Welcome to the home of banjo-thumping, foot-stomping, guitar-plucking indie folk songstress Kelleigh McKenzie (pronounced Kelly)

Welcome to the home of banjothumping footstomping guitarplucking indie folk songstress Kelleigh McKenzie ltemgtpronounced Kellyltemgt

2009 WINNER - Independent Music Award
Best Americana Song - "Gin"

2008 WINNER - Mountain Stage NewSong Contest

"McKenzie weaves pure aural magic" ~ Blurt Magazine

"Her album is a work of art... Kelleigh is a major talent"
~ Tony Trischka


4.15.16  Farmers and Songwriters

As part of a Sage Arts project, Kelleigh and songwriters Heather Masse, Mark Brown, Tom Holland and Vicki Russell interviewed seven local farmers and wrote songs in celebration of their lives and contribution to our community. Join them for a performance on April 24, 2016!

4.15.10  The next album...
The first album was so much fun, Kelleigh's decided to take a break from performing and spend the next few months working on her second one.  We'll keep you posted...

10.15.09  Kelleigh's music on TV!
This fall, Kelleigh's song "O Mother" will be featured on the popular PBS television series, "Roadtrip Nation," which just began airing it's sixth season around the nation.  Look for her song in Episode 7!

9.30.09  Kelleigh to play Formal Showcase at NERFA
Kelleigh was selected to perform a formal showcase at this year's Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference.

9.12.09  Live on WFUV 90.7 FM
On Sunday, September 20th Kelleigh will make her first in-studio appearance at the one and only WFUV 90.7 FM.  The show runs from 8am to 11am and Kelleigh will pop in at about 9:30am to sing a few songs and chat with "Sunday Breakfast" host John Platt.

Kelleigh was just selected to appear at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival as part of their Emerging Artist Showcase.  She will also play at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival next month and will perform in August at Musikfest.  Visit the gigs page for all the details.  Summer!  Fun!

3.20.09  Kelleigh to make her national live-performance radio debut on NPR's "Mountain Stage"
Listen up! Way back in January Kelleigh went down to Charleston, WV to join Leo Kottke, The Duhks, The Refugees and Fiction Family and play the "Mountain Stage."  That show will be broadcast on NPR stations across the country the week of April 10th.  You can find out exactly when your local station airs "Mountain Stage" by clicking here.

2.14.09  Kelleigh's music on the radio
Tune in:  Copies of Kelleigh's debut Chances were just sent out to AAA and Americana radio across the country and her songs are already in rotation at over 20 stations!  To get the latest info on where you can hear her songs, visit our new "RADIO UPDATE" page - just click the link in the column to the left...

2.5.09  Kelleigh to showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference
Kelleigh's heading down to Memphis to attend her first International Folk Alliance Conference where she'll be performing an official Performance Alley Showcase.  The Folk Alliance was created to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music and dance and related performing arts.  With over 2000 members worldwide, the annual gathering is one of the five largest music conferences in North America.

1.19.09  Kelleigh's song "Gin" wins Independent Music Award
Judges of the Independent Music Awards (IMA) have named "Gin" the Best Americana Song!  The IMAs support artists and releases traditionally underserved by mass media and big box retailers, with yearlong marketing, distribution and performance initiatives that place them in front of more than 15 million music fans and industry gatekeepers.

12.8.08 Performing Songwriter Magazine names "Chances" one of their DIY Top Picks
Check out the December issue of Performing Songwriter - Kelleigh's debut "Chances" was chosen as one of their Top 12 DIY Picks, a showcase of artists who have released their music independently.  In other news, "Chances" can now be heard on Pandora Internet Radio!

11.11.08 Kelleigh nominated for three Independent Music Awards
Judges of the Independent Music Awards (IMA) have awarded music from Kelleigh's debut album finalist status in three categories:  Best Americana Song ("Gin"), Best Cover Song ("Eleanor Rigby"), and Best Americana Album ("Chances").

10.14.08 Kelleigh named a winner in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest
On Saturday, October 11th, Kelleigh performed in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest finals in West Virginia. Presented by Folk Alliance, this contest is one of North America's premier showcases of emerging performing songwriters across all genres of music. Over 800 songwriters entered and Kelleigh was selected as one of the five co-winners. Her song "Gin" tied for the best song award and she was invited to go back to perform on the Mountain Stage show in January!

10.1.08 Kelleigh invited to play a TriCentric Showcase at NERFA
The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) has invited Kelleigh to perform an official TriCentric Showcase at the 2008 annual conference in November.  Kelleigh was also named an alternate for the Formal Showcase!

9.15.08 Kelleigh named a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest
Kelleigh was just selected as one of 12 finalists in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest.  She'll be performing in the international finals on Saturday, October 11th in Charleston, West Viriginia's Cultural Center Theater – the home venue of the internationally broadcast Mountain Stage radio and television show. Five co-winners will receive a variety of prizes and one of the co-winners will be a featured performer on the show.

9.1.08 Praise for "Chances"
Since its first review appeared in Roll Magazine in June, Kelleigh's debut "Chances" has been garnering raves.  Check out the press page for the latest from Chronogram Magazine.

8.1.08 Hear Kelleigh live on WVKR's "Regional Frequency"
Tune in to Vassar College's on August 13th at 7:00pm to hear Sharon Panaro interview Kelleigh on "Regional Frequency."  Sharon will be spinning several songs from "Chances" and Kelleigh will also play a few live!

7.1.08 "Chances" set for local release July 10, 2008
On Thursday, July 10th at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, Kelleigh will celebrate the release of her debut album "Chances." For a preview, you can hear Kelleigh's songs in rotation on KZE (98.1 FM) and she'll perform live in the studio on July 9th at 9:00am.  Kelleigh will also be featured the same day at 11:30am on WAMC's "Performance Place" (90.9 FM).  "Chances" will be available locally at Oblong Books & Music, Jack's Rhythms, Green Cottage, Burt's Electronics and Marbletown's one and only rock-n-roll hardware store (to purchase online, visit the SHOP page.)  

6.13.08 CD Spotlight on KZE's "Off the Beat-n-Track"
Tune in this week to the Off the Beat-n-Track Radio Show where this week's CD Spotlight is.. you guessed it, "Chances." Hosted and produced by musician and songwriter Todd Mack, the show is a nationally distributed weekly program that showcases independently released music of all genres from across the country and beyond.

5.12.08 Featured Artist on KZE's "Women of Note"
On Sunday, May 25th between 5-7pm Kelleigh will be the featured artist on "Women of Note," a radio program exploring music of, and by, women from around the world. This eclectic, weekly musical adventure is hosted by Jerrice Baptiste on KZE.

updated: 4 years ago