Kaylee Rutland
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Kaylee Rutland

Flower Mound, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Flower Mound, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Country




"Billboard 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2014"

Typically, teenage acts don't necessarily blow us away, but this native Texan is a little different. Her debut single is called "Into The Circle," and is a tribute to the world famous Grand Ole Opry, and she shows plenty of promise on the track. She's contemporary – but has one ear planted towards the heritage of the format! - Billboard Magazine

"Nash Next Challenge Top 10 Finalists Spotlight"

The Nash Next Challenge invited aspiring country solo artists and bands to participate in an artist development competition where the ability to carry a tune was just one of the factors on which they were being judged.

Contestants were asked to cover a song, compose an original jingle, broadcast a live performance via social media platform Periscope, create an original video and to craft a collage on PicCollage, where fans could complete it with their own images.

And with every challenge, the contestants hit their social media pages hard, asking fans, friends and family to vote. Hundreds of applicants began the process in August, and with each challenge, fans voted for their favorites until only 10 remained.

The remaining 10 will be mentored by Big Machine Records president/CEO Scott Borchetta for the final challenge: create an original music video, complete with animation. The winner will be determined by Nash Next judges Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn fame, record producer James Stroud and Cumulus senior VP of content & programming Mike McVay.

Tyler Barham
Breaking Southwest
Sydney Hutchko
Krysta Nick
Hannah Rose
Kaylee Rutland
Adam Searan
Steel Union
Matt Williams

Age: 20

What would you say is unique about your sound?
In my songs, I like to combine a modern sound with classic country elements. I want my music to be relatable for all audiences.

What three albums would you would take to a deserted island?
Sounds Good Feels Good by 5 Seconds of Summer. Wanted on Voyage by George Ezra. The First Time by Kelsea Ballerini.

Where is the craziest place you’ve performed?
I played a Dallas Cowboys tailgate party outside AT&T Stadium in the pouring rain. The fans were fun and wild and doing some crazy dancing.

What’s the first thing you do after a show?
I love running offstage and getting to meet people and talk with fans. - Nash Country Weekly

"The Couch: Kaylee Rutland"

Kaylee Rutland, a Flower Mound native, is named one of Billboard's Top 10 country artists to watch this year. - CBS 11

"CW33 Interivew"

FLOWER MOUND — While most 18 year olds are working a lousy summer job, this Texan teen from Flower Mound is releasing her newest country music album.

“I’m a little nervous, but I’m more excited,” said singer Kaylee Rutland about her upcoming show.

“It’s really exciting, we’re really proud of her, she’s living her dreams and we’re behind her in this,” mother Renee Rawlings said.

And get this, Kaylee Rutland’s debut single, ‘Into the Circle’ blew away Billboard—she’s on their ‘top ten country artists to watch’ list. Yee-haw!

“Jumping up and down, excited family moment,” Rawlings said. “She was surprised and thought ‘wow, who heard this to include her on this list?’”

But Kaylee isn’t an overnight sensation. She’s been at this a long time.

“Well, the first time I ever really sang was when I was 8 years old in a church Christmas musical,” Rutland said. “As soon as I got on stage and started singing, it just felt right.”

“Usually, the kid’s just out there screaming at the top of their lungs, which is super cute, but we were nervous because we’ve never heard her sing,” her mother added. “And yet, when she got up on the stage, the sound that came out was so beautiful.”

“I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” Rutland smiled. “If it’s something that you love, that you’re good at, there will be a lot of people who will be discouraging, but you can’t listen to them. The younger that you start, it’s more of your whole life that you get to spend doing something you love.

Kaylee will release her album at The Rustic in Dallas on Saturday July 5 at 7 p.m. - CW33


The Gift of Giving-Single
December 4, 2015

Good Day to Get Gone EP
July 29, 2014

  1. Good Day to Get Gone
  2. Everybody's Got One
  3. Gun Shy
  4. Save Your Heart
  5. This Big Town

My Man-Single
November 15, 2013

What We'll Do For Love-Single

September 30, 2013

Into The Circle-Single

Released: June 26, 2013

Kaylee Rutland EP

October 12, 2012
  1. Boys Will Be Boys
  2. Hey Ben
  3. Dark Horse
  4. Daddy's Got A .45
  5. My Last One



Kaylee Rutland’s love for music began at 8 years old when she received her first solo in a church Christmas musical. After years of crafting her soulful, yet contemporary county sound; at just 18, she caught the attention of Billboard Magazine, who named her one of “10 Country Artists to Watch.” Recently, Kaylee was named a finalist in the Nash Next talent competition and performed in the Nash Next tour starring RaeLynn. In addition to performing and pursuing a music business degree at Belmont University in Nashville, where she has received Dean’s List recognition, Kaylee is gearing up to release her 3rd EP.

Kaylee’s strong online presence and engagement with her fans has earned her over three million YouTube views, 150,000 social media followers and opportunities nationwide, including performances at the American Airlines Center, The Gramercy Theatre, Wildhorse Saloon, Hard Rock Cafe, San Antonio Rodeo, House of Blues and more. In June 2015, The Dallas Morning News listed Kaylee’s concert at the Arlington Levitt Pavilion as one of the weekend’s “Top 10 Things To-Do.”

Kaylee released her first and self-titled EP in 2012 along with her first music video, “Daddy’s Got a .45.” The following year she released her first single “Into the Circle” featuring Colt Ford and Grammy nominated and platinum-selling artist Jamie O’Neal. In 2014, Kaylee released her second EP and music video titled “Good Day to Get Gone,” about experiencing life, letting go and doing what you love. “Good Day to Get Gone” was featured on iTunes as “New and Noteworthy Country” and “What We’re Listening To,” and the music video was featured on the “Emerging Artists” channel of Great American Country (GAC) as well as the “On the Rise” playlist on Zuus Country.

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