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Kaitlyn Thomas not just some ‘Pretty Little Thing’ in latest single

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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

By Grace Frost

When Wallan singer/songwriter Kaitlyn Thomas was cut from television program Australian Idol earlier this year on the cusp of securing a top 24 position, the community rallied behind her with pleas not to give up on her career as a musician.

But anyone who knew Ms Thomas was already sure – Australian Idol was only the beginning for the country songstress.

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A testament to her determination, self-confidence and deep-rooted love of country music, Ms Thomas’ new single ‘Pretty Little Thing’, released on Friday, might be her best track yet.

Co-written with Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis of MSquared, Pretty Little Thing draws inspiration from old-school Shania Twain, delivering a loaded pop-rock beat and smoky electric guitar riffs from the opening seconds.

Ms Thomas said Pretty Little Thing was a title that had remained in her songwriting book for years, but once she sat down at a songwriting session with MSquared, the song ‘pretty much wrote itself’.

“It was a total Nashville experience where we wrote the song day one, second day we produced the song, day three I recorded my vocals and it was ‘wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am’, here’s Pretty Little Thing,” she said.

Ms Thomas’ lyrics ‘if you want blue eyes and blonde, a country diva then you got me all wrong’ highlight the track’s central female-empowerment theme.

The track nods to early 2000s girl-power tracks and songs by Ms Thomas’ music idols – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Suze DeMarchi and Shania Twain.

“Pretty Little Thing is specifically aimed at the stereotypes that are thrown at women every single day,” Ms Thomas said.

“Especially in the country music scene, we’re told to act and dress a certain way, and Pretty Little Thing is a song that’s shining a light on that situation and telling women that they don’t have to conform to society’s stereotypes – they can just be who they are and be authentically themselves.”

Pretty Little Thing is Ms Thomas’ first release in a year, and she said the time away gave her the ability to ‘hone in’ on her musical style and perfect her craft.

So, listeners are warned – when the track opens wide for the bridge and Ms Thomas serenades with, ‘I ain’t afraid to get crazy, 135 in an 80’, head-nodding is inevitable.

Ms Thomas rocks out with a full band in the track’s music video, which was exclusively released with Country Town and will be released to the public this week.

The video was filmed at Kilmore Trackside, with locals invited to participate as crowd members and receive an exclusive listen to the track prior to its release.

“If I could press pause [on that time], and be caught up in that environment and that zone, I would entirely live the rest of my days [recording that video],” she said.

People can find Pretty Little Thing on all streaming platforms, and follow Kaitlyn Thomas at www.facebook.com/KaitlynThomasMusic.

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