Kiwi country pop musician Kaylee Bell set to release new single

Kaylee Bell will release her latest single Next Somebody on Friday, September 1.
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Kaylee Bell will release her latest single Next Somebody on Friday, September 1.

South Canterbury singer/songwriter Kaylee Bell is getting ready to release her latest single Next Somebody.

Bell, of Waimate, said it will be the first single from her next EP which she is hoping to put out in March 2018.

It has been a busy year for Bell - she arrived in Australia on Tuesday night having spent the past three months in Nashville. 

Bell will arrive back in New Zealand next week, having spent three months in Nashville.
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Bell will arrive back in New Zealand next week, having spent three months in Nashville.

Prior to Nashville, Bell spent a month touring Australia with Australian country music band The McClymonts, and it was then she and Brooke McClymont penned Next Somebody. 

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"She's sort of become like a big sister role model to me, so we sat down and wrote the song," Bell said. 

"I think it's kind of [about] that realisation of when you're single ...  that you're not going to settle for less than what you deserve.

"It's another kind of female empowerment song ... you're not going to be tangled into someone else's drama." 

Bell's song Getting Closer, which was released in November, was written following a break up. At the time, Bell said she was trying to take the experience and turn it into something positive. 

Bell will be back in New Zealand in time to release Next Somebody on Friday, September 1. 

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The single and video had been funded by New Zealand on Air, she said. 

"So that will be out on the radio all around New Zealand." 

Bell opted to shoot the video for the single "down south again". Her video for Getting Closer was filmed in and around the Queenstown, Twizel and Tekapo areas.

"We went back there just because the scenery is so mind-blowing, I didn't really want to go anywhere else." 

Well-known Kiwi designer Trelise Cooper loaned Bell a few jackets and footwear retailer Head Over Heels loaned her a some shoes for the shoot.

"I kept it very New Zealand; I've got a New Zealand producer on the song, a New Zealand guy produced the video.

"Hopefully we're going to take on a global market." 

"Country pop is becoming a thing. When I was flying home Air New Zealand had a category now on their music which was just country pop which was pretty exciting."

Her time in Nashville was both "awesome" and productive, meeting many new contacts and writing a lot of songs. 

"I was writing two, sometimes three, songs a day. Which is quite a lot." 

And by the sounds of things, she will not be slowing down anytime soon. 

"For the summer we've got basically right through till the start of January just a lot of band gigs, we'll be touring all of New Zealand, so a lot of shows coming up." 

Bell is looking to be back in Nashville early next year once her artist visa, which will allow her to work there indefinitely, is sorted. 

 - Stuff

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