PHOTO BY LEIGHANNE LITTRELL
SINGER, ACTOR AND SONGWRITER BAYLEE LITTRELL (@BAYLEELITTRELL _MUSIC) DEBUTED HIS FIRST ALBUM, 770-COUNTRY, IN 2019 AND CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE RANKS, MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF ACROSS THE NATION.
What inspired you to get into singing? Well, it kind of runs in the family business. Growing up with my dad being a musician was 100% the reason I got into singing. I’ve been on tour with him growing up and even opened up for The Backstreet Boys.
Do you prefer to write original songs, sing covers or both? What made you choose that route? I’m going to have to say that there is nothing better than being able to play your own songs at a show. I feel so proud when people love my original songs and can relate to them in their own way.
Have you always known you wanted to pursue a career in music? Not always. I originally thought it would just be a hobby until my acting career landed me my first job on Broadway in New York City. I was actually nominated for a Drama Desk Award during my time on Broadway. After that experience, I went home and took a year off and really started to have that urge to build my own music career one day.
Has there been a moment in your career so far where everything has clicked for you, i.e., you knew this was what you wanted to be doing? I think when I started writing my own songs, that’s when it became very real to me. It was during that creative process that I knew this is my career path.
Walk us through the inspiration behind your latest single, “Gone.” What did that process look like and what does the song mean to you? I had just spent a week with my then girlfriend on a beach vacation. I remember when she drove home, I felt very conflicted about our relationship and I started to lose those feelings I once felt. The next morning, I wrote ‘Gone.’ It helped me prepare for what I knew was to come.
What has your experience looked like in the music industry so far? For me personally, with my music, it’s been an amazing journey. There’s been a lot of growth, especially with my songwriting. I’m really trying to break more into the country music world and I know it is a slow process. When you’re coming up with new song ideas, what does that process look like for you? I usually write songs when I have a realization about something going on in my life, whether it be good or bad.
Where have you performed and what location has been your favorite? I have performed all over the U.S. and Canada. My favorite cities I’ve played are definitely T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, and another memorable show was when I performed at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
What are some of your future goals? Where do you see yourself in five years? I definitely would love to headline my own tour and have a single on country radio. In five years, I would love to be touring around the world and still performing and writing music for my fans.