Kris Kelly is a singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Austin, TX, he moved to New York City at the age of 17 to attend NYU, where he studied classical vocal performance and music composition. For years he performed his original compositions for guitar, vocals, flute, violin, bass, and percussion at many popular NYC venues.
Kelly then spent 5 years traveling through South America with just his guitar and a suitcase. Living most in Argentina and Brazil, Kelly met his husband, and his travel experiences inspired the core of Kelly’s album — pure love, loss, discovery, and growth.
When he returned to the USA, Kelly recorded the album between NYC and LA with an all-star team of musicians. “Runaways”, due for release in early 2019, features Kris on acoustic guitar & vocals, string/wind/horn arrangements by John Philip Shenale (Tori Amos), Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco) on bass, Brian Griffin (Lana Del Rey, The Lone Bellow, Brandi Carlile) on drums, Dave Levita (Alanis Morrisette) & Benji Lysaght (Father John Misty) on electric guitar, and Dave Palmer (Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey) on keyboards.
Kelly self-produced the album and it was mixed by Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, Andy Shauf).