December 19, 2017

2017 Update: Huge Loss, Huge Joy

I have always said that I’m better at singing what I mean than saying what I mean. I really depend on music to tell my story. But I’ve gotten to know so many of you, and consider you dear friends. You have shared your stories with me – stories of loss and love – and I cherish these stories.

And now I have my own to share with you.

A lot of you have reached out in the hope that we would be touring through your town in 2018. You’re wondering what we’ve been up to and why there aren’t any shows on our calendar. This is understandable! After touring and traveling at a breakneck speed for almost 7 years, we have slowed down considerably over the past few months.

Part of this was planned. After many years living on the road, we longed for home (the kind with walls and a bathroom) and also HOME (the kind with a community of people you belong to). We found a sweet home in Taylor, TX – a town outside of Austin – and we have been enjoying fixing up an old house and planting roots in the community here, with family just up the road.

But part of this slowing down was not at all planned. My mom was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer this summer. We cancelled almost all of our fall shows and I went to Knoxville, Tennessee to spend as much time with my mom as possible.

We lost her within weeks of the diagnoses. It’s been a brutal fall, grappling with an ocean of grief. My mom was an extraordinary woman. She lived a hugely generous, loving, nurturing life and she absolutely poured her heart into the people around her. I am so fortunate to have gotten to stand in the warmth and light of her radiant love for so long.

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I know so many of you have walked this hard path of loss. You have been on my heart these past few weeks as I’ve come to a greater understanding of your sorrow.

This is a song I wrote on the plane to Tennessee after my mom died. I’ve wanted to share it with you – especially those of you who have opened up your hearts and homes to us and shared your own stories of loss. All we can do is walk this path together.

This fall has been so incredibly hard, but life refuses to be simple, doesn’t it? It refuses to be one shade of darkness or light, to be one season at a time.

In the midst of our sorrow, Matt and I have also experienced overwhelming joy. We are having a baby girl in March. We are so thrilled and grateful.

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Matt and I look forward to getting back out on the road, playing our songs and seeing so many of you. But it will be a little while longer!

And next time around, we will have a little girl named Lila with us.

We are also looking forward to putting out a new album in 2018. Music has always been a huge part of what’s gotten me through hard times, but never more so than now. We will keep in touch as these new songs take shape.

Friends – No matter what’s going on in your life, it can be pretty brutal out there these days. Let’s take care of ourselves and of each other this holiday season with extra kindness, extra gentleness.

I’m wishing you peace and rest and light in the dark.

Love,

Kelley

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October 24, 2017

Now Offering | Private Songwriting Lessons Online

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August 8, 2017

Billboard Feature with Raven + Lily

It’s a thrill to be a small part of shining some light on the wonderful Raven + Lily – a company that embodies so much of what is close to my heart: They empower at risk women around the globe with fair wage jobs in their craft. They create ethical, environmentally sustainable, beautiful fashion. Thanks to Billboard for telling their story, to Kirsten Dickerson for the kind words, and to Brandon Dickerson for the badass photo!

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