Singled Out: Kyle Daniel "Born To Lose"

What About It: “This song is about the current issue our nation is facing with opioid addictions and other various vices we seem to struggle with. I have had a fair share of people close to me take a turn for the worst and I felt like I should bring awareness to the issue without totally being negative. Although I’ve never struggled with that type of addiction, it’s a very honest song with raw emotion. 

I grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky and although it’s a very quaint little college town, there’s a lot of countryside where things aren’t exactly like Mayberry. I have had people who are close to me, or have been at one time that have traveled down the wrong road and I think this was more or less my way of understanding the situation. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be broke, need a fix and be willing to do whatever you have to in order to get it or you’re going to physically become ill. My mind doesn’t really process that, so I think this song was a therapeutic way for me to attempt to understand. 

I remember specifically how this song came together. I woke up one rainy morning with a chorus melody searing itself into my brain, and I called my buddy Jordan Young, who at the time was playing with the Nashville-based rock ‘n roll outfit Mona. I was like “dude, I’ve got this song and I really think you and I can crush this idea.” Although we have been friends for quite some time, we had yet to write together so this whole thing kind of came out of nowhere. Thankfully he was off work that day so I went over and we got to work in the woodshed and started hashing this song out. I had practically written the chorus earlier that morning and  finished some of it on my way to his place, but we knocked this song out in like 25 minutes. I was amazed at how fast the song just poured out of us. We got on the topic and really let the emotions fly creatively so it was a beautiful process to share with Jordan. We haven’t written since, but this is one of my favorite songs I have ever written, and I think we should probably try to schedule something soon!”

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Song Premiere: Kyle Daniel's Rousing 'Don't Give Up On Me'

Trying to make it in the unforgiving music business is not for the weak. For every triumph there's seemingly endless stops and starts, heartbreaks and disappointments. To succeed, you'll need a rallying cry. Kyle Daniel's "Don't Give Up on Me," which Wide Open Country is premiering today, is an anthem for anyone facing an uphill battle.

The song is the latest release from Daniel's forthcoming sophomore album What's There to Say? (out on March 15). Daniel says the tune is a mantra to stay on track in the face of adversity.

"This song really started to ring true in my life when I felt like people started to doubt me because of my career path," Daniel tells Wide Open Country. "It's obviously not easy to be a musician and be successful, so it's easy for people to look down on you when you don't instantly rise to stardom in this business. I felt like it was a therapy song for me to more or less say 'just let me see this through. It's all a building block game and I know where I want to be, so don't give up on me just yet.'"

Daniel, who wrote the song with Seth Rentfrow, says he was instantly hooked on the tune.

"Certain songs just hit you immediately after you've written them and you can't stop listening on repeat. 'Don't Give Up On Me' was one of those songs for me that I felt like people really needed to hear.

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Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Mike Grimes! What would Nashville be without Grimey’s, The Basement and now The Basement East?

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

Five Points Pizza because that habanero cream sauce pie is insanely good, and Portland Brew because they’re my favorite!

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

Cage the Elephant’s debut record. I went to high school with those dudes, and I’m so proud to see all of their hard work paying off. Matt is one of our generations best rock n roll writers and performers. He is one of my favorites.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Dino’s all day! They have the best burger in town.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

Jaren Johnston, Jason Isbell and Seth Rentfrow because he would absolutely lose his mind.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

I love The Basement and The Basement East. Both venues have something special about them, and Grimey has been a huge help in getting this project off the ground.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

Lukas Nelson, so we could collaborate.

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Featured on Indie Folk and Rock Playlist from Ear To The Ground

Does Chris Stapleton have a younger brother named Kyle Daniel? Because that’s what he sounds like. My goodness, this is a country music power ballad. There’s a touch of Tim McGraw in there, too, and that’s nothing to take lightly. Kyle Daniel’s composition is rich with layers of piano and guitar work that are really fun. Also, the “born to lose” lyrics are perfect for my pessimistic heart. We don’t often feature modern country, but this one is worth an exception.

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His new project carries with it tremendous gravitas, particularly in a time when truth is under the microscope. Daniel draws upon the uncertainty of an ever-evolving music scene, currently in a state of transition especially in the age of streaming. “You learn to take the victories as they come and be proud of those,” he says, considering the weight of his new music and the past year of his personal life. “Born to Lose” ignites the set from inside out, as he turns his gaze on the taboo topic of addiction and its omniscience in our everyday lives.

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