After almost 20 years of fine-tuning her voice, Kellye Gray has become that breed of jazz singer that has a sound that is truly her own. Beginning her career on Austin’s Sixth Street, the Kellye Gray Band (the KGB) provided a rare jazz experience that attracted the college crowd as well as the more sophisticated up-and-coming baby boomers.
The Houston Press says, “Gray has a sort of Sarah Vaughn sits-around-with-Sade-at-Ella Fitzgerald’s-house-voice that has a tremendous strength and range.” Going even further the San Francisco Examiner called her, “a musical, most-imaginative tour de force.”
She recorded her first album, Standards In Gray (Justice Records) in 1990 and it soared to 12 of the Gavin Report with over 75,000 albums sold. Two years later she recorded another chart-topper, Tomato Kiss (Proteus Recordings). An induction into the Texas Jazz Heritage Society followed by a move to San Francisco and raised the bar and legitimized her as a career jazz vocalist.
CMJ magazine called her “full of moxie and sophistication.” In 2002-03 she produced the double live album, “Blue and Pink” (Proteus Recordings) and in 2007 released another collection of fan favorites on “Live at the Jazzschool (Grr8Records)”.
Amazon.com and Epionions.com report comments like, “Kellye Gray simply blew me away. Very few female jazz singers have her range and soul.” And, “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.”
Currently she’s releasing her acoustic trio project featuring classical guitar, acoustic bass and jazz voice. The trio recorded “KG3 Live! at the Bugle Boy (Grr8Reords)”; at the La Grange, Texas vintage WWII army barracks venue.
Kellye has performed for dignitaries and heads-of-state. She has had the honor of sharing the stage with a wide variety of jazz, blues and R&B stars throughout the United States and the world. She regularly tours the U.S. and Europe performing at festivals and concerts and nightclubs. Some notable mentions have been the Spoleto Festival USA, Stanford Jazz Festival, Houston International Festival, the Jazz and Blues Heritage Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s, the Cinegrille, Snug Harbor, Lincoln Center, Les Caveaux de la Rochette, and many, many more.
“Simply the most exciting singer to debut” says USA Today.
Artist descriptions on Last.fm are editable by everyone. Feel free to contribute!
All user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply.