Originally from Houston, TX, Kelley Corwin now resides in the all-embracing mountain town of Asheville, NC. Surrounded by the mesmerizing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she writes songs with stories of timeless circumstances mixed with a witty spin on modern day drama. She is not limited to any certain genre, however, most of her songs are country and folk melodies with an undertone of blues and pop combined with a Texan-mountain flair to make her songs unique to the ear. She transforms any light or dark topic related to the human element and speaks the truth in a simplified and fun-loving manner. Her lyrics are straight forward with a softened edge. And some of them are just plain rib tickling.
Ho Lotta Trouble, co-written with Gary Vukasin and her husband, Mark Corwin, was recorded by Gary Vukasin and award winning guitarist and producer of the Robert Earl Keen Band, Rich Brotherton. It made the semi-finals of the 2007 International Songwriting Contest, making the top 500 out of 10,000 songs.
She has also been invited to show case her songs two years in a row in 2008 and 2009 at the Richard Roddy Music Event in Crosby, TX with famous songwriters to include Allen Shamblin, Austin Cunningham and Houston Marchman. At this event professional skydivers jumped in as the Jumping Johnnies to debut her song, Angel in Black, which is a tribute to Johnny Cash. Angel in Black, which was recorded by award winning singer songwriter Leeann Atherton, was selected to be on the 2009 Music for Troops compilation CD and received honorable mention in the 2008 Gary Allen Nashville Songwriting Contest. Up and coming singer songwriter, Joshua Singleton also recorded Angel in Black, and his version was selected in June 2009 to receive airplay on the worldwide broadcast show Midnight Blues Special Radio at www.ms-blues.com, broadcasting through live365.com out of Paris, France. Recently, Nashville producer Chip Martin produced a new version of Angel in Black, with artist Joshua Singleton, will be released in 2010.
She has also co-written several songs with her friend Laura Ashworth who is also a very talented musician, songwriter and member of the award winning group Blue Mountain Myst.
Inspired by songs of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Sheryl Crow and Gretchen Wilson, Kelley’s songs have caught great appreciation from her musical colleagues, friends, family and the general public. When asked to describe her writing style, she states, “Because of God’s grace, I am surrounded by very exceptional, creative and intelligent individuals - my husband, friends and family. They are the wizards behind the curtain. Their life stories are my inspiration. One of my best friend's, Patty Haley, asked me to write a song about her second ex-husband who did nothing but sit around and watch TV. So I did. It's called Cut His Cable. It's turned out to be a real crowd pleaser. Most of the time I just write the songs hoping to make my friends and family laugh.”