Jadea Kelly

Jadea Kelly

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN

2010 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee for Best New Artist of the Year, Jadea Kelly resides in Toronto, Ontario and tours internationally & in Canada. Recorded by CBC Radio LIVE at the 2010 Stewart Park Folk Festival and guest artist on Stuart McLean VINYL CAFE in 2012.


"Jadea is one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters"- Tom Power CBC.

Blessed with an achingly distinct voice—reminiscent of Iris De Ment--- Jadea tours internationally opening for the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, The Good Lovelies and Catherine MacLellan. You have likely heard her vocals on Catherine MacLellan's 2011 release Silhouette or live on STUART MCLEAN'S Vinyl Cafe in January 2012.

Her latest album, Eastbound Platform, received a nomination at the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) for new/emerging artist of the year and she was recorded by CBC LIVE at the 2010 Stewart Park Folk Festival.

However, Jadea did not begin her career in folk music---rather she first rose to greater levels of notoriety in the world of MTV, performing and touring with Canadian metal band Protest the Hero.

Touring Highlights

Yonge & Dundas Square - Toronto, ON
Northern Lights Festival - Sudbury, ON
Westport Folk Festival - Westport, ON
Harvest Jazz Festival- Fredricton NB
Stewart Park Folk Festival- Perth ON

Eastern Canada Tour - November 2009
Cross Canada Tour- April/May 2010
Cross Canada Tour- September/October 2010
European Tour- January/February 2011
Home Routes Tour (B.C.) - April 2011


“Jadea Kelly is one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canada’s new songwriters" Tom Power, CBC Radio

"This singer-songwriter is a popular member of the Toronto, ON roots scene, and the high quality of this, her second album, deserves to bring her wider attention. Kelly's sound falls a little more on the country side of the fence than many of her peers, and her vocals have the unaffected, openly emotional quality needed to shine in that context. This is a delightful album". - Exclaim! Magazine

"Jadea's band really rocked and songs like Elevator, Walking Wounded, and Lay My Body Down signal her as a singer-songwriter to watch out for" - NOW Magazine (Shows That Rocked Toronto Last Week)

" Lay My Body Down: Gold-dusted mandolin provides the crowning touch to an alt-country nugget that proves you can sometimes actually play it soft without sounding more icky than Nashville circa ’93." - Georgia Straight Magazine

"Eastbound Platform is a quiet, sweet country-influenced alternative record; Justin Rutledge and producer David Baxter gave her a song, but the highlight is a killer “breakup” lament called Lay My Body Down" - FYImusic.ca

" With warbling lyrics such as 'If drinking and pride and trains can take you away from pain, why does everything stay the same?,' Jadea Kelly has created a folksy-bluesy country album perfect for a solo Sunday afternoon on the couch with coffee and a good book. 4 out of 5 stars!! - VUE Weekly

"We go to this festival every year and always love it. Every once in a while, we discover an artist that just blows us away. We picked up Jadea's CD at the concert, and I just can't stop listening to it. The songs are sweet, beautiful, often a bit sad, and occasionally funny. Her smooth sweet voice just keeps you coming back for more. The songs are amazingly crafted, and they balance on the fence between folk, and country, likely appealing to both camps. This is a girl that needs to be taken seriously as a contender for the big time in Canadian music. My personal favourite is "The Sound", which gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it." - Jadea Kelly fan from Stewart Park Festival


Wild West Rain

Written By: Jadea Kelly


I held your heart
Like a wandering train
Your love comes and goes
Like wild west rain

Though it’s hard you’ve gotta know
Pain teaches your heart to grow
Though its hard you’ve gotta see
It’s all I can do to breathe

Chorus: It’s a hard hard line
That we cross from time to time
It’s a thin divide
Hold me down while the dark subsides

In memories past
We waltzed the halls
The dark oak stairs
And the shallow walls

Though it’s hard you’ve gotta see
Pain teaches your heart to bleed
Though it’s hard you’ve gotta know
It’s all I can do to go
Oh oh oh

[Chorus] It’s a hard hard line
it’s a think divide
Hold me down while the dark subsides
It’s a good, good thing
That we have while the wild west rain sings

Oh, oh, oh show me, show me x 4

Oh, oh, oh show me, show me x 4


2011- Catherine MacLellan
2011- Protest the Hero - Scurrilous
2011- David Baxter - Patina
2010- Jack Marks and the Lost Wages - Lost Wages
2010- Jadea Kelly - Eastbound Platform
2009- Jack Marks - Two of Everything
2008 - Jadea Kelly - Second Spring
2005 - Protest the Hero - Kezia (Universal/Underground Operations)

Set List

Set List ! (30-45 minutes)

1. Mary Don't Go
2. Saintly Stare
3. Lone Wolf
4. Wild West Rain
5. Never Coming Back
6. The Sound
7. Walking Wounded

Set 2

1. Lay my Body Down
2. Hour North
3. Powell River
4. You Had Me
5. All Wrong
6. Count On