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Kellye Gray considers herself a Jazz visualist'
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Songs in blue and pink
A move to Los Angeles in 1999 allowed
her to re-connect with old friend and fellow Texan, jazz pianist Shelly Berg. The
duo created several arrangements that
would eventually end up on "Blue and
Pink," a live concert."
In 2001, Gray's father's illness brought
her home to Texas. In February 2002,
"Blue and Pink, a live concert" was
recorded at Ovations in the Village, in
Houston. This two-disc recording was
released as two separate recordings in
2002 and 2003 "The Blue Songs" and "The
"That's the 'Blue & Pink' recordings
that are now available," Gray said. "We've
been touring those over the last year. Both
albums contain cuts from the same ses-
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sion. The 'Blue' songs are the ballads, the
bossa nova's and the blues, and the 'Pink'
songs are the bee-bops, the funks and the
swing tunes. You can pick and choose
depending on your mood, or if you're having a party, or make your own mix."
All the songs are standards, she said,
with more scatting on the "Pink" disc.
"The mistakes and the magic moments
are kept to bring the listener closer to
actually being in the room, while the concerts were recorded," she said.
Though most would call her a jazz
singer or jazz vocalist, Gray said, "1 actually consider myself a jazz visualist."
"It's sort of trans-media," she explained.
"Through the use of my voice, I create pictures and images while using my voice, but
wordlessly It's like landscapes... painting
landscapes with my voice."
Sexuality, music separate
Gray has been through a lot over the
last few years, including the death of her
father and the end of a 15-year romantic
Asked about her relationship, Gray quietly said, "I try not to promote my sexuality, and my music at the same time. I want
my music to speak to for itself."
She added, "Sometimes people expect a
certain kind of ownership when they find
out an artist is a 'family member,' you
know? Our respect for others in the room
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Vocalist Kellye Gray considers herself a jazz visualist,' painting landscapes with her music, She declined to discuss her sexual orientation, but talked about gay issues in the first person. (Photo courtesy of kellygray.com.)
doesn't change. I'm not going to respond
to you any differently because you're gay,
too. The space is shared."
Gray goes on to say how she feels about
"I don't think it's going to happen for us
yet. We have laid very strong groundwork
through the help of [San Francisco Mayor]
Gavin Newsome and Massachusetts.
Taking chances, being bold, bringing it all
the way forward into the public medium
and making it an issue in this campaign0
We've never had that before."
To those who would make marriage the
top issue, she said, "However, what's going
on with us as a country, the issues like get
ting out of the war, the economy, healthcare.
Those things must be addressed first. I do
think we're going to see some states approve
gay marriage, but we need to be patient."
Gray confessed that since her breakup,
"I feel like I am focusing on my career
much more as I'm writing so much, and I
am working on a new album, plus I'm
Reminded that all of the pain and change
she has been through must have provided
certain emotions from which to draw, she
replied, "It's extremely cathartic to be able
to explore emotions and deal with them in
my music and performances. Otherwise you
just end up carrying them around."
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