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Saxophonist/Composer/Producer/Arranger/Educator Grace Kelly has lived more in her 20 years than most who have lived twice as long.
Born Grace Chung, she and her sister, Christina, were adopted by their stepfather, Bob Kelly. Mom and Dad's house was full of music, especially during Sunday brunch - when the sounds of Stan Getz would permeate their Massachusetts home. At six, Grace was persuaded to play piano - followed by singing lessons, dancing, writing and theater. Then, clarinet and saxophone when she was eight.
The gifted vocalist, Ann Hampton Calloway, saw something special in this child prodigy, as did Grace's middle school teacher - who encouraged this tiny multi-instrumentalist to record her first album. That she did, and "Dreaming" launched an incredible career when Grace was just 12.
Six projects later - among them, the highly praised "Man with the Hat" - with sax legend, Phil Woods - Grace is going strong! "Live at Scullers" is the latest (and courageous) body of work from an artist who is truly spreading her wings and flying. With both serious chops on display and songs that feature her sweet and searching voice, this soon-to-be Birthday Girl is finding her groove. And INSISTING on the groove being hers - and not the path that some would prescribe that she should take.
What a rare find - and we'll delve into the life and times of amazing Grace Kelly when she joins us on Tuesday, April 11th - at the top of the one p.m. hour. Get to know her via her website: www.gracekellymusic.com
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