Weaving in influences from her African heritage, la chanson française, and American gospel, Kelly Bado’s music crosses cultural barriers to bring people together in joy and hope. Her striking vocals and uplifting melodies were recognized with two awards at the WCMA in 2021: Francophone Artist of the Year and Global Artist of the year.
Kelly’s songwriting reflects the beauty of the languages and rhythms encountered in her personal journey from Abidjan to Winnipeg. Through her lyrics inspired by love and people, Kelly is committed to promoting a world where we come together as citizens of our planet Earth, each bringing our unique strengths to life's common experience.
Kelly was honoured to perform along artists like Alessia Cara, Serena Ryder, Walk Off the Earth and to open for 5 times Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo. She was a favourite in La Voix Quebec, winning the People’s Choice award. Sir Paul McCartney, after hearing Kelly’s performance on the show, exclaimed “WOW! What a fabulous, emotional and inspiring performance!”
Hey Terre, Kelly’s new album, produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney, offers up an intoxicating blend of soul, world, and pop. !EarShot declared “It's rare hearing a love song to the earth, but upon hearing this Winnipeg artist perform this track, you'll be glad to have found another gem.”
With a new album in the making with award winning Brian West and Chin Injeti, Kelly is ready to reach out to new audiences in Canada and beyond.