Nashville based, American roots songwriter and performer is offering up a MP3 Christmas bonus with her new song, "Happy Birthday, Little Baby Jesus", a co-write with Lisa Aschmann. Just reply to this email! She's getting ready to release her first collection in 10 years of new material, Pennsylvania Coal
Listeners continue to discover Irene's music: an authentic mix of country and bluegrass with tinges of folk and Americana distinguished by her sweetly tempered voice, always backed by cracker-jack players. Earning her place in the Nashville pantheon, her songs have been recorded by prominent artists, including Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood, Rhonda Vincent, 2013 IBMA Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch, and others.
Another new convert of Irene's is actor Charles Estin, aka "Deacon", from the hit series Nashville. He attended one of her recent shows at The Bluebird Cafe.
Veteran Nashville songwriter and small town Pennsylvania native, Irene Kelley, will release her first new collection of original songs in more than 10 years on February 11, 2014. The new bluegrass full-length album -- Pennsylvania Coal -- is a tribute to her coal-mining grandfather and a recording Irene has had on her bucket-list for some time.
First New Collection in more than 10 years Featuring Special Guests Carl Jackson, Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, Darren Vincent, Stuart Duncan, Trisha Yearwood, and others
Longtime music critic Michael McCall wrote her breakthrough CD, Simple Path, presented, "thoughtful songs with a grace that effectively conveys the tenderness of their message-filled material." No flash in the pan, no diva-belting -- this is music that lasts -- a warm, clear voice singing timeless new bluegrass classics. As one of the 12 tracks on the album notes, it gets even "better with time.