At the age of 24, Kiwi Kaylee Bell already has an impressive list of accolades to her name. NZ Gold Guitar Winner at the age of 18, Kaylee has already racked up an impressive 20 years in the music industry.Kaylee is the newly crowned 2013 TOYOTA STAR MAKER WINNER, Tamworth Australia.
Starring in her first of many talent quests in her hometown of Waimate, South Island, NZ alongside her siblings as a 4 year old, she began to practice her craft. This early grounding proved to be invaluable, leading to invitations to perform solo at International sporting events, alongside Kiwi icons the Topp Twins and to a spine-tingling 100,000 strong crowd at NZ Coca Cola Christmas in the Park.
Kaylee has graced stages around NZ, Australia and Nashville, USA and her determination and hard work has been rewarded with a Bachelor of Performing Arts from NASDA, Winner of Most Promising Artist at Norfolk Island Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year, Tamworth Songwriters Association award, Telstra Horizon Award Winner at the NZ Country Music Awards and Graduate of the Australian College of Country Music.
In 2011 Kaylee performed at the infamous Bluebird Café in Nashville and at the Global Artists Showcase featuring artists from all over the world. This was televised live for CMT channel in USA and CMC in Australia to 40 million viewers.Kaylee is a 2011/12 Toyota Star Maker Top 6 Grand Finalist, Australia and a Top 5 Finalist in the Capital News “New Songwriter’ category in the Tamworth Songwriters Awards.Kaylee opened for McAlister/Kemp on tour and was at Top 4 finalist to Open for Elton John in NZ.
Kaylee’s self penned single Love Was Just A Fairytale reached #4 on the Australian Top 30 Country Charts, No #1 on Kix FM two consecutive weeks , #1 on Mildura Top 100 Countdown and #4 on the Hot Country Top 50 charts, third single STRAWBERRY SUNSET #4 on the Australian Top 30 Charts with UNGLAMOROUS currently on CMC and the Australian Top 30 Charts. Kaylee’s debut single Ride That River leapt into the Australian Top 30 Country Charts reaching No. #16 and reaching the No. 3 position on Kix Country Top 20 Charts. Kaylee’s music video produced by 2010/11 Australian Gold Guitar Winning Producer Duncan Toombs reached #32 on CMC in Australia.
Kaylee's debut album 'Wayward' was recorded between Australia and Nashville and co-produced by Michael Flanders(Nashville)/ Rob Mackay (BobKatz) of Pacific International Music. Musicians to play on her album are among Nashville's best including Tim Lauer(Taylor Swift/Leann Rimes) and Tammy Rogers. (Patty Loveless)
“Kaylee is a strong and emotional singer with a great feel for melody and lyrics.” Tommy Emmanuel. (Toyota Star Maker Judge 2011/ Legendary Guitarist.)
NZ Born , Australia based Kaylee Bell is the first Kiwi since KEITH URBAN to win the prestigious TOYOTA STAR MAKER competition.
Bel walked away with the $150,000 prize pack including a brand new Maton Guitar, 2013 Rav 4 and free fuel card and recording of a new album that is scheduled to be released at the HATS OFF FESTIVAL, July 2013.
Kaylee will appear at Festivals all around Australia aswell as the GLOBAL ARISTS SHOWCASE in NASHVILLE JUNE 2013.
Debut Album 'WAYWARD' on itunes now.
Kaylee Bell playing CMC Rocks The Hunter 2012 with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill -SAT 1240pm!!!Strawberry Sunset hits Top 30 Charts!
I am very excited to be playing at CMC Rocks The Hunter this Saturday March 17th, Hunter Valley Austaralia. Playing time 1240pm-120pm.Look forward to seeing you there !!=)