"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
I grew up classically trained in the choral realm, singing in school and audition-based local choirs. Even with this classical training, I listened to ALL kinds of music thanks to my musical aficionado of a father who introduced me to jazz, singer-songwriters, rock, indie, to name a few.
The first genre that captured my heart was Broadway/showtunes. The storytelling aspect runs through my music now and I definitely attribute that to my deep love for all of the old musicals I am still completely entranced by.
At age 19 I was singing with the Concert Choir at University of North Texas when I began to feel a tug in a different musical direction. A local Austin musician-friend who could feel my curiosity and desire to expand into other dimensions gave me one of her guitars to borrow. That night I wrote my first song. Combining my deep loves for music and writing made complete sense. I had found my language.
I began to perform around my college town, Denton, Texas and at a few venues and events in Austin, my hometown. After college I was given an incredible opportunity to move to New York City which I took without hesitation and ended up staying for five magical years! This is where I really found my voice. I met and began collaborating with musicians, many of whom are in the Irish music scene. I have always been drawn to Celtic sounds and music so that was a very natural integration into my own songs.
I became a regular performer at one of my dream NYC venues, Rockwood Music Hall. In 2018 with the success of a Kickstarter campaign, I was able to fund the recording of my debut EP in NYC!
In 2019 I moved back to Austin, the live music capital of the world, to further pursue my music journey and perform between Austin & NYC. I was offered a residency at the beautiful Parker Jazz Club.
I dream of writing songs for film/TV and maybe even one day for musicals! I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by musician-friends who challenge me to learn and grow. I am continuously humbled by them and am eternally grateful to everyone throughout my life, in Austin & in NYC, in NYC who have taken a chance on me and my music.
Thank you with all my heart for listening to and supporting my music!