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|Birth name||Kelly Sweet|
|Born||March 29, 1988|
|Origin||Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States|
|Years active||2006–present (singer)|
Life and career
Kelly Sweet was born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on March 29, 1988, to pianist Jeffrey Howard Sweet (March 17, 1954 – June 4, 2012) and artist Candace Lynn Sweet (February 2, 1951 – December 16, 2011). Born into a musical household, Sweet was raised on the jazz standards that were part of her father's repertoire. Soon after she could walk, Sweet learned musical notes with her father's help. Her first public performance followed when she was 4 years old at the Cape Cod Conservatory.
At the age of 7, following the divorce of her parents, Sweet and her mother moved to Kanab, Utah. Sweet began working regularly with a vocal coach and honed her skills as a performer by singing at state fairs, county festivals, and community theaters. In the summers of 2000 and 2001, Sweet studied musical theater at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp in northern Michigan. Sweet and her mother eventually went on the road for two years, traveling back and forth between Kanab, Las Vegas and Los Angeles in search of performance opportunities. After hearing the 14 year-old Sweet's demo CD, the Los Angeles Lakers booked her to sing the National Anthem on three occasions.
In October, 2006, Sweet released an EP from which the songs We Are One and Ready For Love have been used on episodes of two daytime dramas, the NBC TV series Passions and the ABC TV series One Life to Live, respectively. We Are One was also featured on the NBC series Las Vegas in the spring of 2007.
Sweet opened for Paul Simon on tour in July and October, 2006, and her debut album, We Are One, was released by the Razor and Tie label on March 6, 2007. Sweet was the highest-charting indie label artist at the AC format in 2007 with airplay audience well exceeding 80 million.
Remixes for Sweet's song We Are One were done by Dave Audé, Radioactive Sandwich, Matt Piso, and Electronathon. Her cover of the Aerosmith classic Dream On was #1 for six weeks in a row on the FMQB AC Chart.
Sweet's father succumbed to a yearslong battle with cancer in 2011. Less than a year later, Sweet's mother, also battling cancer, passed on as well.
In January 2014, Kelly self-released a remake of the Phil Collins classic "In The Air Tonight", and it was licensed by NBC Television for the promo adverts for their new show called "Believe". In February 2015 the track was licensed for another NBC promo, this time for the Mark Burnett-produced "A.D. The Bible Continues".
- Ashes Of My Paradise - August 22, 2012 (Japan)
- Ashes Of My Paradise
- Walking On Mars
- C'mon C'mon
- Why (Nothing Else Matters)
- My Amazing Grace
- Black Gun Parade
- Mad, Sick, Crazy
- Glass Made Man
- You And I
- Love At The Speed Of Sound
- Pictures And Numbers
- We Are One (debut album) - March 6, 2007
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - 2006
- Kelly Sweet (EP) - 2006
- Superhuman (Ft. Kelly Sweet) (single) - 2014
- "I Will Be Waiting" (song) from the soundtrack Peaceful Warrior (2006)
- Cape Cod Conservatory Homepage
- Gardner, Elysa (July 14, 2006). "Serious female singers harder to find on the charts". Gannett Co. Inc. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Lipczyk, Jakub. "Kelly Sweet "Sirens"". Arts Weekly, Inc. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Official Kelly Sweet web site
- Official Kelly Sweet My Space
- Kelly Sweet on Eventful
- Kelly Sweet music videos on YouTube
- Kelly Sweet music videos on YouTube
- Electronic Press Kit and three songs from EP/album (video)
- Video of live performance of "Now We Are Free", QVC channel, March 19, 2007
- July 13, 2006 article in USA Today
- August 18, Billboard article
- July 6, 2006 article in the New Hampshire Union Leader
- Yahoo! Music page
- Radioactive Sandwich - one of the remix artists
- Kelly Sweet Blog
- Kelly Sweet Biography