Monday, October 3, 2011

Love Out Loud for Kelly King

“I started singing because my mother was a singer in her church choir and every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday we were there,” said Brentwood, Tennessee native Kelly King in an exclusive interview with GO Brooklyn. “From the time I could run around on my own two feet, I was always at the church and [my mother] was always singing.” It wasn’t long before King herself took the mic. Before she was 3 years old, King was leading her mother’s choir in a rendition of “Silent Night.” “I’ve been in bars and clubs as long as I can remember. My parents are very into music and the scene in Nashville is incredible.” Unlike other showbiz kids who never left the club scene, King is all business when she’s at a venue.“Maybe it’s because I was in the bar scene from such a young age that I never wanted to be like that.”
Even as her career in Nashville blossomed, King was sure that her hometown was a launching pad and not the final destination. “I always wanted to be in New York, even from a very young age,” she said. “I had a dance space at home and had a fake Broadway street sign [hanging on the wall] — I was always Broadway bound.”
“I tried in Nashville, and they just didn’t get it...I visited New York and knew it was for me." King has made a home for herself in Brooklyn—She’s settled, along with her two dogs, Storm and Cesar, in a house in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and she couldn’t be happier. “The music history in my neighborhood is unreal,” said King. “Jay-Z and Lil’ Kim are from there. The culture and vibe really drive my energy. The music that goes on in the streets makes it very artistic and beautiful, and I’m proud to be a part of it...I live for being on stage and singing,” she said. Kelly King has a voice that growls and purrs like an old school blues belters with the range and glass-shattering vocal ability of the younger Mariah Carey, and, as of now, she has none of the crazy. The Imperial Court and Lifebeat are looking forward to what promises to be a memorable performance from this powerhouse singer.

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