Tuned In to Kelly McRae

January 28, 2010 9:50:37 AM PST
Part 4 of our special Tuned In Philadelphia AIDS Fund artists. Our featured Tuned In artist this week is Kelly McRae. She is a singer songwriter who currently resides in New York. Before moving to New York she lived in Baltimore, Dallas, and Starkville, Mississippi.

We caught up with her at The General Lafayette Inn, in Lafayette Hill, PA during the "John Francis and friends" benefit concert for The Philadelphia Aids fund. She impressed the audience with her soulful sounds.

Here is her biography?

"Kelley McRae, an artist living in Brooklyn, made her CD debut in 2006 with the album Never Be. The album received rave reviews, including four stars in Paste magazine and her performance on WNYC's 'Soundcheck' was named one of the year's best. These successes, along with the stand-out track "Johnny Cash," put her on the map? at least the Lower Manhattan music and theater map. With her forthcoming release, Highrises in Brooklyn, produced by Brian Deck (Iron and Wine, Counting Crows, Josh Ritter), she deserves more longitude: at least three more time zones.

This is an album that should be all over the map. Not because Kelley arrived in Brooklyn by way of Baltimore, Dallas, and Starkville, Mississippi, but because she, like everyone, makes a daily commute through joy, despair, gratitude, doubt, hope, fear, shame, and the rest. Big cities like New York have a way of uprooting us existentially and daring us to call them home. In many ways, Highrises in Brooklyn is Kelley's answer to that call. She chides Brooklyn's highrises in the album's title track, confesses co-dependence on late-night bars and diners in "Last Call Town" and "Long Walk Home," both rues and needs the BQE?the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway- in the pop number "BQE."

When Kelley, a former visual artist and stage actress, was asked why she turned to song she said "I found that I was much better at singing what I meant than saying what I meant." This comes through in every track of Highrises in Brooklyn, whether it's electronica (banjo and synthesized hand claps), gospel and blues, folk, synthesized pop, harmonies, and swaying rhythms, or simple, beautiful Americana. By pairing sound with emotion, by faithfully naming, through song, a heart that often looks like a NYC transit map, she elevates life over art. Some best speak truth in acting, some by painting, and some, like Kelley, through song."

Please enjoy their performance video from her show at The General Lafayette Inn.

You are now Tuned In to Kelly McRae

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Tuned In recently teamed up with WXPN to sponsor a fund raiser entitled "John Francis and Friends Night". John Francis is one of our original Tuned In artists. He put together a concert at The General Lafayette Inn, in Lafayette Hill, PA, to support "The Philadelphia AIDS Fund".

John brought along many friends who performed for a packed audience. Also there to help host the event was WXPN's Heln Leicht. The audience was treated to the wonderful sounds of The Spinning leaves, Hezekiah Jones, Kelly McRae, Sarah Fullen and The Stanleys, and John Francis.

All month long we will feature these artists on our Tuned In segment on Action News.

About AIDS Fund (from their website):

AIDS Fund, supports HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and services in the Delaware Valley Region by raising dollars and increasing public awareness about the impact of HIV on our communities. Currently, 30 partner organizations are receiving funding as a result of AIDS Fund's activities to provide critical HIV prevention education and care services.

Since its founding, AIDS Fund has remained committed to the philosophy that by coming together, each individual can make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS in their community. Critical to the success of AIDS Fund is our ability to mobilize thousands of volunteers and donors annually to produce events and to generate funds. These volunteers are valued for their commitment, compassion, and their community response to the AIDS epidemic.

For more information:

AIDS Fund 1315 Spruce Street ? 4th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-731-9255