Kelsey Montanez Band

Kelsey Montanez Band

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Kelsey Montanez displays a profound amount of passion and a gift to infect her listeners with the same intensity, no matter where they came from or what stage of life they are in. As an unsigned, indpendent artist you can expect a long, and honorable career from this young indie songstress.

Biography

Kelsey Montanez is a singer/songwriter born out of Chicago, IL. Raised into a family of musicians, from an early age she has been exposed to the passion and pleasure music can bring and that joy can be heard in each delicately crafted song she writes. She began singing when she was merely four years old when her father would bring her to band practices and let her sing into the microphone. “ I remember sitting on the basement steps and watching my dad and his band build all these beautiful sounds. It felt like I was in a whole other world. That’s when I really began to understand that my purpose was to create music and that desire never left me.”

As Kelsey grew older her devotion to music remained and grew stronger. For years Kelsey played her fathers instruments in the small recording studio that he had set up in the basement in Lombard, often times avoiding social situations and family events to continue experimenting with music. And seeing as Kelsey’s passion for music was not just a phase, her father and step-mother decided to buy her first electric guitar when she was thirteen years old. “ I was so elated I cried!” muses Kelsey. “ I began trying to form bands with friends in school. We would all sit in my room with our little amps and talk about how we were going to dominate the world with our music.” She reminisces. She began to write songs of her own since she first got her guitar and realized that she wrote the best when she was alone. The more and more Kelsey began to write songs, her father recognized a gift for writing as well as singing and bought her an acoustic guitar a year after she had picked up the electric. Kelsey had felt an instant connection with the acoustic and began to write more songs than ever before.

She was 14 when she played her first show at an empty little coffee shop in Lombard IL and has since worked her way up to headlining major venues in Chicago like the Elbo Room, The Beat Kitchen, Lakeshore Theatre, Kinetic Playground, Uncommon Ground and many other places in and around the Chicago land area. She accomplished all of this while still in high school as well as winning first place in her high school talent competition. Being the youngest to perform at Chicago’s MOBFEST, she has many other festivals and showcases under her belt as well,Taste of Lombard teen idol 1st place winner 2006, including Decibelle festival, women with Guitars, Villa Park Summerfest, chix that rock,House of Blues Chicago,The Metro and The Elbo Room and singer spotlight unplugged. She has also worked with noted producers Chris Sernel and Andy Lagis and has done work with Chicago based publishing group KMA Entertainment. She has also had drum tracks done by famous heavy metal rocker Charlie Benante of "Anthrax".

After graduating high school in May of 2009, she took off on a cross-country road trip to the West Coast. “ I was never the kind of person who did well in predictable, routined patterns. Although I’m glad I graduated from high school I knew I wanted to experience so much more. So I left to play some of my music in a place I had never been before, surrounded by people and things I have never seen before” To her surprise she was very well received on the west coast where she had signed her first autographs and talked to so many people passionate in the same way she is! Being so far away from home she experiences a lot of things that is reflected in her music. She is currently in the studio preparing for her next demo to be released. In her new demo you will find the same experience driven lyrics and heartfelt vocals that is recognizable in every song Kelsey writes. For an 18 year old, Kelsey Montanez displays a profound amount of passion and a gift to infect her listeners with the same intensity, no matter where they came from or what stage of life they are in. As an unsigned, indpendent artist you can expect a long, and honorable career from this young indie songstress.

Lyrics

Forget Everything

Written By: Kelsey Montanez

I'm off the floor and out the door

I forgot the reason why I came here for

I grab my c.d's, wallet and books

walk straight past the MIRROR

cuz I don't need a second look

Another road, another face

another one of those who tries to put me in my place

No, I haven't figured things out yet.

Still waiting for the day that I can just forget...

I don't mind the dirt on my face

It's not pretty enough, maybe they'll just look away

I don't want to be seen right now

I'm too old for my age

and it's wearing me down.

I want to say that I don't care either way

but the thought of you makes me so insane

I'm taking back all the things that I said

and I do my best now just trying to...

Forget Everything

Forget Everything

Forget Everything

Forget Everything

And this is how I see it in my head

I live my life without a single regret

and looking back at the things that I've done

with a smile on my face

Knowing you are not the one.

But I can't help but to feel so lost

You were just here and now your gone...

The worst part is the letters that we wrote

and every single song

and every pretty note

I took it all,

and i put it into you

and now there's nothing left

but what can I do?

and by the end of the night

I'm completely spent

I get back in bed

and just try to

Forget Everything

Forget Everything

Forget Everything

Forget Everything

Living Out a Dream

Written By: Kelsey Montanez

I'll do
whatever I need to
I got you in my heart
I'm set
On making your dreams real
I've heard every word you said

I'll do what you want
I'll do it again
cuz you are the one that
I'm gonna spend
all of my time on
and all of the night
I'm dedicated to you
I'm dedicated cuz..

There's no way we're gonna fall
who said we can't have it all?
you will see
that I will be
right there next to you
loving everything you do
It's you and me
Living Out A Dream

I'm not somebody who searches
for someone every night
But I've got
something in mind babe
if you want to,
I will...

CHORUS

first step, say the word
we'll play something they've never heard....

PRECHORUS & CHORUS

Burnout's Love Song

Written By: Kelsey Montanez

We'll get stoned now
and roam the city
these shining lights make you
look very pretty
it makes us sparkle
its momentary
and then it all dissolves
and we're ordinary
but if your searching
for affection
I will love you
with every imperfection
but I'm so sorry
for these conditions
we're dirty-minded kids
with no ambitions

but
we, we got nothing to lose
and it will stay this way
but I can't complain
cuz I
I can hold your hand
but don't expect no one
to understand
this love
that burns so bright
in a world so dark
I can be your light...

and I am happy
we're staring at the ceiling
thinking back to what
we were feeling
when I first told you
I was seeing stars
and then you kissed me
and we escaped somewhere far
if you get weary
of your distress
I will lay with you
in this big mess
cuz it don't matter
just how dirty
if you are with me
the world will keep turning

REPEAT CHORUS

If you are searching for affection
I will love you
with every imperfection....

Honesty

Written By: Kelsey Montanez

See throught eh skin that im in
No more lies get to come in
I dont want blame anymore
I dont want shame anymore

Honesty
Honesty
It feels good inside
Ive got nothing left to hide
It feels good inside
Ive got nothing left to hide
Honesty

I'll start looking into their eyes
I'll start acting more dignified
I dont want to run anymore
i dont want to hide when I'm wrong

Honesty
Honesty
It feels good inside
Ive got nothing left to hide
Honesty
Kelsey Montanez 04/11/08

I Sold My Soul

Written By: Kelsey Montanez

I bared myself
they stripped me down
I didn't see the signs from all around
They asked me if I'd do it
cause they know I'd say yeah...

When they turned heads
and we shook hands
I made a deal

CHORUS

I sold my soul to make believe
that if i did we'd be happy
but now I'm dancing by myself
and you'll look for me in someone else

VERSE

I Did not know where I would go
Im sick of playing it safe
They asked me if I'd risk it
cause they know I'd say yeah

So you don't know
why I have changed
they took me down baby

CHORUS

I sold my soul to make believe
that if i did we'd be happy
but now I'm dancing by myself
and you'll look for me in someone else
But if i never can return
I hope you looked at me and learned
My God, I'll never be the same
I'm skin and bones
I'm just a name

REPEAT CHORUS

Uncomfortable

Written By: Kelsey Montanez

VERSE

Woah I caught myself again,
Just in time to cover up my lies,
No I don't know where I have been,
My lowest lows and my highest highs

PRE-CHORUS

Am I the only one who sees?
This is not who you want to be

Screw it all kid you're too sweet,
Everyone is still asleep,
Oh no I know
You won't let go
Cause if you do you might
Make them uncomfortable

Standing by won't make it real
Is this how you like to feel?
Oh no I know
You won't let go
Cause if you do you might
Make them uncomfortable

VERSE

God,
Forbid I'm out of line
I've found something
That I can call mine
I don't like the way you think,
Step away from what challenges your mind

PRE-CHORUS

Am I the only one who sees?
This is not who you want to be

CHORUS

Screw it all kid you're too sweet,
Everyone is still asleep,
Oh no I know
You won't let go
Cause if you do you might
Make them uncomfortable

Standing by won't make it real
Is this how you like to feel?
Oh no I know
You won't let go
Cause if you do you might
Make them uncomfortable

BRIDGE

I think you are beautiful
No matter what X2

Do you think you are beautiful
No matter what X2

CHORUS

Screw it all kid you're too sweet,
Everyone is still asleep,
Oh no I know
You won't let go
Cause if you do you might
Make them uncomfortable

Standing by won't make it real
Is this how you like to feel?
Oh no I know
You won't let go
Cause if you do you might
Make them uncomfortable

Discography

Kelsey currently has 100+ original songs in her catalog.

Set List

Jealous Girl
Come Down
Control
I Sold My Soul
Honesty
Burnouts Love Song
Can't Take What's Not Mine
Uncomfortable
Living Out A Dream
I Would
Rolling Stone
I Said No
I'm Not in Love
Burn
Home
Baby
The Entire World
New Day
Standing in The Corner
Sweet Release
Ink
I Wrote This For You
Tattoo
Be Like Me
When I'm In Town
Kelsey currently has 100+ original songs in her catalog