rorie kelly

rorie kelly

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
SoloAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

rorie kelly is a hard-hitting acoustic artist who is equally at home screaming her head off or crooning a pretty melody that might just make you cry. She has a lot to say and a gigantic voice to say it with.

Biography

"Her sound was so powerful, she acoustically filled every square inch of space." - Canvas Magazine

Rorie Kelly is a small redheaded tornado of sound. Her aggressive acoustic guitar style complements raw, powerhouse vocals to pack a serious punch. First-time listeners often comment, "I can't believe that voice came out of that body."

Rorie has been making music since her teenage years and was strongly influenced by the tell-all, stream-of-consciousness songwriting style of the 90s. "Growing up I was listening to Liz Phair, Alanis Morisette, and Ben Folds Five alongside Joni Mitchell and The Beatles," she says. "That's where my foundation comes from as a musician." Over the years, Rorie has been compared to Janis Joplin and Alanis Morisette for her high-powered vocals, and Joni Mitchell and Sarah Bareilles for her catchy-confessional brand of songwriting.    

"Independent, free, and full of complexity. Difficult to cage. rorie kelly is that type of indie rock." - Long Island Pulse Magazine

Rorie's debut album, Wish Upon a Bottlecap, was released in late 2010 and went on to receive airplay around the country on AAA and college radio stations. Her songwriting caught the ear of radio host Garrison Leykham (who commissioned her to write the theme song for his documentary Comic on a Half Shell), and the Solarfest Songwriting Competition, where she placed in the top 10 in 2013. Later that year, Rorie released a performance album titled Sincerely Live, featuring knockout performances of fan favorites as well as some of the new tunes that had accumulated since the release of Wish Upon a Bottlecap.

Rorie is currently performing frequently in the northeast, writing constantly, and getting very little sleep indeed. Next up? Crazy amounts of shows and a second studio album, says the singer/songwriter.  For more information, please visit www.roriekelly.com.

 

 

Lyrics

Overthrown in Seconds

Written By: rorie kelly

overthrown in seconds

and the sky's the wrong color
eleven-thirty is so different from one or two and it's throwing me off
and babylon's so beautiful, always think i want to live here
then i think of the train ride and how easy it would be
i can't keep making decisions
based on being close to someone
sacrificing what i want to be there

baby misses me tonight, said he wishes i could stay forever
yeah and i don't get it: i am nothing but what i am for others
and i don't wanna talk about it
i am overthrown government
better that he not find out yet

always walking to the car, i feel the map like second skin
but it's a pleasant human moment when you give me bad directions
and i find myself planning
what will just happen to be playing
when i drive you to buy coffee, for me

baby misses me tonight, said she doesn't expect to be lovers
but there's an offer on the table, if i want when i start feeling better
and i don't wanna talk about it
i am overthrown in seconds
better that she not find out yet

so where's the line, my precious line
i think it's time to be straight with you, so i hope you really want me to
but your manner is begging me to lie
i've been dancing, baby, since i started hanging out with you so

if this is me coming clean
then dirty is so relative
i said intent here means nothing
and you misinterpreted
there goes my chance to
gracelessly damn myself for you

baby misses me tonight, if history is any indication
and i can never make it right, only worsen the situation

baby misses me tonight, and i'll never understand completely
'cause there's no room for me in my mind, so to want me is to misread me
and i don't wanna talk about it
writhe around on failed intentions
i am overthrown in seconds

Tsunami Song

Written By: rorie kelly

if the tsunami were to hit
a year or two from now
me on the road you here at home, i would be orphaned
i would hole up in pittsburgh
california with my last friends
i would be haunted by the ocean

and still alive, i would scatter myself across the sea
in hopes that the particles that once were you and me
would find each other

and on the shores of fire island
i will find religion in your breath
and i won't know how or why or what it means
but it will be all there is for me
and that's why you can't leave
confiscate your car and legs but it wouldn't work

love you so much that it hurts
love you so much that it hurts
love you so much that it hurts

and in the morning, trapped inside our offices like ghosts
cement, across long island, connecting us somehow beneath our feet

if the tsunami were to hit
the middle of last night
so much to lose, so much left undone
but we would be each other's last words
bodies tangled up in the water
trapped inside this room for years
correct for the explorers

love you so much that it hurts
love you so much that it hurts
love you so much that it hurts

American Daydream

Written By: rorie kelly

this american daydream wrapped me up in gauze & paint
it gave me a relapse, said i liked it better that way
& that may be true i thought but it shouldn't be that way
so where do i go with the ripped IV dangling from my vein?

i don't care what you say to me
it's easy it's easy it's easy
to walk away, to walk away, to walk away from

these conversations have been telling in many ways
but they are not pushing me closer to my goals
& this pile of parking tickets & bills in my face
are making me think i should just do as i'm told

i don't care what you say to me
it's easy it's easy it's easy
to walk away, to walk away, to walk away from

five, six, seven, eight, i can think of better ways
to make me like you, than to tell me that i'm pretty
one, two, three, four, i'm not gonna fall for
any of this because i know myself too well

these american bad boys think they've got one over on me
they come with their red sharpies to make editor's marks on my body

i don't care what you say to me
it's easy it's easy it's easy
to walk away, to walk away, to walk away from

i don't care what you say to me
it's easy it's easy it's easy
to walk away, to walk away, to walk away from this

Pennsylvania

Written By: rorie kelly

sit, stare at the windshield
dressed to impress
singing to stay sane & drive
like there's no tomorrow
want to go back east
want to spend tonight in pennsylvania with you

but today i am working
not making money
i've given my notice & am
looking for something that's new & yet the same
something with a long drive
singing to stay sane
& drive like there's no tomorrow
want to go back east
want to spend tonight in pennsylvania with you

but you have to study
you have to find a job
just like me, so a trip
is out of the question
& anyway it wouldn't be the same
once we stopped being on our way
cause 80 is my in-between place
it's my getting somewhere
my letting the journey do the thinking for me
& life is just road & arby's fries
that you feed to me
as i drive...

oh, & that's where i was, all this time,
in pennsylvania, i was driving i was driving
conveniently letting it slip my mind
there's more to my life
than interstate 80

& pulled up to my new apartment
made some new friends
took my work home with me & drove
like there was no tomorrow
never knowing why
it was the only time i let myself think
& now, now, you have to study
i have to find a job
but i'll come home tonight, find pennsylvania
with you

Discography

2010 - Wish Upon a Bottlecap
2013 - Sincerely Live