This soulful hip hop guitarist is shredding the internet

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The city’s latest star

With a name like “Music City”, Nashville has long been regarded as a place on the short list of great musicians and otherworldly performers. Perhaps one reason is due to the programs set in place to nurture and spark the creative genius in their children. Take “Little Kids Rock” for example. The progressive movement gifted free instruments to schools in hopes to keep the city’s musical spirit alive. As a part of this program, students were able to do things like perform at the Ryman auditorium and record in RCA Studio B, the same studio in which Elvis recorded “Blue Christmas.” While the days of “Little Kids Rock” are faint in most of those children’s minds now. It remains clear as day for Kelley Janae. The star guitarist has broken on to the music scene as a viral sensation and she’s done things her way.

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“I am such a perfectionist and am sometimes my biggest critic of what goes on inside of my head.

Even back then as a seven year old, Kelley’s abilities on the guitar managed to stand out to those around her. “My teacher said that it was because of my talents that he was inspired to select the most skilled and form a band outside of this program called Flashback to perform all around my hometown Nashville, Tennessee,” She says. These days she has gone global on social media, as the videos of her playing the guitar have reached countless platforms such as Complex and The Shaderoom. Although these occurrences go down quite often in her world now, it’s still quite surreal to Kelley. “I am such a perfectionist and am sometimes my biggest critic of what goes on inside of my head, so it makes me very excited to see comments of people telling me that I put a smile on their face for a few minutes out of the day,” She says. Her cover for “Wild Thoughts” for example did over a half million views on IG without a single negative comment. To Kelley, the moment meant one thing; “Keep working.”

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“The first goal would be to make my imprint as a female guitarist for the Hip Hop and R&B community.”

Aside from her work online, Kelley also has a few original projects that are to hit the streets soon. Her style, which she describes as being similar to a vocalist, is something new to this generation, and she hopes to take things where few others have. “There is so much that I want my hands in,” She says. “The first goal would be to make my imprint as a female guitarist for the Hip Hop and R&B community. The second would be to produce for other artists.” She hopes to create a stronger community of female musicians, as many aren’t recognized the way that they should be. As far as anything else, Kelley would rather do it than talk about it. The seven year old guitarist is now a prominent up and coming musician and judging by her increasing following, don’t expect the movement to stop anytime soon. “I hope as I continue to grow that I will continue to get love and support from people,” She says. “That is what inspires me to continue to push myself as hard as I can.”

IG: @Kelleyjanae_


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