Studio Guest Melisa Kelly of Melisa Kelly & the Smokin’ Crows on Ian Oliphant’s ‘Lunchtime Selections’ Wed 3rd April 12 -2pm
Melisa Kelly of Melisa Kelly & the Smokin’ Crows
Band Members – Malisa Kelly , Lawrence O’Brien , Dean Darkie , Stefan Celosia, Micha Johnston
Born on the east coast into a musical family, Melisa Kelly started singing from a young age. At the beginning of 2010, Melisa starting gigging in and around Ayrshire professionally, playing at some of the top venues in Scotland with her previous backing band ‘The Harmless Thieves’, including; The Gaiety theatre, O2 ABC and O2 Academy. Also supporting some top acts; Alabama 3, The View and Big Boy Bloater. Following her sponsorship by Bailey Guitars, Melisa travelled to London to meet and learn from Dr Richard Niles, producer and writer for James Brown, Ray Charles, Gloria Gaynor and Grace Jones. After the release of her live album, recorded at Polmont Young Offenders Institute, Melisa Kelly moved to Glasgow to study music at The Academy of Music and Sound.
She is currently gigging with her new band a five piece band with Malisa as ‘frontman – -‘The Smokin’ Crows’, and recently released a EP of blues inspired music called ‘Some Kind of Voodoo’ in 2015 and has a current album ‘Devils Luck’ Gigging extensively in Glasgow’s premier venues -from The Holin’ Wolf , The Glad Café , Shenanigans , The Box, Saint Luke’s, Stero Café an in Edinburgh at La Belle Angele, Stramash ,The Jazz Bar as well as on STV2 and The Blues Magazine Radio Show.
Kelly‘s band brew up a funky mix of blues and soul music with songs from Etta James to Aretha Franklin; Stevie Wonder to James Brown.
Melisa Kelly and The Smokin Crows will be appearing at Billy Bootleggers in Newcastle on the 5th and Nice N Sleazy on the 6th April