The Kelleigh Bannen Show

Singer-songwriter and Nashville native Kelleigh Bannen knew that music was her calling at an early age. “I started playing the violin at 5,” she says. “My first violin was a Cracker Jack box with a paint stirrer glued to it!” The Apple Music Country host began her songwriting career in her twenties, eventually landing a recording contract and touring alongside some of country music’s biggest names, including Little Big Town and Luke Bryan. Now independent, Kelleigh continues to write and record music on her own terms in between her Apple Music show. “I am continually inspired by this music community,” she says. “Nashville is bursting with talented vocalists, storytellers and dreamers.” Kelleigh’s favourite days (and nights) include co-writes with fellow songwriters, or a little bourbon alongside her favourite Stapleton, Lambert and Church records—many of which she plays on her daily namesake Apple Music Country show. With warmth and humour, Bannen brings listeners insider perspectives and interviews that are thought-provoking and honest—giving both veteran hitmakers and new artists a space to share their journey, inspiration and creative process. Says Kelleigh of her show: “It’s artist-to-artist conversations with some of the biggest names in country, high energy, and a lot of fun for music-obsessed fans like me.” Hear The Kelleigh Bannen Show every Monday through Thursday on Apple Music Country at 5 am LA/8 am NYC/1 pm LDN. Hometown: Nashville Double life: Kelleigh released Favorite Colors, her most recent studio album, in October 2019 before joining Apple Music. Earliest musical memory: “I made up my first ‘song’ at age 3.” Go-to karaoke songs: Shania Twain, “Any Man of Mine”; TLC, “Waterfalls” First concert: Amy Grant, Christmas concert at the Ryman Auditorium First album I bought or downloaded: The Bodyguard soundtrack My proudest accomplishment: “My national TV debut on The Today Show in October 2019.” What inspires me most about music: “Feeling connected to the world and other people, and hearing a song that makes me mad I didn't write it.”