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First Listen: Kelly Lee Evans - Ordinary People

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you.  It’s called your “First Listen”

The new album for Kelly Lee Evans is called I Remember When and it has her placed where she should be. Somewhere between jazz and soul and most certainly reflective of her bravery as an artist.

The seed for this collection of originals and covers began to grow back in 2010 in Paris, when Kelly Lee met a French radio station program director and pianist Eric Legnini.  The two men were so taken by Kelly Lee’s energy that they invited her to do a session that they felt was more reflective of her personality and musical influences. This session inspired an album. With “I Remember When” she pays tribute to everyone from A tribe Called Quest to John Legend to Eminem. She brings these souls to her world of jazz. 

One thing is clear, it seems more true to who she is, than ever before.  It embodies a young woman who grew up listening to everyone from Nina Simone to Michael Jackson to Kanye West and her honest energy is present.

An energy that comes naturally. As Kelly Lee says, "I inherited a real joie de vivre from my mother. When I'm on a stage, I'm happy. I keep reminding myself how lucky I am, whether I'm opening for Tony Bennett or Dianne Reeves at a big festival, or in some little club in front of thirty people”

Take a Listen to your first Listen for this week…  Kelly Lee Evans from I Remember When and the John Legend tune, “Ordinary People” .

For more information on Kelly Lee and I Remember When, visit


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