A bewitching presence who went viral in 2016 with just a brief snippet of her debut track “Medusa”, Kailee Morgan has continued to enchant with every new song.
The 19-year-old Phoenix-born, Los Angeles singer/songwriter has collected plaudits from the likes of The New York Times, Line of Best Fit, MTV, Coup de Main and racked up countless streams.
Now, after an anticipation-building wait, she’s shared her debt EP – an artful collection of songs that cements Kailee’s place as a future-pop phenom. Now is as good a time as any to get to know Kailee Morgue.
The reaction to “Medusa” was huge, what was that like?
It was a super overwhelming experience. I legitimately was not expecting anyone to care so it was a very cool to see that. It was also one of the first times I felt like I could really do this as a career.
The track went viral before you had finished it, how important has social media been for you? Have you had to turn off the notifications to save yourself from getting overwhelmed?!
Social media is an outlet for anyone to express themselves and gives you the ability to be recognized so of course it’s been super important. I actually did have to turn my notifications off because of how crazy it got.
Nowadays feedback is so immediate when you’re releasing music, is it nerve-wracking put it out there?
It's definitely Nerve wrecking. A lot of my lyrics are from a vulnerable standpoint on my part and it's never easy to put yourself out there.
Your last single was “Discovery”, how would you describe it?
"Discovery" has undertones of heavy metal, so there's a sense of chaos in the song but then you also get the feeling of desperation and loneliness. It's almost like a contradiction like a lot of my music.
You’re one of six kids – did you spend much time wrestling over the CD player and what did you grow up listening to?
Surprisingly, no. Out of the 6, my sister and I were the only ones who were interested in music.
I grew up to The Beatles, No Doubt, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers and just a lot alternative/classic rock.
What inspires your songwriting?
A lot of my writing is based on what I'm feeling at the time. I'm an empath so naturally, I put myself in other people's shoes and can write about things I've never been through.
When was your first gig, can you remember how it went?
My first gig was in November or December of 2016 in some run-down house in the middle of Pheonix, on a stage about 3 feet wide. I basically went on and played a couple songs I had out on SoundCloud. There were only like 20 people there but it didn't matter. I was just happy to perform my own songs.
What’s next for you?
My EP is out and working on getting my live show together. There’s still lots of new music coming. I have been in the studio nonstop!
Medusa is out now and is released via Republic Records.