Kelly Dees

Kelly Dees


Kelly's original music is a mixture of Blues, Funk and R&B. Vocally, Kelly has been compared to Aretha Franklin and Susan Tedeschi.


Kelly finds inspiration in all kinds of music and in all kinds of people and places. Her writing style varies, just as the sources of inspiration do. While some of the songs she has written are direct reflections of her own life experiences, she is also has been influenced by friends and strangers alike. "Sometimes a situation will just touch me in such a way that I just feel compelled to write about it," she says. "That's usually when the songs find me, and they just pour out." Many artists have been influential to Kelly over the years, but some of her favorites include Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Susan Tedeschi, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Nina Simone, and Billie Holiday.

After settling in Tampa, Florida, she turned her attention to belting out classic blues, R&B, and jazz tunes. Initially, Kelly performed at local bars and nightclubs, covering songs made famous by artists that she greatly admires. But all the while, her own song ideas were swirling around in her head. In 2004, Kelly decided to take a break from performing in order to focus on bringing those song ideas to life, and it didn't take long. Once she made the decision to focus on writing the songs for her debut CD, "Bettin' Woman", she wrote all but two of the songs in little more than a week. With Mike Conway, owner of MCR Studios, as her producer, Kelly was able to have a remarkable roster of heavyweight blues and R&B performers backing her up on this album. She is so proud and thankful to have had the honor of working with Kevin Wilder, Richy Kicklighter, T.C. Carr, Dale Horton, Dean Germain, Theo Valentin, and Richard Jackson. Frankie J also performs on several songs, giving a memorable trombone solo on "There'll Be A Day".

Kelly resides in Tampa with her husband Mark. They just welcomed a beautiful daughter named Hope into their family in December 2005.


Debut CD, "Bettin' Woman", 2006

Set List


Jet Plane
There'll Be A Day
Bettin' Woman
Blues On A Tuesday
I Wanna Rock
On My Way
I Will Be Happy
Blues Sister
I'm Alright

Dr. Feelgood
Damn Your Eyes
Feel Like Breakin' Up Somebody's Home
Into the Mystic
Stormy Monday
My Baby Just Cares for Me
One Night
Crazy He Calls Me
All of Me
All the Way
One Night
Shakey Ground (E)
The Nearness of You
Do I Move You?
Stormy Monday (C)
Mustang Sally (D)
Chain of Fools (E)
I Just Want to Make Love to You
Baby What You Want Me To Do (A)
Knock On Wood (E)
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
At Last
Baby I Love You
Rock Steady
Pride and Joy (G)
Something to Talk About
The Jealous Kind (A minor)
Sugar Mama (G)
You Can Leave Your Hat On (E)
Good Morning Heartache
Proud Mary
Baby I Love You
Come Rain or Come Shine
Don't Play That Song
Baby You've Got What it Takes
What a Difference a Day Made
My Baby Just Cares for Me
Sunday Kind of Love
Turn Me On
I Want a Little S