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Savannah Keyes

Writer: Kristina Martin
Photographer: Squeeksontour

“You know those moments in life that move you? All of the love, loss, heartaches, and firsts? Those moments that make you realize that being you is the most important thing you can do? I have been working to turn those moments we all have into songs every day. Now, I want us to celebrate those moments together because we have all been there. This project is for me, you, us. “ – Savannah

Savannah’s biggest musical influence is Dolly Parton

Savannah Keyes moved to Nashville when she was 16 years old with her mom. Now 22, Savannah has grown as an artist, she has more things to write about and as she evolves her music evolves.

“It has been so much fun to see country music take its shape these last few years and for me to find my spot and my fingerprint within the genre.”

After 8 years of living in Nashville, Savannah still finds it surreal that at the age of 21 she would have started writing and recording for her first record. Savannah’s first single “Hypocrite” was written with Dianna Walker and Justin Morgan.

“I had gone on stage that week and said love yourself, be who you are, yet when I would get home at night, I would pick myself apart in the mirror. I think any girl or guy does because you are always just wanting to be your best all the time, which I realized is not realistic. So, when I was in the cowrite with these guys I said, I need to call myself out right now. I am being so hypocritical telling everyone to love themselves.”

On Savannah’s website she explains why this song is so important to her “it started this new musical chapter that I now get to celebrate with you publicly for the first time. This song helped me shape my fingerprint within country music. Being launched into the songwriting world after appearing on The Ellen Degeneres show at the age of thirteen, gave me the opportunity to grow up around some of the most influential artists and songwriters. They taught me to explore and become a fan of so many different types of music. This project allows me to pull from all of those favorite places and experiences. For me, the most important thread displayed through those artists and songwriters who influenced me was the vulnerability and honesty they showed. That was something I worked very hard to capture in this upcoming project.” Since the release of “Hypocrite” Savannah has released two more singles “Good Day” and “Ghost”.

Not only is Savannah a solo artist, but she is also a songwriter and radio host of Radio Disney Country’s “Let The Girls Play”. The journey started when she met Phil a couple of years ago. Phil mentioned the Huston Rodeo. The Huston Rodeo is a large rodeo that runs the entire month of March each year. It features the largest livestock exhibitions and rodeo events in addition to large concerts each night. Savannah was able to fly out and interview the artists. Everyone from The Band Perry to Jason Derulo. From there was the start of “Let the Girls Play”. 

“Let the Girls Play is a concept that Kalie Shorr and I came up with together. I had been talking with Phil already about what a radio show that was hosted by a female country artist would look like, and what would happen when it started to take its own shape. Kalie and I met through Song Suffragettes a couple of years ago, both great friends with Phil. I had been corresponding with him for music festivals and she had been working with him here in Nashville. When we hosted CMA fest a little over two years ago, the chemistry was so incredible, that it made sense for us to take this on together, and we are both really passionate about bringing females a voice in country music.”

Savannah says that one of the biggest struggle for women right now in country music is that

“There just isn’t enough of us”! She explains “Country music fan bases stretch far beyond Nashville and fans are not getting a chance to hear our music, because of country radio, Spotify playlists etc. our music just isn’t getting out there. It is really important that at some point this changes. I don’t really know how this is going to change except for us on the ground in Nashville to keep writing great songs and bringing light to this problem that we are having. I think at some point soon we will see a graduating class of women in country music that really helps change the game for everyone else.”

Living in Nashville, I’ve found that there is no lack of female artists who support the change for more women in country radio. I couldn’t agree with Savannah more. Country music stretches way beyond Nashville. In order for the change to happen, this movement needs to take effect and be supported by all fans no matter where they are located.

The best piece of advice that Savannah could give, and was given is to:

“live your life and be who you are. You know, when I first moved out here all I wanted to do was write 24 hours a day and I did and because I love it so much, but you have to have things to write songs about. So, you need to find your tribe and experience things with them and grow with them and write songs about those things. I think its really important that you also close out when everyone else is doing because the thing that’s most important is doing what you’re doing. No one else is doing that and I know it sounds really cheesy and cliché and everyone probably says that but there’s literally no one else like you out there like you at all even remotely, even a little bit so you just really need to figure out how cool and special that is and then celebrate that.”

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