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Check Out Kelley Cole’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelley Cole.

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
My story starts in a small Chicago suburb called hawthorn woods. I had a great support system and family growing up that believed in me. I think they believed in my dedication more than anything else. I was sporty and athletic when I was tiny but was always overly obsessed over the artist or record I was fixated on at the time. I started studying music when I joined my school’s musical theater program in 7th grade. I’ve always loved drama and the over-the-top musical theater music. It taught me what it meant to perform at a young age. From that time on, I was hooked. I begged my parents for a guitar and started writing as many songs as possible. I would spend all my spare time in my basement with my guitar and notebook. Even now, I admire the focus and pure, unfiltered love I had for writing back then. Once I hit high school, I strongly desired to start performing these songs on stage. So I joined an extra-curricular program where kids got to perform in bands covering songs from Motown to indie rock to metal. I even started doing my gigs alone and with some ragtag bands, I put together with my friends. This was also when my demos consisting of just guitar and my voice, didn’t feel like they were enough. I once again (very graciously) begged my mom to get me Logic Pro. I launched myself into watching youtube videos, reading forums, and playing around with all the built-in instruments and plug-ins. I taught myself how to put together a track from the ground up by doing it a thousand times. This was the new thing that set me aflame. I was obsessed with creating worlds where my songs could live. I’m still obsessed. This passion led me to study the music business and music production at Belmont University, where I graduated in 2021.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My biggest struggle as a creative is trusting my instincts and advocating for myself. Who will believe in you if you haven’t started living in that confidence yourself? Going on that journey to trust yourself has been a significant growth point.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As a female pop producer AND artist, I know what pop artists want and need from their producers. I’m open to collaboration and love helping people who produced their demo and taking that to the next level together as a TEAM! As an Artist! I am so so so excited to share some brand new music with you all sooner than you know.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
As a kid, I was very much in the in-between. I was into sci-fi and reading, but not necessarily a nerd. I loved playing soccer but wasn’t an athlete. I loved musicals but wasn’t a typical “theater kid.” I’ve kind of always felt like I was doing my own thing. I think that’s why I grew up to be such a creative person!

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Eden Lauren, Audrey Bergeron

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