Composer / Pianist / Producer www.briankelly.com
Brian Kelly is an award-winning, American composer, pianist, and recording artist who has released several critically acclaimed contemporary piano instrumental albums and published sheet music songbooks of his solo piano music.
Brian's most recent album, Afterplay, was awarded second place in the "Best Instrumental Jazz Album" category of the Just Plain Folks Music Awards and was awarded "#2 Contemporary Jazz Album" by Independent Music Awards. Afterplay ranked "#3 on the NAR Top 100 Radio Chart" for three months in a row (November 2008 thru January 2009) and was chosen as a "Best of 2008" pick by Audiosyncracy.
His debut album, Pools of Light, charted "#1 on the ZMR world/ newage/ ambient international radio charts" for two months in a row (June and July 2005) and garnered him a "Best New Artist" nomination in the 2005 New Age Reporter Lifestyle Music Awards. Brian was Keyboard Magazine's Annual Reader Tape Contest winner for the recording of his composition "Todd Pond", which is included on the flexi-disc Soundpage in the February 1990 issue.
Brian's music has been featured in television (Travel Channel, BBC Worldwide, MTV...), film (NBA Entertainment), in-flight programming (United, JetBlue, Continental, Southwest...), and receives airplay from radio stations and satellite music networks around the world (Music Choice, XM Radio, Pandora...). His sheet music songbooks, published by Skylight Music, include: "Tomorrow's Daydream Solo Piano Songbook" and "Pools of Light Solo Piano Songbook". Brian is a graduate of Hampshire College, a voting member of The Recording Academy, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
His current projects include: a contemporary jazz album with saxophonist Eric Crystal (currently on tour with Boz Scaggs), a trio of solo piano albums and accompanying sheet music songbooks, and a suite for piano & orchestra. More information available at www.briankelly.com
"...the swing and complexity of melodic jazz and the studio precision of Steely Dan ..."
– East Bay Express
“...POOLS OF LIGHT is a lush, sparkling journey into a beautiful world of elegant melodies and brilliant artistry. The music rises and falls in powerful, yet gentle, waves of emotion... a totally captivating collection of original compositions…” – SmoothJazz.com
”A talent worth watching” – Keyboard Magazine
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