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...Acts like Derek Stone and Nash Street Band followed the drummers, but it wasn't until the white limo carrying headliner Josh Kelley arrieved that the crowd really woke up. The Georgia native and former University of Mississippi student rocked the jam packed crowd.
As soon as he stepped foot out of the limo, the crowd exploded. Hundreds of people headed to the main stage. Julia Townsend was among them.
"He's a great singer," said the woman, never taking her eyes off the still closed limo door. "He has a great voice and he's good looking. The fact that he has strong Mississippi ties makes him a crowd favorite here. Tupelo is truly the All American City. Where else can you go and see Josh Kelley perform for free? Only in Tupelo."... - Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal


“Singer/songwriter Josh Kelley has one thing that so many of today’s troubadours do not: a truly compelling voice to accompany his heartfelt lyrics and acoustic strumming. “Almost Honest” draws the listener to a defeatist message of knowing how good he has had it, despite giving into temptation: “In the evening/Raise a glass and tell some lies/Make a pass/Impress another girl/She’s so easy on the eyes.” Now this is an adult top 40 release that we can pin some real hopes upon. Kelley, with “Almost Honest,” is now speaking truth. At last, a player that stands apart from the increasingly generic pack.” – CT - Billboard Magazine


“Augusta, GA., native Josh Kelley previews his second CD, “Almost Honest,” due Aug. 23, with an adult top 40 soulful strummer that is so immediately inviting that any concern of a sophomore jinx is dust in the wind. “Only You,” which the singer of previous hits “Amazing” and “Everybody Wants You” wrote and produced with the Matrix, glides from one melodic hook to the next, while Kelley does his job with a loose groove of a vocal that sounds like his only fixation in the studio was just how good this song was turning out. For the rest of the new project, he worked with Matt Wallace (Maroon5), so let’s hope this toe-tapping, feel-good pop/rocker is the rule and not the exception.” – CT - Billboard Magazine


“On his second outing, Almost Honest, singer-songwriter Josh Kelley shows that he is the real deal, a genuine talent who brings sincere emotion to his straight-forward pop-rock. Indeed, this is hearty, meat-and-potatoes music without all the unnecessary trimmings. The infectious single “Only You” is the kind of VH1-friendly fare that fans of Rob Thomas and Gavin DeGraw will eat up. Kelley displays a light rootsiness on cuts like “20 Miles to Georgia,” on which the Augusta, Ga., native salutes his home state, and the twangy, Chris Isaak-ish ballad “Shameless Heart.” Meanwhile, the heartfelt title tune showcases his soulful, soul-baring vocals. – C.A. - People Magazine


“No sophomore slump of this appealing singer-songwriter; Kelley seems like a bona fide adept, comfortably conversant with any number of pop-music flavors. Soulful, folk-informed, and unflaggingly melodic, song after song rings straight and true (despite that qualifying first word in this album title). We won’t even hold it against him that he employed pop production whiz team the Matrix on his current single “Only You.” B+ - TS - Entertainment Weekly


"Talk about appealing to both sexes. Josh Kelley had the guys singing along to his rousing reditions of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" and Justin Timberlake's infamous Saturday Night Live skit song (which will remain nameless), while the ladies swooned over his heartfelt ballad about a past loved one, "Just Say the Word." Kelley's ability to blend funk and feeling with soul and sensitivity plus an uber-talented band to back it up has made him not only a Rock Boat favorite for the second year in a row, but also a serious up-and-coming artist to watch. Originally from Augusta, Kelye also calls Atlanta home, and although he now spends most of his time in Los Angeles, he still comes back occasionlaly to visit and perform (his most recent show was at Smith's Olde Bar earlier this year). The multitalented Keley has a vusy year in front of him: His fourth albumcomes out this summer; he's getting married to our favorite Grey's Anatomy resident, actress Katherine Heigl, in December; and he's already booked for the Rock Boat 2008. "It will be my third year on the Rock Boat, and it's just so awesome for my fan base," Kelley says. "Every time I play the Rock Boat, my fan base gets an adrenaline shot. Other tan it beaing a great business tool for musicians, it's also a great place to test your artistic skills, watch other musicians, take notes." But is it a romantic getaway as well? With Broussard actually getting married on the boat this eyar before it departed, then bringing his bride along for the ride, I had to ask Kelly if Heigl woudl ever join him at sea. "She definitely would if she wasn't so busy working all the time; her career is realy on the rise. But, she's always said she's wanted to go, so maybe next year," he says hopefully. Can you say "It couple"? - Jezebel Magazine


Discography

LPs - For The Ride Home (2003)
Almost Honest (2005)
Just Say The Word (2006)

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I would say I'm influenced by Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, My Family (JOHN, GAYLE, ANGIE, CHRISTY, JOHN JR, CHARLES, LAURA K, CAROLINE), Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Michael Hedges, Van Morrison, The Band, Herb Alperts And T.B Band, James Taylor, Supertramp, and The Doobie Brothers (all of these stemming from my Augusta, Georgia roots). I would say I have an excellent understanding of the music industry and my own music, being a producer and CEO of my own label, DNK Records. I think this separates me from a lot of artists out there because I know what I want out of my career and I am very focused and driven. This comes from my strong work ethic and especially after my tour bus accident in Oct 2006, I’ve learned to just take life by the horns and not waste a second!