This girl steps on stage and she's really small. The kind of small that makes people go "aww" and use words like "cute" to describe her in her little dresses and bare feet. Until she starts singing. Those who have heard her before look around the hushed room with knowing grins. Those hearing her for the first time are in shock from hearing that voice come out of that tiny person.
This is KELLY ANN.
Born in Northern California, and now based in Plumas County, CA, KELLY ANN stands at 5'2" and belts it out like there is no tomorrow.
She is a force to be reckoned with and isn't afraid of pushing the boundaries of genre. She loves jazz, soul, motown, pop, reggae and r&b music. She sounds like a blend of Linda Rondstadt, LP, and Sigrid that threw in a little Johnny Cash and Ray Charles for spice.
KELLY ANN has been writing music for as long as she can remember. Growing up in choirs, every instructor tested her vocal range from alto to high soprano and challenged her to reach further. Learning guitar at the age of 10 gave her the courage to hit the stage solo at church and it was there that she gained her love of performing. She continued her vocal training throughout college in Memphis, TN until she moved back to her home state of California and launched a full-time solo career in 2011.
In 2013 she released a crowd-funded, self-titled EP. After opening a show for The Marshall Tucker Band the year before, she hit the road to record and release the five song album. The EP was a fun and sassy declaration of independence that highlighted the artist's raw, acoustic sound that her fans adored on stage.
"Gypsy Soul could have been the title track of my first EP. I finished writing it on that tour and its 'make your minutes count', seize the day message was as much a message to me as anyone else. I've struggled with mental and physical health my whole life but I've always had this insatiable drive to never give up. The whole album is about what's more important than anything you'd give up over." says KELLY ANN.
On September 1, 2019 she finally released a single after spending five years trying to get her health in order. Mockingbird has all the songwriting dare of Bob Dylan and the ethereal quality of Enya. Written to commemorate a classic novel and the memory of a lost loved one, Mockingbird will haunt you with it's beautiful message and sound.
"I wrote Mockingbird while my godmother was in hospital, but she never got to hear it. To Kill a Mockingbird was her favorite book but the song isn't just about the book. She walked alongside me through some very hard times that I couldn't explain as a child, and she used to light up the room. Through everything, I have learned that I'm not the only one who couldn't explain depression and emotions and undiagnosed health problems. Today, music seems to burst out of me to express what I didn't know I had to say. Like it's for everyone who has no words to express what we have felt. I just hope that I can light up a dark room for someone like she did for me." KELLY ANN
We've gotten a sneak peak of her latest songs on Facebook LIVE this year and look forward to hearing more about her crowdfunding project to record her first full length album, "Run." The title track is a song about running away for the day with someone you love to refresh and face tomorrow strong. We can expect a lot out of this album. So stay tuned for more from this talented artist.