Chris Kelley, December 5, 2004, Cape town, South Africa

I was a musician for many years, starting as a drummer in a garage band during my high school years. I eventually became a singer/songwriter, and recorded a ton of demos. I never released a CD, although I played many clubs with my bands (Chapel of Roses - Nashville and St. Christopher - Los Angeles) and made a few music videos with my music partner Thom Oliphant in the group hip hip goliath. My interest in making music lulled during the late 90's - I needed some time out to learn how to live - how to have a decent job, how to have a mature relationship, how to screw up that relationship, how to pick up the pieces and start over...

I cut some songs in 2002 - a few for a fashion show that was held in a former mosque in Bulgaria, one as a demo testing how the years have aged my voice (and attitudes), and another which is a requiem for my father, who passed away in 1999. One of my old music buddies - Graham Perry - recently contacted me, and helped me rekindle interest in my music. I am humbled and grateful. I've cleaned up this section and added this commentary, as well as many more mp3's. Perhaps this encounter will encourage the music to start flowing again. Enjoy!

All songs on Soundcloud:

*new!* (and very old) - updated June 3, 2013

1985: One of my old band mates tipped me to the site Nashville 80's Rock, which has an mp3 of a song that got a fair amount of airplay by my band, Chapel of Roses. I was the singer in the band...

80's - 90's



Permanent Wave

All songs (except for Chapel of Roses and Permanent Wave) copyright Chris Kelley 2004.