Fresh off the back of her debut headline tour of Aotearoa, which saw her sell out 10 of her 17 dates nationwide and sell close to 8,000 tickets, Kaylee Bell's 2021 EP Red featuring hit single Keith has been certified gold in Australia.
This makes Bell the first female Australasian country artist to be accredited gold for a single or EP in Australia in 20 years since Kasey Chambers and the first ever independent female artist to do so.
Of the achievement, Bell says, “This is such a huge honour. To have a gold certified EP in Australia means so much, but what it really means is that people are listening to country music more and more and that for me is the most exciting thing. Let’s hope it’s not another 20 years for another independent woman artist to do the same thing! I hope this inspires anyone with a dream to know you can go and make it happen for yourself!”
This is a huge accomplishment for the self-managed Bell who has recently taken her home country by storm with her catchy blend of country, pop and rock with singles Boots ‘n All, When Summer Rolls Around and Small Town Friday Nights.
Bell wrote on social media, “So last night in my hometown where this journey all began, after our last show of this incredible nationwide headline tour that so many of you have been a part of, my NZ booking agent Brent Eccles awarded me with this plaque that says the Red EP featuring my single Keith has been certified ARIA GOLD in Australia!!!
“This blows me away for a lot of reasons as I am self-managed, and it makes me the ‘First Female Country Artist in Australasia’ to be accredited Gold for a Single or EP in 20 years since the legend herself Kasey Chambers and the ‘First EVER Independent Female Country Artist in Australasia’ to do so. I hope this inspires anyone with a dream to know they can go and make it happen for themself!!
“Thank you to my main co-writes on this project Phil Barton and producer Lindsay Rimes, my little dream team. Here’s to you guys for supporting my music, we are taking on the world together… so THANK YOU!”
Never one to take her foot of the gas, Bell is this week making the move to Nashville where she plans to write as much as possible amongst some of the best writers and producers in the world.
Later this month will see fresh music from Bell and with a new album slated for later this year, Bell is riding the crest of the country music wave that is sweeping the nation.
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