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Saturday, 24 December, 2011 11:19 AM

Josh Kelley Offers Advice to New Artists (CMA)

Photo credit: Cheyenne Ellis

New country music star Josh Kelley

 

By Lorie Hollabaugh
© 2011 CMA Close Up News Service

 

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Josh Kelley had to travel quite a few musical miles around the country before he landed smack dab back in the “Georgia Clay” that had fertilized his sound and music so many years before. The Augusta native landed a pop deal out of college and was immediately propelled into the frenetic L.A. music scene, where he recorded a couple of projects and enjoyed chart hits like “Amazing” before deciding his soul and his musical heart were really rooted closer to home. Kelley learned plenty of lessons along the way during those early years of recording, many of which he shared readily with brother Charles of Lady Antebellum, and he recalls those years when he was “molded” into something more marketable for the pop world before listening to his own intuition and setting out on his own to make the music he felt would appeal to his growing number of fans.

“I was told very early in my career when I got signed to a pop deal, that all the things I loved when I was a kid weren’t cool, so I wasn’t allowed to talk about them -- like sports,” he said. “I played Division 1 golf in college, and I wasn’t allowed to talk about that because they didn’t think it was cool. It was weird. It was an interesting time where I kind of went into it all alone. Nobody in my family had treaded those waters before, so they were uncharted, and I just went into it full steam. I quit college, and I told my dad I was gonna move out to L.A. and give it a shot. So it was fun to do, but you learn over time who not to believe and who to believe, and who to listen to -- and to take everything with a grain of salt!”

Another lesson Josh offers budding young singers is to pace yourself in your career and never overprice your live show or take advantage monetarily of your fans. “Country fans pay to go see shows, and when I went grassroots and started touring a lot, it was people who pay to go see music who came out to support me. And what I‘ve noticed in the Country world is when a show comes to town, it’s an event for Country fans. For some reason with the pop world, it’s like they could take it or leave it, it’s just another thing they could go to, and a lot of times they’re not willing to spend the money on the art. You know, we’re like a traveling circus coming through town, and this is what we feel like the live show is worth. And I’ve never overpriced any of my tickets to my shows in my whole career, because it’s all about long-term. There’s no use gouging people who you want to invest in you long-term.”

The “Georgia Clay” singer says a final key lesson he can offer struggling young artists eager to make their mark on the industry is to focus on the craft first and foremost, instead of getting lured in by the flash and glitz of stardom, which can often be elusive and fleeting.

“My biggest advice to those new artists just starting out is that slow and steady wins the race. Make sure you’re writing great songs. Because if you’re just basically chasing celebrity or some sort of stardom, it’s not gonna work…it never does. It has to be your passion. You can’t kid yourself about it.”

 

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