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'Blue Jean Girl' at Jazz & Blues Fest

Friday, January 4, 2013

Kelsey Klingensmith and The Buffalo Ridge Band will be performing at The Gathering Place in Cherokee from 9 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 18, as part of the upcoming Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival.

This talented 13 year- old singer/songwriter is well underway in her journey towards her lifelong dream of becoming Nashville's newest singing sensation. Kelsey has already written well over 100 songs.

Her vibrant and expressive sound is on display in an all -original album "Blue Jean Girl," produced by Jimmy Nichols, musical director for Faith Hill, which debuted last summer, shortly after she appeared in concert at the Star Spangled Spectacular in Storm Lake. Kelsey was featured with the Sioux City Symphony for their Christmas Spectacular, and has just filmed her first professional music video, "Country Mess," which can be seen on YouTube.

"If I could imagine how artists like Carole King, Carly Simon, and Janis Ian started out, it would be Kelsey. She has the heart and soul of a true musical artist. The scary part is she's just beginning!" Nichols says.

By age 9 she bought her first guitar with her birthday money.

She made her first trip to Nashville at age 11 to record her self penned album, "Live, Laugh, Love". Eddie Killgallon of Montgomery Gentry produced Kelsey's first EP. He felt that "Kelsey's melody and lyric writing far surpasses anyone I've met at her age." Kelsey's song "I Am Somebody" was chosen for MTV's documentary "Bullied." In 2012, Kelsey started her own publishing company "Soul of a Songbird Publishing"

"The best part about being a songwriter is getting to touch people with my music. It's cool to know I can make a difference in somebody's life with a 3 minute song."

Last fall, Kelsey partnered with the Buffalo Ridge Band. BRB formed in early 2009 as the back-up band for Shawn Mayer, who placed 3rd on NBC's prime time show, 'Nashville Star'. They did big-crowd shows, sharing stages with John Michael Montgomery, The Guess Who and Josh Grabin, but when Shawn left for Nashville in 2010, they chose to stay in northwest Iowa. Jimmy Davis, Steve Alingh, Dave Hinners and Theodore "Brooks" BeGay continue to perform on their own as well as with Kelsey, and this will be their fifth Jazz & Blues gig.