Upcoming country singer-songwriter Kayla Ruby has released the brand new single “I Wish I Was Crazy” & has kindly taken the time to speak to Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest release.
Hey Kayla, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Kayla: Hi! Thanks so much for having me! Well, I’m a Texas born, Colorado raised, 20 year old country singer! I signed to Third & James Records when I was 17 and I’ve been singing professionally ever since!
When did you first discover your love for music?
Kayla: I think I’ve always loved music, even when I was little! My mom’s favorite story is to tell people how I could hum before I could talk. Also, my grandma LOVED music, so I think that she instilled it into me young as well.
What was the first song you remember performing in front of an audience?
Kayla: In 6th grade, I decided I wanted to sing a solo for the first time ever! And of all songs, I chose “Rolling in the Deep,” by Adele (which looking back, was quite a brave choice) but it went really well and I remember that I had never felt more alive then when I was on stage.
Have you always known that music was a career that you wanted to pursue?
Kayla: I used to tell people that I had realistic dreams and I had unrealistic dreams. And singing always fell into the latter for me. But you know, I kept singing every opportunity I could and it eventually got me to the place I am in now!
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Kayla: I love all country music, especially the classic 90’s George Strait, Garth Brooks, Reba country music. However, I think that I fall more into the vein of Pop-Country with some pedal steel. Which man oh man, pedal steel is my favorite sound EVER. I hope that heaven sounds like some good ole fashioned pedal steel wails.
You have just released your brand new single “I Wish I Was Crazy”, how did the idea to create this single come together?
Kayla: On my last three singles, I was able to sit down and co-write on those three songs. But for this release, this song was brought to us by other writers and I was immediately drawn to it. So I didn’t get to write on this song personally, but it was a really cool process of receiving a song already written and making it my own!
What would you consider to be the main inspiration behind the song?
Kayla: I can’t speak for the writers who originally wrote this song, all I can say is how it has resonated with me through the process of recording it. I’ve been in a similar situation in my life as the story in this song, and I think that a lot of people feel that same way. I hope that it can resonate with those who listen the same way that it resonated with me the first time I heard it.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Kayla: Like I said, I’ve been in a similar situation as the character in this song has as well. It starts out as the girl almost in disbelief that her spouse could be cheating, and then as the song continues, she starts getting angrier and angrier, especially in the second verse when she realizes that the lipstick on his shirt is not her own. It’s a horrible situation to be in, and I understand the anger and the sadness and even the disbelief at first that comes with being in a relationship where someone is not faithful.
If listeners could take away one thing from this song, what would you like it to be?
Kayla: If listeners could take one thing away from I Wish I Was Crazy, I hope that they take away the fact that if they have been in the same story that this song tells and that it is possible to get through it. No matter how sad, angry, or upset the situation might make you. And, if they are currently going through this situation, this song is great to yell to and get those emotions out!
What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Kayla: I’m very involved with my church and am one of the worship leaders there, so on the weekends I spend my time singing with a great worship team. I also really enjoy going dancing with my friends and family to a popular dance hall here in Denver called The Grizzly Rose. Line dancing and swing dancing is so much fun!
What was the last album you listened to & did you enjoy it?
Kayla: The last album I listened to all the way through was Carly Pearce’s self titled album. I LOVED it. She is one of the women in country music that I look up to so much. She is a great role model and stylistically, I love all of her music.
Which song do you always keep on your playlist & why?
Kayla: A song I always keep on my playlist is “I Just Want To Dance With You,” by George Strait. My family has a saying that we had growing up, which is “Family, faith, and George Strait.” So, his music basically courses through my veins! But that song is one of my favorites because it’s a cha-cha song and you can’t help but dance to it!
If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose & why?
Kayla: Garth Brooks, no question. His music is amazing for one, and also, that man is the greatest entertainer I’ve ever watched. I even know the song that I would want to sing, it would be “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” I think it is such a wonderful love song and the way that its written is such a cool take on love.
What advice would you offer someone who was looking at pursuing a career within the music world?
Kayla: If you want to pursue a career in music, never stop working for it. Put yourself in front of every crowd and person you can, take all the opportunities you can, and never give up. This industry is cut throat, there’s no way around that, and there is always going to be someone that seems more talented or farther along than you, but no one can beat a driven and focused and insatiable work ethic.
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Kayla: I just want to thank you for having me on Fierce & Fabulous Revolution! This was so fun! I hope that you and all the readers enjoy my new single, I Wish I Was Crazy! You can find it on all streaming platforms!
You can check out the song on Spotify below.