After listening to the haunting melody, skillful metaphors, and oddly inspiring message of her “admittedly first” break up song, it becomes apparent that behind the dark curls, blue eyes, and sweet demeanor is a soulful, yet vivacious musician that eloquently and artfully spins the day to day into a patchwork of songs that ignite passions within that we often neglect.
Kaleigh Coleman may be new to the Texas music scene, but her relationship with music is not. “My mom showed me a picture from when I was maybe two and I’m standing on the open door of the dishwasher with a spoon singing my little heart out to the family. My parents say that I always commanded the ‘stage,’ or dishwasher door in this case, and started performing as soon as I could pull myself up onto my feet,” Kaleigh explains. With a family of musicians in every shape and form, she was raised by music lovers and became one herself. “I’m probably the only 23 year old parrot head, but my dad jams Jimmy Buffett from the ancient sound system in the garage so the whole neighborhood can hear,” she admits. “I really wasn’t fully introduced to country music until the summer after 6th grade when I went to horse camp and got to dance with the cute camp counselor to a country song. And there, my love affair with country music began.” And began it did, at 17 Kaleigh taught herself to play guitar and began writing and playing around Houston.
“For a while there, life got in the way,” Kaleigh says of her short lived break from music. She is now back at it in full swing and will once again be gracing the stages of honky-tonks, bars, and everywhere in between with her lively and spirited performances. Kaleigh possesses the stage presence to draw people into shows and wows them with her vocal precision and lyrical stealth. “I look up to musicians like Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves. They insist that they be respected as the artists they are rather than just another pretty face on stage. They’re insanely talented and tenacious. These women have really paved the way for the rest of us,” she explained. It seems certain that Kaleigh has the grit and the talent to break down any barriers keeping her from being a household name in the Texas Country music scene.
Don’t be surprised by the true reach of her musical depth. She may be country at her finest but it is impossible to ignore the influences of Pop, Americana, Alternative, and even a little Reggae in her music. She is certainly a sight to see and a sound to hear and will leave you longing for more. Just be sure to spell her name right. “My name is apparently really tough to spell, always has been a problem, but I refuse to change it. One day you’ll remember how to spell it,” she says jokingly with a hint of sarcasm.