Born: February 22, 1954 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Kellye Gray is cool. Not Miles Davis cool, though certainly she has some elements of that. It’s more like your best friend kind of cool. The kind of cool that makes you feel at ease. You want to shoot the breeze with her because she’s engaging, and you’ll laugh your ass off. Kellye Gray is also a jazz singer. A good one at that, which is no small feat considering her predecessors. Raised on R&B and the Motown sound, Gray was turned on to jazz by her parents. First it was singers like Sarah Vaughn and Cris Connor. Then it was instrumental monsters like Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, The Modern Jazz Quartet and John Coltrane. “I didn’t discover Ella or Betty Carter until much later on,” she adds. Paul J. MacArthur, Houston Press...
Awards:two Addy awards (Katz's Never Closes and Top of the Marc) Austin, Texas
Kellye Gray emereges with moxy and sophistication - CMJ New Music Report
Simply one of the most exciting jazz singers - USA Today
A musically most imaginative tour de force - San Francisco Examiner
clearly demonstrating that jazz singing can stretch the envelope of creativity without sacrificing a direct connection with an audience - The Los Angeles Times
A jazz singer with the ability to connect with a generation raised on rock - Sunday Star Ledger
Kellye Gray is one of the finest singers I've ever heard on record or in person. She can blast away or quietly capture your heart - Epinions.com More
Gray milked it for everything it's got and yet another drop slid down her throat - LA Jazz Scene
Gray has a sort of Sarah Vaughn sits-around-with-Sade-at- Ella Fitgerald's-house-voice that has tremendous stength and range - The Houston Press
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
creator of the "Sploosh" technique. Vocal and acting educator for 15 years. Clinics, workshops and weekend seminars available. Pricing and other details are negotiated. Prefer working with intermediate to advanced students, but am open to audition anyone interested Private one hour lessons ($100/hr) availability open -- please contact
The Art of Vocal Interpretation -- vocal clinic in two or four hour lengths. Uses the "Sploosh" techniques developed by Ms. Gray. Main focus of clinic is to guide student to understand how to turn off the editor of the mind, to gain control over the creative process. Also, the student will learn how to create and recognize truth anchors to help with the overall communication when interpreting a lyric.