Every once in a while an artist comes down the ‘pike that merits serious attention from fans of popular music. American singer/songwriter, Justyna Kelley, is one such artist whose radio friendly folk-influenced pop fits comfortably along the lines of Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat”-Seattle Intelligencer

Justyna Kelley

Justyna Kelley

A champion of modern pop and contemporary folk, singer/songwriter Justyna Kelley brings boundless energy and joyful strength to her music in both her many original compositions and in covers of universal favorites. Her musical prowess calls on the spirit of some of her greatest influences: Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crowe, Led Zeppelin, Kings of Leon and Fleetwood Mac. It’s modern pop/folk with with the passion of rock.

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, as the daughter of songwriter and recording artist, Irene Kelley, Justyna was steeped in music and creativity from the beginning. While growing up in Music City, impromptu jam sessions were the norm at the Kelley household, and the rich musical surroundings ensured that this calling would come naturally for Justyna. She was singing before she could talk and has been writing songs, plays and poetry ever since she learned to put pen to paper!

One fateful evening in New York City, Charles Koppelman overheard Justyna singing while leaving a dance class that was located in the same office building. He immediately took her into the studio to record four songs, including two that she had written. She was quickly thereafter signed to publishing and development with Huge American Music. While composing and co-writing on a regular basis was something that Justyna had become familiar with by the age 18, it was at this point that she began building the bulk of her expansive repertoire. By age 21, she was writing full-time with hit-writers and taste-makers such as: Phil Galdston, Danny Kortchmar, Rand Bishop, Allie Willis, Irene Kelley and others.

After touring around the world with her mother and opening for such luminaries as: Jackson Browne and Emmy Lou Harris during her more formative years, she split her time between New York, Los Angeles and Nashville to carve out her own career as a pop artist. Following tours across the US and Europe, opening for artists like Gary Morris, Reba McEntyre and David Hallyday she spends her time between Nashville and Paris, France.

Her song, “Come In Closer,” composed with Nashville rock group, The CO, was featured on the Season Finale of the hit MTV show, “16 and Pregnant,” and she made her debut TV performance on Planet Green’s new reality series, “Dresscue Me.” Look for Justyna as the original face and voice of the new Television Network, Ovation, and listen for the song that she wrote, sang and produced, “Fall Into You,” in the new film, “Never Back Down 2.” Her songs have recorded by up-and-coming pop/rock artists Paul Freeman, Mando Saenz (Carnival Nashville) and Nils Krake (Sony Holland). Today, Justyna has settled down in Paris to work on her upcoming album project with her French band, consisting of: Jerome Ceva, Fabien Mornet, Benoit Billard and fellow Nashville cat, Carlton Moody.

In short, Justyna carries the richness and depth of a deep musical heritage, while bringing forward and a unique, yet universal pop/folk appeal. She is continually composing both lyrics and music for her own projects, including her upcoming EP with Z Factory Records (Paris, France). She also brings her talent to the performances of other artist byway of her writing and many other and projects, including TV, film and soundtracks. A self-proclaimed “student of the world,” Justyna constantly pulls inspiration from her surroundings and finds ways to incorporate her Southern heartland roots into her undying love for uncharted lands and travels. Her melodies are soaring, catchy and sophisticated and her meaningful lyrics a true testament to an artist with something to say.

Visit Justyna at www.justynakelley.com