Bailey McLaa is a Texas Country/Red Dirt artist with a Country/Jazz appeal. Born in Denton, Texas, McLaa was raised in Argyle, Texas and began playing country music at a young age. McLaa took piano lessons when she was 5 years old, but only learned the basics. By the end of 7th grade her mother took her out of public school and started homeschooling her, to further her music career. Becoming home schooled allowed McLaa to graduate a year and a half early, which gave her even more time to focus on her music career. By the age of 13, McLaa taught herself how to play the guitar, on her Grandfather’s old beat up no name garage sale bought guitar. She began writing her own songs not long after she retaught herself the piano, then found interest in ukuleles, so she taught herself on a pineapple ukulele. Writing and composing 80 songs by the age of 18, with at least 35 others unfinished, ranging from Country, Jazz to Folk, Rock. McLaa has a talent that reaches a variety of genres & gives everyone something that will satisfy their tastes.
McLaa's first radio performance was when she was only 17, on BigStar97.com, an online Texas radio.In September 2012, McLaa won the 'East Texas Battle of the Bands', playing a solo acoustic act competing against full bands. McLaa has played at a variety of venues such as the legendary Thirsty Armadillo in the Fort Worth Stockyards, where many big name Texas Artists such as Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers & Casey Donahew, got their start. Other venues include, Hat Tricks, Lewisville, TX, Whiskey Girl Saloon, Fort Worth, TX, Love and War, Grapevine, TX, Outskirts, Wichita Falls, TX, Cutting Horse Bar & Grill, Weatherford, TX. She has also shared the stage with other Texas Red Dirt artists such as Johnny Cooper, The Tejas Brothers, The Damn Quails, Bo Phillips, Phil Hamilton, The Rankin Twins, Mike Ryan, and many more. In November 2012, McLaa shared the stage with Stoney LaRue at KE Bushman's, Bullard, TX.
McLaa comes from a family deep rooted in music. Her grandfather, Richard Smith who’s start in music began at an early age and continued on with his family’s quartet, “The Smith Family”. Later on, Smith was picked up by the “Dixie Quartet”, of KTHS Radio in Hot Springs, AR, and did performances in several states. He later joined “The Melody Boys”, who were billed as “The Nations favorite quartet”.
Smith, over the next thirty three years;
1954 - 1955: Music Department Head
Jacksonville College, Jacksonville, TX
1955 - 1957: United States Army
Attended Army Band School, Fort Knox, KY
1957 - 1959: Band Director & Music Coordinator
1959 - 1960: Band Director & Music Department Head
White Oak HS, White Oak, TX
1960 - 1977: Choral Music Director & Music Department Head
Pine Bluff HS, Pine Bluff, AR
1977 - 1987: Choral Music Director/Coordinator
Denton ISD, Denton, TX
McLaa’s inspiration not only comes from her family’s musical background, but also a variety of artists like, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones, Eric Church, Jack Johnson, Sugarland, Colbie Caillat and many more.