07/12/2013 10:20 EDT | Updated 09/11/2013 05:12 EDT

'Little singer girl' Kylee Epp takes music to next level

Growing up in small town Qualicum Beach, the locals called her 'the little singer girl'.

Destined for success, Kylee Epp travelled to Nashville several times to hone her songwriting skills and recently released a six-song EP.

Kylee spoke to CBC music producer Derek Bird and revealed what makes her a unique Canadian country-pop artist.

Q: Describe you and your music in 8 words or less.

A: Fun-loving, passionate, honest, personal and adventurous.

Q: What inspires your writing?

A: The short answer: life. My experiences and the experiences of others around me are my main inspiration. It's true what they say, "write what you know." I pride myself on a certain degree of authenticity, which can get interesting when you think of being a Canadian country artist and the appeal of recording songs by Nashville-based songwriters.

Q: Have you done the “Nashville shuffle?” Was it what you expected?

A: I've been back and forth to Nashville a number of times over the last few years. The first few times were quite overwhelming. Music is a business down there and they treat it that way. I would have three writing appointments each day with different writers, and in each session the goal was to start and finish an entire song! Back home I was used to picking up my guitar and writing when I felt inspired and sometimes it could take a few months to finish a song.

Q: Last fall, at the British Columbia Country Music Awards, you won The Ray McAuley Horizon Award for Best New Artist. How did you feel that night?

A: Winning the Ray McAuley Horizon Award was a huge honour. It felt incredible to be recognized by the music community that has been watching and supporting me as my career has developed. It was the first award I have won since the release of my first single and it will always hold special meaning to me for that reason.

Q: What’s coming next for Kylee Epp?

A: I have a handful of shows coming up this summer including the Rockin' River Fest in Mission, opening for Brad Paisley on August 16th! The fall will bring me back in the studio to start recording the next record.