Vivian Vance Kelly

Vivian Vance Kelly

 Willowbrook, Illinois, USA

Vivian comes from a long line of musicians and entertainers. She is an outstanding performer who is carrying out her own legacy. Once Vivian hits the stage, she owns it and belts out of her sweet soulful voice which capture the room in total ah.


Vivian Vance Kelly was born to the proud parents Vance and Lottie Kelly. At the age of 5 , Vivian was called up every Sunday at church to sing a solo. By the age of twelve, Vivian and some of her friends started a hip hop group in which Vivian was the lead singer. At 19 years of age she became the lead singer of a hip hop, reggae group, with whom she had performed on Chicago’s Access Channel.

Once Vivian’s father Vance Kelly (A Chicago’s Legendary Blues Artist) heard a recording of hers he immediately brought her into the Chicago blues scene and helped her to her first record deal with “Wolf Records“, the same record label he's signed with. Vivian has written songs on her father’s second CD titled: “Joyriding in the Subway”, in which the title song is one of Vivian’s creation.

Vivian comes from a line of musicians. Her grandmother and her siblings were gospel singers (The McCauley Singers). They were good friends with Shirley Caesar who was many times a guest singer on their Anniversaries and vice-versa. The McCauley Singers have performed on WVON 1490 am in Chicago both television and radio show in the 60’s & 70’s. They were featured on the Isabel Joseph Johnson radio show. In the 60’s, the McCauley singers appeared on the Jubilee Showcase.

Vivian’s Grandfather and Great-Uncles were the well-known R&B and Gospel singers “The Kelly Brothers” a.k.a. “King Pins”. The Kelly Brothers were signed with Excello Records in the 50’s and 60’s. They have opened up for legends, such as James Brown and appeared at the Apollo Theatre. They have had television appearances on shows such as “The Beat” and were quite popular in their times.

Vivian’s father has carried out his own legacy. Vance “Guitar” Kelly has made his mark in the Chicago blues scene, with his outstanding solos and his charm. Once Vance Kelly captures the attention of the audience, he has it for the rest of the night. Vance Kelly will take you musically from straight Blues of greats like Muddy Waters to the Soul and R&B of Prince while blending in tastes of Jimi Hendrix, Al Green, Tyrone Davis and many other Greats.
She has relatives that have performed as musicians for The Kelly Brothers that now carry out their own legacy. These family members include Johnny Drummer and Tenry Johns “The King Kong Rocker”.

Vivian has performed with Chicago’s Blues Legend “Eddie C. Campbell”. She has toured Europe with her father and his Backstreet Blues Band in 2000. Vivian performed at the Lucerne Blues Festival and the Basel Blues Fest based in Switzerland in 2003 with her father and his band. She had lived in Switzerland for years where she showcased her musical talent with performances in Germany, France and Switzerland with her own band. Vivian has performed in many well known venues including the Gossau Blues Festival.

Upcoming events include headlining the Chicago Blues Festival 2010 main stage with her father and a soon to be announced “Ladies Sing The Blues-Cruise”.


She recorded the CD titled "Hit Me Up" with Wolf Records which was released in September 2006.

Set List

Her set list varies and features originals as well as classic Soul & Blues. You will never know what you might get but you'll be astonished.