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Kelli became an International Recording Artist when  Warner Bros. German affiliate, Eagle Records  released her self-titled CD  which went to #4 on the  Belgium charts. The pop/jazz half of the double CD was re-released in the states as "Softer Side of Swing" with a few new tunes added. It captured the attention of the Grammy Reviewing who placed it in consideration for "Best Pop Vocal Album" and one of the new tunes added was an original, "If You Were the One" which was one of only 36 placed in consideration for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance" by the Grammy® review board. Although not nominated it really was quite an honor to be on the list having your name included among the very elite who too were in consideration.
Kelli has 12 CD’s on the market and is working on a new album to be released later this year. The Queen of Swing™ has been apart of the Jazz scene most of her career but maybe not a full fledged member as she has crossed many boundaries being recognized, charting and listed in publications around the world in multiple genres: Blues, Jazz, Rock-a-Billy, R&B and Western Swing. She wrote, recorded and charted a #1 International hit with, "Don’t Mess with Texas" in Western Swing, which is a magnificent style of Jazz Swing with Texas Roots and was the first artist allowed use of the TXDOT logo for marketing the song and CD being placed under contract, a very prestigious compliment to her talents and credits.
Her first CD with her band, "The Swing Kings", "Swing ‘n Blues" had been in consideration in the Grammy category "Best Jazz Album" and is one of her top selling CD’s. CDBaby.com manages distribution for 10 of her CD’s and AllGuide.com has a complete discography of her music with the "Swing ‘n Blues" CD receiving a Henri Woode industry nod for her rendition of Earl Hines "Rosetta".
The Queen of Swing™ out-did herself on her current CD, "Swing-a-Billy" playing all instruments except guitar, writing all arrangements and several of the songs. It has had to date  4 - #1 hit singles on independents Blues / Jazz charts. International recognition includes a 4 Stars review by French music critic Bernard Boyat proclaiming her rendition of Louie Prima’s "5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days", "Superbes". Kelli wrote 3 verses to the song which had none to complete the thought in her opinion, as it gave the songs character a reason for being gone. Kelli did the excellent and absolutely phenomenal arrangement playing all instruments: drums, horns, piano, bass and Singer. Wow!

Kelli received a Billboard Songwriters Honor Mention for her R&B original, "The Way Love Use to Be" from the "Honky Tonk Swing" CD which also received 4 stars in reviews around the world. Both albums are available on Amazon.
Kelli’s accolades include: Female Artist of the Year, Western Swing Hall of Fame Inductee, Texas State Musician Nominee, RMA Artist of the Year Nominee, 2 time Female Artist of the Year Nominee and is in the World Who’s Who Jazz Cabaret Singers,
Federation of American Musicians,  New York,  NY.
February 2020 is an exciting month with special holidays and the novelty of leap year having 5 Saturday’s, which hasn’t happened in 823 years. Make plans to join us at The Kokomo Theatre "Speak Easy" where we will be partying and "Swingin’" and  "
Jazzin’ Things Up!"  every Saturday in February. Doors open  6:30. Limited Seating – Reservations Required, all Seats $20.00, available at the door or online at Eventbrite.
For more information call / text: (903) 918-2132

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