What is your name?
Hey guys! My name is Stacey Kelleher.
What is your genre of music?
I’d consider myself to be indie pop-rock. My music blends a few different genres, from pop to rock to trap.
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m 22 years old and I’m from New Hampshire. I’ve been writing and performing ever since I was a little kid, and I loved it so much that I ended up going to music school at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I just graduated in May 2019 and moved to Nashville back in September, and I’ve been here making music full-time ever since.
What made you go into music?
Music has always been an outlet for me. Ever since I was young, there’s nothing that can make me feel the way music does. In my happiest and saddest moments, I’ve had music there for me, and everywhere in between. I’ve always loved creating, writing, arranging, producing, performing, learning more about the business… everything about it just fascinates me. And I wasn’t that great at at anything else hahaha.
Are you a signed?
Right now I’m completely independent
What is the meaning behind ‘Want Me’?
“Want Me” is an angry song about a boy who made me believe all of his false promises. He acted like he was going to give me the world when in reality everything he said was just manipulative lies. I was fuming and frustrated when I sat down to write with Mitchell, so we decided to tell the story as straight-up, accurately, and honestly as possible. I like to be super authentic in my songs, so this song is basically a stream of consciousness about how incredibly mad I was
Describe the track in two words.
Powerful and unapologetic.
Will we see a music video for the track?
Maybe! In talks about a video for sure, whether it’s this song or one of the next ones.
Will we see an EP or Album this year?
There’s definitely tons of new music on the way in 2020. For now, I’m going to be releasing a stream of singles – I’d love to do another EP or an album in the near future. We’ll see 😉
Do you have any shows coming up?
If so where will you be heading?
On the day of my single release, February 28, I’m played at Live Oak in Nashville with a full band to celebrate the drop of the song. I’m playing a show called “Sad Girl Night” on March 22 at 5pm at H.O.M.E. in Nashville, TN – this one’s also a full band show! I play solo a lot so it’s always amazing to be playing with a bunch of talented musicians. I’m super excited about both of these shows and a bunch of other awesome artists will be playing alongside me at both.
What else can we expect in Early 2020?
More singles, more music announcements, more live shows, maybe some merch, maybe a tour…stay tuned
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Definitely! Got some stuff in the works right now with some other Nashville artists that I can’t speak about yet but will be posting about it on my Instagram as soon as they’re ready
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
I’m always down to collab! Working with other musicians/artists is a huge part of my daily life in Nashville – I write for other artists too and that’s a huge passion of mine. They can contact my publicist by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
Do you play any instruments?
Yes – I play piano, guitar, and bass guitar. I’m actually taking drum set lessons right now which has been soooo much fun. I did percussion in high school band, so I played xylophone, chimes, bells, drums. Playing instruments is a huge part of my musicianship and a huge driver in how I write my songs. I’m a total music nerd haha.
Who are your influences?
Harry Styles, Maggie Rogers, Dua Lipa, Halsey, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Post Malone, Joni Mitchell, bülow, and Ariana Grande, just to name a few!
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Mostly from things that happen to me in my life. I tend to tell stories through my songs exactly the way they happened, just like in “Want Me”. It’s such an outlet for me and a way of getting me through things, or a way of reliving things that I loved.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Definitely still writing and creating music, hopefully touring a whole lot more, I’d love to have released a couple of projects/albums/EPs, and continuing to work with other artists, too!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I actually pretty much only do music…my day job is teaching at a music school in Nashville, so I’m always playing – I’m just on the other side of it! Another passion of mine is helping others discover their inner musician. I also am hugely into fashion and style a lot. I love to read, go running, and just chill whenever I get the chance, which isn’t very often, so when I can, I savor it!
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Oooh, that’s a good question. Honestly probably anything from Hannah Montana hahaha. Miley Cyrus HUGELY influenced me growing up and I admired her on the show so much. That music spoke to me. Also Taylor Swift. Those two were my biggest influences growing up, 110%.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
To not compare myself to others. That is such a toxic thing that us humans tend to do and it can be catastrophic, especially in the music industry. It’s so important to just do your own thing and consistently try to be the best version of yourself, not someone else.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Learn every side of the industry, especially the business side. It can be super easy to get screwed over, and that’s definitely not something you want to happen. Reading music business books, taking classes if you can, Googling stuff online even. It’s so important and can help you a lot in the long run. But as for artistry, do your own thing. Don’t try to do what’s popular or what you think people like – do what you love and are passionate about and that’s what’s going to land well.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Definitely the Yum Yum Shop – it’s this super good bakery and they make gingerbread that people come from all over to buy. It’s sooooo good.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Back to Nashville.
2/ Who do you see first? My friends, and call my parents.
3/What do you eat first? Definitely Five Points Pizza. It’s the best in Nashville, in my opinion
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My guitar tuner, guitar picks, my loop pedal, water, and extra makeup!
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?