A rising country music artist, Raleigh Keegan has been making his presence known in Nashville, Tennessee as he’s been releasing some great country music in the last few years.
Recently, The CMBeat got to chat with the singer songwriter about his new EP coming soon, A Tale of 7 Cities and one of his latest single’s, New To Nashville. The artist also talked about some experiences he had when he first moved to Music City and shares some advice for the artists who are wanting to move to Nashville to pursue a music career.
Emily Ann Wells: Who are some of your favorite music artists and why?
Raleigh Keegan: I love the Eagles, James Taylor, the Beatles, John Mayer, Travis Tritt, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, and so many others. I love them because I think they all have proven themselves to be great songwriters who have been authentic in what they write and perform, I appreciate that in any genre.
EAW: When you first got to Nashville, you spent a lot of time writing with Jason Matthews and Wil Nance. How did writing with them shape you into the songwriter you are today?
RK: I think when writers/artists move to Nashville most of us think we are good at writing songs. And then, this humbling thing happens where you get into a room with people that have been writing professionally for 20 years and you quickly realize you are not actually good at writing songs. Sitting in rooms with veteran songwriters and learning how to craft songs in a way that is unique to my own voice as an artist has been priceless to me.
EAW: You have 5 other songs to be released on your new EP, how will those songs be similar or relate to New To Nashville?
RK: They are all stories about different cities I have either been to, or I dream about going to. So, they all weave together into a full cities themed record including the first single “New To Nashville” which is where I am now and “Send My Love to Lexington” which is where I spent a lot of time before moving to Nashville.
EAW: You’ve seen first hand how Nashville works as so many artists come to town. What piece of advice would you give someone wanting to come to Nashville to be an artist or is new to Nashville?
RK: I would say be patient. I wish I had better expectations coming in of how fast or slow things move in this town. If you can’t learn to enjoy the process of this whole thing it will be really hard to find joy. I definitely learned this the hard way.
EAW: What is one thing you’ve gotten to experience in your music career so far that’s really special to you?
RK: Playing at the Bluebird comes to mind. I got to share many songs, one of which was the story about my birth mother and her giving me up for adoption called “Our First Goodbye”. That was a special night. One I will never forget.
EAW: What is something fans would be surprised to know about you?
RK: I am weirdly good at pool, cornhole, and bowling. Don’t ask how I got so good at these things. Probably by drinking good bourbon. haha.
There’s no question, Raleigh Keegan is definitely a very talented artist and wise beyond his years! The incredible thing about Keegan is he’s able to write a captivating story and convey the message whatever it might be through his singing. Keegan has taken in all the things he has learned which will lead him to have an amazing career in the country music industry.
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