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Jadea Kelly has a taste for twang

Jadea Kelly may not be the typical young woman from Whitby, Ontario. With all due respect to that bedroom community northeast of Toronto, it’s not known as a hotbed for country-tinged female folk singers.

Yet here’s Jadea Kelly, making major inroads on the roots scene in The Big Smoke. She’s been produced by David Baxter, has toured with Jack Marks, lent her dulcet tones to a Jay Aymar album, and recorded a David Baxter/Justin Rutledge co-write.

Not bad for a young woman who earned her chops in a heavy metal band, and broke in to the music business in by answering phones and emails in a publicist’s office!

Armed with a sweet, old-timey voice, a deliberate, down-tempo approach, and handful of fine country-tinged folk songs, Jadea Kelly is an artist in earnest.

Her unadorned approach and her taste for homespun twang hearken to a bygone era, when the space, the ache and the honesty of a simple song were its best attributes.

Jadea Kelly’s latest CD, Eastbound Platform, along with a residency at Toronto’s legendary Cameron House, have effectively showcased her unique gifts, cementing her spot in the roster of young roots artists currently gracing the scene in the city.

Jadea Kelly joined David Newland in conversation for Episode 11 of The Woodshed Sessions.

Jadea Kelly – Lay My Body Down from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo.

Jadea Kelly – Rosin from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo.

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5 comments

  1. avatar
    Mindert de Wit 24 March, 2011 at 15:39

    Jadea sings like a nightingale in springtime!! Beautiful voice, beautiful songs.

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    Steve Tennant 29 March, 2011 at 21:02

    Picture an alcohol induced loud vocal din between acts at one of Stewart Park Festival’s – After Hours events in a local restaurant where Jadea, backed by David Baxter and a couple of others were setting up. One of the most memorable moments at last summer’s festival for me was when, rather than trying to out yell the enthusiastic crowd, Jadea and band gathered in the centre of the room and started Lay My Body Down a cappella, no mikes; causing the room revelry to quickly shrink to end up joining in on the chorus…. She had the room in the palm of her hand from then on …. sweet music from a sweet Lady ….

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