Kelly has sung extensively throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and
Delaware for the past 20 years. She's been a featured artist for the
Berks Jazz Festival (8 years running with Wyndham Hill artist, David
Cullen), Lancaster Jazz Festival, Harrisburg Jazz Festival, Philadelphia
Fringe Festival, Painted Bride Arts Center (experimental performance
art), Art Museum of Philadelphia Jazz Series, Ursinus College Jazz Series,
Gettysburg College Jazz Series, Immaculata College Jazz Series, Community
College of Philadelphia Jazz Series, and opened for legendary guitarist
Pat Martino, just to name a few.
Kelly holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, and a Masters Degree
in Music Therapy from Temple University. As a member of the University
of the Arts faculty, she teaches jazz voice and runs the vocal component
of the pre-college jazz program. Kelly also maintains an active private
practice of both music therapy and vocal coaching.
Kelly's unique background and talents have led to her presenting many
workshops in the Philadelphia area, including St. Joseph's University
("Women in Jazz"), University of the Arts ("Interpreting
a Melody", "Connecting Emotionally to a Song's Meaning",
"Introduction to Music Therapy"), and Bucks County Community
College ("Rhythm as Communication").
Kelly has studied both jazz theory and composition, and is constantly
seeking out new and difficult opportunities to stretch her abilities.
In her style, one can hear her move easily from empowered soul, to sweet
vulnerability, to technical acrobatics, to raw emotion, to straight-ahead
swing. Kelly is proudest of her commitment to always find herself in
the music. Curt Yeske, music critic for the Trenton Times, wrote "[Kelly]
is one of the best-kept secrets in Philadelphia" and "[she]
takes more chances than any other vocalist around."