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Meet Caillie Hughes from Ipswich!

With a heart of gold, and a song in that heart, Caillie Hughes is out to make the world a better place. On her journey, she intends to thoroughly entertain with touching lyrics and graceful vocals.

Caillie has been inspired by some of the great singer/songwriters, from Elton John to Taylor Swift. But it all started at home. Her dad is a musician and her mother, a dancer. In fact, her mom was a New England Patriot cheerleader, before becoming a dance therapist. Hughes has taken a cue from both parents in her career path. Growing up, she found music to be therapeutic and now uses her own music to inspire, comfort and bring light to causes she cares about.


Hughes Sings the Blues

Caillie’s latest song, “Unlove Me, will have you loving her. Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when one side won’t let go. Take a listen here:


Confessions of Caillie

  • From: Ipswich, MA
  • Grew up in: Watertown, MA
  • What’s new: I’ve been working on a lot of music, writing and recording. I’m excited to share that I have a new single coming
    out January 1st called “Silver Lining” which is an upbeat fun song about these unfortunate covid times, of uncertainty and finding a silver lining. During these times, I’ve been striving to further my musicianship, I’ve also used this time to learn how to play piano better and I’m in college pursuing a B.A. in Music and Entrepreneurial business at Salem State University.
  • What lead you to music: I grew up with music, My dad is a piano tuner and my mother was a dancer. I picked up guitar at the age of 12 and wrote my first song at 13, I always found music to be extremely therapeutic for myself and others, So I decided to share my diary (music) with the world around me in hopes that it can help others.
  • How old when you started: Around 12 / 13 was when I got into the arts of music,writing, and performing.
  • First country songs you learned: Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohen as well as Tim McGraw by Taylor Swift
  • Instruments played: I play guitar and piano
  • How would you describe your sound: I would describe my sound as Singer /Songwriter with elements of pop, classical, jazz, and country.
  • Who inspires you: Taylor Swift has always been an influence of mine, as well as Elton John, Kelly Clarkson, and two vocal coaches I have had the honor of working with Dr. Holly Zagaria and Nicole Zuraitis.
  • Dream duet partner: I would love to collaborate with Dan + Shay, or Taylor Swift.
  • All- time favorite country songs: Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohen, Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson, All-American Girl by Carrie Underwood, and Love story by Taylor Swift are a few.
  • First country concert: Taylor Swift’s Fearless Tour back in 2010.
  • What songs do you like now on Country 1025: There’re so many good songs out,one of the newer ones is I should probably go to bed by Dan + Shay.
  • If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: I can’t imagine not doing music, but I would probably be a therapist or work with animals.
  • Day Job: Musician / Full-time student at Salem State University
  • Most proud moment: I wrote a song for first responders at the time of the Boston Marathon Bombing and Watertown Shootout, (where I lived at the time). I was asked to perform a flag raising ceremony taking place to honor first responders who risked their lives during the boston bombing. Also, teaming up with different organizations like Care Dimensions, Grateful Friends, and Animals Shelters to bring people together using music.
  • Fun facts: I can improvise a whole song off the top of my head, using like 3 (key) words, I collect mugs, and bowties, and I’m a coffee connoisseur.
  • Mantra: My Mantra is “Where Words Fail… Music Speaks”.
  • Upcoming dates: New Single “Silver Lining” coming out January 1st

Hunting for Hughes



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