Kelli Frances Corrado is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is a quilt of memories and mysticism. Growing up in Chicago, she would sneak out during school nights to see hip hop shows and spend Sundays learning prayer rituals taught by a Bohemian Czech grandmother. This set a unique musical foundation. Leading her to pursue opera training, string arranger, beat making and classical poetry. Giving voice to her spiritual beliefs. She has lived many lives before putting her heart in song: social worker, student, tap dancer, teacher, wanderer. Living in the Black Forest, London and by the sea. These patches of experience bring together a musical broth of magical realism and urban life ripe of lucid dreams and superstition.
Her wandering spirit comes through in her recording choices. Using weird and wonderful places- a seaplane port, boat house, warehouse with six second reverb and an old school from the 1900's. Bringing in an assortment of talented musicians and producers: Brian Deck/Iron & Wine, Adrienne Davies/Earth, Derek Terran/Wind Burial, Grant Olsen/Gold Leaves, Shawn Hatfield/Amon Tobin and Jeffery Mcnulty as engineer and co-producer on all releases.
Her quirky and enchanting dreamworld opened in 2012 with debut release 'Diamond Matter', Aphonia Recordings. Noticed first by the almighty Ruth Barnes BBC6/ Resonance FM Radio, a feature in feminist blog 'The Girls Are...' and a grant from The Grammy Foundation. With her sophomoric release 'SHEPHERDESS' on Flat Field Records, brought a richly layered blanket of sight and sound. With videos 'Swan Initiative' highlighted by NME and 'Lonely, Samba Style' premiered in Stackedd Magazine and played on OKTV Vienna by artist CHRA/Blackest Ever Black. A track from Shepherdess was also part of the #shoutyourabortion mix tape and Kelli Frances was honored to perform at the first benefit show in Seattle, WA.
Her third release, Book of Echoes is a musical story book of 7 songs about 7 archangels and 7 healing lessons. Each song is written, according to the lore in the key of the archangel. Released on Flat Field Records. Music video 'The Roses Courage' features female skateboarders from the 'The Skate Witches' collective and was premiered at The Sunset in Seattle at a benefit for non-profit Skate Like A Girl, co-sponsored by Female Pressure and Tom Tom Magazine. Tom Tom Magazine interviewed Kelli Frances. And second single 'Rafeal' was featured on NPR's Radio One Chicago show as well her doing a live interview. Kelli Frances also solely produced her first music video for song 'Rafeal' which was listed in Feminatronic top 10 for 2017.
'Kelli Frances sing like an angel, the spirit guides tell me'- Lori Bruno, High Priestess Strega Witch
'If David Lynch is considering new contenders to serves as chanteuse for the Twin Peaks reboot Kelli Frances Corrado should be high on the list'-Ma'Chell Duma La Vassar, Stackedd
'The haunting black forest divinity that is Kelli Frances Corrado'- Kim Selling, The Stranger
'Love the vocals, love the strings XO" - Johnny Jewel, producer and founder of Italians Do it Better Records.
“Kelli Frances Corrado reminds me of Betty Davis, punk rock and musically ahead of the times'' -Matt Sullivan, co-founder, Light in The Attic Records
'Songwriter Kelli Frances Corrado crafts music that feels like they have one foot in our reality and the other in some unknown nebulous. She is not bound by the confines of your mortal genres.' - Dusty Henry, Pre/Amp
'Deliciously seductive, Kelli's songs get into your head and under your skin, like an obsessive teenage crush. Keep a close watch on this one.'- Jane Bradley, The Girls Are...
'Corrado crafts songs that hit like magic spells, the cellos and synthesizers beckon you to dance under a blood moon' -AJ Dent, The Drainage
GRANTS, AWARDS, Affiliations
*2019-2020 The Creative Advantage Roster, Seattle, WA
*2018 Arts Corps, Sponsorship
*2015 Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, City Artist Project co-recipient for Society of Wonder
*2014 Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, smART Venture Grant
*2013 Community Supported Arts of WA
*2012 Rauschenberg Foundation
*2011 The Grammy Foundation