Kelsi Mayne

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Kelsi Mayne, born June 25th, 1990 in Windsor, Ontario Canada. I am the youngest of three and I grew up highland dancing with my sister and acting in my brother’s movies.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My music career spawned from a part-time job I had serving, singing and dancing at a country bar in my hometown Windsor, Ontario. There was when I had complete strangers come up to me and say “you have something” and tell me to “take this to a big city”. So I did! Since then I’ve had the honour of sharing bills with acts like Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Dean Brody, and Russel Dickerson.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My genre is Modern-Country or Country-Pop. This concept came from a friend who was experiencing a bad breakup after only dating a few months. The video is basically a funny dramatization to help shed-light on all of the mixed emotions and feelings felt during a breakup. 

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I am professional but I also make sure never to take myself too seriously. You have to laugh at yourself and have fun in the process. I think that’s how we all should live our lives and my music reflects that (hence the song’s contrasting uptempo with a sad subject). Choosing to be a musician is a tough career path. But I’ve never taken the easy way on anything so it’s par for the course! The keys are to surviving the industry are: celebrate the little things, take it one step at a time, be grateful for what you have, bust your a$#, take time to enjoy the ride, be yourself and always stay humble. No one likes a diva :P.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

My newest members of my band also play with other artists like Madeline Merlo. JoJo Mason and Kelly Prescott. My one guitarist and backup vocalist, Ryan Dunn, has been with me since day one and is an old friend (who’s also featured in the music video). I co-wrote, “Still Not Over You” with my producer Ryan Stewart in Vancouver, BC. He’s a 2x Juno award winner and multi-platinum selling producer/writer who’s worked with artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Hedley, and Simple Plan. So you can imagine I was a little nervous first writing with him. But we got along so well and (*spoiler alert*) even wrote another catchy tune I’ll be releasing in the near future ;). 

For my video, I’m very fortunate to have the best movie industry personnel as my friends and family. My director, visual effects artist, editor and script co-writer is my own brother, Corey Mayne (yes he became a film-maker), and has worked on productions like Toy Story 3, Up, Cars 2, Vikings, and Beowulf. Basically a good excuse for him to use his new drone ;). My producer Barbara Szeman has worked on films like Pixels, Poltergeist, Pacific Rim, and Suicide Squad; and my Production Assistant, Camera Operator/everything else extraordinaire, Adrian Jaworski is an incredible actor himself who selflessly volunteered on the other side of the camera both, long days of filming. The four of us will be working together again on a Short Film from Stephen King story “Willa” over the next few months.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

Even though I’ve sang ever since I can remember, I consider my move to Toronto four years ago my official start in the music industry as that was when I really focused on music as a profession instead of a hobby. Since then I’ve played some of Canada’s largest stages like “Boots and Hearts” to some of the smallest like random open mics. I’m grateful for every opportunity because I get to do what I love. The last year and half I’ve been going to Nashville to write and to soak it in as it truly is the “Music City”. My goal is to break into the Canadian Country radio top 40 and perform 5 festivals every province by 2019.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Literally anything and everything. That’s why I love Country music. There’s a song for every emotion and feeling. You can write about anything. Usually things around me inspire me. People and their stories especially.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Well, this is my first release of an original song so I’m not qualified to say from my own experience. However, Canadian Country Hall of Famer and friend Ralph Murphy has a fantastic book called “Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting” that gives some excellent pointers ;).

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

My fans are SO incredible and supportive. Their enthusiasm keeps me going and I owe them the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I’ve had a lot of success on YouTube. Recently passed the 2-million mark, guest-starring in the River Town Saints’ music video “Cherry Bomb”. I’ve also performed a cover song with Eric Ethridge of Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild’s song “Home Alone Tonight” which garnered almost 100k views and my own cover songs which also have thousands of hits. This my debut original song and after 24 hrs, it’s already received over 1000 views so it’s pretty exciting. I was a Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist finalist, Trackside Music Festival Homegrown Spotlight artist, and selected as a Sirroma Entertainment’s CCMA week “Diamonds in the Rough” featured artist 2 years running. I’m also fortunate to have received funding from the OAC and FACTOR Canada to help along the way!

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

My hometown, Windsor, ON, is especially supportive, every station (Country 92.7 and 95.9, AM 800 and CBC Windsor) have all committed to play my song. I’m incredibly honoured.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I write my lyrics and compose usually with a guitar at the same time. Although I have had songs that come in the middle of the night that I’ve recorded acapella on my phone and flushed out the next day. This may be weird but I like to record with a mirror in the iso-booth. Performing to someone (even if it’s yourself) helps me to replicate the same feelings and emotions you have when you’re on stage.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.

Eric Church for his lyrics, Miranda Lambert for her nerve, Brothers Osborne for their humbleness (even though they are so massively talented), Taylor Swift for her work ethic and role-modelling, and Wynona Judd for her soul and voice (I’ve loved her since a kid).

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. I’ve collaborated with artists Danielle Bourjeaurd, Emerson Drive, Eric Ethridge, American artists DeLeah Shane and fellow actress and singer Corri English. The list of collaborators is endless but my dream mentor would actually be Justin Timberlake.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

www.kelsimayne.com

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all @KelsiMayne.

YouTube link to the music video is: https://youtu.be/Abj2oWlVP2U

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

iTunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/kelsi-mayne/id991596779

Website: 

https://www.kelsimayne.com/music

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4Yt69jFD7HDADQ4EJt7EEE

CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/kelsimayne3

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

One of my happiest days was when I became a Zia (yes I am a redheaded Italian!). I wrote a lullaby for him while he was being delivered called “Born To Run” (found on my website and Soundcloud).

Since I’m very close with my family, my saddest days have been when we have lost a family member.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

My parents still live in the same “starter” home they bought when they first got married. Since we have the best neighbours in the world, moving was never an option. However I would either rebuild or extremely renovate their current home, adding central air and a proper studio for my mom to make her sculptures. I’d also give back to my hometown and donate a portion to one of the many deserving charities.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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