Everything’s Here But You – Official Video
Texas-based singer-songwriter Kaitlyn Kohler may not be the first country artist to paint pictures of everyday situations in song, but she sure has her own way of finding the poetry that lurks in plain sight. On “Everything’s Here But You,” the first track off her debut self-titled EP, Kohler captures what it feels like to sit in an empty house and see the memory of your departed lover in everything that surrounds you — a leaky porch roof, the spare key under a rock outside, a TV remote stuck in the cushions of the La-Z-Boy, a garbage collector who shows up every Monday morning, a King James Bible by the bedside table, and the highly un-glamorous act of packing her ex’s clothes into U-Haul boxes.
An exquisitely crafted slice of pop country, it’s no surprise that highly relatable “Everything’s Here But You” hit #32 on Texas’s Red-Dirt Radio Chart. But Kohler is also a welcome change of pace from what you’d typically find on country radio, thanks to a touch of wry humor and a taste for real-life grit. Throughout the EP, Kohler strikes a tightrope walker’s balance between country, pop, and rock with shades of classic ‘40s-style orchestral jazz thrown in for good measure. But along with her taste for songwriting elegance, Kohler likes to keep a little bit of dirt under the proverbial fingernails — which makes even more sense when you consider the extraordinary, often difficult path Kohler has taken to get to this point.
Years ago, Kohler felt a sense of higher calling to become a singer-songwriter. When it came, she knew it was God giving her a clear sense of the way forward. The only problem was that she was being called to get in front of a microphone. Kohler answered back with, “Wait a minute, wait a minute — you gotta be kidding me, God… right?” Because God was impelling her to go right towards her most dreaded fear. As a child, Kohler exhibited signs of social anxiety that was once so severe she would have anxiety attacks while shopping for clothes and would refuse to call and talk to anyone except her family over the phone.
Of course, you would never know it, judging from the smooth, gregarious demeanor she’s developed since. Catch Kohler on the radio engaging in casual banter about, say, her spiritual connection to Texas or her obsession with Star Wars, and you’d be shocked to find out that the spotlight was literally the last place she ever wanted to be. But, though Kohler sang in the church choir growing up, putting herself out front and center was a different proposition altogether. And yet, difficult as it might have been to push through her inhibitions, Kohler’s sense of mission is clear: to inspire others like her who might feel overwhelmed and incapacitated from similar feelings.