Sara Jean Kelley
Sara Jean Kelley is a river beneath a river with an edgy sense of humor; an explorer,
a rescuer, a naturalist, and an active member of her creative community. Born and
raised by the venerable bluegrass songwriter, Irene Kelley, Sara loves wild plants and
animals and music and people and has the scars and stories to prove it. Sara’s songs
are conceptual, yet relatable. Her voice is timeless, yet singularly her own. And her
delivery can shift, like the weather, from dark and sultry, to light-as-a-feather.
A triple Scorpio, she has been compared to Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, and Lucinda
Williams, and has already shared the stage with legends such as Emmylou Harris and
Rodney Crowell. Sara studied evolutionary biology in Durango, Colorado and her first
EP, The Wild explored her connection with the earth, and the soil; the relationship she
has with and honor she holds for the natural world. Sara’s latest EP, Black Snake is
about life and death, transformation and rebirth, strength and resilience; all the things
you experience in your early thirties that you wish you had known a decade earlier.