Podcast Episode 2 with Laura Veltz

In the second episode of the This Nashville Life podcast we sit down with powerhouse Laura Veltz to demystify the Nashville phenomenon of “co-writing” from the inside out. As I say in this episode’s intro, I wanted to sit down with Laura because she’s had hit songs (Drunk Last Night, Lonely Eyes…) but also because she writes the kind of songs that other songwriters crush on. Case in point: one of the most talked about songs of the new Maren Morris album, Rich, was co-written by Laura. untitled

As you may be able to guess from this photo of Laura taken by fellow songwriter, Kate York, she is as spirited and vibrant as her writing itself. Laura’s songwriting credits include cuts by Reba McEntire, Eli Young Band, Chris Young, Cassadee Pope, Raelynn, Jana Kramer and more. On today’s episode she’ll talk specifically about writing the song “Smoke When I Drink” which I released in 2014. She’ll also let us in on the process of collaborating with Maren Morris –who just last week scored a whopping 5 CMA nominations for the work on her debut album, Hero. Listen to Episode 2 here.


Huge thank you to Laura Veltz for sitting down with me for this episode, you are a gem girl. You can follow Laura on instagram, twitter: @lauraveltz

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3 Comments on Podcast Episode 2 with Laura Veltz

  1. Kyle Mersola
    September 15, 2016 at 4:08 am (1 year ago)

    Awesome stuff guys. As an aspiring songwriter myself, it was cool to hear what goes on in a cowrite and a writing room. Much of what you said is what I already knew or suspected, so that was nice to have those perceptions confirmed. But I also learned from this that it would behoove me to be well-rounded; i.e., not just a lyricist, but melody, play an instrument, maybe even learn some of the tech/production stuff. I’ve never cowritten before, but I’d love to try it if I ever get the chance. And yes, Laura Veltz is awesome. I’ve seen her, and her sister Allison (who is also awesome) on Song Suffragettes on Mondays at The Listening Room Cafe.

    • Kelleigh
      September 16, 2016 at 9:06 am (1 year ago)

      thanks Kyle. We’re so glad you’re listening. Stay at the songwriting stuff!

      • Kyle Mersola
        September 16, 2016 at 11:58 am (1 year ago)

        Thanks Kelleigh. I’m planning to attend Tin Pan South for the first time next spring (just as a spectator), so that should be an awesome experience and provide plenty of inspiration! Maybe I’ll even see you around?! Love the podcasts, please keep ’em comin’!


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