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Country Singing Texas Teen Recognized by Billboard

FLOWER MOUND — While most 18 year olds are working a lousy summer job, this Texan teen from Flower Mound is releasing her newest country music album.

“I’m a little nervous, but I’m more excited,” said singer Kaylee Rutland about her upcoming show.

“It’s really exciting, we’re really proud of her, she’s living her dreams and we’re behind her in this,” mother Renee Rawlings said.

And get this, Kaylee Rutland’s debut single, ‘Into the Circle’ blew away Billboard—she’s on their ‘top ten country artists to watch’ list. Yee-haw!

“Jumping up and down, excited family moment,” Rawlings said.  “She was surprised and thought ‘wow, who heard this to include her on this list?’”

But Kaylee isn’t an overnight sensation.  She’s been at this a long time.

“Well, the first time I ever really sang was when I was 8 years old in a church Christmas musical,” Rutland said.  “As soon as I got on stage and started singing, it just felt right.”

“Usually, the kid’s just out there screaming at the top of their lungs, which is super cute, but we were nervous because we’ve never heard her sing,” her mother added.  “And yet, when she got up on the stage, the sound that came out was so beautiful.”

“I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” Rutland smiled.  “If it’s something that you love, that you’re good at, there will be a lot of people who will be discouraging, but you can’t listen to them. The younger that you start, it’s more of your whole life that you get to spend doing something you love.

Kaylee will release her album at The Rustic in Dallas on Saturday July 5 at 7 p.m.