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'Discovered' While on Family Vacation

In the tradition of up-and-coming entertainers, RailWorks’ Kaitee Carney was on a family vacation in California, strumming a guitar and singing from a hotel balcony, when she was “discovered.”
Kaitee Carney
Administrative Assistant
RailWorks Track Systems
Chehalis, WA
It happened to Academy Award winner Charlize Theron when she was in a Los Angeles bank, arguing with a teller.
 
For Grammy winner Toni Braxton, it was while she was pumping gas in Maryland, singing to herself.
 
In the tradition of up-and-coming entertainers, RailWorks’ Kaitee Carney was on a family vacation in California, strumming a guitar and singing from a hotel balcony, when she was “discovered.”
 
Kaitee, an administrative assistant in the Chehalis office, was visiting Palm Springs. Her family members (including dad Richard, vice president, West Region), had returned from brunch and were killing time outside their hotel rooms while a maid was cleaning. A passerby overheard the music, stopped to speak to Kaitee’s mother and then went on her way.
 
“My mom told me to fix my face and change my clothes, that a producer was coming outside to listen to me,” Kaitee recalls. The producer arrived, and Kaitee, who favors country music, played Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” along with “Turnin’ Tables” by Adele. That’s all it took.
 
That January Monday led to a whirlwind of events. Kaitee’s family was to return home to Washington state on Friday. The producer called Tuesday to say he wanted to get Kaitee into a recording studio before the week was out. Two days later she was helping a band that needed a female vocalist. The result was “Money Falling” by H.I.M. (History Is Made) featuring Kaitee Carney. “It wasn’t my style,” Kaitee said of the song, available on iTunes, “but it was a fun experience recording in the studio for the first time.”
 
Within a few months, she was in Las Vegas for three days collaborating with the band Zebrahead. Lead singer Matty Lewis provided instrumentation against Kaitee’s lyrics and vocals, and they finished and recorded four of Kaitee’s songs. That same week, she drove with her mom to Orange County, CA, for a photo shoot.
 
Kaitee has signed an artist development agreement. Some of the next musical off-the-clock moments for her will be teaming up next year with James Otto, whose “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” was a Billboard No. 1 hit in 2007-2008.
And to think, it almost didn’t happen.
 
Although Kaitee has sung “since before I could talk” and had been pretty serious about music since she was around 10 (when she began learning to play a guitar and the piano), “I never really considered going into a career in music,” Kaitee says. “I was getting ready to go to school to do basic training to be an EMT (emergency medical technician). I had even considered joining the Army.”
 
But she came to work for RailWorks instead, and now she’s unexpectedly eyeing a career in music, too. “Off the Clock is a great way to showcase the diverse hobbies and interests enjoyed by the RailWorks staff,” she says, “and I’m excited to be included.”
 
Listen to Kaitee: