“Regardless of what it looks like in the end and how successful I am, my kids will know that I worked really hard to do what I loved”
Our Swag Spotlight this week is not only a hardworking and dedicated country music artist but an equally devoted mother to her three young children. Britnee Kellogg, a Vancouver, Washington native, knew from an extremely young age that country music was the career path she was meant to pursue. When she was just nine-years-old, her grandparents took her to a Johnny Cash concert, and that was all it took for her to fall in love with country music and set her sights on a profession in the incredible genre we all know and love. Kellogg’s grandparents surrounded her with the older traditional style of country music growing up, everyone from Reba McEntire, Waylon & Willie and all of the greats in between.
Soon after attending that life-changing concert, Kellogg began taking vocal lessons straight away and soon set out to perform at local fairs and singing competitions. This later led to the songstress becoming Miss Teen Washington while she was in high school. After winning the pageant, she received the opportunity to head down to Nashville, Tennessee for a chance to become Miss Teen America. Kellogg promptly fell in love with Music City and all it had to offer. Ever since that trip, she has makes an effort to visit several times a year and recently at least once a month.
Kellogg currently still resides in Vancouver, Washington for a handful of reasons, the main being her children. But she tells us; “If an opportunity came, I would pack my bags up in five minutes and leave right away.”
The singer-songwriter is a massive advocate for working parents everywhere, especially the ones who set out to follow their dream career and are dedicated to following through with what they are passionate about, no matter what field of work it may be in. “One of my biggest reasons for doing this is, I want to inspire moms, dads, people, in general, to pursue their dreams regardless of what their circumstances look like [..] It’s not easy, it’s really hard most days, but I just want people to know it’s so worth it!”
Kellogg’s current single, “Someone Somebody Loves” is the lead single and title track off of her upcoming EP, which is slated for release next Friday, April 5th. She wrote this song back in 2013 when she was feeling defeated in multiple aspects of her life. Going through a tough time personally and professionally, she thought to herself, “I just want to be someone somebody loves.” Kellogg knew she wasn’t the only one going through a difficult time and that she could help inspire others who were struggling, to know that someday you’ll have that opportunity. She tells us, “It’s not just about love, it’s about life in general.” This track originally didn’t make the cut for the EP, until she played it live on tour while opening for Blake Shelton last summer. Tons of people came up to her asking where they could get that song and she immediately switched out one of the other songs that were in the running and made this the title track.
“The EP is a total compilation of songs that kind of tell my story from the pain that I’ve been through, the heartbreak that I went through, but then also the fun part of me, the whiskey drinking side of me. And also falling in love and being in an amazing relationship now. It’s a start to where I am now,” she says. Kellogg was adamant that it was important to her to be a co-writer on every song she puts out, which stems from writing her first song in 7th grade and falling in love with the art. The full EP was created in Nashville, where the songstress worked with a number of incredibly talented musicians, from Miranda Lambert’s keyboard player and Carly Pearce’s dobro player to Little Big Town’s drummer.
Kellogg has big plans for the rest of 2019. She is currently writing for her full-length album and gearing up for a small northwest tour, with stops in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. The Vancouver native also tells us she has set out a few hopes and goals this year which are to visit Nashville more often for writing and recording sessions this year, as well as begin to participate in writers rounds, with her biggest goal being to get signed to a record label.
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