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Kelleigh Bannen, “Diamonds”
“Diamonds are the way I get stoned,” Kelleigh Bannen sings to her lover, brushing off his temporary offerings — champagne, cocktails, hand-rolled smokes — and demanding something far more permanent. Like Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Diamonds” is a vintage-sounding ballad with modern muscle, thanks to Bannen’s sharp writing and producer Jaren Johnston’s arrangement.

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Jesse Atwell
KELLEIGH BANNEN TALKS PERFECTION PERSEVERANCE AND FINDING THE PERFECT LYRIC

Kelleigh Bannen is the artist who sings the same note a dozen times just to get the right cadence. She’s the girl who never settles for good when she can have great. She’s the last one to leave…and the first one to critique herself. 

“I am pretty high-strung, and I’m a self-doubter. I’m an over-thinker. I’m a perfectionist,” she observes, before adding, “When you wait this long to even get to make a record that you put out, you feel like everything has to be perfect.”

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Jesse Atwell
Kelleigh Bannen Exposes All Our ‘Favorite Colors’ On New Album

Country darling, Kelleigh Bannen is here with a new album, 'Favorite Colors' and her resounding message needs to be heard immediately.

Known for her brilliant wit, lighthearted sass, and musical fierceness, Kelleigh pours her heart out in lyrics that weave themselves into her irresistible songs. Her “shoot it to you straight” approach to songwriting has garnered a groundswell of support from fans, industry, and Cody Alan.

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Jesse Atwell
KELLEIGH BANNEN’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ALBUM FAVORITE COLORS IS OUT TODAY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2019) - Singer/Songwriter Kelleigh Bannen is releasing her highly-anticipated new album Favorite Colors today. Favorite Colors is being released independently, and is loaded with the type of wit, playfulness and fierceness that Bannen is known for. She co-wrote all of the 14 tracks, crafting songs that are truthful and force the listener to read between the lines. Noted as an artist who has “...never compromised the integrity of her sound or point of view as a storyteller…” (CMT), Bannen will bring her new music and songs that solidify her, “...as one of Nashville’s best songwriters…” (Sounds Like Nashville) when she makes her National TV debut on NBC’s “Today Show” on Tuesday, Oct. 29th.

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Jesse Atwell
Kelleigh Bannen Is Painting With All Her ‘Favorite Colors’ On New Album [Interview]

Earlier this year, Kelleigh Bannen offered fans a taste of her new music, with the confident, smoky “Deluxe.” Co-written with Danielle Blakey, the track is a churning, sultry ode of high praise for a lover who gives the relationship that extra spark. Sparkling production from Jaren Johnston (of The Cadillac Three) adds an extra jolt to the track.

When her full-length project Favorite Colors releases Friday (Oct. 11), the indie release will find Bannen’s signature blend of intensely personal songwriting and the engaging pop-soul stylings that infuse her blend of country music intact throughout the album’s 14 tracks, all of which Bannen co-wrote.

Bannen has a long-standing musical kinship with Johnston, who produced the majority of the album—and not only because they are both Nashville natives who grew up around Music City’s creative industry.

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Jesse Atwell
Interview: Kelleigh Bannen's long road to success taught her to be 'Unapologetic' about her musical identity

In a way, Kelleigh Bannen's upcoming album, Favorite Colors (out Friday (Oct. 11)) will be her studio debut. Back in 2008, she released what she describes as "a little songwriter album," Radio Skies, but that music was largely scrubbed from existence when she signed a major-label deal, "because when they're launching an artist, they don't want it to be confusing, with old music," she explains. "So this really is my first album."

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Jesse Atwell
Country Aircheck Off The Record: Kelleigh Bannen

Kelleigh Bannen puts an industry spin on the artist interview:

I grew up listening to WSIX in Nashville. My family listened to Gerry House’s morning show on the way to school every morning.

I believe the first time I heard myself on the radio was WPOR/Portland, ME —in 2012— my first single, “Sorry On The Rocks.”

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10 Questions with ... Kelleigh Bannen

Singer-songwriter Kelleigh Bannen made her Country radio debut in 2012 when she released the single "Sorry On The Rocks" via her then label, EMI Records Nashville. Two more EMI singles, "Famous" and "You Are What You Love," peaked in 2014. Since then, Bannen has been independently releasing her own music, and also created the podcast, "This Nashville Life," where she welcomes industry execs and fellow artists to talk in depth about the music industry.

Her new album, "Favorite Colors," will be released on October 11th. Bannen co-wrote every song on the 14-track collection, and chose The Cadillac Three front man Jaren Johnston to produce the project. Three songs from the new album were previously released on Bannen's 2018 EP, "The Joneses," and featured as part of SiriusXM's "Highway Finds" program. This month, Nashville Lifestyles magazine included Bannen on its 2019 list of the city's "Most Beautiful People."

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Jesse Atwell
KELLEIGH BANNEN RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “DIAMONDS” TODAY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 27, 2019) - Multi-faceted Singer/Songwriter and Podcast Host Kelleigh Bannen is releasing the music video for her sultry song, “Diamonds” today (9/27). Featuring a first-time, on-screen romance, Bannen teamed up with actor Brendon Beck to bring the story to life. Bannen was inspired by the infamous Marilyn Monroe performance of “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” and in a recent Billboard interview, she shared, “We spent the day just trying to figure out how to make [‘Diamonds’] both about the bling, but also about the kind of love that makes you wanna put a ring on it. “Diamonds” is available (HERE) and fans can watch the music video, directed by Carlos Ruiz, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnEV79UuGJs.

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Jesse Atwell