Norman Kelsey

Norman Kelsey

 North Hollywood, California, USA
SoloPopR&B

Norman Kelsey is the finest purveyor California Sunshine Funk. Backed by his co-ed band the Inimitables, his electrifying show combines elements of a vintage R&B revue and discotheque madness. Feel the joy, sing along and dance to the music!

Biography

The Clark Kent of Soul. The Disco Mystic. Norman Kelsey is on a mission to help you groove all night. He returns with his new album On The Rebound, the follow-up to A Talent For Loving. The new disc is filled with brass-laden pop tunes and heart-stopping ballads. Norman is supporting the release with full band performances and intimate acoustic sets in select markets. His live band, the Inimitables, features Adam Marsland (keyboard); Evie Sands (guitar); Teresa Cowles (bass) and Kevin Jarvis (drums).

The latest single from On The Rebound is "Huckleberry Finn," released on July 30, 2013. The single was accompanied by an official music video directed by Andrew Shuford. The song is about Norman's own personal artistic journey; tinged with a rootsy 70's R&B vibe. It's Summertime's new groove.

Norman is originally from Cleveland, but now hails from North Hollywood, CA. He is of mixed heritage and is proud of his family's roots in Scotland and Harlem, NY. He grew up on a steady diet of the Bee Gees, Beatles and Michael Jackson. He draws comparisons to Lenny Kravitz, Prince and Andy Gibb. Norman's goal with each album is to create a record with varied flavors, reminiscent of a Summer day back when radio would spin pop, funk, rock, disco, R&B ballads and stadium anthems back-to-back.

Norman recorded On The Rebound at Karma Frog studios in Reseda, CA with producer Adam Marsland. The album features ten original songs that continue the musical journey of his first record drawing inspiration from Mark Twain and the Gilded Age to the Dawn of Disco. Norman worked with an assortment of acclaimed musicians, including drummers DJ Bonebrake (X) and Kevin Jarvis; vocalists Evie Sands and Teresa Cowles; saxophonist Larry O. Williams (GAP band) and trumpeter Rahmlee Davis of the Phenix Horns (Earth, Wind & Fire). The record dropped on October 2, 2012.

For his Sophisticated & Solo acoustic tour, in advance of the release, Norman played a series of select dates in Britain in May, 2012, including stops at the Cavern Club and the Notting Hill Arts Club in London; and Los Angeles. He returned to the UK for the fourth time in May, 2013 for shows in London, Manchester and Liverpool.

Norman's solo journey, after being the lead singer and bassist of Rush Hour Soul, began in earnest with the release of A Talent For Loving. It followed on the heels of his first tour of the UK, which visited London, York, Sheffield and Liverpool, where his music was well-received. The title track "A Talent For Loving" was recorded at Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth, Wales. The song's official video was directed by William Archer and shot on location in London.

Several songs from A Talent For Loving made an impact on radio and TV; including:

Stephen King's "A Good Marriage"

BBC6's The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show. 

NBC's "Up All Night" episode: Day After Valentine's Day

NBC's "Parks & Recreation" episode: Fancy Party

ABC's "Eli Stone" 

"Gossip Girl" Dove Soap promo

"Las Vegas"

Norman, a proud voting member of the recording academy (NARAS), publishes his music through his own company, Mighty Ohio Music (BMI). He is married and resides in North Hollywood, CA.

Discography

"Huckleberry Finn" - Digital single, released July 30, 2013
"Huckleberry Finn" - Official music video, released July 30, 2013. http://youtu.be/McgxStzjw-w
"On The Rebound" - CD, released Oct. 2, 2012
"On The Rebound" - Digital single, released Aug. 7, 2012
"Your Majestic Rejection" - Digital single, released May 15, 2012
"A Talent For Loving" - CD released 8 January 2008.

All titles are available at CDBaby.com, iTunes, Amazon.com and more

Set List

She's My Go-To
Our Love Is Known By Name
On The Rebound
So Sophisticated
Your Majestic Rejection
A Talent For Loving
Done Lost My Mind
Huckleberry Finn
Supermodels With Gatling Guns
A Miracle Is On The Way
Airport Kisses

Covers include:
Jive Talkin' (Bee Gees)
Miss You (Rolling Stones)
Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
Let's Dance (David Bowie)
Hold On, I'm A Comin' (Sam & Dave)