Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Word of Mouth Works for Local Jazz Singer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Word of Mouth Works for Local Jazz Singer

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Lisa Kelly is a local artist with international fame.

Though the award-winning jazz singer calls Jacksonville home, her voice has taken her to places like Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Holland, France and Czechoslovakia, performing at the Vienna State Opera House and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Amsterdam.

"Some people think that if you are a local artist, then you must not be any good or you haven't made it because you don't live in a big city like New York or Los Angeles," Kelly said.

But her ability to network via the Internet and by word of mouth has landed her bookings around the world, she said.

The University of North Florida graduate describes her voice as having "a smooth clear tone and a sultry, rich timbre reminiscent of Sarah Vaughn and Julie London, with the soulfulness of Nancy Wilson," jazz greats she has studied over the years.

The lessons learned have helped Kelly develop this sound. And evolving into your own voice, she said, is what jazz is all about. …

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