Hand drawn by Allison Staley, 2014.

Hand drawn by Allison Staley, 2014.

Kelly Bosworth is a folk Americana singer/songwriter and song collector raised on family jam sessions and classical music. Born to a musician-turned-geographer and a dancer-turned-businesswoman in the late ‘80s in New York City, Kelly moved to Portland, Oregon as a babe-in-arms. From a young age, Kelly would hum incessantly. At age 7, the family got an upright piano and Kelly began taking lessons and learning classical music, which would become a lifelong love. When she was 12, her dad decided the time had come for Kelly to learn something “cool,” and the two started nightly lessons with Kelly at the piano and her dad teaching himself upright bass. Soon, as the two got a little better, the lessons turned into open jam sessions for family and friends. These gatherings became tradition, a place for family and friends to sing and play and celebrate and enjoy each others' company.

In 2011, Kelly’s father, Mark, had a rapid and unexpected resurgence of cancer in his brain, a cancer he had battled on and off for several years. Mark was on a trip in Southern Oregon when he went missing, likely wandering off from his campsite out of confusion. The family held informal vigils at the house, with family and friends and food and music. Finding comfort in the music she had shared with her father, Kelly began writing songs. They were a way to reach out to her father and to make peace with the jagged and broken narrative of his disappearance.

At the time, Kelly was pursuing a life working in nonprofit social services, having completed a BA in Political Science from Grinnell College in Iowa. She was working for an affordable housing nonprofit in Portland, teaching financial education to low-income youth and adults and coordinating youth services at the agency. Although still motivated by a strong desire to work for social justice, Kelly left her job to pursue music as a full-time vocational calling.

Kelly Bosworth released her self-titled debut album in November of 2014. She has toured nationally and played in venues such as The Alberta Rose Theatre (Portland, Oregon), Caffe Vivaldi (New York City), and Uncommon Ground (Chicago, IL). Her single "Waters" from her debut album hit #7 on the folk DJ charts. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, working in the Archives of Traditional Music in Bloomington, Indiana, and teaching beginning guitar and singing courses online at Patreon.com.