Kelly Jean

Kelly Jean

Sacramento, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF

Sacramento, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2000
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter




"to: all my bad Tinder dates - Song Review"

Overall Impression:
Passionately performed and wonderfully written, Kelly Jean's superbly crafted indie-alternative rock track "to: all my bad Tinder dates" manages to effortlessly evoke the sounds of the strong female-led alternative rock output of the 90s whilst being able to masterfully embed a contemporary feel into its compelling songwriting, helping to create a piece of music that is steeped in authenticity throughout. Music as compellingly poignant as this needs that certain special vocal presence at its forefront in order to really capture the intricacies of the writing, and oh my does Kelly Jean have that certain Je ne ce quoi. Each and every word is given such depth and emotional complexity that as a listener you simply can't help but hang on to each and every phrase that Kelly Jean so gracefully conveys. This is heightened further by her strikingly candid approach to her lyric writing, there's a sincere honesty woven throughout her lyrics that helps to paint a particularly touching and grounded picture that listeners will find so easy to relate to.

Strongest Point(s):
Kelly Jean’s vocal style has a certain ethereal quality to it that allows it to glide effortlessly over the rich musical textures that accompany her, so the decision to build an almost dreamlike arrangement that makes superb use of reverb-laden guitar, subtle string layers, and restrained percussive elements was certainly a good one. The sprawling atmosphere-inducing nature of the arrangement makes for a particularly encapsulating soundscape, one that beautifully envelops Kelly Jean's highly expressive vocal qualities and helps to provide an abundance of riveting melodic explorations, ensuring listeners are swept up off their feet and treated to a listening experience that is highly detailed and thoroughly enthralling.

Target Audience Appeal:
This is a fantastic alternative rock track and I'm certain lovers of the style will find this to be a particularly rewarding listening experience.

Artist target suggestions:
Natalie Merchant, The Cranberries, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Imbruglia, Sara Bareilles, Jewel, Lisa Loeb, Dido, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Fiona Apple, Paula Cole, St. Vincent, Aimee Mann

About The Reviewer:
Andre Avanessian is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar, as well as teaching it, helping students both learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and how to become proficient in home recording.

Vocals: Strength
Lyrics: Strength
Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength
Melody/Rhythm: Strength
Arrangement/Flow: Strength
Recording Quality/Overall Mix: Strength - RadioAirPlay



Kelly Jean merges raw emotion and introspective storytelling in her music, establishing a unique presence in today’s music scene. Beginning at six with her first song, her artistry has evolved from childhood curiosities to a celebrated body of work known for its authenticity and connective power. A self-taught guitarist influenced by the raw honesty of 90s rock icons like Alanis Morissette and The Cranberries, Kelly has developed a sound that’s both emotional and expressively haunting. Her EP, "Good at Goodbyes," showcases this style, blending 90s rock nostalgia with her own modern twist.

Collaborating with Mike Davidson of Plaid Dog Recording, the duo crowdfunded $10k to bring "Good at Goodbyes" to life, benefiting from Davidson’s diverse musical expertise and a dedicated studio team. Kelly also fronts 'Kelly Jean: Party of 4', a band that has made significant waves in the Sacramento music scene, known for their harmonious sound and authentic performances. In addition to her solo and band endeavors, Kelly contributes to her local music community through Sofar Sounds, promoting intimate musical experiences.

With an unwavering commitment to her craft, Kelly Jean is not just a musician but a continuous source of creative energy. As she prepares for the release of her EP and a Pacific Coast tour, Kelly remains dedicated to producing music that captivates and inspires, promising more milestones in a flourishing career that transcends conventional boundaries.

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