The “Jazz” Episode

This week is a little departure for This Nashville Life. Since our co-producer Kevin is on his honeymoon (congratulations, Kev!) we decided to shake it up a bit. My close friend Nada Taha of the Bobby Bones Show actually turns the microphone on me! It’s a casual, candid and certainly unscripted conversation. We touch on topics from road life and band dynamics to humility and the temptation to compare oneself to other artists. One of the must vulnerable parts of the conversation happens when Nada asks me what it’s like to watch other artists have success more quickly than I have. We also spend a bit of time discussing the importance having of champions — those people that are willing to step out and take a risk early on in an artist’s career.

So … I hope you’ll check out this week’s episode, which we’re calling the “Jazz” episode because, well, it doesn’t exactly resolve. But that was kind of the point. So few things in life can be tied up with a bow that sometimes it’s good to let it be unresolved. As you may have noticed from our previous episodes, there is no “one way” to make it. No “one way” or full proof method of breaking an artist, or writing a hit song, or having a number one single. In that way all of the music business is a lot like jazz.

Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live this Nashville life.

Listen to This Nashville Life Ep. 7: “Jazz”

1 Comment on The “Jazz” Episode

  1. Kyle Mersola
    November 30, 2016 at 5:49 am (1 year ago)

    My favorite parts of this episode were where you and Nada talk about how the road to breaking through as an artist is so multifaceted and unpredictable. From what I’ve gathered, this is definitely true, and you, Kelleigh, would know this about as well as anyone. There are so many talented singers and songwriters in Nashville, but only so many roster spots on those major record labels. Without a major label, it can be hard to have the resources necessary to make it big. And even if you do succeed, staying there can be difficult and unpredictable as well. Along the same lines, I liked how you guys commented on how the core of the process is making music you truly love and believe in, and then pushing and championing that music as much as you can, while also hopefully being fortunate and blessed enough to have one or two influential people who will champion you as well. It’s refreshing for me to hear that even nowadays in mainstream country music, that maybe it really is sometimes still about making quality music and songs, rather than just something that sounds good and will be popular.


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