Taylor Kelly was born and raised in the suburbs of Rochester, NY and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA where she is further discovering herself as an artist. She has a voice that blends both the smoothness and rhythmic nature of jazz, soul and funk. Her tasteful songwriting tells tales of truth in hopes to inspire many to love, live and let go. Also a trumpet player, she proves the importance of a strong horn section and hot horn lines and strives for an instrumental-vocal approach, a rhythmic phrasing and an improvisation that is reminiscent of many of her trumpet playing influences (Chet Baker, Roy Hargrove and Miles Davis to name a few). Her musical stylings are reflective of Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder as they possess what she believes to be the true essence of music- harmonic complexity, strong melodic contour and lyrical honesty with an absolutely relentless underlying groove.
Taylor graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Music where she had diligently studied the vast realm that is music. She leads an 8-piece group that has shared the stage with Moonchild, Becca Stevens, Bahamadia and Georgia Anne Muldrow and has released four albums, her most recent entitled “Up Up and Away” that released 01 August 2019 (www.taylorkelly.bandcamp.com). Taylor was a finalist in the PHL LIVE Center Stage for R&B in 2018. Aside from her own group, Taylor is also the front-woman (Tayoncé) of Jay-Z/Beyonce tribute band For the Record (previously Hard Knock Live), who had the unbelievable privilege of opening up for Salt N Pepa at Boston's ThrowBBaQ at City Hall in July 2014.
Aside from performing, Taylor teaches voice, piano, songwriting and trumpet lessons. She takes pride in teaching others and inspiring them to love music in the way she has learned to. "I believe the essence of music is self-expression and finding meaning in every word and/or note but I also realize the importance of music theory, ear training and the ability to read as it allows you to understand music fully and go far beyond what you ever thought you could do."