Kellee Bradley has been compared to many of the finest female vocalists of our time, including Karen Carpenter, Linda Ronstad and Sheryl Crow, but she has a sound all her own. She's opened for national artists like Chicago, John Mellencamp, Huey Lewis and the News, JoDee Messina, Basia, the Steve Miller Band and Dar Williams at venues like the Gorge, Chateau Ste-Michelle Winery, Marymoor Amphitheater and the Moore Theater. With three albums under her belt she's become a seasoned professional and is a fixture in the Seattle music scene.
Kellee was born in Pensacola, Florida. Her father was a Navy pilot and by the time she made her final landing on Oregon soil she'd touched down in Newfoundland, Japan, San Diego and finally Brooklyn, NY where she discovered a passion for music. PS 195 (her school in NY) didn't have much a budget for music, so once a week her class was visited by a guitar toting music teacher who handed out copies of current folk songs like Blowing in the Wind and the entire class would sing along while she strummed her guitar. Kellee asked her parents for a guitar that Christmas, and when she opened the guitar shaped box from Sears and Roebuck she opened up a whole new world for herself.
Moving to Junction City, Oregon was quite a cultural shock, but Kellee threw herself into choir, piano lessons, guitar lessons and musical theater. When she was 15 she wrote a song for the Easter Seals Telethon called "Caring for Tomorrow, and they invited her to fly down to Los Angeles with her dad to sing it on the National Telethon. She was interviewed on the air by Don Kirshner, Peter Falk and Jack Klugman. It was a big deal for someone local to be on national television, but there's wasn't much of a venue for her music in Junction City, so she pushed it to the back burner and focused on theater. She graduated from the University of Oregon and moved to Los Angeles to study acting.
Kellee finally found her way back to music after she moved back to the Northwest...this time to Seattle. She married her college sweetheart and had two perfect, beautiful children. When her daughter was 4 she realized she needed something more if she was going to be a good parent. She needed to feed her soul and give back to herself. She picked up the guitar again and started writing. One thing led to another, and her first 6 song ep was born. Then she connected with producer Ronan Murphy at SXSW in Austin, Texas and they created The Season, her award-winning first album.
They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. That's what Kellee's new album "Waiting" is all about. It's about joy and pain; loss and hope the songs on this album will make you laugh and cry. From "Who's Gonna Love Me", the autobiographical song about the death of her mother, to "Waiting", the celebration song about the gift of love, this is a unique and beautiful collection of Kellee at her very best.
It's been a long journey, but Kellee the songwriter is stronger and better than she's ever been. The life changing adversity of the past couple of years has given her music a depth that is hard to find. Losing her mother to cancer and becoming a single mother in a years' time has a way of putting everything in perspective. She forges on, always positive that life is good and worth the journey.