Kelly Jean is a Sacramento based acoustic indie/folk songwriter. She crafts songs about love, heartbreak and subsequent grief, longing and self-discovery. A natural born storyteller, Kelly Jean paints images upon the walls of your mind with her flowing melodies and candidly vulnerable lyrics. She’s known to give a moody and heart-felt performance drawing in her listeners with her emotive voice and percussive guitar playing. Often compared to Jewel, Alanis Morissette, and Sara Bareilles, Kelly Jean cites strong female singer-songwriters of the 90s as being major inspirations during her early writing years. More recently, she’s been developing her own sound, while being influenced by other songwriters like Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles, and Maggie Rogers.
In late 2018, Kelly Jean ended her longer than anticipated break from music and started creating a new life for herself, after moving to Sacramento, CA from her near-by hometown of Vacaville. Lately, you can find her hitting the Open Mic circuit in Sacramento, and playing at venues like: Luna’s Cafe, Old Ironsides, The Blue Lamp, and The Fig Tree in Roseville with the new friends she’s making along the way. Planning to start playing more house shows and listening rooms, Kelly Jean is the one that this generation needs to hear. A self-proclaimed ambivert, Kelly Jean has struggled with the balance of needing time on her own to write and reflect on life and its struggles and triumphs, and her deeply-rooted desire to share her songs and connect with others on an emotional level. Early in 2019, Kelly Jean joined the Sacramento Songwriter Circle and met founder Heather Evans and the community of songwriters she’s gathered. “If it weren’t for what Heather’s been able to cultivate, I would still be playing guitar on my couch, introverted out to the max. Being a new artist in a new city is a scary and daunting task, but having a group of songwriters who encourage and inspire each other has made a huge impact on my life.” She has plans to record and release her first EP this year, along with maintaining her New Year’s resolution of booking at least one show a month. Kelly Jean hopes to build a band and start touring in the next year.