The Clark Kent of Soul. The Disco Mystic. Norman Kelsey is on a mission to help you groove all night. He returned with his new album On The Rebound, the follow-up to A Talent For Loving. The new disc is filled with brass-laden pop tunes and heart-stopping ballads. Norman is supporting the release with full band performances and intimate acoustic sets in select markets. His live band, the Inimitables, features Adam Marsland (keyboard); Evie Sands (guitar); Teresa Cowles (bass) and Kevin Jarvis (drums).
The latest single from On The Rebound is "Huckleberry Finn," released on July 30, 2013. The single was accompanied by an official music video directed by Andrew Shuford. The song is about Norman's own personal artistic journey; tinged with a rootsy 70's R&B vibe.
Norman is originally from Cleveland, but now hails from North Hollywood, CA. He is of mixed heritage and is proud of his family's roots in Scotland and Harlem, NY. He grew up on a steady diet of the Bee Gees, Beatles and Michael Jackson. His other major influences are David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Marvin Gaye. He draws comparisons to Lenny Kravitz, Prince and Andy Gibb. Norman's goal with each album is to create a record with varied flavors, reminiscent of a Summer day back when radio would spin pop, funk, rock, disco, R&B ballads and stadium anthems back-to-back.
Norman recorded his second solo LP, On The Rebound, at Karma Frog studios in Reseda, CA with producer Adam Marsland. The album features ten original songs that continue the musical journey of his first record drawing inspiration from Mark Twain and the Gilded Age to the Dawn of Disco. Norman worked with an assortment of acclaimed musicians, including drummers DJ Bonebrake (X) and Kevin Jarvis; vocalists Evie Sands and Teresa Cowles; saxophonist Larry O. Williams (GAP band) and trumpeter Rahmlee Davis of the Phenix Horns (Earth, Wind & Fire). The record dropped on October 2, 2012.
For his Sophisticated & Solo acoustic tour, in advance of the release, Norman played a series of select dates in Britain in May, 2012, including stops at the Cavern Club and the Notting Hill Arts Club in London; and Los Angeles. He returned to the UK for the fourth time in May, 2013 for shows in London, Manchester and Liverpool.
Norman's solo journey, after being the lead singer and bassist of Rush Hour Soul, began in earnest with the release of A Talent For Loving. It followed on the heels of his first tour of the UK, which visited London, York, Sheffield and Liverpool, where his music was well-received. The title track "A Talent For Loving" was recorded at Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth, Wales. The song's official video was directed by William Archer and shot on location in London.
Several songs from A Talent For Loving made an impact on radio and TV; including:
BBC6's The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show.
NBC's "Up All Night" episode 115: Day After Valentine's Day
NBC's "Parks & Recreation" episode 309: Fancy Party
ABC's "Happy Endings" episode 207: Fowl Play/Date
ABC's "Eli Stone" episode 202: The Path
"Gossip Girl" Dove Soap promo
Norman, a proud voting member of the recording academy (NARAS), publishes his music through his own company, Mighty Ohio Music (BMI). He is married and resides in North Hollywood, CA. - See more at: http://www.normankelsey.com/bio/#sthash.T1cLzhkE.dpuf