Rick Kelley

Keyboardist • Singer • Songwriter • One-man band • Children’s book author

Rick Kelley’s award-winning, interactive, energetic, and extremely FUN performances are perfect for all audiences. Any age…any stage is his motto and he has earned it! His high-energy and infectious personality motivates people of all ages to “GET INVOLVED.” Rick’s performances have gained him outstanding reviews at universities and colleges, grade schools, festivals, park districts, corporate events, libraries, and fine arts venues across the country.

Rick has earned the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) award for Family Program of the Year. This show has also earned him recognition as the NACA Coffeehouse Entertainer of the Year 4 times. He was awarded the “Campus Activities Today” magazine’s Best Male Performer, Best Solo Performer, and Best Small Concert.

Rick has released a total of 8 CD’s including 3 CDs for children, “Don’t Just Sit There. . . Read Something”, “What Can I Do For You?”, and “Music A to Z”. He has also composed original music for several episodes of the Showtime series, “Red Shoe Diaries” and soundtracks for documentaries and short subject films. Rick has played over 4,000 events across the country for all ages and in every conceivable venue. He has opened for well-known artists, such as Sinbad, Robert Townsend, Jake Johannsen, Ellen DeGeneres, and Carrot Top.

In 2006, in response to Hurricane Katrina, Rick started a 501-c-3 non-profit Corp. called, “Music with a Message For Kids, Inc.” He is currently the director and one of the main working performers who have provided over 300 FREE programs to kids in need in 8 different states. In 2013, Rick wrote his first children’s book called “Sharing Sharon,” which is the first of a series of books on character for kids and was illustrated by Shari Marcus.

Themes:

Mardi Gras, Patriotic, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas

 

What you can expect to hear:

Marvin Gaye

Stevie Wonder

The Isley Brothers

The Drifters

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

James Taylor

James Brown

Tony Joe White

Gordon Lightfoot

David Bowie & Mick Jagger

Staple Singers

The Spencer Davis Group

The Temptations

Talking Heads

Beatles

Neil Diamond

Billy Joel

The Association

Wilson Pickett

Amii Stewart

Jackson 5

Chicago

Elton John

The Drifters

Elvis Presley

The Flamingos

Righteous Brothers

Tony Bennett

Ray Charles

Ben E King

The Righteous Brothers

George Benson

Everly Brothers

Vera Lynn

Frank Sinatra

Bing Crosby

Jimmy Forrest

Eva Cassidy

Ella Fitzgerald

Patsy Cline

Peggy Lee

Kids/Family Events:

3 CDs worth of original kids songs! (on topics like reading, character, health/fitness, & music)

Previous performances:

Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI

ARCH Opera House of Sandwich, IL

The Tassel Center for the Arts, NE

Holland Arts Council, Holland, MI

Ironwood Theatre, MI

South Haven Center for the Arts, MI

State Theatre, Bay City, MI

Arizona Western College Fine Arts Center, Yuma, AZ

Taste of Chicago, IL

Milwaukee Summerfest, WI

Louisiana Book Festival

Red River Revel Festival, Shreveport, LA

Rockford “On the Waterfront” Fest – IL

National Balloon Festival, Indianola, IA

Food Lion Speed Street NASCAR Fest., Charlotte, NC

And many more!