Kimberly Kelly is a quick-witted songstress whose music radiates genuine honesty in a modern-throwback to the 90’s country music era. Clever lyrics. Engaging performances. Pure vocals. A touch of mandolin. All traits that make even the most passive listener become an instant fan.
A Texas native turned Nashville resident, Kimberly moved to Nashville and immediately began honing in on her songwriting craft establishing a wide network of musical collaborators. Radney Foster testifies, “Kimberly has an incredible honesty in her songs and her voice. Her songs are about real life, and you can hear it all in her voice —the pain, the love, the joy, the sass. She isn’t just singing a line, she’s living it, and she will make you believe it every time.” And she has lived it. She recently scored her first cut with Valory Music Co. recording artist Tara Thompson, a song called “WTF” which was co-written with Tara, Erin Enderlin, and Alex Kline.
Like many of her contemporaries, Kelly is rooted in a musical family. She grew up listening to her grandfather’s band, Sterling Kelly and the Hearts, and she spent her early childhood singing duets into the handle of a vacuum cleaner with her sister, Kristen. An astute student of the genre, Kelly claims influences from Lee Ann Womack, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, as well as pop stars and rockers like Jewel, Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty—and even fresh Americana acts like Kim Richey and Hayes Carll.
After earning her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology from Texas Women’s University, Kelly began to parlay that hard work and dedication to her music career. Eventually, those childhood vacuum handles turned into microphones as both ladies embarked on musical paths that would find Kimberly playing shows with Jason Aldean and The Band Perry, as well as performing for former President George W Bush. The sisters joined forces when Kristen nabbed the coveted opening slot on Brad Paisley’s tour and brought her Kimberly along for background vocals. The same role led to Kimberly’s first time singing from the historical stages of the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium.
Kimberly previously released two albums independently. Her self-titled debut project contained 10 original tracks, followed by the release of “Sweet Time Dreamin'” which featured a songwriting collaboration with Billy Joe Shaver and guest vocals from Emily Gimble, Aaron Watson and Stoney LaRue.
Currently in the studio, Kimberly is expected to release new music this spring.