As a singer-songwriter, Keelie Walker has worked with Yung Ladd and XL and she is releasing her co-written debut EP The Girls Night this Friday, 19th February. Since being asked to join the support act at Jason Derulo’s 2Sides World Tour at the age of fourteen, Keelie has since gone on to open for Westlife on their UK Tour, be main support on Little Mix’s LM5 European Tour, and she headlined her own schools tour in 2019. Ahead of her EP release, we found out from Keelie about co-writing The Girls Night, working with Yung Ladd and XL and being main support on the LM5 Little Mix tour.
What can you tell us about your upcoming debut EP The Girls Night and how was the experience co-writing it?
I can say all the songs included in the EP are everything you would talk about while having a girls night. My experience co-writing these songs was amazing! It was my first for anything like it and I had a lot of fun.
How long have you been working on it and who do you think it will appeal to?
It’s been around a year now and I feel like it would appeal to group majority of pre-teen and teen girls. It honestly just depends on the person.
What are you most looking forward to for the release?
To see how much of an impact it will have on people and how many of the songs they can relate too.
Can you say how you found working on the EP during the pandemic?
It was definitely different and a bit more complicated. It was hard to keep the process going because everything was closed/shut down, but we stayed positive and worked through everything together to make it happen.
In 2019, you headlined a schools tour, what was this like to do?
An unforgettable opportunity. It was amazing to perform and have fun with all the teens/kids/teachers. Everyone there was super supportive and kind.
How was the experience as the main support for Little Mix on their LM5 European Tour?
Definitely a point in my life where it was like a success milestone. The feeling of being on stage is indescribable. It was amazing to be a part of their tour. The crowd was amazing every night. The energy was always lit.
You opened for Westlife’s UK Arena Tour, how was this?
This was my very first opening act, so I was definitely more nervous and scared about how it was going to go, until I got out there and it was a lot of fun.
How was it being asked to join the support act for Jason Derulo’s 2Sides World Tour?
I was super excited because I’d listened to his music ever since I was younger. Being able to accomplish that at fourteen made me feel proud of myself. Their team was amazing.
Can you tell us about your songwriting process and working with Yung Ladd and XL?
When it comes to writing I try to take something from what I’ve dealt with in the past or even currently, so it’s real and relatable. I’ll sit and talk about it to pull ideas from it. Working with both Yung Ladd and XL was a lot of fun. I’ve worked with Ladd multiple times. There’ll be times were I don’t exactly know how to put what I’m saying into words, but he always sees where I’m coming from.
What inspires your love of music and songwriting?
Ever since I was little I’ve always had a passion for it and it’s never stopped. All I want to do is keep going.
Do you have any favourite music artists to listen to?
I listen to just about all genres of music, so I don’t really have a specific favourite artist. There are so many, but I love Kehlani’s music and Justin Bieber’s.
What are you hoping 2021 brings for your music career?
To be successful and work on headlining my very own tour.
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