Kaitlyn

Kohler

09/01 San Francisco

09/24 Los Angeles

10/22 New York

11/01 Chicago

11/14 Miami

12/15 Pheonix

12/29 Houston

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 cry at her own childhood birthday parties and freeze-up when having to order off a menu. 

Of course, you would never know it, judging from the smooth, gregarious demeanor she’s developed since

About Me

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 cry at her own childhood birthday parties and freeze-up when having to order off a menu. 

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.

On her confessional mid-tempo ballad “Nothing,” for example, Kohler sings about the type of despair that leaves you on the couch for weeks. For the most part, though, Kohler doesn’t explicitly address subjects like anxiety and depression on the EP. And even when she does, few could deliver a line like If ice cream and alcohol were gonna work at all / I’d be better by now with such deadpan charm. Likewise, on the heartfelt acoustic guitar-driven country-rock ballad “Ain’t Gonna Take It,” Kohler sings You’ve worn the souls off both your shoes / walking on me like you do. Again, one hears the sting of pain in Kohler’s words, but there’s also a spike of humor in her voice too. And as personal she might get, Kohler urges the audience to view songs like “Ain’t Gonna Take It” through the lens of all the different types of relationships they’ve experienced, not just as a kiss-off to a lover. 

“My favorite quote is by Dave Grohl,” Kohler offers. “He said, ‘You can sing a song for 80,000 people, and they’ll sing it back to you for 80,000 different reasons.”  

“I feel,” she continues, “that God is using me to show other people who’ve gone through other experiences that you can overcome it and get through it. You can do things that you didn’t think that you could. There are people out there who understand and are with you.

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