|Also known as||The Divine PK|
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Instruments||Guitar, piano, bass, harpsichord, harp|
|Labels||Stop, Pop, and Roll Records|
|Associated acts||Drop Nineteens, Boy Wonder, The Paula Kelley Orchestra|
Paula Kelley is an American indie pop singer-songwriter and orchestral arranger/composer from Boston, Massachusetts. She began her musical career in the 1990s with the band Drop Nineteens before leaving them in 1994 to start her own career in songwriting. She worked with several other bands before finally going solo with her first album, Nothing/Everything, which was released in 2001 on Stop, Pop, and Roll Records in the US and then later on Caraway in Japan, which gained her plenty of Japanese fans. The Trouble With Success or How You Fit Into The World was released in 2003 on the independent Kimchee Records label in the US and again on Caraway in Japan. She followed this up with a US tour and a tour of France after the album's European release through Polaris Musique/Sony. Her latest release is the "Airports EP (2008)," a collection of four orchestrated tracks intended to be a teaser for her forthcoming album. Paula is known for her melodic, emotional songs, expansive instrumental arrangements and sweet, distinctive singing voice.
Kelley began playing piano at age three and was an orchestral harpsichordist by the time she was in high school. She also plays guitar, bass, drums, and other sundry instruments. She attended Phillips Exeter Academy, then Boston University, receiving her bachelor's degree with a double major of History/Political Science.
In 2005 Ms. Kelley relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career scoring films and doing orchestral arrangements, in addition to recording and performing her own music. A filmography can be found on her professional website.
- The Airports EP (2008 Worm Kid Music)
- Some Sucker's Life, Part 1: Demos and Lost Recordings (2006 Stop, Pop, and Roll Records)
- The Trouble with Success or How You Fit into the World (2003 Kimchee Records)
- Nothing/Everything (2001 Stop, Pop, and Roll Records)
- A Bit Of Everything EP (2000 JacquesAss Records)
- Why Christmas? with The Misfit Toys (1999 Rhubarb Records)
- Break the Spell, Etc. EP with Boy Wonder (1999 Jackass Records)
- 5:01 with Paula Kelley Rock Band(1997 Rhubarb Records)
- Wonder-Wear with Boy Wonder (1997 Cherrydisc/Roadrunner Records)
- Mission to Destroy b/w Backyard 7-inch with Boy Wonder (self-released)
- Speed - Danger - Death with Hot Rod (1993 Caroline/Hut Records)