"Austin-based Musician Kelsey Hughen sat down at her home piano to share a really special song. Check out what she says inspired her hopeful and heartfelt piece Call To You." June 2, 2020 Click here for full performance.
CBS Austin - We Are Austin Dec. 30, 2019
"After living in the Big Apple, Kelsey Hughen is back home in Austin with music that represents a moment in time. We are excited to welcome her to the We Are Austin stage..." December 30, 2019 Click here for performance & interview.
Eastern Soundboard Jan 14, 2019
"Kelsey Hughen channels the spirit of Irish folk ballads, but her work is no simple imitation. Her sound is polished, and her compositions tenderly crafted—so obviously the product of passionate professionals."
Excerpt from article written by Matthew Gilliam after review of a performance at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.
A Bit About My Musical Journey
Kelsey Hughen is a singer-songwriter currently based in Austin, Texas. Her musical background in the choral realm, from Austin Children's Choir, her Fine Arts High School Choirs and the prestigious Concert Choir at University of North Texas, gives her a foundation of classical training that shines through in her clear tones and harmonic attention and appreciation.
As well as choral music, Kelsey grew up having been introduced to a wide range of musical genres thanks to her musically inclined father. Her ears were filled with jazz, singer-songwriters, rock, pop, classical, new age, and showtunes, to name a few. Her favorite films to watch growing up were old musicals and in listening to her songs, you'll definitely pick up on how each song has a story of its own that unfolds, just like the showtunes she sang as a child.
At age 19 Kelsey was given her first guitar which began her journey as a songwriter and gave her the language she loves most. From there she began performing her original songs around her college town of Denton, Texas and Austin. Kelsey was then given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move to New York City to pursue her dream of living and performing in the vibrant city she then called home for five years. Kelsey became a regular performer at the well-known venue, Rockwood Music Hall, and formed partnerships with musicians who played regularly with her. Many of these musicians are in the Irish music scene in NYC and therefore have enhanced the Celtic undertones of her songs.
In 2019 Kelsey moved back to her hometown of Austin to further pursue music and performing in the live music capital of the world. She was offered a residency at Parker Jazz Club where she has held sold-out shows and continues her back-and-forth between performing in Austin & NYC!
Kelsey aspires to write for TV/Film as well as for musicals!