lot of maturity beyond your years in the lyrics of the songs you sing. Where does that come from?
KT: I think it all stems back to my mom-situation and going through those rough times when I was really young. I never had a real childhood. I was always around older people growing up. I feel like that really, really contributed to how I am now. Also, listening to traditional country music. Music is becoming more risque, I feel like, but country shares my morals and values.
"Drive" Featuring Marcella
You only get one life. You might as well make the best of it and help other people do the same. Lift other people up with positivity and kindness.
— Kylie Trout
SH: How do your life experiences uniquely shape who you are as an artist?
KT: When I was growing up, different arts and the stories they told with their songs helped me relate and reminded me I’m not alone, so with me, that’s always been my main goal, helping other people. You can look at it like I want to get so many streams or added to so many radio stations and that's awesome and everybody's goal, but if people can relate their lives to my songs and stories, there is no better feeling than that. That’s who I want to be as an artist.
SH: What is your definition of success?
KT: My definition of success is helping people. I feel like that is our duty on this earth. You only get one life. You might as well make the best of it and help other people do the same. Lift other people up with positivity and kindness.
SH: Are there any singers you specifically relate to?
KT: Kellie Pickler, for sure. Carrie Underwood. Her vocals, stamina, health. Growing up, George Strait. My grandma loved him. Martina McBride is a big influence.
Just For Fun:
SH: Name one thing your friends and family would say is so you.
KT: Probably….I’m in my room a lot. My dad would say I sleep a lot, so sleeping or dogs. I like dogs. Morgan Wallen. Everybody knows I’m obsessed with Morgan Wallen. I love mullets now.
SH: If your life were a book, what would the title be?
KT: I would say something to do with ups and downs. Something about finding the light through the darkness. The childhood I went through leaves an impression.
SH: What irrational fear do you have?
KT: Moths. I am deathly afraid of moths. Some people may say it’s irrational, but I think it’s completely rational. I hate them!
For more information about this talented young artist, visit the following links.
- Kylie Trout Official Website
Home page of Kylie Trout, a country artist from Southern California. Kylie Trout is an award-winning country singer/songwriter from Southern California featured on Radio Disney.
- Country Music Notes
- Kylie Trout - YouTube
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Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on January 03, 2021:
Happy New Year, ladies! Thanks for stopping by to discover this talented artist.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 02, 2021:
Nice article and conversation. I enjoyed reading it, though not aware of the artist.
Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year!!
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 02, 2021:
I love this article. I am always looking for new videos to use with my poetry and her songs certainly fit the bill.
I enjoyed this article.
Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on January 02, 2021:
Hi, Angie. That might very well be my favorite Pam Tillis song. Kylie does a good job with it. I also like the bluesy feel of "Extra Extra," which somehow also sounds traditional. She's got a lot of potential to make a lucrative living in the music industry. I hope we hear more from her in the future on mainstream radio.
A B Williams from Central Florida on January 02, 2021:
Love it! I really enjoyed her cover of 'Shake the Sugar Tree', I have always liked that catchy little tune.
I will have to go back and listen to all of the songs, just wanted to respond while I can.
P.S. Happy New Year ‼️
Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on January 01, 2021:
Considering the comments feature isn't working much of the time lately, it is a lucky thing that you saw it and were able to comment. Of course, this may not be considered evergreen enough to go to Spinditty by the nature of the interview, anyway. But it was fun. She is super talented and I love to see youthful talent sharing their passions. And, by the way, you are not alone in your opinion that more female artists need to be on mainstream radio! I can easily see Kylie among them. She appeals to the younger generations and I think she'd appeal to older generations as well with her fusion of traditional values with modern themes.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 01, 2021:
Lucky thing I even saw this today. It's a bit unusual, me checking the HP feed on New Year's Day.
Never heard of this young lady, but I'll listen to her later today and see how I like her. Country music could use a few more female singers on the radio; just my humble opinion.
Happy New Year!!!!!