Juliet Kelly

An acclaimed jazz singer and songwriter, Juliet has forged her own unique niche on the jazz scene with her distinctive velvety voice, infectious grooves and Glam Jazz style. Her sophisticated sound perfectly encapsulates the glamour of the jazz divas of a bygone age - with a modern, sassy twist.

A graduate of London's prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Juliet has worked with many outstanding musicians including Tony Kofi, Gary Crosby, Seb Rochford and Jim Mullen. She has performed throughout the UK and more recently in Europe with concerts in Italy, Germany, Greece and Russia. As well as opening for Georgie Fame, Ron Carter and Take 6 she has performed alongside Talvin Singh, Maxi Jazz (Faithless) and Carleen Anderson.

Lauded by the late Humphrey Lyttelton and championed by Courtney Pine, Juliet also combines the rare feat of being a favourite with audiences whilst winning the respect of her peers. Within a month of releasing her debut album, Juliet was contacted by Courtney Pine who invited her to appear as a special guest on his live show at the Barbican as part of BBC Television’s Jazz Britannia. He later paid her the highest of compliments by asking her provide guest vocals for his album Resistance.

With two successful albums of original material under her belt – Aphrodite’s Child (2003) and Delicious Chemistry (2005) - Juliet released her 3rd album, Licorice Kiss, in 2009. Referencing her diverse influences, she offers up her own take on an 80’s classics such as Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” and The Eurythmics “Here Comes The Rain Again, alongside her own creations.

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“Kelly has been a well-kept secret of the UK scene for some time, but the honesty and charm of Spellbound Stories might change that.” John Fordham, THE GUARDIAN

“This fourth album from vocalist Juliet Kelly completely seduces the senses... Kelly's wordless vocalese in Ghosts (mixed by Seb Rochford) is a standout, while “All He'll Ever Need” illustrates the singer's facility for penning the catchiest of vocal hooks... nothing quite prepares you for the wonderfully strange take on “Wuthering Heights”, the album's sole cover.” (Spellbound Stories) Peter Quinn, JAZZWISE MAGAZINE

“The nuanced warmth of Kelly's rich, full voice is streets ahead of most of her contemporaries and hearing her wrap it around the many styles presented here, which range from drum-driven primitivism to knowingly intimate balladeering, is a delight.” (Spellbound Stories) BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

“Kelly has found a way of marrying a jazz sensibility with R&B-inspired arrangements for acoustic trio that are never cliched

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Primary Instrument

Vocalist

Location

London

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Singing lessons for beginners by Skype

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Nov15Fri
Tony Kofi, Juliet Kelly
Southbank Centre
London, UK
Nov16Sat
Tony Kofi, Juliet Kelly
Southbank Centre
London, UK

Discography

Spellbound Stories

Spellbound Stories

Purple Stiletto
2015

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Licorice Kiss

Licorice Kiss

Purple Stiletto
2009

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Tainted Love

Tainted Love

Juliet Kelly
Licorice Kiss

Secret

Secret

Juliet Kelly
Delicious Chemistry

Parallel Universe

Parallel Universe

Juliet Kelly
Delicious Chemistry

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