From musical theater to opera and singing church, music has always played an essential role in Kelsie Watts’ life. She studied music at Belmont University in Nashville, Tn and travels around the United States full time touring, performing in contracted shows and is frequently in the studio working her upcoming releases. She was most recently cast on The Voice Season 19 on Team Kelly.
Kelsie is now releasing her first single “Destructive” on 12/4 across all platforms. “I want to prove there is no mold you have to fit into in this music industry. I want my music to be something everyone can enjoy and relate to. After all, that’s what this industry is about. Connecting with people.”
Q & A’s
What was your biggest takeaway from your time on The Voice?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the show! My biggest takeaway is that there is plenty of room for everyone at the top and my success isn’t defined by someone’s musical preference. I am me and that’s exactly who I’m supposed to be. I received so many different pieces of advice from so many different viewpoints, and that doesn’t include the general public’s commentary. Be yourself, take direction and be open to trying new things, but at the end of the day always do what’s going to be the best representation of you as an artist.
What’s a typical day like for you artistically?
Right now I’m spending a lot of time between LA and Nashville. I live in Nashville right now and I am consistently writing with friends for myself artistically and for synch work. I’m also in LA about once a month and set up writes for 4 days in a row. We write and track all vocals during the session so that when I leave we have everything done except production.
Are you working on any new music right now?
I am! I’m releasing a full cover of my blind audition song I performed on The Voice. “I Dare You,” will be out via video and streaming on 12/1. My single will be dropping 12/4 called “Destructive.” In addition, there are 2 singles releasing in January and 2 in February. Right now I’m pumping out as much content as possible. I’m so excited!
Is there any artists or producers you’d love to work with?
Oh man. I’d love to work with an artist like Ariana Grande, Lady Gage, Demi Lovato, Bebe Rexha, Zara Larsson or Dua Lipa. They are all HUGE influences in my music and my artistry.
Describe the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome as an artist?
The biggest obstacle I’ve overcome as an artist is the loss of my brother. My world came to a sudden halt. Music was put on the back burner and I had to really learn how to take care of myself. It took a lot of time for me to be able to start writing again. But I’ve been able to heal and convey through my music that it’s possible to keep going. I’m a living example that you can endure trauma and not only survive, but thrive. And I’m so grateful that I get to convey that kind of strength in my music.