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From Waimate to New York: Kaylee Bell lights up Times Square

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The image of former Waimate musician Kaylee Bell was displayed on a large billboard in Times Square in New York City to promote Spotify's new global platform, Equal, for women musicians.

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The image of former Waimate musician Kaylee Bell was displayed on a large billboard in Times Square in New York City to promote Spotify’s new global platform, Equal, for women musicians.

It’s a long way from Waimate to New York.

Kiwi musician Kaylee Bell broke down in tears on Tuesday morning when told her face was the cover of a new global playlist, with her image pasted to a giant screen in Times Square in New York City as part of the countryside.

The billboard advertises Spotify’s new playlist, Equal, with the former Waimate resident, now living in Auckland, selected to represent women musicians in New Zealand and Australia.

Bell’s distribution team reached out to her on Tuesday morning to let her know of her newfound fame.

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“I didn’t believe them at first,” Bell said.

“I thought ‘is this real?’ So I cried. It’s really cool that they chose this side of the world. It’s incredible. It’s good to promote women.

The award-winning country pop artist said it was an honor to represent women musicians and ‘kind’ when something positive like this happened as it had been a tough time for musicians with Covid-19 .

Bell released a single, Before i meet you, in August in collaboration with Australian band The McClymonts – a band she’s been a long-time fan of.

“It was great working with these girls. I spent time with them in Australia and they took me on tour.

Country pop musician Kaylee Bell is proud to represent women musicians for Spotify's global platform, Equal.

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Country pop musician Kaylee Bell is proud to represent women musicians for Spotify’s global platform, Equal.

She is working on finishing an album with her producer in Los Angeles before the end of the year titled, Silver lining – inspired by the search for positivity in situations where they are extremely hard to find, Bell said.

“I believe in the saying that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. “

The album will also feature a single that will be a collaboration with an American artist whose identity she cannot yet reveal.

She also has concerts across the country over the summer, which “hopefully” could include Timaru, Bell said.

Bell grew up in Waimate, in the south of Canterbury, and won the New Zealand Golden Guitar Award at the age of 18. Many other awards and distinctions followed.

She received a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree from the National Academy Of Singing and Dramatic Art.

She has had over 10 singles in the Top 10 of Australia’s country music charts and has performed with Australian country music star, New Zealand native Keith Urban.