Kimberly Kelly

Kimberly Kelly
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As a performer, Kimberly Kelly is often a long way from the winding dirt roads of her hometown Lorena, Texas. She’s opened for nearly every major Texas act including Pat Green, Cody Johnson, Josh Abbott, and Kevin Fowler, and she’s shared the stage with Nashville greats such as Steve Wariner, Tracy Lawrence, and Craig Morgan. She’s even performed for a president! But no matter how far she roams, her small-town blood runs deep. Like many country performers, Kimberly 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 Kelly (Sony/Arista). Today, Kimberly’s influences are as varied as winter weather in the South, ranging from country stars such as 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. And of course, just like any good country girl, she’s a big fan of George Strait. Kimberly’s performance experience reads like a road atlas, with performances and appearances throughout the southwest region. She’s been featured on PBS’s “Texas Music Café” and played a Loretta Lynn character in Greg Vore’s play “Honky Tonk,” as performed by the Hip Pocket Theatre in Ft. Worth. She was a finalist on season five of Nashville Star, and she’s co-written songs with Billy Joe Shaver as well as performed with him at the Grand Ole’ Opry. Kimberly’s primary instrument is the mandolin, yet she writes some on the guitar and piano, and dabbles with the fiddle. Since her first performance in 2005, she’s averaged about 100 show dates a year. In 2007 she released her first album, which includes one of most her well-known songs—”The Best of Texas.” Her most recent album, Sweet Time Dreamin’ (2010) includes duets with Stoney Larue and Aaron Watson, as well as her first hit to make the Texas Music Chart, “Every Bad Habit.” Its clever lyrics are characteristic of the tough girl persona that inhabits many of her songs, but she’s got a softer side too. In songs like “Last Goodbye,” she sings: “I’m still in love with you, but I don’t love the things you do…I’ve thought and thought a lot, bout how you love me, love me not.” She’s got the heart, the talent, and the experience. But she’s smart too. As an undergraduate student, Kimberly was named “Commercial Music Student of the Year,” and she graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from Tarleton State University. She finished her master’s in speech pathology through Texas Women’s University. Although she is quick to admit that she wanted to spend all of her time on music, she smartly notes of her graduate studies: “I want to always know I can take care of myself.” So she balanced her music, her schoolwork, and a full-time job, all successfully—true country grit. As a kid, Kimberly would play country music countdown on her dry erase board right along with Bob Kingsley—writing the top 100 country songs for the year as he ticked through the list. She likely dreamed of being on that list a time or two, and with her packed schedule and impressive experience, she may well find her way there someday. As she sings in “When I’ll Need You:” “Out on an old dirt road…Like the places that we’ll pass, somebody had to leave them, / and never look back.” Kimberly Kelly may be looking forward to all the places she’ll pass on the road to success, but this singer-songwriter knows how to look back, too.
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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 7

Kimberly Kelly  05/04/2010            
The new album is great!!! She is the whole package. Catch a show and I would advise you to get a CD.
Kimberly Kelly  09/17/2008            
This girl has what it takes. Sign her up!
Kimberly Kelly  12/20/2007            
John Boy
You not only look good ya sound great! Take care and i wish the best for ya! John S.
Kimberly Kelly  09/17/2007            
Mickey D
Saw her perform this weekend in Conroe Texas she was great! Really like the CD. Keep it up!
Kimberly Kelly  09/02/2007            
Bob Newby
We saw her at the Horny Toad Bar in Cransfills Gap. She is a great entertainer. It won't be long before or venues are a lot larger. The CD is great also. Keep your eye on her.
Kimberly Kelly  08/30/2007            
Jerry Ashby
Kimberly Kelly has a great voice and can get the two steppers on the dance floor. Saw her at Cheatham Street in San Marcos. Good to look at also. Keep up the great work.
Kimberly Kelly  08/20/2007            
Ben Morris
Love the cd! Very contagious stuff- I'm a big fan! Keep your eye out for her...
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