Introducing the This Nashville Life PODCAST


Because I believe in the sound of the human voice, and its ability to convey a story. Because I’m passionate about connecting with others. Because I believe when you share your story, it gives other people permission to share theirs. Because Nashville is absolutely exploding right now….as someone who grew up here it’s both wonderful and terrifying. Because here in Music City we have absolutely everything we need (studios, mics, engineers, music) to tell audio stories, and hopefully do it really well… A PODCAST.

In full disclosure, this may be one of the riskiest things I’ve ever done. Riskier than leaving my record deal, riskier than betting all my personal finances on my music. And as a person filled with a lot of self-criticism and self-loathing it’s REALLLLLLY hard for me to listen to myself talk on the podcast and not wanna crawl under the table and die.

But, I thought it was important to share. I’m not an expert on ANYTHING except myself and my own story. I don’t have the answers, I have my answers. And I don’t really have an agenda here other than I loved the idea of giving it a shot, and I thought it would be a cool way to entertain and connect to listeners, while talking about things that matter to me, and things that may even help others on their way to wherever their going.

It’s extremely personal, it’s risky—I even had one person tell me it may be reckless….but here it is. We’re gonna talk about Nashville—this “Nashville life” that me and so many of my friends are living. My co-producer Kevin Sokolnicki and I are gonna talk about radio, body image, song-writing, competition, success or lack there of, passion, music. We’re gonna do it in the most authentic way we can. We’re not gonna do it perfectly. We’re gonna ask questions we don’t have the answers to. We’re gonna say things we regret, and we’re probably gonna disagree and change our opinions about things as we go. Hell, we want you to disagree with us too. Or join the conversation, and lend your voice. We want to encourage you to use your gifts and talents to chase whatever passions you have in your heart, and we want to do that by being brazenly honest in telling the story of my own journey in music. We’ll also be asking others (experts, executives, hit songwriters, artists) about their stories and what we can learn from them.  We want to make you laugh, we want to tell you stories you’d never hear anywhere else, but most of all we want to connect.

So this marks the release of the first episode of Season 1 of This Nashville Life, and we will be releasing a new episode ever other week on Thursdays.

I cannot tell you how incredibly grateful I am that Country Living believed in me and this podcast enough to premiere the first 3 episodes. The more I have learned about them and their mission over the last several months the more inspired I have become by what they stand for, and  what they are passionate about. So please please send them some love on socials, and share their link to the episode.


Here’s a general outline of where we’re going in the first few episodes…and we’ll let you in on the rest of the season as we go. THANKS FOR LISTENING!

  • Episode 1 The Radio Game: how a song gets from one of a handful of streets on Music Row to the top of the charts. Guest: JoJamie Harh of Broken Bow Records. Listen here.
  • Episode 2 Co-work, co-llaborate, co-write: demystifying the Nashville phenomenon of “co-writing.” I.e. How a song is made. (Guest: hit songwriter Laura Veltz (songs by Maren Morris, Reba McEntire, Eli Young Band, Chris Young, Cassadee Pope, Jana Kramer)
  • Episode 3 How (Not) To Get A Record Deal: how does someone “get discovered?” Guest: UMG A&R exec Autumn House recounts the best, and most humorous “artist pitches” she’s ever witnessed, and shares anecdotes about the signings of some of her more famous artists.
  • Get Hot or Go Home: a vulnerable look at beauty and body image as it relates to artists and entertainers, especially women. Guest: Joanna Carter UMG VP of Creative Services.
  • That’s Not Country: a look at why we love to hate. Why are people so defensive about what is and isn’t “country?” Guest: hit songwriter/producer Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert)

Huge thank you to my co-producer/editor Kevin Sokolnicki (@kebblz) and to Nashville podcast guru Clark Buckner (@clarkbucker) for consulting on this project.

10 Comments on Introducing the This Nashville Life PODCAST

  1. AlexMaile
    August 26, 2016 at 3:50 pm (1 year ago)

    Great listening as a songwriter in London, UK! Made a couple trips for writing sessions in Nashville because there’s SO much opportunity, seen my mate Adam Argyle do it too. So many artists exploding and growing without the need of radio play or even a label. Those are the folks we make the trips for and believe in ?

    • Kelleigh
      September 16, 2016 at 9:11 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks for listening. And I love Adam. He’s great.

  2. Jay Pfister
    August 28, 2016 at 12:52 am (1 year ago)

    As someone who has followed the music industry as long as I can remember, I found this Podcast totally interesting! In terms of what songs/artists get played and the many more that don’t that likely deserve to. FYI – As a longtime secretary of the local Knights of Columbus chapter, after I finish reading the minutes of the previous meeting, I conclude with “that’s a wrap!”

    • Kelleigh
      August 29, 2016 at 8:11 am (1 year ago)

      thank you Jay! Means a lot to me that you listened and commented. Also, “that’s a wrap!” is a great sign off.

  3. Jordan Stacey
    August 29, 2016 at 9:13 am (1 year ago)

    Hey Kelleigh great first episode can’t wait for the rest to start coming out! Excited to see Laura and Shane are going to join you.

    As a side note: Back at CMA fest 2014 I was the fan that brought a copy of Radio Skies to your show on the stage outside the Bridgestone arena. I told you then that “Church Clothes” should be a single and I’m glad that PD also loves it! Is there any chance that song ever sees the light of day?

    Big fan here either way, keep up the good work! 🙂

    • Kelleigh
      September 16, 2016 at 9:11 am (1 year ago)

      Jordan, thank you so much for writing. I totally remember that! Some news on Church Clothes will happen soon….AND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

      • Jordan Stacey
        September 22, 2016 at 11:41 pm (1 year ago)

        Yay! I’m glad you remembered that it was my favourite moment from that trip. 🙂

        And I can’t wait to hear about Church Clothes news. 😀

  4. Rai
    September 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Finally found some time to listen to the podcast and in short, I thought it was incredible. Aside from ‘Serial’ I’ve never regularly listened to a podcast, but it’s safe to say you’ve hooked me with the first episode. I’ve been a long-time fan of your music and remember the frustration I felt when ‘Famous’ didn’t take off. As someone who has started to dabble into working in the music industry, it’s been very eye-opening to learn more about the behind the scenes.
    I found this episode to be very informative and loved the insight from you and JoJamie. I appreciate your gusto and your willingness to share your story and bring forward some of the issues that many people are afraid to discuss.
    I enjoyed listening from start to finish and can’t wait to hear more! Keep killin’ it, girl.

    • Kelleigh
      September 16, 2016 at 9:09 am (1 year ago)

      Rai, thanks for the comment!! really appreciate your kind words and really appreciate you listening. take care!

  5. Lexie
    September 2, 2016 at 10:10 am (1 year ago)

    I love Country Radio – its the only stations that I play in my car – especially living in Dallas – country music is everything – but I wish that they played different songs, its always the same 5-6 mainstream songs that make me turn the station. They need some good variety in their playlists. True country music fans want to discover new artists, and new songs.


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