TEXAS STATE MUSICIAN NOMINEE
Kelli Grant, the Queen of Swing™
& her band, the Swing Kings performance is sponsored by the Mid-America Arts Alliance with co-funding by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Kelli received an “Honorable Mention” from Billboard in R&B for her own, “The Way Love Use to Be” from her CD, “Honky Tonk Rock”. With her credentials in R&B and blues growing, this award winning songwriter began writing and focusing on the diverse styles and formats of the blues.
The “Blues to Me!“ CD is considered by some to be one of the most comprehensive representatives of the diverse styles and formats of the "blues" ever published. A copulation of those styles: Swing Blues, Jump Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Country Blues, Western Swing Blues and the purest form of blues, Kelli’s award winning low down, dirty, nasty, sounding blues,
Nine of the 12 cuts are Kelli’s own, demonstrating her songwriting talents as well as her love for many musical forms.
Her patriotic hit, "Stand Up for the U.S.A," proclaimed the unofficial anthem of the 21st Century by Mike Gross, WVOF, Connecticut, was written several years before the obscene act of September 11th, 2001, as a gift for Kelli's father who had served in the Navy aboard the USS Core. Considering 911 to be one of the “bluest” days in America’s history, Kelli felt it was only natural to include it on the “Blues to Me!“ CD.
It is respectfully placed at #11 to honor the victims and families of September 11, 2001 …we will always remember.
Tagged, the Queen of Swingâ by R&B legend, Carl Perkins all who hear, agree. But it is not as much a title as it is a testament to Kelli’s unique yet awesome signature piano style that “swings” in the truest definition of the word.
Publicly proclaimed, an extraordinary entertainer, this Piano Poundin', Bass Kickin', Rhythm Rockin', "Queen of Swing" covers a century of our musical heritage in her original revue, "Swingin' the Blues." To go along with her R&B accolades, Kelli did extensive research in writing her highly acclaimed original revue which is on the Mid-America Arts Alliance touring roster with co-funding by the National Endowment of the Arts. Kelli and her band, “The Swing Kings” carry the audience down a musical highway of Jazz, Blues and Swing from New Orleans to New York City, Chicago to Kansas City and Memphis to Texas. Written and designed by the Queen as a clever and unique way to introduce her recordings, Kelli starts with the “jazz” of the Roarin’ 20’s, moans the depression blues of the 30’s, “swing’s” thru the War torn 40’s, “Rocks” the fabulous 50’s and “twist” into the 60’s. Most of her shows conclude with her patriotic hit and a salute to the Veterans.
Kelli has headlined and performed with, and at some of the biggest artist and venues throughout the country. Her show has been listed in the Isle of Capri's Blue Book as one of their BEST SHOWS, Entertainment Director, Bossier City, La. She was publicly declared, "an extraordinary entertainer" by Regional Marshall Arts Director.
Kelli was a Vocalist Nominee, 2004 for the Grammy Board of Directors, Texas Chapter and a Table Top Speaker for the Texas Arts Exchange conference, being considered an authority on the musical formats of "Blues & Swing".
Having been on the Texas Touring Roster since 2001, Kelli has been nominated by the Texas Commission on the Arts to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Arts International touring roster foreign festivals including England and all most of Europe, 2007.
Kelli received one of her highest honors in 2007, when Nominated by her piers for TEXAS STATE MUSICIAN. Being from Texas and the Queen of Swing™, it was only natural for Kelli to record and research Texas Swing legend, Bob Wills. With this research she discovered how the King of Western Swing loved the "Blues," which is also included on this CD. She is very proud of her association in Western Swing and will always record or include Western Swing classics on her CD's. She is a 2 time Nominee for the Will Rogers Award by the Academy of Western Artist and was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame, Seattle, Wa.