11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Stacey Kelleher

Stacey Kelleher

Are your emotions in the mood for a sad but understanding song about a young love that lingers but just can’t last? Then give a listen to the lovely “Thing of the Past” from Music City singer-songwriter, Stacey Kelleher. I think your heart will find comfort in Stacey’s smooth indie-pop style. This song will be part of an upcoming EP, her second, called “Songs So Far.”

Stacey is a gifted graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music who has recently relocated to Nashville. She’s got a unique musical style that will please a wide audience, young and old.

Thanks to Stacey for giving us a great 11 Questions. We will be able to see her at the very hip and intimate Bowery Vault in East Nashville on November 5 at 8pm for an EP release show.  

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I am originally from Ossipee, NH. I lived there my whole childhood until I went to college. I moved to Nashville in September 2019 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. I knew from early on in my life that I’d be a musician, and several of my mentors and professors at Berklee suggested I should go to Nashville. I went on a spring break trip my sophomore year there with the Songwriting Department one year and I fell in love with this town and began planning my move right then and there.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

The first record I bought was Sugarland’s first CD, Twice the Speed of Life. I knew that album inside out and I still do today! The last record I bought was the vinyl of Taylor Swift’s folklore. I also have a signed CD copy of it that I got at Grimey’s in East Nashville!

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

My first concert was Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour (are you seeing a theme here?) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. I was so amazed at her choreography, costumes, setlist and the glamour of it all. It was incredible. The last live concert I saw was Bre Kennedy’s sold-out show at The Basement East. She’s one of my favorite artists in town, and I happened to meet her because she was fostering my dog Roe, who she named, and I ended up adopting.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Kacey Musgraves! She is paving the way for the new sound of country music and the next wave of artists. The way she has created her own unique sound and grown throughout just a few records is incredible, and her songwriting both for herself and others is fantastic.

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

I absolutely love The Well Coffeehouse. They have so many delicious drinks. For pizza, Five Points – hands down. They’ve got the best pizza in town!

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

This one’s hard! I’d have to say Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves. Since that album came out, I don’t think I’ve listened to any album more. Between the songwriting, genre-fusing production, photos for the album cover and the tour which I was lucky enough to attend, that album has influenced me greatly and is far and away my favorite record from Nashville. Although it might soon be replaced by her new record Star-Crossed. I love the singles she’s released from it so far!

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

I do love myself some Cookout They have these white cheddar cheese bites that fulfill those post-show cravings!

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.”

Pick three local songwriters to join you. Oh wow, I love this question. I would choose Anna Kline, Frances Litterski and Emily Gurklis. They are the three people I write my songs with the most and I absolutely adore them. They write for tons of artists in town and they’re all just phenomenal!

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

I love playing at the Analog at Hutton Hotel. I’ve played the Breaking Sound showcase there and it’s always a great time. It’s such a beautiful venue and the sound is always amazing. I got to play the Ryman for a showcase one time and of course that was absolutely amazing. A couple other favorites of mine are Winners Bar and The Sutler.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here.

I’d love to see Julia Michaels move here. She is such an incredible songwriter and if she lived here, I’d be front row at every single show she played.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

I released my second single “Thing of the Past” on September 17, which will be followed by one more single in October before I drop my new EP in November. I’m playing several shows here in Nashville over the next couple of months, heading up to Iowa for a string of shows in October, and headlining The Bowery Vault at 8pm on November 5 for my EP release show. Hoping to head out on a short little southern tour after that! I’m going to keep the music coming in 2022, too.

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