Kellye Gray

Kellye Gray is cool. Not Miles Davis cool, though certainly she has some elements of that. It’s more like your best friend kind of cool. The kind of cool that makes you feel at ease. You want to shoot the breeze with her because she’s engaging, and you’ll laugh your ass off. Kellye Gray is also a jazz singer. A good one at that, which is no small feat considering her predecessors. Raised on R&B and the Motown sound, Gray was turned on to jazz by her parents. First it was singers like Sarah Vaughn and Chris Connor. Then it was instrumental monsters like Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, The Modern Jazz Quartet and John Coltrane. “I didn’t discover Ella or Betty Carter until much later on,” she adds. “Paul J. MacArthur, Houston Press A Dallas native, Gray was a fixture in Houston (almost idol status) for several years before moving to San Francisco in 1992. Beginning her career on Austin’s Sixth Street, she provided a rare jazz experience that attracted the college crowd as well as the more sophisticated up-and-coming baby boomers. The San Francisco Examiner called her “a musically most imaginative tour de force.” In 1990, her first album, Standards In Gray (Justice Records), soared to #12 on the Gavin Report. Followed by another chart-topper, Tomato Kiss (Proteus Recordings) in 1996 helped her solidify the move into the national spotlight. An induction into the Texas Jazz Heritage Society brought legitimacy to her fledgling career

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”She is the complete package, from beginning to end.” - All About Jazz

“ her raw, uninhibited, deconstructionist best” - JazzTimes

“Kellye Gray emereges with moxy and sophistication” - CMJ New Music Report

“Simply one of the most exciting jazz singers” - USA Today

“A musically most imaginative tour de force” - San Francisco Examiner

“clearly demonstrating that jazz singing can stretch the envelope of creativity without sacrificing a direct connection with an audience” - The Los Angeles Times

“A jazz singer with the ability to connect with a generation raised on rock” - Sunday Star Ledger

“Kellye Gray is one of the finest singers I've ever heard on record or in person

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


creator of the "Sploosh" technique. Vocal and acting educator for 15 years. Clinics, workshops and weekend seminars available. Pricing and other details are negotiated. Prefer working with intermediate to advanced students, but am open to audition anyone interested Private one hour lessons ($100/hr) availability open — please contact

Clinic/Workshop Information

The Art of Vocal Interpretation — vocal clinic in two or four hour lengths

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