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Regardless of the words I write on this little blog, I don't think anything can do justice to the sound Kelleigh Bannen's voice. I've seen more singers than I can remember live, and I've never heard a voice like this. Her tone is so unique that their is no one is comparison. As the opening act for Luke Bryan, Kelliegh had the audience in the palm of her hand. I need at least 100 songs of her on my iPod, now. Oh and on top of that voice, she is also an incredible songwriter in her own right. I've been fascinated with this girl ever since I discovered her last year - "Why Now Why"
Inevitably, I've followed everything she's ever done. So to see her live...oh & meet her...beyond words, one of the best nights, ever. This was by no means an "opening act." As a singer/songwriter, watching Kelleigh's set was literally like seeing a little ray of God. I feel nothing but inspired and know that my life will never be complete unless I can affect someone the way she touched me that night. I feel ready to take on the world.
Every so often a song comes along that takes the breath out of you; this was that song for me. This song speaks for itself but of course that will not stop me. I have been singing this song ever since I heard the Opry performance, ahhmazing. The verses hesitate in a way that makes the story come more to life. The choruses have just a few simple lyric changes that propel the story yet relive the agonizing pain in this 'church' life. In my opinion, it's the details like "curl in my hair," or "Slipped a five in the offering plate." I can really lose my mind over this song. The marriage of melody and lyrics in this song are the driving force for why I will spend forever trying to replicate the same. Like they were just made for each other. Although she didn't have a hand in writing this masterpiece of a song, her vulnerability makes her delivery feel as if she lived it. Brilliant. I promise you've never heard anything like this. Country music needs Kelleigh Bannen.
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