Country star and South Dakota native Hailey Steele stopped by the Kickin' Country studios to perform the song "Diamonds" off her self-titled new EP.

Often compared to the likes of Sheryl Crow and Dolly Parton, Hailey Steele isn't afraid to say what everybody else is thinking.

Steele grew up in a one-stoplight town in South Dakota. Although nobody in her immediate family was musical (her parents are both special education teachers), her love of music began early on. If the TV was on in the house, she was standing three feet away from it singing along with the videos on CMT. Her parents started taking her to concerts when she was young, and she grew up loving everything from Patsy Cline to Patty Loveless to The Eagles to Def Leppard.

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