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People hearing rorie kelly for the first time often comment, "I can't believe that voice came out of that body." The singer/songwriter has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Sara Bareilles for her catchy-confessional songwriting style, and to Alanis Morisette and Janis Joplin for her raw powerhouse vocals. Rorie's debut release, Wish Upon a Bottlecap, received airplay across the nation. Her followup live CD, Sincerely Live, featured knockout performances of brand new songs and fan favorites. Rorie is currently working on a new studio release called Rising Rising Rising, and a women's empowerment project called Songs to Start a Fire.
"Independent, free, and full of complexity. Difficult to cage. rorie kelly is that type of indie rock." - LI Pulse Magazine
Rorie Kelly is a small redheaded tornado of sound. Her aggressive acoustic guitar style complements raw, powerhouse vocals to pack a serious punch. First-time listeners often comment, "I can't believe that voice came out of that body."
Rorie has been making music since her teenage years and was strongly influenced by the tell-all, stream of consciousness songwriting style of the 90s. "Growing up I was listening to Liz Phair, Alanis Morissette, and Ben Folds Five alongside Joni Mitchell and The Beatles," she says. "That's where my foundation comes from as a musician." Over the years, Rorie has been compared to Janis Joplin and Alanis Morisette for her high-powered vocals, and to Joni Mitchell and Sarah Bareilles for her catchy-confessional brand of songwriting.
"Her sound was so powerful, she acoustically filled every square inch of space." - Canvas Magazine
Rorie's debut album, Wish Upon a Bottlecap, was released in late 2010 and went on to receive airplay around the country on AAA and college radio stations. Her songwriting caught the ear of radio host Garrison Leykham (who commissioned her to write the theme song for his documentary Comic on a Half Shell), and also of the Solarfest Songwriting Competition, where she placed in the top ten in 2013 and received an honorable mention in 2014. In 2013, Rorie released a performance album titled Sincerely Live, featuring knockout performances of fan favorites as well as some new songs that had accumulated since the release of Wish Upon a Bottlecap. In 2014 the singer/songwriter brought her songs around the country, showcasing at SXSW in Austin, summer NAMM in Nashville and at home in New York City and Long Island.
In 2015, Rorie performed frequently in the northeast, sharing her experiences as a rising indie act in BandsinTown's official artist blog. She is currently in the studio working on a new album, Rising Rising Rising, which is an inspiring and honest album about befriending yourself and claiming your own personal power. For more information, please visit www.roriekelly.com.