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Kelli Rhodes / Bio

Most of my songs were written during my turbulent transition from the small town country life of Utopia, Texas to the diverse and musically vibrant city of Austin. During my adolescent confinement, music was an outlet to relieve the tensions of family dysfunction, cool the fires and frustrations of being the only biracial member of a small town, and eventually the pathway for my future. Much of my struggle was documented in the book, Welcome to Utopia, by author Karen Valby. As the book will tell, as soon as I had my diploma in hand, I raced away from the hill country to Austin, where I have spent the last two years pursuing my music.

My time in Austin provided me with the ability to grow as a musician and songwriter, get my sea legs on stage, and finally start experiencing life. I found that my experiences were best depicted in the schisms between the truths I’ve been fortunate enough to encounter and the distortions of self I’ve unwisely created. I feel most of my songs are either spoken through a jive-talkin blues women persona howlin’ out she’s a lone wolf or through the naive child who refuses to believe there’s no love in the world left for you....or for me. Through these personas I found love and heartbreak, self-indulgence and restraint, and the confidence to believe in myself and that my music will help others and evoke change. It is my dream to play music for a living and be able to maintain my self-identity. I would love to find representation that would allow me to stay true to my music. I want to work with a team of people that are as passionate as I am, and who can help me create the positive changes in the world that I so greatly believe in. I began music by believing it could heal, and now that I know it can, I want to share that with the world.

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Band Members
Kelli Rhodes-Vocals/Guitar, James Harwood-Drums, Jack Schultz- Upright Bass, Dan Kaplan-Harmonica, Ellen Von Essen-Violin/Keys
Artist Name
Kelli Rhodes
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Austin, TX