Kelby Costner

Lincolnton native Kelby Costner whose new single "Somewhere" releases March 22.

Country singer and Lincolnton native Kelby Costner’s new single “Somewhere” will be released today.

Costner’s said his past releases have been slower, ballad-type songs. He describes “Somewhere” as an up-tempo and fun song.

“I’m looking forward to getting it out there and giving the fans a different sound of music that they haven’t heard yet,” Costner said.

Now living in Nashville, Costner said that he never thought that being a recording artist could be an option. He learned to play the guitar as a child then relearned the craft after graduating from Lincolnton High School.

Costner wrote his first song in 2014 with the help of some local connections in the music industry. Soon after, he quit his job, packed his car and left for Nashville, an intimidating move.

“It was a super scary place to me before I actually experienced it,” Costner said. “There’s the best musicians in the world in this town. It’s hard to have the confidence to think you can compete with that, that you have a place here.”

It didn’t take long for that to change. Costner’s been working with the same producers and songwriters behind big-name country stars like Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, and Blake Shelton.

A songwriter in his own right, Costner penned his earlier releases like  “Thanks to My Mistakes” and “Hold On,” which garnered over 300,000 independent Spotify streams. Despite the early success, Costner still exercises humility and challenges himself by practicing and learning about writing techniques from mentors.

“They’ve been doing it 30 years,” Costner said. “There’s so many things that I haven’t picked up on yet and I’m not going to sacrifice my career being prideful. If it’s a great song and it describes me or something I’m feeling then I’m all for it.”

One of the biggest challenges of songwriting for Costner is being able to open up to himself and getting true emotions into a song, basically, the courage to put his entire life out in front of the world to see.

“That’s the cool part about writing,” Costner said. “You write a song about yourself and you see how many people actually relate to it. It helps people realize they’re not alone in a situation.”

Trying to break into the music industry in Nashville comes with everyday ups and downs. Costner said he kept pushing, not wanting to let himself down nor anyone else who has believed in him from the start, many of whom are here in Lincoln County. Costner is thankful for the support that Lincolnton provides him.

His fans in the area will have the chance to see him live at Queen’s Landing in Mooresville on April 20. After that show, there are several more scheduled in the area, including the East Lincoln Fireworks Festival.

As for the future, Costner sets high standards for himself and has his sights set on The Grand Ole Opry one day, but trusts that will happen for him in time.

“It’s important to tell yourself, not if, but when, Costner said. ‘It’s all a mindset thing too and trusting God’s timing as well.”

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