Kurt Layton

Kurt Layton

BandCountryPop

A unique blend of Country, Rock and R&B music that has an edgy, yet smooth country sound that creates a whole new genre of music that Kurt calls "Funktry" music.

Biography

Kurt Layton
bio

Kurt Layton is the epitome of “triple threat.” He is a singer, songwriter, and performer. He can play almost any instrument and can sing any style of music. Kurt’s diversity is obvious when you see him perform, and that has worked to his advantage to forge a sound - and style - uniquely his own. He has been in and out of bands since the age of 16. He has traveled great lengths chasing his love for music - performing all over the country - from tiny clubs throughout the Midwest, to the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York, and finally to Nashville.

Kurt grew up in Clearwater, Kansas, a small farming community near Wichita. He went to college on a baseball scholarship, then transferred to Kansas State University where he played the local clubs while pursuing a degree in Business Management. That is, until he decided to quit baseball, drop out of school, and give his music the attention he felt it deserved. Kurt took a summer job at Kansas City’s, Worlds of Fun theme park, performing 6 shows a day, 7 days a week, in a musical tribute to 50’s and 60’s rock and roll. From there, he started seriously pursuing his music career by moving to New York with a friend who had similar interests. They performed any place that would have them. The highlight of that time in his life was the night he received a standing ovation at the Apollo. But, even though he had laid a solid foundation for success in the New York music scene, he knew his talent would be better suited for Nashville.

After moving to Nashville in the late 90’s, Kurt again found success, as well as the differences in how Nashville operates. He quickly landed a spot in a showcase at the Ace of Clubs which was televised on TNN Country News. He was the “spotlight artist” in the broadcast, which included parts of his performance as well as a personal interview. He proceeded to pound the pavement, playing writer’s nights and doing everything he could think of to get a deal. He and his wife lived in Nashville until the birth of their first child. And, even though it was the toughest decision he ever made, he moved his family back to Kansas to re-focus his efforts.

Kurt continued writing, and soon he began performing all across the country as the lead singer of a band called Against The Grain. Kurt and the band toured the club circuit for several years, playing their unique blend of country, rock, and Kurt’s originals, which propelled the band to regular engagements at such prestigious clubs as the The Grizzly Rose in Denver, CO. They also had the opportunity to be an opening act for such big name artists as Rascal Flatts, Billy Currington, Little Texas, and Diamond Rio, among many others.

In late 2005, Kurt once again decided to leave the club circuit behind and move his family - which now included two children - back to Nashville in order to be closer to his love of writing songs. Since then, he has written extensively on his own, and is presently co-writing with a group of established Nashville songwriters, including, Sandy Ramos, Fred Knobloch, Jon Robbin, Joie Scott, and others. And, he has just completed a label demo project with noted producer/songwriter, Carson Chamberlain (Billy Currington, Mark Wills).

Many people might have given up by now, but not Kurt. When asked why, he says, “Music is my life! It always has been, and always will be. The most important thing I have learned over the years, musically, is how to be Kurt. My music is a reflection of me and my experiences. I don’t want to be the “next” anybody. I want to be the only Kurt Layton.”

Management:
Clif Doyal, Clif Doyal Agency, Nashville, TN
Office: 615.885.5998 Cell: 615.319.1863 E: CDAnashville@aol.com

Lyrics

That's Livin' Right

Written By: Kurt Layton/Joie Scott

THAT’S LIVING RIGHT
Written By Kurt Layton (BMI)/Joei Scott (BMI)

CHORUS:
I’m leavin’ this side of livin'
Goin’ where life is more forgiving
The grass is greener on the other side
This boy was born to work
With the sun on my back hands in the dirt
That aint just livin’ that’s livin’ right

VERSE:
Been cruisin’ the corporate highway
Lookin’ for the road to do things my way
Here lately it seems like I’m
Just a clock punchin’ monkey workin’ overtime
Stuck in this concrete jungle aint no place to be
For a corn fed, country bred, redneck boy like me

CHORUS:
I’m leavin’ this side of livin'
Goin’ where life is more forgiving
The grass is greener on the other side, bye bye
This boy was born to work
With the sun on my back, hands in the dirt
That aint just livin’ that’s livin’ right

VERSE:
Gonna get me a piece of God’s green earth
Work that soil for all it’s worth
Find a good woman and raise our kids
By the sweat of my brow like my daddy did
You can bet that there won’t be no lookin’ back
No not for this small town country boy and that’s a fact

REPEAT CHORUS

TAG:
Stuck in this concrete jungle aint no place to be
For a corn fed, country bred, redneck boy like me

REPEAT CHORUS

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THAT’S LIVING RIGHT
Written By Kurt Layton (BMI)/Joei Scott (BMI)

CHORUS:
I’m leavin’ this side of livin'
Goin’ where life is more forgiving
The grass is greener on the other side
This boy was born to work
With the sun on my back hands in the dirt
That aint just livin’ that’s livin’ right

VERSE:
Been cruisin’ the corporate highway
Lookin’ for the road to do things my way
Here lately it seems like I’m
Just a clock punchin’ monkey workin’ overtime
Stuck in this concrete jungle aint no place to be
For a corn fed, country bred, redneck boy like me

CHORUS:
I’m leavin’ this side of livin'
Goin’ where life is more forgiving
The grass is greener on the other side, bye bye
This boy was born to work
With the sun on my back, hands in the dirt
That aint just livin’ that’s livin’ right

VERSE:
Gonna get me a piece of God’s green earth
Work that soil for all it’s worth
Find a good woman and raise our kids
By the sweat of my brow like my daddy did
You can bet that there won’t be no lookin’ back
No not for this small town country boy and that’s a fact

REPEAT CHORUS

TAG:
Stuck in this concrete jungle aint no place to be
For a corn fed, country bred, redneck boy like me

REPEAT CHORUS

Long Overdue

Written By: Kurt Layton

LONG OVERDUE
Written By Kurt Layton (BMI)

VERSE:
Baby I don’t want you to go
I’ve been lyin’ here watchin’ you sleep
In this early morning glow
There’s nowhere I’d rather be
And I understand how free I am
When you’re lyin’ here with me

VERSE:
We can just lay here all day
Laugh about life’s little things
Before lovin’ the sun away
And later when we run out of light
I’ll pull the covers up and I’ll wrap around you
And hold you through the night

CHORUS:
Baby it’s long overdue
You lovin’ me touchin’ you
The power of your kiss will serve as healing
With your soft and gentle touch
Baby I’m lost without that feeling
I’m thinkin’ it’s long overdue

CHORUS:
Like the feelin’ of forgiveness
From confessions of the soul
You have cleansed my heart of foolish pride
And you’ve made my body whole
Some take love for granted
For their stay upon this earth
I wanna take all day to show you
That I know a woman’s worth

REPEAT CHORUS

TAG:
The power of your kiss will serve as healing
With your soft and gentle touch
Baby your passion keeps revealing
There’s nothin’ I’ve needed near this much

REPEAT CHORUS

______________________________________

LONG OVERDUE
Written By Kurt Layton (BMI)

VERSE:
Baby I don’t want you to go
I’ve been lyin’ here watchin’ you sleep
In this early morning glow
There’s nowhere I’d rather be
And I understand how free I am
When you’re lyin’ here with me

VERSE:
We can just lay here all day
Laugh about life’s little things
Before lovin’ the sun away
And later when we run out of light
I’ll pull the covers up and I’ll wrap around you
And hold you through the night

CHORUS:
Baby it’s long overdue
You lovin’ me touchin’ you
The power of your kiss will serve as healing
With your soft and gentle touch
Baby I’m lost without that feeling
I’m thinkin’ it’s long overdue

CHORUS:
Like the feelin’ of forgiveness
From confessions of the soul
You have cleansed my heart of foolish pride
And you’ve made my body whole
Some take love for granted
For their stay upon this earth
I wanna take all day to show you
That I know a woman’s worth

REPEAT CHORUS

TAG:
The power of your kiss will serve as healing
With your soft and gentle touch
Baby your passion keeps revealing
There’s nothin’ I’ve needed near this much

REPEAT CHORUS