Music Spotlight: Britnee Kellogg

Jun 28, 2024 at 02:45 am by Bethany Bowman

Britnee Kellogg grew up listening to all the good stuff: Waylon, Willie, Dolly, and 90s country. But it was when she was just six years old that her life was profoundly impacted. She attended a Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash concert. Smitten from the first note, the young girl knew that she had found her chosen career.

“I knew that [singing] was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” she recalled.

They soon realized she would need some formal training if she was truly going to make a go of singing/performing.

“My mom was a single mom, and she did everything she could to make ends meet, worked multiple jobs, and there were just weeks that she couldn't make it happen,” she reported.

So, on the weeks when they couldn’t afford the training, Kellogg would pull weeds for the teacher in exchange for a lesson.

When she was 15 years old, the Vancouver, Washington, native made her first trip to Nashville which strengthened her resolve to become a country singer. She began writing her own songs and performing everywhere.

But life had other plans. At 21, she married her high school sweetheart and quickly had two babies. But it turned out that her husband was “not a good person” and she found herself in an abusive relationship.

Kellogg became a single mother from 2008 to 2015 but it was during this time, that she decided to no longer put her music career on hold and she loaded up her two boys and tried out for American Idol in 2012 and 2013. The first song she sang was the telling “You’re No Good.” It got her to Hollywood. In 2013, when she tried out again, she sang George Jones, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

She gushed, “It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”

But even when her career was finally moving in the right direction, she was/is unable to move to Nashville permanently without the consent of her ex-husband. In 2017 she married the love of her life, and he fully supported her music career.

That’s when Kellogg decided to do what everyone was doing and started posting videos on TikTok.

“I had been posting consistently every single day. My goal was 90 days to post every day for 90 days. And that was on the 89th day. And the night before that, I had texted my manager at the time and said, ‘This is crazy. I don't know. Am I terrible? What's happening?’ But I had like 700 followers. And it just wasn't nothing was hitting. I think my most views on the video was like 4,000 views or something.”

But then on that 89th day of posting, Valentine’s Day, she posted the anti-Valentine’s Day song “Back of My Mind.” Within 24 hours, the song had garnered more than one million views and has since had more than 19 million views. Additionally, it has had more than 10 million streams.

One of the co-writers on the song was Reba’s niece, Autumn McEntire along with Eric Whitman and they have been collaborating ever since.

They put out the heartfelt “Hey Mama” an empowerment song for doubting mothers everywhere. The song has had multi-million TikTok views and more than 9 million streams. “It’s such a personal song for me,” she confessed.

Now they have completed a full album of songs entitled She’s Come a Long Way, that expose parts of her life and prove how far indeed she has come.

She exclusively released the title track to People Magazine in March of this year. The female empowerment anthem “She’s Come A Long Way,“ features women of all races, ages, and sizes.

She told People, “This song is really special because I feel like it not only encompasses what I've been through and how I've come a long way but also how so many women out there have come a long way.”

Also on the album are the heartfelt songs, “This Mess,” which is a salute to Mama’s everywhere, the autobiographical, “Thank You Johnny and June” which is her favorite, and a tribute to her grandmother, “I Matter.”

But lest you think all her songs are serious, you need to hear the rollicking “Retail Therapy,” “Hell In A Handbag,” and the sassy (my favorite) “Love They Neighbor.” They will remind you not to take life too seriously.

Kellogg’s goal for the record was to create a sound that people can relate to and to help them know they’re not alone in what they’re going through. She brings a party to the stage while inspiring others to pursue their dreams. She is a driven, passionate artist with a deep love for her craft.

“My songs are 100% authentic, sometimes to a fault," she admitted. "Sometimes I will go into the writing room, and I will have these lyrics that don't really rhyme, and I really don't care. I will fight with everything that I have to put music out there that is real and music that people want and need to hear." 

With this newest body of work, Brittnee Kellogg proves she is here for the long haul. With a supportive family and an adoring fan base, there is nothing she can’t accomplish.

Be sure to stream/download She’s Come a Long Way. It’s a record you will want on repeat.

Keep up with Britnee Kellog on her website, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and all streaming platforms.

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Bethany Bowman is a freelance entertainment writer. You can follow her blogInstagram, and X.

She’s Come a Long Way Track Listing

  1. “She’s Come A Long Way” - Autumn McEntire, Britnee Kellogg, Danielle Blakey, Marti Dodson
  2. “Love Thy Neighbor” - Autumn McEntire, Riley Thomas, Sarah Turner
  3. “Whoever You Are” - Britnee Kellogg, Autumn McEntire, Marti Dodson
  4. “This Mess” - Britnee Kellogg
  5. “Retail Therapy” - Britnee Kellogg, Tori Tullier
  6. “Here and Gone” - Britnee Kellogg, Hannah Blaylock, Eric Wikman, Nate Botsford
  7. “Hell in a Handbag” - Tori Tullier, Alyssa Micaela, Olivia Rudeen
  8. “I Matter” - Michael Farren, Britnee Kellogg
  9. “If I Said That” - Britnee Kellogg, Dave Mohr, Nicole Croteau
  10. “Thank You Johnny and June” - Britnee Kellogg, Justin Klump, Quinn Loggins
  11. “Back of My Mind” - Britnee Kellogg, Eric Wikman, Autumn McEntire
  12. “Hey Mama” - Britnee Kellogg, Michael Farren