What do you get when you combine Johnny Cash and Steven Tyler? Did I mention it is packaged in a 5’2 dynamite ready to explode on stage? You get Kirstie Lovelady. This 24-year-old, ass kicking, in your face, rocking country singer from Nashville, Tennessee is blazing a trail all HER own. I capitalized the word HER because this is only my second blog about a female singer and wow did I find a good one. I recently met Kirstie at the Pepsi On The Rise Tour as it made its final stop in Rome, GA this past weekend. I didn’t know of Kirstie until that night, but I will admit that she left an impression on me that was more than a breath of fresh air. In a genre of music that has been coming under attack for not being “country” enough (whatever that means) and dominated by men, I find this wonderful young woman, doing her thing and hanging with the boys just fine. Kirstie Lovelady and I share something in common, people can’t seem to pronounce our names correctly. I will help her by sharing that it is K-IR-stie, She will answer to variations but remember that you are pronouncing the “I” before the “R”. Also, Lovelady is her real last name. After the time I spent with her Saturday, a few text exchanges, and talking with her yesterday, I don’t think she knows how to be anything but 100% real!
Kirstie was born into a family that lived originally in Louisiana, but moved to Nashville when she was in 1st grade. Her father is in the music industry and Kirstie told me she decided that she wanted to be a singer since she was a kid. Kirstie’s dad, Rendy Lovelady, is in the music industry and she jokes about going to “bring your kids to work day” and knew that was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Kirstie’s parents were supportive of her decision to make music her career. When she told them, they only gave her a couple pieces of advice. Kirstie’s parents told her, “That’s great! You can be a performer when you graduate college.” Rendy also told Kirstie that she needed to write her own songs. Kirstie finished Belmont College in Nashville with a business degree in 3 1/2 years and started her career immediately. I asked her did she play a lot of gigs when she was in college, and she told me that she played shows, interned at a publishing house, got familiar with the business side of the business, and wrote songs. She started assembling her band and has not looked back.
Kirstie is a dominating force on the stage. She is captivates the audience and makes you not want to turn your head away from the performance. She is rocking the crowd and letting them know that is one girl who is ready to play and even out perform the boys. I asked Kirstie what it is like being a female in the country music scene that has been dominated recently by males. Kirstie does find that it is hard to break into the industry as a female. She said that she “isn’t Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert. They have a place in music.” Kirstie feels that if she follows her heart”, plays her “rocking country”, and prays, her music will be accepted and be loved. Kirstie says she can only be true to who she is and she thinks the fan base will continue to grow. Kirstie wants to leave her mark on the music world by writing good songs, with real lyrics, and entertaining the audience. She has a voice that draws you in from the first word. Kirstie Lovelady will be built upon live performances and writing good songs. If radio comes along, that is great. Kirstie told me “I am not going to write a song because radio says it has to be played this way. She loves to take the stereotypes that come along with being a female, especially in the country world, and prove everyone wrong. She feels that her country rock sound is something that no one is doing right now. It makes her set apart.
I love to know who influences a person, so I asked Kirstie about her influences. Kirstie will quickly tell you that her biggest influences are Johnny Cash and Steven Tyler. She grew up listening to Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, and Garth Brooks. More recent artists that she is inspired by include Eric Church. You can see all of these influences in her music but there is also something very organic about what she is doing.
I talked to Kirstie about her song writing style. She said writing a song is so personal. She also added “it could be about a boy, being pissed off, song writing is my place to vent.” Her songs come about while she trying to figure something out be it a boy, life, family, etc. Sometimes she can be driving down the road and start recording it into the phone. “I think that is what is so beautiful about song writing, there is no right or wrong way to do it.”
I asked Kirstie that since she has been on the Pepsi tour, has she noticed more people knowing her or has she seen an increase in her followings on social media and crowds coming to see just her. She told me a couple of really cute stories about the tour. She said she was talking to a couple at the show in Rome and they told her that they drove 6 hours to see her because this was as close as Kirstie gets to them. She also talked about being in the restroom at a show in West Virginia. She heard two girls at the mirror, putting their makeup on, and talking. Kirstie heard one of them say, “I hear this tour is good.” The other said “have you heard of this girl before? I heard this girl on the tour is really awesome.” Kirstie said that she wanted to go up to them and say, “That’s ME!”
Kirstie is making plans for the rest of the year. She is going to be in the studio and start working on some new music. Then she is doing a summer tour with Beau James. Then she has Gulf Coast Jam where she will be opening for Keith Urban in Panama City Beach, FL. Gulf Coast Jam is September 4-6, 2015 and will feature many artists over the 3 days of the festival. Then she will get started with the fall tour schedule with Them Dirty Roses. She will also be working on recording and shooting a video for “Bad for You”, which is a duet featuring James Ford from Them Dirty Roses. and recording it in the studio. She isn’t going to take a lot of time off. She wants to stay out and playing show. because she just wants to be on the stage.
Now that the article is coming to an end, I want you go to I Tunes, search Kirstie Lovelady, and buy her EP. This is one rocking country chick that is going to be a force in the music industry for a long time. I don’t think Kirstie will just have her foot in the door because I see her kicking the door off the hinges. I love this girl and I know you will too. I have a few links below to Kirstie’s social media, website, and links to a few songs.