a bit about me...
Hi there! My name is Janis Kelly: No, not the world famous Opera Singer from England or the Olympic Volleyball Superstar from Quebec; I’m the Singer-Songwriter from Colorado who's on a mission to elevate, educate and activate your body, mind and soul! I write, record, perform and share music that’s often referred to as New Thought, Positive or Spiritual, but that I like to call “Igniting”: Soul-stirring, hip-shaking, heart-opening and thought-provoking, guaranteed to spark your inner flame! Unabashedly uplifting, undeniably soulful and irresistibly catchy, my songs speak to the human condition, reflect my own journey of self-discovery and offer an invitation to help create a world that works for everyone, a world where all beings are valued and where all beings know peace, freedom, equality, justice, belonging and, above all, LOVE!
Since 2007, I’ve recorded six albums of original material including my latest project, Sing! Praise! Chant! Breathe!, all of which you can listen to, download, purchase and share on the Home, Music and Store pages on this site. I also record with my band, Global Soul Experience and my women’s vocal ensemble, Spirit Voices so feel free to take a listen!
Like many of my fellow independent artists, I’ve had to wear many hats and keep lots of plates spinning in order to support my “musical habit” over-the-years! Some of mine have included teaching aerobics and fitness classes in health clubs; teaching p.e. and dance in public schools; directing choirs and bands in Waldorf Schools and teaching private voice, piano and trumpet lessons in my home studio. But my favorite hat is that of being a 'Musical Instigator,' creating transformative musical moments as an independent artist and producer. I love to perform at festivals, concerts and special events, both as a solo artist and with other collaborators and bandmates, and I'm hard-at-work on my next studio album, "Keep On Reaching," due to be released in 2023 (fingers crossed).
Back-in-the-day, I also spent 20+ years as a professional R&B, jazz and pop singer and had the great fortune of sharing the stage and studio with some of my all-time musical idols including Carole King, Chaka Khan, Tower of Power, The Neville Brothers and even Maurice White from Earth, Wind & Fire! Today, it’s a special thrill to pay musical tribute to these and other artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, The Beatles and India Arie, to name a few, who shine so brightly and spread so much joy and love around the world! We do this both in our Sunday services and in tribute shows and benefit concerts we produce throughout the year (when not in lock-down!). Be sure to check out my Events link for upcoming performances and feel free to drop me a line!
“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”-Maya Angelou