Beverly McClellan, a soulful singer with honest lyrics and a raw sound who is wonderfully eclectic, has been entertaining the nation and has made us smile, laugh, and feel. Most recently she stood out as the winner of Team Christina on the hit NBC show, The Voice. But Beverly has spent years, honing her craft, starting back in Kingsport, TN when, at the age of four, Bev started playing the piano and knew she just had to do more. Even though she loves and looks up to her mother and Dolly Parton as musical idols, her major non-musical inspiration would be her grandmother, a full-blooded first-generation Native American Indian on her father’s side, but sadly never met. To honor her, she now has 13 tattoos representing a variety of different aspects of her grandmother’s heritage.
She started playing professionally at the age of 24 and is inspired by all aspects of music. Even though she fancies Dolly Parton, she plays and sings the most in-pitch/in-tone songs by such artists as Melissa Etheridge, Ani DiFranco, The Indigo Girls, BB King, Etta James, and truly—anyone. She can now play a variety of instruments including: piano, guitar, trumpet, French Horn, Mandolin, Ukulele, Base, Djembe (African Tribal Drums) and a wide variety of drums are now her favorite recent discoveries.
Beverly is writing and will be recording her 5th album with Grammy Award winning producer,( with several multi platinum records in his repertoire, David Z, - Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James, Prince, The Times….). She is planning a fall release. When asked, If you could play with anyone or group living or dead, it would it be... and she answered Ms. Etta James.
Bev also added that it is important to mention the fact that she’s not just a pretty face—she has won the NY National Music Festival 2004 Best Overall Performer beating out more than 500 contestants worldwide and most recently was one of the final four contestants on NBC’s smash hit, The Voice.