Taylor Kelly
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Taylor Kelly

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Established on Jan, 2012
Band R&B Jazz




"Jazz-tinged singer-songwriter Taylor Kelly embraces messy breakups on “JWYTK”"

Philadelphia singer-songwriter Taylor Kelly has returned a stunning new single, “JWTYK,” that speaks to the pain and possibility of breakup. Kelly was highlighted by The Key in 2017 in “Items Tagged Philadelphia,” a series in which we shout out the best Bandcamp new releases that are tagged #philadelphia. Her new single is as strong (or stronger) than her previous releases and establishes Kelly as a brassy, mystical, soulful force to be reckoned with in the Philly music scene.

Kelly is originally from Rochester, NY but her sound is rooted in glamorous jazz club scene of New York City, Chicago, or Philadelphia. “JWTYK” — or “Just Want You To Know,” if you’re not into the whole brevity thing — tells the story of a relationship that has reached its end. Without shying away from the pain of a romantic ending, Kelly spins a tune that is both honest and optimistic about the process of moving from one chapter of life to another. Her voice echoes that of Eryn Allen Kane, Lianne La Havas, or the indomitable Cecile McLorin Salvant, while her songwriting is all her own.

Lyrics like “You made it so damn easy to be loving you / but I lost my head somewhere / And had to find the truth” are emblematic of Kelly’s complex story telling. This isn’t a “I’m better without you” song or a “please come back” song. It lives in the murky gray area in between conviction and regret that is far more accurate to the lived experience of leaving someone you once loved. Kelly says it best, “I’ve set you free /Just want you to know / I’m there.”

While her light, yet sure-fire vocals take center stage, Kelly is backed by bright guitar rhythms, full bodied brass, and joyful keys. If you like Taylor Kelly’s “JWTYK,” you’re in for a treat because she is set to release a full length album called Up, Up And Away in August. Until then, keep an eye on her Facebook page, see her live at Bourbon and Branch tomorrow (more info here) and listen up on as many of her soul, jazz, electro pop beats as you can find. - Izzy Lopez (WXPN)

"Up Up and Away by Taylor Kelly"

If Erykah Badu and Beyoncé had a little Neo Soul Jazz baby, you would probably end up with the lovely sounds of vocalist Taylor Kelly whos new album ‘Up Up and Away‘ brilliantly showcases Kelly’s talent. The ten track album encompasses a breadth of work that is complex, multilayered and simply beautiful. The pure emotive passion that flows so effortlessly from Kelly’s voice truly hits you at the core of your soul. A full band of talented musicians, in harmony with one another, paints the lovely backdrop that is the supportive foundation to the lyrics which in turn tell their tales with an honest depth of emotions.

Taylor Kelly is an extremely skilled vocalist and songwriter and it’s evident in every second of ‘Up Up and Away‘. The care and attention to detail just shines through. ‘Up Up and Away‘ is an exceptional album and it’s available almost everywhere so go check it out! You can watch the music video for the single ‘Taco Night’ (feat. Mic Stewart) down below. As always, if you like what you hear then let’s keep good music coming by supporting these artists. Remember to follow the artist and spread the word! Artists Links below. - The Music Below


In The Meantime - LP, released Jul 19 2013

Change of the Weather - EP, released March 17 2015

Do U Feel Me - EP, released June 23 2017

Up Up and Away - LP, released August 1 2019



Taylor Kelly was born and raised in the suburbs of Rochester, NY and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA where she is further discovering herself as an artist. She has a voice that blends both the smoothness and rhythmic nature of jazz, soul and funk. Her tasteful songwriting tells tales of truth in hopes to inspire many to love, live and let go. Also a trumpet player, she proves the importance of a strong horn section and hot horn lines and strives for an instrumental-vocal approach, a rhythmic phrasing and an improvisation that is reminiscent of many of her trumpet playing influences (Chet Baker, Roy Hargrove and Miles Davis to name a few). Her musical stylings are reflective of Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder as they possess what she believes to be the true essence of music- harmonic complexity, strong melodic contour and lyrical honesty with an absolutely relentless underlying groove. 

Taylor graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Music where she had diligently studied the vast realm that is music. She leads an 8-piece group that has shared the stage with Moonchild, Becca Stevens, Bahamadia and Georgia Anne Muldrow and has released four albums, her most recent entitled “Up Up and Away” that released 01 August 2019 (www.taylorkelly.bandcamp.com). Taylor was a finalist in the PHL LIVE Center Stage for R&B in 2018. Aside from her own group, Taylor is also the front-woman (Tayoncé) of Jay-Z/Beyonce tribute band For the Record (previously Hard Knock Live), who had the unbelievable privilege of opening up for Salt N Pepa at Boston's ThrowBBaQ at City Hall in July 2014.