Juliet Kelly is one of UK jazz’s hidden treasures. Gifted with a beautiful, expressive voice, she is also a talented, highly original songwriter who draws on a diverse set of influences and has performed with the likes of Courtney Pine, Seb Rochford and Talvin Singh.

Juliet has released 4 albums to critical acclaim with several tracks receiving widespread radio airplay. She has appeared at clubs and festivals throughout the UK and Europe with concerts in Italy, Germany, Greece and Russia and opened for legendary artists Hugh Masekela, Georgie Fame and Take 6.

With her love of jazz classics alongside a talent for writing charming originals with infectious rhythms and catchy melodies, Juliet’s performances are filled with warmth, humour, pathos and beauty.

“Kelly has been a well-kept secret of the UK scene for some time, but the honesty and charm of Spellbound Stories might change that.” John Fordham, THE GUARDIAN

“This fourth album from vocalist Juliet Kelly completely seduces the senses… Kelly’s wordless vocalese in Ghosts (mixed by Seb Rochford) is a standout, while “All He’ll Ever Need” illustrates the singer’s facility for penning the catchiest of vocal hooks… nothing quite prepares you for the wonderfully strange take on “Wuthering Heights”, the album’s sole cover.” Peter Quinn, JAZZWISE MAGAZINE

“The nuanced warmth of Kelly’s rich, full voice is streets ahead of most of her contemporaries and hearing her wrap it around the many styles presented here, which range from drum-driven primitivism to knowingly intimate balladeering, is a delight.” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

“Kelly has found a way of marrying a jazz sensibility with R&B-inspired arrangements for acoustic trio that are never cliched. To top it off, she strips Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights to it’s bare bones. Haunting.” Clive Davis – Jazz Album of the Week, THE SUNDAY TIMES

“an original talent rare amongst those who would call themselves jazz singers”JAZZWISE

“With her honey-tone vocals, insightful, personal lyrics, savvy original songs and intelligent choice of covers, she effortlessly mixes jazz, soul, pop and funk… one of the UK’s finest singers in any genre.” TIME OUT

“Soulful, dignified, somewhat Cleo Laine-like…” THE GUARDIAN

 

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