Singer-songwriter Kel Adore is an up and coming artist with a natural gift for visual story-telling. Her mission with music is simple: to uncover truth and help people feel understood. Adore shares her music not to merely entertain, but to feed the soul. Kel believes that music has a special way of connecting us and reminding us of what matters most, especially when it is brutally honest.
Her first single, Fool for the Pain, highlights the duality we all face within ourselves when we subject ourselves to things (and people) who do more harm than good. It encourages the listener to think deeply about who they are. To see their spirituality in a different light. To reflect on the worst and the best in themselves.
Inspired by artists like Jon Bellion and Julia Michaels, she aims to tell stories that are raw, vulnerable, and honest. Ultimately, Kel hopes to write songs that help you feel the spectrum of human emotions and grow into a deeper understanding of who you truly are.
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
Thanks for taking the time to chat with me! Last year felt like my "soft launch" as an artist. This year I feel even more energized and 2022 is definitely shaping up to be a big year for my music. I have a lot in the works, and I can't wait to "hard launch" this year and share more with my fans.
Can you tell us how Kel Adore the artist has transformed from the beginning to now?
I started my music career thinking I could do it all. I wanted to be the producer, mixer, singer, songwriter, marketer, and business manager all in one. Over time I have realized the importance of collaboration and building out a team. This transformation has allowed me to focus on my singer/songwriter strengths and better connect with my fans.
Where are you from originally?
I moved around and attenended seven different schools while growing up! I claim Denver, Colorado as home since I spent most of my time in the surrounding areas. Going to concerts at venues like Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Bluebird Theatre, and Fiddler's Green really ignited a fire in me to create and share my own music.
Where do you live now?
I currently live in Los Angeles, California. The creative energy here is undeniable and it is exactly where I need to be. I also can't complain about the weather... :)
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Absolutely! Because I moved around growing up, I learned how our environment can affect us on a very deep and personal level. I got used to being “the new kid” which really forced me to find my identity at an early age. Now I feel like I have a really strong understanding of who I am and who I want to be. This has helped me find my voice in my life and in my craft as a musician.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
I wanted to be a songwriter ever since I was little, but I often felt it was the "impractical" route. So instead I chose the "practical" route for a while... I got a degree in Economics and began working in the corporate world. On my commute to work I would listen to music and write songs. Eventually I just could not shake the feeling that music was my calling in life and I had to pursue it. So here I am!
How do you want to shape your career?
If my music touches at least one person then it will all have been worth it. At the end of the day music is all about that one on one connection with another human. Wherever my career takes me, I hope to stay centered around that idea.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
I believe art needs time and space to breathe, so my number one priority is making sure the music is right no matter how long that takes. Timelines are important to hold myself accountable and progress as an artist, but none of that matters if the music isn't there.
How did your latest music come to be?
I had been writing a lot and making some demos, but the music just wasn't there yet. When I met my current producer, Brett Pemberton of Prophecy Productions, we had a lot of great musical chemistry and "Fool for the Pain" was born. Throughout the writing and recording process I finally felt everything was at the level it needed to be and I was ready to share.
Was it hard to let go of the music when it was done?
I don't feel like I have to let it go. My music is still very much a part of me and will remain an important part of my history and catalogue. When I listen to previous projects it takes me back to those private moments of recording voice memos and running lyric ideas in my head. Once the music is released it lives on in new ways!
Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
Funny you should bring this up because "emotional" is often a word people use to describe my music. When I am writing I really try to tap into raw human feelings. Each element of my songs -- from the lyrics to the melodies to the instrumentation to the vocal performance-- have a very specific purpose to convey a specific feeling or idea. It is an emotional process and I hope it translates to anyone who listens.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Where do they go to listen NOW?
"Fool for the Pain" is streaming on all major platforms! Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more. I also released an official lyric video on YouTube, so be sure to check that out!
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
I had a fan in Idaho go around to local wineries and clubs and beg them to play my Debut Single "Fool for the Pain" over the loudspeakers. I had never met this fan personally, but they sent me videos of their successes and I was so blown away that they took the time to do that. I am extremely grateful to my fans and their support!
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
I am currently working on an EP and I will be releasing some of the songs as Singles leading up to it. I've been dreaming of this for a long long time, and I am so excited the release is within sight!
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
I have a few gigs in the works, but no official dates yet. You can check my socials for announcements!
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview Kel Adore!