Jasme’ Kelly is a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Producer/Engineer who has been working in the audio field for over 20 years. Whether it’s performing, teaching or writing, she brings a high level of enthusiasm to each project. Jasme’ enjoys sharing her skills as well as insight her students bring to her classes, and she looks forward to meeting new students for voice, piano, guitar, and production.
Growing up in Durham, Jasme’ began her performance career in church and school choirs. She received her BA in Performance The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in school, she added guitar and piano to her skill set to accompany her voice. She has been awarded the Wallace Ray Pepper’s Chancellor Award for Outstanding Performance and the Durham County Emerging Artist Grant. Her talent took her to New York City and landed her a production deal. This is when she was trained in audio production at DML Studios. This resulted in 2 full length CDs and co-write credits for The BahaMen.
If you have been to the DPAC, The Carolina Theatre, The Hayti, Bull Durham Blues Festival, Bergan PAC, the Keswick Theatre, Tacoma Station, Bitter End or SOB’s, you may have seen Jasme’ while opening for BB King, Kem, Ledisi, Chrisette Michelle, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Peter White, Jonathan Butler or Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Currently, Ms. Kelly is a performing member of the Nina Simone Archive project. Jasme’ is a frequent feature for events in Tryon, NC (the birthplace of Nina Simone) to continue the legacy of this NC legend. As a seasoned teacher, Jasme’ has taught over hundreds of students the joy of music in schools, after school programs and camps. As a product of Durham arts education, she is ready to keep the music going in the Bull City!