Lorena Kelly

Lorena Kelly

BandCountryAdult Contemporary

Musician and accomplished singer/songwriter who has performed and written in jazz, rock, country, blues, folk and pop/AC, garnering a wide variety of performance experience ranging from intimate evenings to live national television appearances. She performs live and as a studio session player.

Biography

After high school, Lorena moved into the "big city" of Regina to attend Professional Musicians' College. Thanks to that experience she stepped out of classical piano into blues, jazz, and country groups, including Rocky Mountain, Desert Sky and several others who will remain nameless.

In 1996 she formed her own pop-with-bits-of-everything group under the pseudonym Arden Jones, fronting the band as keyboardist/lead vocalist and songwriter. In 1997 their album Shame was released, spawning the pop single Wasted Pride, which received national airplay in Canada and the U.S., charting in the U.S. Adult Contemporary Top 50 (Gavin) and placing in high rotation on stations throughout the country. Arden Jones performed festivals, club dates and on television shows including Open Mike with Mike Bullard on The Comedy Network/CTV, BreakfastTV on CityTV, First Up on Global and others.

Next Lorena spent several years with The Micheals Trio, an acoustic folk/pop group which concentrated on the presentation of excellent singer/songwriter material. The Trio built a solid following and released a 5-song original EP in 1999 which was embraced by the CBC, and from which Something Less Profound is still receiving airplay. The trio had a lot of fun together and performed at events including the industry awards and a showcase at Prairie Music Week.

The next stop was in the Stephanie Thomson Band. With this project Lorena has had the opportunity to open for her heroes, Blackhawk, as well as Merle Haggard, Sheree Austin, Dwight Yoakam and the Bellamy Brothers, and perform at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival, Dauphin CountryFest, Calgary Stampede and many more. This busy touring group (in which Lorena performs keyboards and harmony vocals) tours Canada and the United States covering clubs, festivals, casinos and private functions of all types. Steph is currently preparing to release her third album. Stephanie was chosen Female Vocalist of the Year (1999 and 2000) by the Saskatchewan Country Music Association, and the band received Non-Recording Act of the Year in 2001.

In December 2002 Lorena travelled to Israel and Egypt as part of a show crew sent to entertain our military troops (click to read an article about that), backing up Stephanie, Krysta Scoggins, Alan Frew (formerly of Glass Tiger), Mandy Ray, and Heidi Michelle Thomas.

In 2003 Lorena also began performing as "first call" keyboards/harmony vocals for up-and-coming country artists Melanie Laine and Marny Duncan-Cary. Mel, whose single "Jump Right In" was nominated for a 2003 Canadian Radio Music Award, is preparing to release her first album very soon. Marny is also in studio recording her first album.

Through her new calling in country/rock Lorena has also performed with Thomas Wade (and the Covergirlz), Steve Fox, Jambalay (okay, they were worldbeat) and other special projects. She's always looking for new opportunities for fill-ins, co-writes or recordings!

Discography

Album - "Shame" released under the name Arden Jones, 1997
EP - "The Micheals Trio" self-titled released

Set List

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