Kelea, a three times WAM Song of The Year nominee, is a multi-genre WA music artist and singer/songwriter.
Kelea is a powerful vocalist with a large vocal range who was in the Top 100 Voice Australia 2019.
Leaving the corporate world behind in 2014, Kelea moved to the Wheatbelt from Melbourne and performed on the WAM regional circuit for several years, including the Wheatbelt Songwriters Showcase, Dowerin Field Days, Wheatbelt Touring Circuit series (including support spots for The Jackson Roses, Refractory Road and Pete Byfield), the Perth Royal Show and WAMFest 2017. After having performed everywhere from Mandurah to Kalbarri, Kelea has now set her sights on WA’s South West.
Kelea has four single releases – Evolution (2017), Dear Sir/Madam (2019), Are You Ok? (2020) and “Sand in My Pocket” (2020) as well as her more recently released EP “Of Sound Mind”, launched with her all female band in 2022. The band also performed at the Bon Scott Memorial show supporting Hells Bells and Bon’s Salute at Port Beach Brewery, Fremantle. Kelea currently performs regularly aboard Captain Cook Cruises.
“Dear Sir/Madam”,“Are You Ok?” and “Dysfunktional” have received WAM Song of the Year nominations over the last three years in Folk, Act Belong Commit and Outstanding Regional categories respectively.
“Dear Sir/Madam”, a moving ballad about ageism and unemployment accompanied by a poignant music video, has been uniquely identified as the only song of its kind in the world (Susan Flory, “The Big Middle” (US) Jan 2020). The music video is promoted by leading international anti-ageism speaker Ashton Applewhite (US), was featured in Forbes Magazine (US) and was a finalist on US compilation album “Songs for Social Change” 2019 (RAWA).
Her third single release – “Are You Ok?” (Mar 2020) is a dedication to firefighters after the devastating fires of January 2020 with proceeds going to those featured in the music video.
Her (yet to be released) track “Take My Hand” was nominated in the Top 30 Ballads of the Australian Songwriting Association competition 2021 and “I.T. Guy” recently reached Top 30 in ASA 2022 for Comedy.
Kelea will be bringing her diverse originals to Nannup Music Festival 2022 in a stripped back format joined by the highly talented vocalist/guitarist in her own right Romy B, most noted for her outstanding win of Fairbridge Youth Songwriting Competition 2017 at just fourteen.
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