With influences from her African heritage, la chanson française and American gospel, Kelly’s music crosses cultural barriers to bring people together in joy and hope. Striking vocals and uplifting melodies make for a
performance that stays with the audience long after the show is over. Kelly is an extremely hard working and dedicated artist who takes nothing for granted. She has created a sound and message that is an intoxicating blend of Soul/World/Pop. In a very short time she has transitioned from local prominence to National exposure.
It all started in 2013, when Kelly won the first place at the Découvertes manitobaines en chansons, the Chant'Ouest, and finished in the Top 5 of the final of the Festival international de la chanson de Granby. The first black female singer-songwriter to lead Manitoba so far after several years. These recognitions launched her career and allowed her to release a recording in French entitled "Entre deux", produced by award-winning producer-writers Norman Dugas, Daniel Roa and Chris Burke-Gaffney. This first project was rewarded by an unprecedented amount of coveted awards, the latest being World Music Artist of the Year 2018 at the Canadian Western Music Award !
After over 200 shows in the last four years, Kelly was invited to participate in the show La Voix (the french version of THE VOICE filmed in Montreal) and made it to the quarter-finals. Her performance of the song Let it be with Yama Laurent, was declared the best of all the performances the TV show has produced, all seasons combined. 1 million views on youtube and a commentary by Sir Paul McCartney published in the journal de Montreal: "SENSATIONAL! What a fabulous, emotional and inspiring performance"
Over the years, Kelly made important connections with many influential women and mentors in the music industry.
She shared the stage on the occasion of Canada's 150th with international artists such as Alessia Cara, Walk Off the Earth and Serena Ryder. She performed at several festivals outside of Manitoba, including 10 shows with Cavalia Odysseo in Montreal, this Autumn. Kelly also participated in several national and international showcases including New Skool Rules in the Netherlands, Babel Med Music in Marseilles, LA mix in Los Angeles and BreakOut West among others.
Now she is travelling to E. St. Paul MB to keep up the good work with Chris Burke-Gaffney, in preparation of her new album to be released this Fall 2019.
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TV and Discography
2019 - Single - Hey Terre
2018 - Tout pour la musique - Unis TV
2018 - Single - I'm on your side
2018 - La Voix Québec TVA
2017 - Prise de son ICI Radio Canada TV New-Brunswick
2017 - En Direct de l'Univers - Radio Canada Montreal TV
2016 - Jury on Planete BRBR TFO
2016 - Unis par le chant, Unis TV
2016 - EP album Entre deux
2015 - Miracle channel and TBN
2014 - Balade à Toronto - TFO
2014 - BRBR Unis TV
2014 - Single album - Africa