Up-and-coming country music powerhouse Kylee Laynee has been releasing records since she was 16-years-old, sharpening her song-writing skills and vocal attack along the way. With this month’s Country Cover Girl (Studio2Bee/Intercept Music) the Oklahoma native shines a light on several other songwriters who’ve influenced her diverse sound.
Released on October 25th, the Country Cover Girl EP focuses on four reinterpreted versions of classic songs from the pop, rock, and country genres: Foo Fighters’ “My Hero,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop,” Beyoncé’s “Best Thing I Never Had,” and Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.”
“I like to call them iconic hits with a twist!” says Laynee, who recorded the EP with producer Zac Maloy (co-writer of Carrie Underwood’s Number One hit “Temporary Home” and Skillet’s Dove Award-winning song “Good to be Alive”) and business partner Skip Bishop. “We took these four covers and carved them into storytelling country songs that fit who I am as a country artist.”
On her unplugged version of “My Hero,” Laynee’s voice shines over acoustic guitars and banjo riffs. She slows down the tempo for a soulful “9 to 5,” then locks into a swinging groove for Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop.” Organic and compellingly performed, these songs showcase Kylee Laynee not only as a fiery front woman, but also as a well-rounded music fan whose tastes are as broad as her talents.
Raised in Moore, Oklahoma, Laynee began performing at local events at 12 years old, taking influence from big-voiced belters like Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride along the way. Her first EP, Ain’t Gonna Turn Around, was released when she was 16-years-old, with 2016’s First Step arriving four years later. A former student at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, she has worked with industry professionals for years, laying the groundwork for a meteoric career that is about to hit top speed with the release of Country Cover Girl.
“Kylee’s brilliant concept of a country spin on various genres is such a creative endeavor. She has such a genuine earthy vibe to her talent and weaves her way through these compelling tracks like a bluesy old soul,” says Skip Bishop, Co-President/CEO of Studio2Bee Entertainment. “Her collection is a real salute to musical ingenuity and captures just who she is and what these compositions mean to her.”
Zac Maloy agrees. “Kylee has a unique knack for combining fresh modern vocals with a com-pletely singular sultry and smooth delivery. She lights up a room when she walks in and you can feel that energy coming from the speakers when you turn it up. I am as excited about this project as anything I’ve done. Not just because of Kylee’s true talent shining through, but that it’s channeled through a completely randomly cool set of cover songs. Leading the way is my favorite, Kylee’s take on The Foo Fighters’ ‘My Hero’.”
About Kylee Laynee:
Kylee has loved music since the very beginning. Her mother, Kendale said that her cries sounded like music. She spent her early years building her voice and stage presence by competing in various singing competitions and singing at local venues. She released her first EP Ain’t Gonna Turn Around at the age of 16 after her first heartbreak. In 2016, at the age of 20 and after a second heartbreak, she released First Step. There’s a pattern in her process: Kylee believes that music heals and she isn’t afraid to show good, bad, pretty and ugly sides of life. She is vulnerable in her delivery and transparant about her faith, honesty, and joy in her music.
Now, at 23, she is fully dedicated to writing and recording, regularly traveling between Nashville and Oklahoma to pursue her music career.Follow Kylee Laynee here: