Fresh off her successful run on Season Eight of "The Voice," fast emerging 16-year-old country singer/songwriter Kelsie May - part of Team Blake, under the guidance of country superstar Blake Shelton - is gearing up for an exciting series of performances this summer at regional fairs, festivals and special events this summer.
The Eastern Kentucky-raised and based singer, who released her debut self-titled EP in 2013 at the age of 14, has joined forces with legendary country music songwriter and producer David Malloy to work on developing her upcoming label debut. Malloy, who has 41 #1 hits to his credit, has worked with everyone from Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire to Julianne Hough and Billy Gilman.
Malloy was introduced to Kelsie through her booking agent, industry veteran Bob Kinkead, CEO of the Bob Kinkead Entertainment Agency, who has worked with Malloy on the producer's new artist online platform Teen Hoot. It is a social media community that offers quarterly worldwide streaming video broadcasts of young musicians; its videos are viewed over 50,000 times a month in over 150 countries.
PCG Nashville signed Kelsie at age of 13. PCG Nashville President Bernard Porter, who is assembling a powerhouse team to help take Kelsie's career and artistry to the next level, met her through a local talent agent.
"Kelsie is an incredibly gifted artist with an equally beautiful spirit," he says. "She's learned from some of the greatest artists in the world and incorporated a piece of each one into her own unique sound and style. The combination is stunning. We feel very privileged to work with her and help hone her God-given talent. She defines something true that speaks to her generation.
"The key to success in this genre is being authentic to who an artist is. We like to use the term 'It Factor,' but it's only something we know when we see it. It's a magic combination of presence, voice, song and character. Kelsie is that rare artist who has all of those."