Kelsey K – Blue Jean Girl

by Rick Moore

kelsey_blue-jean-girlWith all the talent shows on TV these days it doesn’t seem all that uncommon to see young girls singing country music and everyone raving about how good they are. But Iowa’s Kelsey Klingensmith, billed as Kelsey K, has bypassed all that standing-in-line-at-auditions hoo-ha and has begun to take Nashville by storm. And she just turned 14.

Her debut album, Blue Jean Girl, was produced by Faith Hill music director Jimmy Nichols, who also played keyboards and wrote for the album. Other Nashville talents on the record include writers like Frank Myers, who has written for everyone from Alabama to Chris Young, and writer/background vocalist Robert White Johnson, whose work for everyone from Celine Dion to Lynyrd Skynyrd has made him one of Nashville’s most respected names.

But enough about those guys. Because without Kelsey, they wouldn’t be getting mentioned here. At the recent CMA Music Festival in Nashville Kelsey brought the house down with material from this, her first album. People in the crowd who couldn’t see her thought they were listening to a 21-year-old, and those who could see her were shaking their heads about how she was already a star. From the opening track on Blue Jean Girl, “Country Mess” (which she co-wrote), Kelsey took charge of the stage, and the band of veteran pros, leaving little doubt about what her future is going to be. With opening slots for Toby Keith, Parmalee and others, this girl will be a major force on the charts within the next few years.

Check her out at www.kelseysmusic.com.

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