Kellie Coffey returns with new CD
Friday, August 3, 2007
– The future looked bright for Kellie Coffey. She had a hit single with "When You Lie Next To Me" in 2001 and was the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female of 2003, but she split with her label.
But now Coffey, is back with a new independent album entitled "Walk On." The follow-up release to her debut album, "When You Lie Next to Me," was produced by Wayne Kirkpatrick (Little Big Town) and features 12 tracks, 11 co-written by Coffey. The video for the first single, "I Would Die For That," received more than 75,000 hits in four weeks on YouTube.
"We wrote songs about our life experience and what moved us," Coffey said of her co-writers. "It was probably the purest creative experience of my life."
Coffey, who gave birth since her last album, was inspired to write the powerful ballad "I Would Die For That," because of her own struggles with infertility. The video is garnering attention from around the globe as couples relate to her heartfelt, thought provoking lyrics and soaring vocals. "I've been humbled by the response and stories I've been told. This song is giving a voice to women and couples who are struggling to have a baby," said Coffey.
The title track is a soulful anthem for overcoming adversity. "Everything She Never Wanted" is about a driven career woman who finds that being a wife and mom, the things she never wanted to be, are what she really wanted to be all along. "Bandwagon" takes a lighthearted look at the modern obsession of needing to be a part of the latest craze. Dan Tyminski of Alison Krauss' Union Station provided backing vocals.
The final cut, "There You Go Again", was recorded in one take. Right after Coffey and co-writer/producer Kirkpatrick finished writing the song, they decided to cut a quick piano vocal demo. Months later when they were preparing to cut the master track, they listened down to the "demo" and decided not to touch the vocal or piano track they recorded in the inspired moments after writing the song. They simply called Jonathan Yudkin, a fiddle player and violinist, to lay down a string quartet.
Oklahoma native Coffey entered the country music scene in 2001 with her top 10 single, "When You Lie Next To Me," which remained on the chart for over a year. Her album of the same name entered the country sales chart at number five. She followed that with the top 15 single, "At the End Of The Day."
Coffey toured with Kenny Chesney for over a year on his "Senoritas and Margaritas" tour and opened for George Strait on his 2004 tour. She received a Top New Country Female American Music Award nomination and the ACM win in the same category.
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When You Like Next to Me
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Now that's not such a bad thing, especially since Coffey/Evans have strong, full-bodied voices. Coffey can infuse a song, like the hit title track, with the requisite emotion without sounding overwrought most of the time. "What It's Like to Be Me" is obviously »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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