Mineola woven into country singer’s video
A Dallas area entertainment company looking for the appropriate setting of a country music video for one of their singers used two Mineola locations as their set two weekends ago.
The secluded country home of Dr. Kyle and Christi Gully was used for the video shooting location on Saturday and then a farm on Farm-to- Market 1801, commonly known as “the old Wheatley property,” was used on Sunday.
The Gully family had just moved into their newly constructed home east of Mineola in July. Dr. Gully was enthused Friday about the next day’s event. He’d been told the video producers were looking for a “Texas White House” and his sons were looking forward to the catering from the popular local restaurant. There was only one thing, “I can’t use my house for a day,” he commented. The producers had informed him they would need the home from sunrise to possibly 9 p.m.
The marketing director for Septien Entertainment Group, Shaun Colon, said this is Kaylee Rutland’s first full video. They chose the Mineola location because, “Kaylee has a wholesome image” and they were creating a “country kind of familyesque kind of video.” The song for which the video was being filmed was “Daddy’s Got a .45.”
So Septein lined up with White Cane Films and Agora Entertainment and about 40 people were in Mineola to work on the video. The Rutland family, parents Renee and Marshal, and little brother Alex also were staying here at the Best Western Hotel. The Rutlands are business people from Flower Mound.
“It’s a pretty big production,” Colon said. Additionally, he was shooting a separate documentary of the making of the video.
Colon said he had been in Mineola for the Iron Horse Festival and knows the Davises at East Texas Burger. He said he had in mind “a nice house and some ranch land” and had enlisted the help of some folks who locate sites, to no avail. “So I gave Debbie one call and within three days she said I have something.”
So Saturday morning the stately red-brick white-pillared country home nestled into the East Texas countryside became a beehive of activity and a web of cables and cords connected audio and video equipment to power. A small number of actors were also lingering, waiting for their queue to act out their part of “Daddy’s Got a .45.” One biker sort turned out to be Todd Peterson, Mineola’s building inspector. His wife Sheila’s Harley Davidson motorcycle was being used in the video.
Seventeen- year- old country singer Kaylee showed that the business isn’t all glamour and glitz. Standing on the Gullys’ balcony with the treetops as a backdrop, she sang the song many times as producers worked to get the perfect shot of the pretty teenager. She uttered no complaint during those long morning hours that were only the beginning. The Gullys stood at the far end of their balcony and watched the production.
The Gullys’ barn had been commandeered for the refreshment area, as well as the wardrobe and makeup area where a rack of costumes hung just a few feet from a John Deere tractor. Close by, Kaylee was seated with a curling-iron-wielding makeup woman hovering above her. Her mother, Renee, said that was probably the only part her down-to-earth daughter was having a problem with – “having so many people around her fussing over her.”
She said her daughter has been singing since she was six years old and not too long after that began taking piano lessons. Fairly recently she picked up the guitar. She’s performed at places such as at Six Flags, the Dallas Zoo and the Grapevine Opry. She sang on Grapevine’s Polar Express Train and at the Love and War restaurant and was to sing at the Aloft Hotel in Dallas last weekend. She has performed for many fundraisers and parties and her first performance in Nashville is scheduled for next month.
“So she’s trying to make her way into the country music world,” her mother said. However, she said her daughter, who has been accepted to Nashville’s Belmont University for next year, wants to remain true to herself as she forges into the music world.
“It’s really important to her to be encouraging and to be a good role model,” she said. She said her daughter realizes that while they shouldn’t, many young people look up to singers and celebrities on stage and it’s important for her “to be encouraging and set a great example.” She is co-writing with others and has created songs that people can relate to.
The song that was being portrayed on “the red” film quality camera that sunny Saturday morning was “the first one that popped into her head,” said her mom. And yes, her dad does have a .45. In fact, his guns were the ones being used in the video.