Kelley Hurt || vocals
Music is a family affair for jazz singer Kelley Hurt. Her heritage takes her back - way back - to songs of the past and sitting around the house singing with her family. "Nothing could compare to hearing all of my relatives raising a hymn together," she says. "It was about the feeling you got from being together."
Her musical accomplishments include winning the Phillips Award for Best New Artist from the Memphis chapter of the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. She was a lead vocalist for the band DDT a jazz fusion and funk band featuring Luther and Cody Dickinson, Paul Taylor, Jim Spake and Chris Parker.
Kelley has also worked with Screamin' Jay Hawkins, recording the song Could Woulda Shoulda which was produced by Jim Dickinson at Phillips Recording Service. She has toured Italy with the Memphis Blues Revue and has also performed internationally with Bruce Willis and the Accelerators.
The rich musical legacy of Memphis has had a big influence on Kelley but she also listened to such national performers as Shirley Horne, Diane Reeves and Cassandra Wilson. Kelley writes her own lyrics, sings the melody and then adds the chords. On Raindance she wrote The Art of Love and War, I Can Come To You , Black Widow, and How Can I Let You Go…