Hailing from the small town of Waimate on the South Island of NZ, Kaylee Bell has become one of the brightest young stars on the country music scene. Country Music has been a part of Kaylee’s life since she was 4 years old when she began singing in talent quests. But it was her win at the iconic Toyota Star Maker competition in 2013 that caught the attention of industry heavyweights and allowed Kaylee spread her musical wings.  

Since her debut album “Heartfirst”, Kaylee has been traversing the globe back and forth from Nashville writing and perfecting her craft. It has seen her writing with Aussie country music star Morgan Evans, and APRA awards winners Phil Barton and Lindsay Rimes. These partnerships have brought to life such songs as “Getting Closer”, “Wasted on You” and the smash hit “Keith” which has clocked up over 3 million streams. 

Not only has Kaylee spent a lot of time writing overseas but she has done a lot of performing. She has performed as part CMA Fest in Nashville, at the iconic Bluebird Café, C2C in London and at the Key West Songwriters Festival in Florida. In addition to her international performances, Kaylee has opened for The Chicks (formally Dixie Chicks), Lee Kernaghan, The McClymonts and Morgan Evans. In 2014 and 2016 Kaylee was invited to join Keith Urban to perform his US #1 hit “We We’re Us” on his Australia/NZ tour. 

Kaylee released her latest single and video “Home” on 3 July and it’s a beautiful and authentic anthem that encapsulates that feeling of coming home. The video was shot in Waimate, Kaylee’s hometown where it all started for her, you can check the video out here:  

Rumour has it we can expect and album from Kaylee before the end of the year, but in the meantime, you can check out Kaylee wherever you stream/buy music. We caught up with Kaylee from NZ to find out how she’s spending her time with our Insider Quaran-Ten questions: 

1. Get up and get dressed or PJs all day?

Definitely get up and dressed, even if it isn’t till 10am ha. Start my day with a run or a workout and coffee.

2. Go to Iso-snack?

Coffee and dark chocolate. 

3. Go to Quarantine cocktail?

I have had a lot of fun experimenting here, I learn’t to make a deadly margarita early on in lockdown that has caused some fun nights! 

4. Ordering in or cooking ?

I probably would have said ordering, but we had that privilege taken away for a month in NZ so I have found a new love for cooking!

5. Last TV show you binged ?

Normal people and Virgin River

6. Last music live-stream you watched ?

This changes by the minute and is a daily constant. I have been loving anything Seaforth. 

7. Most entertaining celeb to follow on socials ?

Lewis Capaldi 

8. Last gig you went to before lockdown?

We were set to fly to CMC Rocks the week of lockdown and the last gig was probably the Top Paddock New Years Festival that we played on New Years. 

9. First artist you want to see when lockdown ends ?

Keith. Excited for his new record. 

10. The biggest lesson quarantine has taught you ?

To be grateful for the small things in life, nothing is guaranteed.