Jo Kelsey .
LIVE & RECORDING VOCALIST, ARRANGER & CHOIR LEADER.
Jo Kelsey is a professional vocalist currently based in Auckland, NZ. With her heart in the blues, soul and rock, Jo specialises in vocal arrangements (leading backing vocals and choirs) and improvisation in addition to her strong lead vocals.
Growing up in Birmingham (UK) Jo was heavily influenced by the city's rock n' roll heritage (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath) whilst training as a classical singer and pianist. She soon moved to London to pursue her passion for music, gaining a BMus (Hons) in Vocal Performance from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance whilst building a steady career.
Over the next 6 years, Jo worked as a session musician (credits include: Guitar Hero, Accenture, Secret Cinema and British Soul Standard) - working on a wide variety of albums and stage shows, performed in and managed bands, in addition to building up a busy teaching practise and leading choirs for both children and adults across the city. At the same time, Jo released three studio EP's of her own work and toured throughout the UK and Europe in support of her original music.
Tiring of London life and in search of new adventures, Jo spent the next two years travelling the world, singing anywhere and everywhere and discovering new sounds. Eventually she decided to settle in Auckland, where she spent a year leading the New Zealand Girls Choir, whilst building up a busy music tuition practise and fronting blues-rock band Radio Coma. Jo is currently continuing to teach, specialising in voice and performance anxiety, working as a freelance vocalist and leading choirs across the city.
“Jo has a unique and soulful tone to her voice that is captivating, moving and even haunting. Her vocal range is, to say the least, impressive and always has more to give. Jo sings with raw emotion, pure passion and true beauty as her voice speaks to your every sense.”
2020: Radio Coma - River Flows (Single) - Lead Vocals
2019: Radio Coma - Devil's Out - Lead Vocals
2019: Radio Coma - All Die - Lead Vocals
2019: Jo Kelsey & Niels Bakx - Growing Up: Live at The Park Studios (EP) - Lead Vocals
2017: Radio Coma - Too Young To Die (Single) - Lead Vocals
2017: Radio Coma - Gone (Single) - Lead Vocals
2017: SoulNaturals - I Got Sunshine (Single) - Lead Vocals
2017: SoulNaturals - I Got Sunshine: The Remixes (EP) - Lead Vocals
2017: SoulNaturals - Love Says Yes! (Album) - Backing Vocals
2016: InPlace feat. Jo Kelsey - Roads (EP) - Lead Vocals
2015: What?! feat. Jo Kelsey - I Wanna Be (Single) - Lead Vocals
2014: Jo Kelsey & Niels Bakx - Lie To Me (EP) - Lead Vocals
2014: Jo Kelsey - Matchbox (EP) - Lead Vocals & Piano
2014: We Are Children (We Make Sound) - June 12 (Album) - Vocals
2014: Danny Toeman - The Way It Seems (Album) - Backing Vocals
2020: Body Positive - Pride Festival | Musical Director & Choir Leader
2019: Body Positive - World Aids Day Festival | Musical Director & Choir Leader
2019- 20: Everybody Sings | Choir Leader
2018- 20: Louise Emma Academy Of Dance | Vocal Teacher
2018-19: Lewis Eady | Vocal and Piano Teacher
2018: Big Pop Productions | Les Mills | Session Vocalist
2017: New Zealand Girls Choir | Musical Director & Choir Leader.
2017: Virtuoso Media | Downer Christmas Commercial | Lead Vocalist
2017: Manukau Institute Of Technology | Guest Lecturer (Songwriting)
2017- 19: Kids UpFront | Singing Teacher
2016-17: Eliette’s Music Academy | Piano and Vocal Teacher.
2016: The Secret Cinema/Dirty Dancing | Lead Vocalist
2015: Guitar Hero | Recording Vocalist
2014-16: Halcyon International, British Soul Standard, Moorfields Hospital | Choir Leader
2014-16: West Kensington Piano School | Piano & Vocal Tutor
2013-14: The Music Club | Vocal Tutor
2012-17: The British Soul Standard | Lead Vocalist
2011-16: Jo Kelsey Music | Lead Vocalist & Songwriter
2011-16: Bare Acoustic | Lead Vocalist
2011: International Guitar Foundation | Vocal Tutor
Phone: 027 470 7042