Music: Dancing with Lightning by Kellee Maize – Pittsburgh, PA

missastairsCheck out this great new video with Pittsburgh’s Own Kellee Maize. Find out some BTS information about her new buzzin single, “Dancing with the Lightning”. I like this song and video make sure not only to read but to listen and share this song!

Why did you select this song as your current single?

It is the first song on my new album and also the song I just released a video for!

How does this single relate to the rest of the Album, EP or Mix-tape?

Well, I think it kind of opens up this idea that I am serious, that with love, comes responsibility, fun, risk, etc and the whole album theme is more or less about love, which is the 5th element, which is the name of my album…The 5th Element.

What was the writing process for the song?

I was on a plane on my way to LA to make a bunch of stuff happen for my career and the movement and listening over and over to the song. It basically just came.  It really was inspired by all sorts of interesting relationships I have with lightning.  My first rap group was called Thunder and Lightning, I met a guy this summer who was struck by lightning with a girl and lived, I learned about the Goddess Ixchel and the pic of her on many images shows her channeling healing energy from lightning bolts, I saw the most EPIC storm ever last year in Colombia and watch lightning bolts that were horizontal instead of vertical…the list goes on!

What does this song’s lyric mean to you?

Basically, dancing with lightning means engaging with your own darkness and beauty and not being afraid of either side, taking chances, dreaming big, loving big, etc.  Each verse has a kind of meaning in a way that builds, like in the beginning its kind of pompous hip hop battle style… like, look at me, I am not joking, me and my crew are gonna make it.  Second verse is like reality hits, we have challenges, 3rd is kind of referencing how love is helping me, my friends, community, the world overcome challenges, the 4th is how you can feel this love/energy/passion and its power and not to deny it and then the last verse is talking about how we can create something new now (a caterpillar turning into a butterfly).  And in general I just think the visual of people dancing with lightning, not being afraid is cool and also the whole idea, dance like no one is watching. Life does happen and evolves outside our comfort zones. I really feel like self expression by all will reveal new ways we can heal ourselves and the planet.

What would it be like to see you in person performing this song?

I don’t know, I did it only 2x’s so far and everyone loved it more than other songs. I actually think it is the most well received song I have done thus far.  Everyone dances! 🙂

Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?

I am not so sure, maybe.  I do touch on a lot of what I am about and also kinda show the vagueness, mutability of my work cause I think content wise it shifts and changes a lot.  But as far as vocally I do sing and rap in different styles so that would also be telling as far as what sort of sounds you would hear.

Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?


One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?

Well, overall I hope that it inspires others to share their own gifts. I also help some of it inspires people to take action to create a world that works for everyone.  I like to share ideas, concepts etc that have helped me, inspired me or pushed me. I think healing personally is a great way to help others and the planet at large and I am always on a path of discovery.  I talk a lot about issues in the world/environment and within the human family that I feel need attention…..I think that is the purpose of art, to share our thoughts, feelings, wishes and motivations.

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