Bekah Kelso

Bekah Kelso

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Bekah's smoky-sweet, surprisingly powerful voice and style sound like a cross between KT Tunstall and Fiona Apple. It's a "jazzy, soulful, folk-hop feast with fierce emotional flavor" Her new album "Mud Blossom" is out now!

Biography

Bekah Kelso began her musical adventure with a headfirst trip down the rabbit hole… literally.

At 4 years old, Bekah would spend hours on stage during the frequent and long rehearsals of “Alice”, a psychedelic rock opera based on Alice in Wonderland, co-written and produced by her father Wink Kelso. The cast would belt each note and never miss a single rockin’ beat as Bekah weaved through them with wide and starry eyes. Her mother Carolyn, sometimes called ‘The Queen of Hearts’ was a backstage staple for the cast and crew, seeing to everything from costumes to ticket sales to feeding the large family of performers. During one particularly grueling rehearsal, Carolyn decided to break the mood and lighten things up. She put a live mic in Bekah’s hand, a giant curly wig on her head and sent the 4-year-old out to “show em how it’s done”. Never one to miss a cue, Bekah surprised them all as she strutted out to center stage and began singing her heart out, much to the side splitting delight of the cast who was floored at the confidence emanating from this little girl. “That was the beginning”, Bekah says. “I do actually remember that rehearsal, believe it or not. Singing right next to my beloved Mock Turtle and Humpty Dumpty, I remember feeling like I was part of the show now. Like I had arrived. I completely loved it.”

After her Wonderland beginnings, Bekah would branch out to pursue many forms of performance including dancing and acting, though singing would always remain her most passionate pursuit. Her powerful voice attracted audience acclaim in her hometown of San Antonio TX as she sang with a passion that seemed beyond her years. She explains, “Music has always been such an emotional thing for me. It’s deeper than I can explain. I remember even when I was so tiny, like really young, and listening to Simply Red’s version of “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”. I was singing along and just crying my eyes out! To some people it would seem inexplicable for a 4 year old to react that way to a song about an adult relationship. But I understood the sadness and it was very real to me. I’ve always been such a sensitive thing.” In many ways, it is this deep sensitivity that has made Bekah’s music so personal and gripping for audiences today.

In addition to (and perhaps even complimentary to) the emotional quality of her music, Bekah’s spiritual path has also played a significant role in her songwriting. A practitioner of what she calls “New Thought/Ancient Wisdom”, Bekah has written many songs that reflect the wisdom of the Universal principles that mean so much to her. Songs like “Upon Finding Myself”, for example, which strive to point out that we are responsible for our own resolutions in life - “Upon finding myself at the bottom of the deep end, I saw suddenly it was stones I was holding. So I let go. Found I was really pretty buoyant after all.” Many of her songs follow a highly introspective and self-examining lyrical style which has been praised as “common sense with uncommon soul”. People often ask, "What kind of music do you play?" Such a broad question, she thinks. Or maybe it’s the answer that seems too wide to articulate, especially in an industry that demands you tell us who you are and what you do in 10 words or less. Ok... try on "a jazzy, soulful, folk-hop feast with fierce emotional flavor".

In 2007 Bekah released her first EP ‘Prelude to Mud’, an eclectic mix of her jazzy, alternative folk style and a taste of things to come. She also began touring with fellow singer/songwriter Ginger Doss. These two women met and connected instantly in 2002 when Bekah began touring as a background singer for Ginger’s then band Dreamtrybe. “I found in Ginger a passionate songwriter and whose spiritual connection was as deeply embedded in her life and music as it was in mine. You just don’t find that every day.” In 2007, with years of love and harmony already behind them and open highways ahead of them, Bekah and Ginger formed the duo “GBMOJO” in which the two artists share the stage and trade songs, backing each other up with mesmerizing harmonies. GBMOJO is now touring the country on a full time basis, drawing exciting attention to Bekah and Ginger both as solo artists and as a rare and passionate musical pair. With their careers gaining well-earned momentum, both women are pleased to announce the release of their long awaited solo albums out now – Bekah Kelso’s “Mud Blossom” and Ginger Doss’s “This Cocoon”.

Lyrics

Maybe by Spring

Written By: Bekah Kelso

Maybe by spring I will learn to let go
And maybe by spring I'll be whole
Enlightened with all of my shit so together
Maybe by spring
Maybe by spring

Maybe by spring I will call myself beautiful
As bold as perfume and just as unforgettable
After all this time, I'll be my anti-depressant.
Maybe by spring
Maybe by spring

Oh winter weather's coming on
Whether I like it, whether I don't
Sustain me
Whether I freeze of come out new
Lies inside of a point of view
Unchain me

Maybe by spring I'll feel like picking up the phone
And maybe by spring my skin will feel like home
I'll be a better friend of yours and of my own
Maybe by spring
Maybe by spring

Maybe by spring I'll be a beacon of light
Walk this world and not feel so compelled to fight
And I will not be crushed by what I think you think of me I think
Maybe by spring
Maybe by spring

Where I Wait for You

Written By: Bekah Kelso

If you ever wonder if I ever wonder about you, I do.
Do you ever fall for no reason at all, break down, me too.
Life is not as beautiful as you
Love our story, now the curtain falls on cue.

Middle of the day I've lost my way again.
Standing here alone even my shadow is gone it's true, so true.
Light turned grey when one turned back to two, to two.
Looking for the place where I can still love you, love you.

And in the still small space between night and the morning
When the night is the palest blue
The neighborhood is silent and the air is so sweet.
Thats the place where I wait for you.
And in the single breath between laughing and crying,
When a second feels like a hundred and two
And your life is over but somehow new
Thats the place I, oh thats the place I,
Thats the place I wait for you.

Middle of the night I've lost the fight for you.
Asked you to tell me in your own words we're through, so through.
And a deliberate silence seems to fill the room.
Lookin' for the place where I can still love you, love you.

And in the still small space between night and the morning
When the night is the palest blue
The neighborhood is silent and the air is so sweet.
Thats the place where I wait for you.
And in the single breath between laughing and crying,
When a second feels like a hundred and two
And your life is over but somehow new
Thats the place I, oh thats the place I,
Thats the place I wait for you.

Oh I still look to the sky to see your eyes.
That's one I am not prepared to release just yet.
Today I'm lamenting tomorrow I'll try some more.
I swear I'll love you until ever turns to never more.

And in the still small space between night and the morning
When the night is the palest blue
The neighborhood is silent and the air is so sweet.
Thats the place where I wait for you.
And in the single breath between laughing and crying,
When a second feels like a hundred and two
And your life is over but somehow new
Thats the place I, oh thats the place I,
Thats the place I wait for you.

Upside Down Roses

Written By: Bekah Kelso

Upside down roses stare at the floor
Losing their luster not alive anymore
Thats how I feel when you're gone

Once they were growing in an earth of love and now they're just thirsting for the lack there of
Thats how I feel when you're gone
I said thats how I feel when you're gone

But if the force of my heart and its quickening beat
Would move down my body and into my feet
It would carry me fast to the place you are
You'll be my north star

Upside down roses are all that I see
Not much for talking or for anything
Thats how I feel when you're gone

But I smile when I think of the things that you say
Just want to call you so I can say hey, I love you when you're gone
And thats just how I feel when you're gone

But if the force of my heart and its quickening beat
Would move down my body and into my feet
It would carry me fast to the place you are
You'll be my north star

Oh and that's just how I feel when you're gone
Sometimes I can't deal when you're gone.
Turning into roses upside down
Turning into roses upside down

Bang Bang

Written By: Bekah Kelso

Don't wanna open my eyes today
Things to do, a conscience to weigh
Was it so bad?
Was it okay?

Not enough coffee to wake me up
I'm up a creek and out of luck
I am surrounded
I better give it up

Cause I broke the rules
That I put in place
There's talk of prison
There is talk of escape
Tell me what have I done
To be above and under the gun
Ch-ch-bang-bang

So listen here, shadow
I'll make you a deal
Disguise as good times
And that will appeal
Far more to me than the thing you are offering now

What;s that you say
You don't work that way
You're in my head
Do as I say
I can't handle you today

Cause I broke the rules
That I put in place
There's talk of prison
There is talk of escape
Tell me what have I done
To be above and under the gun
Ch-ch- wait, wait

Maybe I'm to quick to pull the trigger
Maybe I deserve some amnesty
Maybe I should wait to deliver
Such a heavy sentencing

Yea, I broke the rules
That I put in place
But still, I'm standing
And tomorrow is another day
Tell me, what have I done,
Now that I know there
Ain't no, never no, wasn't no gun
Ch-ch-change

Discography

"Bekah Kelso" - Demo - June 2005
"A Prelude to Mud" - EP - November 2007
"Mud Blossom"- March 27 2009

Set List

Grey's Not Easy
Hands
Something Good
Upon Finding Myself
Maybe by Spring
Where I Wait for You
Bang Bang
Moment
Just for Today
Upside Down Roses
Tiny Supernovas
Girl Around the Way
Phantom
Understood
A Silly Song
Smoke and Mirrors
Lucky Bird
Hippie Pagan People
Covers - "Elenor Rigby" by the Beatles and "Paper Bag" by Fiona Apple, "Coconut Skins" by Damien Rice. Others to follow