Kelly is a world-class singer, songwriter, musician, producer and arranger. She is one of
Hawaii’s best kept secrets. Arriving on Maui in 1982, Kelly has been a staple on the music
scene ever since. You can usually catch her with her band “Raw Silk” working with the musical mastery of Fulton Tashombe in the
convention circuit, hotel resorts, nightclubs, and restaurants.|
She originally hails from Long Island, New York, where she honed her musical skills with her father Glen Covington who was a singer, musician and band leader. Under his wing and tutelidge, Kelly found inspiration for her musical career. She became the first African American lead in the musical “Annie Get your Gun” at her high school in Malverne, N.Y. and also the next year, in “Carousel”. While attending Fisk University, Kelly became a “Fisk Jubilee Singer” and traveled the country with this world-renowned spiritual acapella choir. After that she attended Nassau Community College in Long Island, N.Y. and continued her musical studies. While in New York she began to audition for Broadway plays unsuccessfully, so she moved on to be a lead singer for many different local bands. When tickets to San Francisco came with a job for singing back-up for recording artist with well known musician, producer, singer, songwriter, hit maker, Narada Michael Walden, Kelly left New York for new horizons. In addition to the studio work with Grammy Award winning producer, Walden and American Idol’s Randy Jackson, she also began singing at local clubs in the Bay Area.
Then came another opportunity to move to Hawaii, where she began to work with many local artists on their recording projects and theatre productions. Finally, another opportunity arose to record her first CD with Johnny Jazz Records which is owned and operated by Johnny and Luty Johnston: “Quiet Mind and Body” was released in 1997 and became her signature sound. Recently, Kelly has returned from San Francisco with her sophomore release entitled “Jazz at the Spa”, again working with Walden and other bay area musicians at his Tarpan Studios co-writing and producing. This record consists of music geared towards the island's many resorts and spas with one cross-over track entitled “I’m Feelin Me”, which is representative of island life.
Kelly continues to master and enjoy many different genres of music including R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock and Soul while never forgetting her Jazz roots.