It isn’t often that a six-year-old can quote the country music greats, like Merle Haggard and Kenny Rogers, but New Mexico born and raised Sim Balkey was that child. His love for the icons and his appreciation for a great story-telling lyric helped him set his sights on a future at that extraordinarily young age, knowing that “country music would be a big part of [his] life.”
It was that six-year-old Balkey that developed the desire to be a songwriter, even telling people that was his job at the time. Fast forward to now and Balkey is writing or co-writing almost all of the songs he cuts, proving that the dream of a child is anything but merely fantastical.
Despite knowing early the direction in which he wanted to go, Balkey’s parents were not about to let him rely solely on a career of uncertainty. So, he pursued his education and received a degree before he began to truly hunker down and chase the dream.
I have a degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in business. I listened to my parents and made sure I furthered my education before I started pursuing my dreams in music. I can’t thank them enough for their support!
With his education in his back pocket for security, Balkey began to steadfastly focus on music. He developed a sound, which he describes as “George Strait vocal over an Eric Church track,” or “modern honky-tonk.” The hard work and tenacity led to Balkey releasing an EP, Straight Fire, on July 14 of this year.
It’s available everywhere and I’m really proud of all the work we’ve put into this project. I can’t wait to hear the feedback. Be sure to go check it out if you haven’t already.
Aside from releasing his EP, Balkey has had other incredibly memorable moments in his music career thus far; and we aren’t talking about the big gigs or the radio spots. This husband and father is most moved by the times he can reach out and touch fans with his words and creations.
I really think I’m proudest when people share with me what my songs mean to them or how much they have impacted their life. It’s an interaction that as a songwriter I kind of live for: writing something that others feel as deeply for as I do. Whether it’s my friends, family, or somebody in the crowd that night – it’s exactly what I need to keep striving for the next level with my music.