The music of singer-songwriter Kelcey Payne of Nashville, Tennessee, has been described as hackneyed, poppy, and blatantly unoriginal - and it's got country music fans around the world absolutely riveted.
"I'm a super fan," said Patti Leichman of Birmingham, Alabama. "I don't really get a lot of other people's music, but Kelcey's makes sense to me."
Brian Bennett of Charleston, South Carolina, had a similar view. "I get so tired of all these songwriters trying to say something with their music. Whereas I don't have to think much to really enjoy Kelcey's stuff. In fact, it's better if I don't think at all."
On her part, Kelcey is committed to churning out more of her specialty bland, generic brand of country music. "I never wanted to be a musician's musician," she said. "I just wanted to make money. And here in Nashville, there are so many uniquely talented, innovative artists that I felt the market for original was fully saturated. So I took a different approach."
She added, "I hope that my success will serve as an example that the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. Stay on the highway, is my message."