Kelli Shay Hicks
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Kelli Shay Hicks

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The best kept secret in music


"Rochester City newspaper"

"Kelli Hicks is well versed in the timeless. While her minimalist fingerpicking, gentle voice, and wry lyrics recall the "New Americana" movement, she's not pretending. When you see her play, it becomes clear: this is Kelli Shay Hicks' music. Nothing else." - Chad Olivieri

"FOUND Magazine"

"Kelli Hicks has a voice to break your heart. Her music is haunting and playful. I'm left quietly devestated." - Davey Rothbart, founder

"Demcrat and Chronicle"

"A Flannery O'Connor with a guitar." - Jeff Spevak


"Bucked", Kelli Shay's e.p., is a collection of songs recorded in abandoned urban spaces by Jem Cohen. "Bucked" is available through Carbon Records,
"Buck Again", Kelli Shay's first full length, is currently in the works.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Kelli Shay has been called “A Flannery O’Connor with a guitar". Her sometimes gentle singing, sparse guitar picking, and rolicking autoharp belie the violence and difficult themes imbedded in her music.
Kelli Shay has played with Jana Hunter, Marissa Nadler, and Kelly Hogan. She is based in Nashville, Tennessee and has toured the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. For information on shows and booking, please contact For more, please see: