Kellye Gray

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With her stunning musicality and warm, enveloping voice, Texas native Kellye Gray is one of the most accomplished jazz vocalists on the national scene. Over her twenty-year career, Grayʼs profile has continued to grow by leaps and bounds, recording a half-dozen albums as a leader and logging performances nationally and internationally at world-class venues and festivals including Lincoln... more

With her stunning musicality and warm, enveloping voice, Texas native Kellye Gray is one of the most accomplished jazz vocalists on the national scene. Over her twenty-year career, Grayʼs profile has continued to grow by leaps and bounds, recording a half-dozen albums as a leader and logging performances nationally and internationally at world-class venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, Yoshiʼs and SFJAZZ. She has been onstage with legends Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James and Arnett Cobb.
Her debut, Standards In Gray broke the top of the charts and carried her into the mainstream. Her ʻvoice as instrumentʼ brand evolved over years of live performance and taking chances. Time spent as an improvisational comic actor and stand-up comic (alongside fellow comics Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks) laid the creative groundwork for scat singing and instrument simulation. Hyped up on sugar and stress during her tumultuous teenage years, she turned to her dadʼs jazz vinyl collection to calm her spirits in the middle of the night. In her late 20ʼs that musical imprint resurfaced and her destiny of becoming a jazz singer was realized. A child of the 60's, television and radio became her gods and her classroom. The years of constant exposure to world class musicians, comics, singers, dancers and entertainers coupled with her southern exposure to gospel, cajun, r&b, blues and soul music shows up in every note she sings.
The new release, And, They Call Us Cowboys (the Texas Music Project (grr8 Records), re-imagines the timeless and diverse music of the Lone Star State through the filter of Grayʼs jazz sensibility.
Jazztimes says, "think of a layer cake with a dense Carmen McRae center, iced with swoops, dollops and occasionally wide swatches of Nancy Wilson and Billie Holiday, then dotted with Etta James bluesiness and Tina Turner wail. Grayʼs is an impressive, indeed frighteningly vast talent".

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