About a year and a half after introducing himself to country fans with his debut album “Love the Leavin'” Kyle Dangle is back with his newest single, “Out There,” a tip of the cap to blue-collar America.
The song comes from a real place for Daigle, who has lived and witnessed the blue-collar lifestyle every day.
Daigle is quickly making a name for himself in the industry, having opened for major artists, such as Joe Diffie, Craig Campbell, and Parmalee.
Hear all about “Out There,” the “Love the Leavin'” album, winning awards, and more. Read below!
Pro Country: Who were your biggest musical influences growing up?
Kyle Daigle: It would be easy to say Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Joe Diffie, or any of the artists I grew up listening to, but the truth is, it’s my Grandpa. He got me started playing the guitar and he introduced me to all the artists I continue to listen to today. This is the exact topic of my first song I ever released titled, “I Called Him Grandpa.”
PC: Was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to make music for a living?
KD: I’ve been singing and writing music for quite some time now, but I’ve always had in the back my mind that it could never be more than a hobby. I mean, how can anyone compete with all that talent that exists out there today? So, one day, I worked up the courage to post my first acoustic cover ever on Facebook and YouTube, and got a decent response on it, although in actuality, I’m sure it was pretty bad. From that moment on, I decided to continue do what I loved, and just put it in front the people. On February 22, 2017, I uploaded my first original song to Facebook and YouTube and got an overwhelming response. From that moment on, it gave me the confidence I needed to allow myself to dive head first into the music industry.
PC: Were you feeling any pressure, internally or externally, while you were preparing to release music for the first time with the “Love the Leavin’” album?
KD: Absolutely! As a musician, you are constantly in the spotlight and there are so many things a person can judge you on; from the way you talk, the way you dress, your look, your song writing, and of course, your voice. Fortunately, from the first single release to the EP release to the full album, we have had nothing but positive responses from the fans. I think the pressure of recording good quality songs will always be there, but I feel comfortable in knowing that I have amazing fans that will continue to stand by my side.
PC: “When a Woman’s Had Enough” is a song that has really caught on with people. Can you talk about the inspiration behind that song? Why do you think it has struck a chord with people the way that it has?
KD: I think it strikes a chord with people because of the subject matter. We have all been in relationships that have come to an end. When this happens, you’re left with thoughts of what you could have done better or things you could have done to prevent that person from leaving. If you’ve dealt with this kind of thing, listening to this song allows you to know you’re not alone.
PC: “Love the Leavin’” is a great song with some clever wordplay. What went in to the decision to name the album after this song?
KD: Besides it being a catchy album title, “Love the Leavin’” is just a fun song to play live, and we felt that it had very good appeal to both male and female audiences. Every time we play it live and I hear the crowd singing along, I know it was the right choice to make it the album title.
PC: “I Called Him Grandpa” is one of the standouts on “Love the Leavin.’” How important was it for you to pay tribute to your Grandpa in that way on your debut album?
KD: I truly feel like there would be no album without “I Called Him Grandpa.” He is the very reason I am where I am today. Even though he has passed away, I still carry him with me every day, and I think about him every time I perform the song. It’s also important to know that it is the first song I ever wrote. The night the song came to life, I felt like he was there in spirit helping me write it. It was a song that was born from pure passion and love. I didn’t write it for the fame or glamor or radio play. It was a song written for me and my grandpa, but I’ve come to know through my fans that they relate to this song on a very personal level, and that makes me happy.
PC: Your newest single, “Out There” was released at the beginning of the year. Can you talk about the writing process behind that song?
KD: The writing process came super easy on this song because I live it every day. Blue-collar workers are the back bone of this great country, and it was time to give them an anthem they can proudly listen to everyday. The sacrifices these workers make go so far beyond what people may realize. From working thousands of miles away from their families, missing their child’s baseball games or dance recitals, to risking their lives in a very unforgiving industry, they push through the struggle and get the job done.
PC: Do you sense that you’ve grown as a songwriter and as an artist between the releases of “Love the Leavin’” and “Out There”? Where do you think you’ve grown the most?
KD: I do. I feel I’ve grown in the sense of lyrical arrangement. I feel I’ve developed a way to say the things I want in a more melodic arrangement.
PC: What kind of validation do you feel as an artist and as a songwriter when you are winning awards and being recognized by organizations like the American Songwriter Awards or NSAI?
KD: I feel proud to have been recognized by these organizations because they are industry professionals who deal with hit songs and hit songwriters daily. Being recognized by them allows me to know I’m on the right track with my songwriting. Nothing will ever validate my efforts more than the fans liking my music though. Without them, there is no big picture.
PC: What are your plans for the near future?
KD: My immediate plans are to continue growing as an artist, continue to build my fan base, promote my new single/music video and play as many shows as I can in 2019.
PC: Additional comments:
KD: Follow me on Facebook, Instagram,and visit my website at www.kyledaiglemusic.com for up to date information on tour dates, new music and firsthand information! Special thanks to the members of my band and Keith Cardo of Hangar 18 Productions for all his hard work and vison of my music.
Band Members and Team:
Kolin Leonard– Drums
Cody Duval– Lead Guitar
Nat Duval– Bass
Austin Duval– Keys and Background Vocals
Brad Chance– Steel Guitar
Keith Cardo– PR, Graphic Designer, Social Media Marketing