The Band of Kelleys isn't your ordinary family band. They have shared the stage with the most prestigous names in bluegrass, delvering a show with unprecedented personality and musicality that is rare to find in just one family.
This family is quickly rising in the world of bluegrass, recently nominated as one of the top ten youth progressive bluegrass bands selected internationally to perform at IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh NC. They hold hold crowds captivated with performance and delivery of original material, as well fresh takes on old standards. Each performance is built by electic energy and passion with soaring vocals and harmony lines. The Band of Kelleys hopes to bring this rare acoustic vitality to a place near you, fueled by the passion that ignites songs they write and sing.
They are winners of the 2015 Jeff and Sheri Easter Talent Competition, four time winners of the Georgia-South Carolina State Talent Compeition, 2nd place Georgia State Fiddle Champion, and placed 3rd in the Atkins & Loudermilk Band Competition.
The story behind the group:
The three siblings began playing music together for fun around the age of four. They never dreamed they would one day become a traveling band on the cutting edge of the music industry. They are fuled by a divine passion that is rooted deep in not only their lives, but in the spirit and delivery of their music. This unfurls into the kind of performance that leaves deep impressions on the hearts and minds of people, and keeps them coming back for more.
Bethany is the fiddle player, banjo player and vocalist of the group. Bethany displays a fasinating array of virtuosic instrumental talents and qualities, as well as being an excellent composer and arranger of original music. Armed with a highly contagious sense of humor, she attacks her musical gifts with an unbelevable work ethic, inspring to not only her siblings and parents, but to all those she comes in contact with. Bethany is an absolute monster on the fiddle and banjo. She also plays a little mandolin and guitar as well. Since an extremely early age, Bethany has shown a rooted desire for the love of music and how it can effect people. She maintains a clear vision of purpose and spirit in everythings she does. She establishes and conducts a high level of professionalism and critique, not only to herself, but to the band as a whole. Bethany beleives deeply in a higher calling, that she was given gifts for a profound purpose that will grant earthly and eternal significance. In her own words she states "Music expresses what the heart says or longs for, and what the mind cannot put in to words." "To be able to express what I am feeling, and to watch that take effect on an audience is truly a remarkable thing that is the testimony to the power of a gift." "I beleive that music is a powerful emotion and can be used as a tool to change the world around us."
- Second place, Georgia State Fiddle Championship
- Second place, Ellenboro, North Carolina Fiddle Convention
- First place Georgia-South Carolina State Talent Competition--Youth Division
- Second place, Columbia County Talent Competition--Youth Division
- First place, Georgia-South Carolina State Talent Competition-Adult Division
Victoria Kelley is the lead singer and mandolin player. Her soaring , soulful voice and clean, virtuosic mandolin playing are some of the band's best assests. Victoria attacks her musical crafts with a passion and igniting fever that laces her performances with an undeniable pulsating quality, stealing hearts and bringing folks back for a second time. Victoria loves songwriting and creating original music for the band. She says,"I love music because I can express exactly what's on my heart thru a song in the most satisfying way. I can use that gift to touch peoples lives on earth, and hopefully forever."
"Their primary vocalist, mandolinist Victoria is a terrific singer with a very distinctive sound. Victoria is only 14 years old and already a very convincing singer. Keep an eye on this bunch. They are doing something unique and worthwhile, and Victoria Kelley has a star quality about her."-John Lawless - Bluegrass Today
Daniel Kelley is a rock solid bass player for the group, with a strong work ethic for being the best musician he can possibly be. When not playing and performing on the road with his family, he enjoys the technical side of everything and is always fixing things that are broken and helping his older brothers and sisters figure stuff out. He enjoys exploring various creative avenues, and holds a variety of interest including camping, fishing, knife throwing, archery, and anything outdoors. Daniel aspires to be the best at what he does, and seeks to deliver the highest quality music and performance.