Kolby Oakley takes the stage. He picks up his custom-built electric guitar with his name proudly displayed on the fretboard and steps up to the microphone. In the first 10 seconds of the show, you are astonished by the polished and unique tone of his voice as well as his ability to play guitar. The 22-year-old from upstate New York seems to transform into a 35-year-old multi-platinum singer/songwriter who commands the stage and captivates you the whole show.
Much like many acclaimed artists, Oakley was raised in a musical home. His father, Steve Oakley, sang in modern rock and blues bands. His mother, Kim Oakley, played bass guitar and his Uncle, Craig Oakley, was a well-known jazz drummer and drum instructor that played with multiple reputable artists such as The Beach Boys and Bob Hope.
After years of playing on his father’s drum kit, at the young age of 8, Kolby began drumming for his parent’s modern rock band, Interstate. Kolby later played drums for other groups performing blues, punk rock, country, and classic rock. During his time as a drummer, Kolby had also been teaching himself to play guitar. After the passing of his great-grandmother in 2007, Kolby wrote his first song and continued to write. Kolby started to play his own acoustic shows at 14 years old. He joined a local country band Honeystruck at 16 years old and played in his father's blues band, Smokehouse Blues, all as a guitarist. By the age of 17, Kolby resigned all bands and set out on his own adventure forming his own project, The Kolby Oakley Band. Performing modern and classic country songs as well as many of his own original songs he began to gain a following and was getting a great response from his original music. In his first two released singles, Kolby, himself, recorded vocals, played drums, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, six-string banjo, and piano.
Kolby has had the opportunity to open for well-known country artists such as Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, Montgomery Gentry, Easton Corbin, Dylan Scott, Eric Pasley and Parmalee.
His first single and music video, “Mud Bog”, which was released in January of 2015, quickly gaining thousands of views on YouTube and resulted in many loyal fans. His second single and music video, “Kickin’ Back”, was released August of 2015.
Kolby moved to Nashville, TN in January 2016. Oakley says he is ready to start this new chapter of this amazing ride. He released his third single "You and A Six String" in May 2016 and recorded this new song in Nashville TN. Kolby has since released his first four song EP titled "Where Would I Be" in May of 2017. “My music is about where I’m from and what I love. I can’t wait for all of my fans and future fans to jump in this truck with me and hit the road, no matter where it goes!”