JO KELLY STEPHENSON - ABOUT


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 Photograph By Laura Harmondale

Jo Kelly Stephenson is an award winning Aussie singer songwriter currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. Awards include 'Alternative Country Album of the Year (Vox Populi)' in the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs), a major prize in the ASA 28th Australian Songwriting Contest - the 'Rudy Brandsma Award for Songwriting Excellence', and 2nd place in the Blues / R&B category of the Billboard World Song Contest, for which she appeared on the Billboard winners compilation album. Jo Kelly received two nominations for Bluegrass Song of the Year in the 2019 Independent Music Awards. Her song Perfect Chance was nominated for Alternative Country Song of the Year in the 8th annual Independent Music Awards. Other awards include 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th & 9th places in the AUSMUSIC category of the ASA 22nd Australian Songwriting Contest, as well as the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) award for 'Best Performance of the Night' at the ASA 22nd Awards ceremony in Sydney, multiple year finalist in the APRA Professional Development Awards, winner of a Segovia acoustic bass guitar in the PBS Radio Festival of Song - an Aussie battle of the bands held at the iconic Corner Hotel, and more.

Her music has been featured in prime network television shows and films aired worldwide including A&E series 'The Glades', TNT’s 'Rizzoli & Isles', ABC’s 'Mistresses', (ABC Family) Freeform’s 'Switched at Birth’, and CBS program 'Unforgettable'. Many of these shows aired on popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Prime Video. and they each had viewer numbers in the millions. Her music featured in Warner Brother’s cinema release 'Girl On A Bicycle' directed by Jeremy Leven (The Notebook). She supplied music for a US indie film about African American slavery called 'Alone'. These films continue to air in cinemas around the world. Her song ‘Kitchen Talk’ became the theme music for online New York based TV series, ‘Cooking for Bachelors'. Her songs are currently being played in shopping malls and stores across America including Ralph's, Kroger, WinnDixie and Walmart. She also supplied call hold music for Walgreens and other retailers.

Jo Kelly has performed at top music venues and festivals throughout Australia including Melbourne’s historic international Palais Theatre, The Metro Theatre in Sydney, and The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane. She showcased at Michael Chugg's 'Australian Music Week' - St Kilda Festival several years running, and performed alongside The Angel's Doc Neeson and The Brewster Brothers at the ASA televised awards ceremony in Sydney, her second appearance at an ASA Awards ceremony. More recently are performances on the Music City Roots show featuring Grammy Award Winning Jim Lauderdale, in Nashville, Tennessee. Her face and music bio appeared on Vietti Chili cans in grocery stores throughout the southern United States, after writing multiple jingles about mouth watering chili.

“I See Flowers heralds the arrival of someone with the potential to blaze a trail far beyond home territory” - Performing Songwriter Magazine, USA.
 
"Otis Redding meets Cyndi Lauper in the country" - Anthony J. Resta (Producer - Elton John, Blondie, Duran Duran) describing the song Perfect Chance.

"Her brand of bluesy country deserves comparisons to Shawn Colvin. The songs are strong and her voice sounds wonderfully fresh"- Jeff Jenkins, 'Australian Music Mag' (JB Hi-Fi guide to new music in store).
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