Ellarose Kaylor is kicking off the new year with the release of her new single I Still Believe. The pop song is co-written by Kristen Collins and produced by Andrew Lane. In spite of her young age, this song marks her 5th original.

How did you get started doing music? 

When I was 7 years old I was asked to perform two songs when I was cast in the film Next Level.  I was brand new to signing. I worked with an amazing producer Andrew Lane and he helped me with my voice and find the confidence. 

What was it like recording your first song?

It was so much fun!!!  I honestly got so lucky working with Andrew Lane as he taught me so much.  We worked together on the song and on my voice.   My voice has changed a lot from when I was 7 and I am excited for my new song now that I just turned 10. I also am working with an amazing voice coach. Just always trying to work on my craft. 

What is the meaning behind the song?

I am so excited for people to hear my new song, I hope it will inspire people to believe in themselves and never never give up on their dreams

How did you get started doing music?

At a very young age I was immersed in music. Piano lessons, theater, and voice lessons. My father was very musical, so I grew up with it.  But it wasn’t until college that I started taking my music career seriously. I was part of the vocal performance program at school, and trained classically. It was one of the best decisions of my life, because to this day, I still use every technique I ever learned. Not only that, but I learned how to take care of my voice, and the importance of vocal health, which I am an advocate for to this day. When I was a sophomore, I recorded my first few songs, and during that time even flew to Los Angeles to work on my music. 

What was it like recording your first ever song?

The first real song I ever recorded was while I was in college and I flew to Los Angeles. I met with this producer, who later became my mentor in a lot of ways. We were in this beautiful studio— I had never been to a real studio before— and we recorded a song I had written called LA Baby. I really didn’t know what to do, and had no recording experience or any developed technique. I remember being nervous but excited. But It actually felt really natural as if I had done it my whole life. I learned a lot about how to put feeling and emotion into my vocals, and how energy and vocal dynamics can elevate a song. I loved every second of it, and knew I wanted to do this every day of my life. The song was a total power ballad about me leaving my life in New York  and moving to Los Angeles. We even wound up doing a music video for it, but we never actually released the song or the video. 

What’s your process for developing creative for music and videos? 

A lot of the time when I actually write my lyrics, I’m also developing a visual concept in my head as well, and it really helps the writing process. I’m a story teller, and it’s important that my lyrics tell a story, and to do that I craft visual ideas simultaneously. As well, I’m always looking to bounce ideas off of my brother and my other friends who are artists.

Any advice you’d give to somebody who wants to make music?

Be yourself. And be yourself unapologetically. You’ll never be happy with what you create if you’re creating it for other people or what you’re creating just isn’t you. When I first started out in my career, I was making music that I thought other people wanted to hear. And I was working with people out of necessity, not really making the music I wanted to make. I felt kinda stuck, pretending to be someone that I wasn’t. It took a long time for me to finally get to a point where I was creating music that made me happy and made me proud. Now I’m at a place in my life and my career where I’m making beautiful music, that I love, and that other people love too. People will always gravitate towards someone who is honest, and real. So be yourself, and if someone doesn’t love or follow you for that, you probably shouldn’t cater to them anyways. And they probably suck lol.

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How did you get started doing music?

Depends on who you ask. we both have different paths to music. As far as us both making music together, it was sort of accidental. one of us had a meeting with a studio in Santa Monica to get involved in the music scene… learn, get people coffee, whatever. We ended up both going and telling them we wanna do music together. Wasn’t planned. I guess it was just some brother shit.

What was it like recording your first ever song?

We recorded our first song in one of our closets back home in Arizona off a blue yeti mic haha.

What’s your process for developing creative for music videos?

We are still figuring that out. at first we thought it was just going to a laundry matt in the valley and raging but that shit turned out ass. stay tuned. we will figure it out someday.

What inspired you to make your latest song “Our Last”?

The writing of this song speaks for itself. It was an expierence one of us was having. As far as making the song it was really inspired by being as simple as we could. The first version of this song was made about 2 years ago and at the time we were really inspired by big alternative rap/hiphop beats. Its pretty simple for us. The acoustic guitar is just two simple chords. When it came to vocals we have played so much with harmonies and stacking vocals that we really wanted to make a song with one vocal always driving the song. We didn’t want to think so deep. Which is a big deal for us haha.

Any advice you’d give to somebody who wants to make music?

Don’t wait for anybody. Just get lost in it.

How did you get started doing music?

I started playing Piano when I was seventeen and everything just seemed to take off from there. I started writing music and fell in love with it. Music helps me express myself and it feels like it comes naturally for me.   Last year I got an opportunity to write a song, Gonna Make A Change,  for a Lionsgate movie Hell On The Border. It was an unbelievable experience to get to have my first professionally recorded song in a movie.

What was it like recording your first song?

It felt surreal! I usually  play and sing on my piano at home in a private setting. I was a “closet singer-songwriter” so to have someone interested in my music led to an incredible journey I never dreamed would happen. I wrote Gonna Make A Change after reading the Hell On The Border screenplay.  I only had about four weeks total  to write and record the song.  Wes Miller is an outstanding  Writer and Director and I instantly  fell in love with the true story of Bass Reeves once I read the screenplay.   Bass Reeves was not only the first African American US Marshal but he also  overcame so many obstacles due to racism. Wes Miller made it much easier to write a song about Hell On The  Border because he was able to express  Bass Reeve’s life story so well.  I wrote Gonna Make A Change in about 10 days and professionally recorded the song in less than two weeks. It was amazing to see my song come to life with my vocals, music and lyrics on the Big Screen.  It was an experience of a lifetime I am so grateful for and one that I will never forget. 

What’s your process for developing creative for music videos?

I just filmed my first music video that is now on You Tube! I wanted the music video Every Step Of The Way  to show different sides of who I am since one of the lyrics in my song says, “you can’t figure me out but you can read everyone else.”  

Any advice you’d give to somebody who wants to make music?

Practice! Sometimes the first song might not be a hit or turn out the way you want it to, but the more you write the better you will get. Writing is like a muscle. You just have to keep writing in order to strengthen your writing skills. Also, nothing you write is wrong! There are endless things to write about when it comes to music. That’s why I love it so much. There aren’t really any “rules.”