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Artist of the Month: Kelly Prescott

What makes outstanding talent – nature or nurture? Kelly Prescott is an example for considering a balance of both as the optimum recipe.

Kelly’s parents, Tracey Brown and Randall Prescott, are highly respected Canadian country royalty, so Kelly has had quality music in her life since before birth. Kelly and brother Kaylen inevitably teamed up to form the duo “Prescott”, and even though Kelly went on to forge her own career with the 2016 solo EP “Hillbilly Jewels”, Kaylen teamed up with Kelly again to produce her “Love Wins” release – a six song collection with co-writes from venerable songwriters Donovan Woods and Patricia Conroy. “Love Wins” also featured guest vocals from Shawn Austin and Jessica Mitchell, but one listen to Kelly’s rich voice will confirm that she doesn’t need any help to shine – anyone familiar with her various releases will note that Kelly injects a strong element of personality into her writing and vocals.

Kelly has toured with some impressive names: Terri Clark, Dallas Smith, Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20), and Alan Doyle. She has traversed Canada performing on the CP Holiday Train; co-produced and co-wrote a 2015 campaign song for Justin Trudeau; and as part of her musical family, she performed on Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry stage in 2018. She’s currently pounding the pavement, playing various national dates, including this summer at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto and the Mainstage at Cavendish Beach Music Festival in PEI.

As of the writing of this article, Kelly’s mischievous single “Convertible” (from her EP “Cloud 9” on Warner Music Canada), has just made its debut in the Top 50 Canadian Country Radio chart. Her previous single “Trailer Trashed” could bring a smile to even the most stoic face.

With her track record so far, it’s no surprise that the industry attention is a given. Kelly was a top 3 finalist in the SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, was recently picked as iHeart Radio’s Future Star, and has quite a history at our own CMAOntario Awards: Nominated for Roots Artist of the Year in 2017, 2020 and 2021 and Nominee for 2021 Album of the Year for “Love Wins.”

So, nature vs. nurture? Kelly Prescott’s DNA might have set up the ingredients for success, but her hard work is what propels her to every new level.

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// by Matt Ersnaught //

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