Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase Lori Kelley

Story songs, peculiar topics, and songs about obsession - that's what keeps Lori Kelley interested in writing songs. Her genre? Folk, Country, Western, Rock, Pop, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Tropical get the idea?

Lori Kelley grew up in Arizona, California, and Florida. She learned to play guitar at age 11, and began writing songs as a teenager. Lori attended Broward Community College, Arizona Western College, and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in Music Education with emphasis on vocal performance. Lori's professional career began in New York City in a small band called "Main Squeeze." After starting a family, Lori settled in northern Virginia, and, in 1996, recorded her first CD. "Lori Kelley & Twice Shy - Take Action" includes twelve original songs she performs with her sister, Michelle, and brother-in-law, Butch Nielson.

Soon afterward, Lori moved to Key West, Florida, and quickly found herself at home in the laid-back music scene of the Keys. She became a regular entertainer at the famous watering hole, Capt. Tony's Saloon. While in Key West, Lori recorded an all-original solo CD, entitled "Lori Kelley - With Love From Key West."

Lori returned to northern Virginia in 1999, where she continues her solo acoustic performances and occasional collaborations with local performing songwriters in various Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia locales. She is also working on her next CD, with a release planned in 2003. You can learn more about Lori or hear her music by visiting her web site at

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