Nikki Kelly - Singer, SongwriterSinger/Songwriter

Nikki Kelly is a singer/songwriter whose voice and style dance between the sultry whisper of Mazzy Star and the passionate grit of Nirvana.

Nikki Kelly is a Los Angeles based folk band. Her talented members includes Cory Tramontelli (bass), Christophe Zajac-Denek (percussion), and Amanda Sasser (background vocals). Together with Tom Waits like accordion and tight harmonies, her music sends you on a spooky folk adventure. She has opened for Steve Poltz, Tony Furtado, and Marcia Ball. She was also fortunate to share the stage with late guitarist/songwriter, Stephen Bruton. Most recently, Nikki has been showcased at the NAB in Vegas, Genghis Cohen, Room 5, The Dresden, Fox and Hounds Pub, El Cid, and House of Blues in Hollywood. Significant past venues in New Mexico include; The El Rey Theater, Zinc Cellar Bar, The New Mexico State Fair, and Burts Tiki Lounge. In New York City she was a regular performer at The Sidewalk Café and Bar 4.

Nikki just finished recording her EP, “I Know Huh,” at Grandma’s Dojo in Koreatown, Los Angeles. “I Know Huh” is currently undergoing publishing negotiations and is not available online. Hard CD copies are for sale by email request only. Please see contact page for email information.

A prolific writer, Nikki also composes music for FirstCom Music and her songs have been used in nationally airing television commercials. For fun updates, follow Nikki’s tumblr

According to Skope Magazine in April 2009,

“Nikki Kelly is a wonderful singer/songwriter from New Mexico.  What caught our attention on Nikki was her vocals and her deep lyrics.  Nikki put out her first album in April of 2008. One of our favorite tracks is “Franklin”. Nikki is multi-talented when it comes to playing instruments as well. On her album she played vocals, guitar, piano, accordion, ukelele, percussion, and more.  Another great track is “Do Do Do.”  This track has a mellow tempo that Nikki sings over in an ultra sensual manner.  Nikki describes herself as a mix of Feist, Mazzy Star, and Tom Waits.  We can see that for sure, but we also feel Nikki will find her own niche and create her own lane in the folk genre.  You also cannot discount that Nikki’s attractive looks make it easy for her to draw you in on many levels.”

The Albuquerque Alibi V.18 No.25 | June 18 – 24, 2009, says,

“Albuquerque’s Nikki Kelly sounds like she just woke up. Her sleepy, raspy and understated vocals set up the scene for everything she crafts instrumentally. Kelly plays guitar, piano, accordion and ukulele on her self-titled release, but the record is hardly cacophonous. Subdued folk keeps its cool and the biggest surprises come when Kelly’s voice shoots high into the air. Lyrically, Kelly covers boredom, smoking and all matter of relationship troubles. She has a quiet, self-assured delivery and enough patience to stay away from overreaching. Her songs shun gaudy ornamentation—their simplicity is their greatest strength.” (SM)


Nikki also works on films in various capacities. See her filmography on IMDB.