Soulful, warm and laid-back, Tracey Kelly's voice has been described as ethereal and sensuous. As a songwriter, she has a knack for coming up with original melodies and lyrics, sometimes surreal but always retaining heart and soul. Her singing and songwriting with indie bands Venus Eleven and Rosebud have received airplay from BBC Radio,Timing Is Everything being featured by Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show and mixtape.
Tracey's recent pairing with amazing guitarist Jason Sidwell as the pop-jazz duo Tracey & Jason has added another dimension to her career, one that brings a vibrancy to new songs and unique arrangements of classics. The duo released their debut single You Only Live Twice in 2013, which was followed in 2015 by an EP of 60s film tunes, Diamonds, played on BBC Radio.
In session, Tracey has performed in gigs as diverse as Robert Morgan's live, avant-garde film score for 1920s classic Nosferatu and performance piece Starlight Swimming, where she warbled at the bottom of an empty, star-lit lido in London. She has also sung for TV and film, including an album of children's songs for PBS/Chorion. Drawing on her love of divas Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dionne Warwick et al, Tracey has also sessioned with David Salt Big Band.
Growing up in Chicago in a multi-cultural family, singer, songwriter and composer Tracey Kelly always had an energizing mix of music on offer. Under the influence of pop/rock songs on the radio, her grandparent's big band records, her father's love of Johnny Cash, country and Celtic, her aunt's love of soul and Motown, and a sprinkling of Italian opera (she's related to Enrico Caruso), Tracey developed a thirst for divergent musical styles - all of which have influenced her singing and composing.
From eight to 18 years old, Tracey sang with semi-professional children's choirs in musicals, with orchestras and on children's TV shows. Moving to London, she formed the indie duo Rosebud (after Citizen Kane) with keyboardist Andy Butler. Comments from music executives about Rosebud's cinematic approach to pop music led Tracey to study composing for film at Trinity College of Music.
Taking advantage of London's profusion of music, she also explored styles from Cuban and Gamelan to jazz and contemporary classical, and played with a Javanese Gamelan group specializing on the saron. Tracey has composed music for film and media projects such as Photo to Castro (BBC TV), Eidos games and global brand agency Wolff Olins, and fashion shows and art installations for Royal College of Art.
While writing songs and performing as the collective Venus Eleven, Tracey has also lent her vocals in sessions for other artists, TV and ads. Her current group - the filmic pop-jazz duo with guitarist Jason Sidwell, Tracey & Jason – provides the stage to explore the love of beautiful melodies.