Kasey Tyndall’s sweet southern charm is often rudely interrupted by her impressive wardrobe of AC/DC and Ramones t-shirts. Don’t let her hard rock and punk image fool you. The North Carolina native is just as comfortable performing her signature brand of country music as she is to belting out a Bon Jovi classic.
Tyndall’s journey to Nashville accelerated three years ago after she won a radio station contest to sing on stage with Keith Urban. Since then, the 21-year-old songstress has been writing and performing tirelessly, including her latest heartfelt single, “Everything is Texas”.
A breakup song with visual perspective, "Everything is Texas" introduces Tyndall as an artist to watch while tastefully capturing the emotional element of human vulnerability. The new single is also a preview of Tyndall’s debut EP, which will be released later this year.
AXS recently spoke to Tyndall about “Everything is Texas” and more in this new interview.
AXS: How did the idea for “Everything is Texas” come about?
Kasey Tyndall: The idea is actually about when I went through a bit of a rough time. When I moved to Nashville, I started dating this guy who was from Texas. Everything was going great but then one day he just kind of disappeared. Being from North Carolina you don’t see too many “Texas” things, but as soon as he left everything was Texas. Every t-shirt I was saw had Texas on it. I also remember being in Raleigh, North Carolina for a show one night and saw two Texas license plates on the cars in front of me at a stop light. So after I flew back to Nashville I called up my friends Lainey Wilson and Lena Stone and said, “Alright, we’ve got to right this song.” Originally, I didn’t intend for it to be out as my first single. My show is very high energy and upbeat, but we needed something that would slow the show down for a minute. That’s when I thought about that song. The fans responded so great to it and it quickly became everyone’s favorite. We had no choice but to put it out as a single.
AXS: In your opinion, what makes country music so special?
KT: It’s real. Country music is about truth, life and vulnerability. I’m not saying that other genres aren’t, but country music is so special in its own way.
AXS: Can you give me an update on your new EP?
KT: We’re gearing up and putting the finishing touches on it. I’ve been on the road for over a year with no music so I’ve very excited. The whole EP is really a lot high energy songs that show you who I am. Sometimes it’s a little easier to tell someone who you are by telling them who you’re not, which is the message behind the song called ‘Who I Ain’t”. I also have another song called “Everyday Girl" that’s about not being your everyday girl. In this world, we’re pressured so much by social media. We’re always told to think a certain way and how we should look based on what we see that’s trending. My goal with this EP is to rally up a team of people just to say that who you are is good enough.
AXS: What are your tour plans like?
KT: We’ve been packing it up every weekend. I recently got back from Las Vegas, Mississippi and a few other places. We'll be doing a lot more shows all over the country and I’m super excited.
AXS: You recently had a run of dates opening for Christian rock band, Stryper. What was that like?
KT: It was an amazing experience. Being part of band that’s so legendary was so cool and Michael Sweet was so nice. I think the coolest part of the tour though was the last night when Michael came out and sang “Livin' on a Prayer” [Bon Jovi] with me. That was a super cool moment.
AXS: What’s the best bit of advice you’re been given as an artist?
KT: The best thing was keep the faith and keeping a strong support system around you. It can be tough sometimes, but having good, strong relationships keeps you focused and motivated. Also, don’t forget who you are and don’t let it change who you are.
AXS: Are there any other projects you’re working on?
KT: I recently singed a publishing deal with Sony ATV and have gotten to write with some of the top writers in Nashville, which has been a very humbling experience. I’m writing every day and growing so much.
AXS: What excites you the most about this next phase of your career?
KT: I’m looking forward to growing the fan base and meeting more people. I think Taylor Swift was the one who said to get a million fans you have to shake a million hands. So I’m excited about getting this EP out, touring the country and meeting new people. That’s what I’m looking forward to!