There's a reason it's called, "Pop" music - it's "popular" music. There's a reason it's popular - catchy hooks, hummable melodies, resonant themes.
Kelly's songs sound simple, and they are - until you start to break them down and piece them back together. Straight-forward pop songs are twisted and turned into tight curves of melodic yet syncopated progressions. She borrows from rock, blues, country, and gospel until the lines between the genres are crossed and crossed again. The results of this fusion are songs that pay homage to their musical roots while being firmly planted in the "pop" genre.
When you step back to view her overall body of work, the layers of rich complexity are revealed - she's as comfortable with guitar-driven rock as she is with a story-song, or a ballad.
Played the Atlantic Beach Art Walk in Atlantic Beach, FL with Marilyn Wilson, Stevee Espling, and Benn Espling. Headed back to gigs in Colorado soon!
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