Rhona Kelley

Rhona Kelley


vocally driven acoustic music with simplicity reminiscent of traditional American folk music and the sensibilities of modern folk rock


i grew up the daughter of a preacher, singing in the church choir and listening to everything from sandi patti to the eagles to they might be giants to kathleen battle. i went to school and studied classical music and as much as i love mozart and his requiem, i love joni and her dulcimer more. i am most inspired by traditional American folk music, the 1960's folk revival and modern singer/songwriters such as Fiona Apple and Ani DiFranco. songs that have a meaning and a message that is as applicable to the human condition today as it will be 100 years from now i find to be the most powerful. music is lasting. vita brevis, ars longa as they say... so i write and hope to make something good... something worth being remembered. i try to introduce new music into my life whenever possible and just soak in the things that i love. i play the guitar. i write what i know and long to write what i don't yet know. i am trying to be better. at music. at life.

Rhona is currently in the studio with producer, Stephen Leiweke, recording her first full-length album "Quite Contrary," featuring musicians, Ken Lewis (Sixpence None the Richer, Ben Folds, Griffin House) on drums and Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Over the Rhine, Elvis Costello) on bass. Rhona performs regularly in Nashville and recently won 3rd in East Nashville's East Side Folk and Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Competition.


Quite Contrary- to be released late 2009

Set List

What Else Could I Want
When You Go
Let It Be
Never Mind It
My Own True Love
Go On
Run, run, run
Hoping for My Name
When You Kissed Me
Quite Contrary
Don't Let Me Break

Covers: I Still Miss Someone by Johnny Cash, Silver Dagger and Pilgrim of Sorrow by Joan Baez, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel, other traditional folk songs.