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Combining traditional southern bluegrass and country instrumentation with an independent rock sound, Kelcy Mae hits a pitch perfect balance of alt rock/alt country that follows in the tradition of musical greats like Natalie Merchant’s 10,000 Maniacs, Casey Chambers, Lucinda Williams and more.
The Fire EP (2013) is Kelcy Mae’s third recording project and poised to become a breakout for the New Orleans-based singer/songwriter. With a matured sound, terrific songwriting and some of the finest musical accompaniment New Orleans has to offer, Kelcy Mae has taken her already-considerable talents to another level. This project garnered remarkable national support, and a successful Kickstarter effort raised over $10,000 to help see The Fire and its forthcoming counterpart to fruition. In return, Kelcy Mae has taken her longstanding love affair with folk and Americana music and infused it with touches of rock, blues, soul and rockabilly.
In 2011, Kelcy Mae released her 2nd album, Pennies in Hand, and followed the release with US tours in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest. Pennies in Hand was named one of the Top 10 New Orleans CDs of the Year by the New Orleans Times Picayune, and Kelcy was nominated for Best Singer/Songwriter by Offbeat Magazine.
Kelcy doesn’t shy away from tackling difficult subject matter or from challenging herself (and thus her listeners) to go deeper lyrically and poetically than many artists do. One of her great strengths as an artist lies in her subtlety — beautifully-nuanced lyrics and arrangements which reflect that very notion of human emotions. She leaves simplistic odes to love or lust or heartbreak to other artists and instead dwells in the fascinating space of sudden realizations and complicated reactions.
Kelcy Mae was born on St. Patrick’s Day in Shreveport, LA. She currently lives and performs in New Orleans where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans after attending Loyola University New Orleans. She is also a published essayist and poet.