Music Bio
Kelly Shirey is a folk-rock singer/songwriter who performs in the Pacific Northwest as both a solo artist and leader of the band,
Kelly Shirey & Co.
Kelly has been the front man and songwriter for many bands over the years including Midnight Sun, Eden, 3 Shades of Gray (3SG) and Woodrush. Woodrush consistently made the list of top PNW bands in Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington. His newest project, Kelly Shirey & Co. showcases his folk rock roots.

Kelly’s music and his performances show an appreciation for all musical genres and his lifelong love of music. Kelly’s music is a study in raw passion and down home acoustic rock, mixed with a bit of blues and modern pop.  His performances play easily to all demographics, and musical tastes…a little something for everyone!  Audiences and venues always want Kelly Shirey & Co. to come back.

Performances include a selection of original songs that showcase Kelly’s gift for wordplay, storytelling and orchestration.  He also has an extensive playlist of cover songs, both modern and classic, by artists such as; Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Lorde, The Beatles, Damien Rice, Iron and Wine, Jack Johnson, and countless other musicians and artists that have resonated in his life. As one might expect…he is always adding fresh material to the mix. 

Who is “& Company”?
Company includes “any one of many” accompanying musicians a person might see at a Kelly Shirey & Co. performance. See below for some of the regulars. 

The Regulars
Jake Sand:
A random encounter brought Kelly back in touch, and playing music together.  One of his first musical partners in crime, Jake Sand and Kelly performed together in the grunge band, Midnight Sun, in the late 90s. Jake now regularly performs with Kelly Shirey & Co. singing harmony vocals as well as playing a wide range of musical instruments including a suitcase drum kit, bass, lead guitar, and lap steel. When Jake gets-a-rockin’ you can’t help but clap along as he stomps out the rhythm on his foot tambourine! Hiss raw and passionate harmonies are a great match for Kelly’s style of music. Jake is truly a man of many talents and a wonder to watch. Check out his personal music project, The Meadow Roads.

Jessie Sinclair-Nixon: A classically trained violinist with the soul of a jazz piano player. Jessie is as talented as she is lovely. She has no trouble jumping and filling the sweet spot with soaring violin leads and adding 3rd part harmony vocals, or jumping in on bass when needed. Jessie naturally commands the violin, and brings a whole new dimension to the overall sound.

Occasional Performers
Jim Castaneda: Jim and Kelly go way back… For years they have been playing the north west music scene both as a big six piece rock band, 3 Shades of Gray,  as well as the award-winning duo/trio by the name of Woodrush. Known as the human beat-box, Jim brings his unique brand of mouth-music, bass riffs and high-arching harmonies to the stage. 

Brian Rockwell: Mandolin player and guitar-slinger. Long-time close friend, Brian, used to be a member of Woodrush.

Dannie McKeown: Vocalist and flute player. Everyone loves Dannie! Just say “Hi”, she’ll make you feel like a million bucks. 

Greg Heaston: Harmonica player. Greg, or “Grizzle” as he was nicknamed by a fan, plays a few tunes with the boys like “Walk on By” and “Ain’t no Sunshine”.

 

Venues:
Over the course of Kelly’s musical career, Kelly has been invited to play at many major musical venues and festivals in and around Seattle.  Festivals like the Bite of Seattle and the Taste of Edmonds. Kelly has also performed at some of the area’s iconic venues like the Showbox, Tractor, Chop Suey, EMP Lounge, and the Triple Door- Musicquarium.

Kelly’s current venues include some great wineries, and fine dining.  What could better than food wine and music!  Come join us…hope to see you soon! 

Some of the venues Kelly has played at over the years:
Bite of Seattle and many other local festivals                          
Columbia Winery                                                                     Under the Red Umbrella
Willows Lodge Fireside Lounge                                                 Emory's
Village Wines                                                                           The Jet
Matthews Winery                                                                     Conway Muse
Port Gardner Bay Winery                                                         Flyers Restaurant & Brewery
Sojen Cellars                                                                           The Spotted Cow Cream & Bean
Vin du Lac Winery                                                                   Wild Vine Bistro
Carpenter Creek Winery                                                          Amici Bistro
Match Coffee & Wine                                                              Lombardi's Italian Restaurant
Scotsman Bistro                                                                      Emory's on Silver lake
Tablas Woodstone Taverna                                                       Under the Red Umbrella
Armstrong Family Winery