The Paula Kelley Orchestra

The Paula Kelley Orchestra


Former frontwoman of indie pop bands Drop Nineteens, Boy Wonder, and Hot Rod, Paula Kelley is a genuine pure pop auteur whose albums repeatedly confirm her considerable talents. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is working on her new album and composing orchestral arrangements for other artists.


The Trouble with Success or How You Fit into the World, the eagerly awaited follow-up to Nothing/Everything, was released simultaneously in the US (Kimchee Records) and Japan (Caraway) in September of 2003 and has rightfully garnered Paula her most emphatic praise to date. Employing a varied army of almost 40 musicians, including the 20-piece PK Orchestra, The Trouble with Success is a modern pop masterwork, featuring 11 of Paula’s most striking compositions to date, while still merely providing a glimpse of what this talented songwriter/arranger/vocalist is capable of.

From the Bachrachian pop of “The Girlfriend” to the fully orchestrated 7-minute epic “I’d Fall in Love With Anyone,” the album twists and turns through moods and lyrical concepts, coming to a close with the retrospective drama of “Where Do You Go,” complete with a Morricone-fueled mariachi coda. Critics are already placing Paula in the company of the Zombies, the Bee Gees, and Bacharach himself, while justifiably not labeling her as “retro.” In the words of Skratch Magazine, “Paula Kelley reaches for the stars with her new album. She winds up creating a disc that sounds as if it were from another planet, if not another (better) universe.”

The Boston Herald and the Boston Phoenix tipped The Trouble with Success as the “local disc of the year” in their year-end wrap-up, and a number of other publications chose the album as one of the year’s best. Nothing/Everything garnered Paula a Boston Music Award nomination, a Top-10 of 2001 nod in the Boston Phoenix, and critical and popular raves. Paula’s music has appeared in Kaylyn Thornal’s independent film “A Lot of Green," the Sci-fi network’s Spielberg-produced mini-series “Taken,” and the Farrelly brothers film "Fever Pitch."

Kelley and her six-piece band, featuring trumpet and violin among sundry other instruments, are no strangers to the road, taking frequent jaunts to LA, New York, and Chicago, and most recently, France, to support the March 2004 release of the album in Europe on Polaris/Sony. They are regular favorites at the renowned International Pop Overthrow music festival and have performed at CMJ in New York, Toronto's NXNE, and NEMO in Boston.



Written By: Paula Kelley

I just want to sleep on your shoulder baby
I just want this night to be through
I just want to sleep on your shoulder
Is that too much for you?

When was the first time I drove
Drove you away
Drove you away from me

Which was the worst of the load
Was it the flight
Over the shining wheat

Fools that we were
We thought of the funny things
And not the ways of the world

What kind of world
Would keep us so far away


My turn in the air
Wasn’t so sad
Wasn’t so good
It wasn’t wrong or right

Why follow the sun
I am not the earth
I’m not a star
I’m just your satellite

Fools that we were
We thought of the funny things
And not the ways of the world
What kind of world
Would keep us so far away

Ride, ride with the stars
Think of the many ways
That this has happened before
Ride, Ride till you just can’t ride those things anymore



Some Sucker's Life, Part 1 (2006)
A New Time (France-only Single) (2004)
The Trouble with Success of How You Fit into the World (2003)
Nothing/Everything (2001)

Set List

Ideal set is 45 minutes. Usually originals. Infrequent covers include Bachrach, Everly Brothers, and, um, Blue Oyster Cult.