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Kelley McRae


In the last 2 years and a half years, the Kelley McRae duo has played over 300 shows coast to coast and traveled over 75,000 miles in their VW van. Along the way Kelley encountered the people and places that inspired the songs on her new album, BRIGHTER THAN THE BLUES. Kelley’s brand of heartfelt Americana has found impressive fans: Paste Magazine gave her four stars, and WNYC’s ‘Soundcheck’ named her performance one of the years best. Kelley performs as an acoustic duo with her husband Matt, and they have performed at such venues as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Red Clay Theatre in Atlanta, and The Living Room in NYC. Previously residing in NYC, the duo is currently writing and recording new material in a cabin in the Nantahala Forest of North Carolina.



Reviews for ‘Brighter Than the Blues’:

“Her songs are crafted with intricate attention and the kind of deep personal reflection that few people achieve in a lifetime and fewer songwriters are able to make manifest in their words. What’s more, her talents are not limited to those of a wordsmith or musical arranger, but she is blessed with a voice perfectly suited to bring her creations to life. The release of her third album, Brighter Than the Blues, showcases all of these talents and demonstrates once again that Kelley McRae is among the best singer-songwriters in America today.” ~ No Surf Music

“The new album’s wonderful title track is a marvel of simple production that defies the stripped instrumentation with densely packed layers of guitars strummed atop a shuffling foot-driven beat (amped up to eleven).” ~ Direct Current

“…an incredible voice, a timeless sound, and an album that shows emotion in all its forms” ~ Ear to the Ground

“Brighter Than the Blues is impressive lyrically and minimalist in music, with stunning love songs like “When The Evening Comes” and a beautiful gospel song called “Let the Light In.” ~ Grass Clippings Blog


Reviews for ‘Never Be’ + ‘Highrises in Brooklyn’:

“The last songs that made me cry were by a young New York singer, KelleyMcRae.” ~ Wim Wenders, San Francisco Chronicle

“On ‘Never Be,’ Kelley moves effortlessly from the mournful tones of the plantation to the celebratory swing of the saloon, from songs of loss and decay to hymns of love and grace.” ~ Paste Magazine FOUR STAR Review

“She breaks past the usual sensitive singer-songwriter limitations with a booming, R&B-influenced voice.” ~ Nashville Scene

“Sometimes a great voice and acoustic guitar really are all you need.” ~ PopMatters

“With all these indie bands buzzing up and disappearing at alarming rates, it’s nice to see a mellow musician who will always be present due to her undeniable talent. McRae is one of those artists that would still be playing music even if there wasn’t an industry…music seems part of her and we’re all fortunate that she shares her gift.” ~ We Listen For You

“Kelley McRae, with this second album, continues to prove that there is more to her than just a stunning voice, but that she is also an incredibly talented songwriter.” ~ The Vinyl Experience