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Rock: Classic Rock Rock: Progressive Rock Moods: Featuring Guitar Moods: Spiritual Folk: Folk Pop

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"Refreshing" is the word most often used to describe the music of WIND. The performing version of WIND currently consists of Nori & Barbie Kelley (residing in Myrtle Beach, SC), and newly added member Carly Rooks (from Tulsa, OK).

Born in Japan, but raised in Alabama from age 9, Nori is a veteran session musician who has worked with Jon Anderson (Yes), Jon Camp (Renaissance), Dave Hope (Kansas) and Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt / Muscle Shoals Swampers), among many others. CCM magazine once compared his guitar playing to both Mark Knopfler and Phil Keaggy. Nori has two projects released internationally by Mel Bay, "Basic Guitar Strumming & Fingerpicking (Book & CD)" and "Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 - Pop Version (CD)," both of which have been best sellers. He continues to do session work & teach private lessons from his home project studio, Forestgreen Studio.

Barbie hails from the Wilmington, Delaware area and comes from a musical family. She began playing the flute at age 9, and along with handling most of the lead vocal responsibilities in WIND, Barbie plays the flute, acoustic guitar and hand percussion. Her voice has a unusually pleasant, almost Celtic-like quality and she has sung and played flute & percussion on countless recording sessions. Barbie's flute playing adds a uniquely beautiful touch to WIND's overall sound. In recent years she recently undertook the huge task of writing a musical called, "No Love, No Peace - The Musical," addressing timely issues such as teen bullying and suicide...

Recently joining WIND on vocals & acoustic guitar is Carly Rooks. Carly was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is currently attending Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee and plans to major in Music Business and International Business. From a young age, Carly played guitar in church and has experience leading elementary and youth worship bands. Carly joined WIND on the 2018 and 2019 Japan Mission Tours, and will be touring with them in the spring and summer of 2019.

Doug Sturgill is the multi-bass & djembe player extraordinairre on most of the Wind studio recordings since 2013. Doug hails from western Virginia and grew up playing in church, all the while learning the licks of some of the top bassists of the day. Residing with his wife, Sherry, in the Myrtle Beach area, he was the bassist in the classic rock band 2ndWind (2017-18) with Nori, Barbie, Blake & Bethany Graham and Bill Hein. Doug has received many accolades from his peers, including world renown bassist Jon Camp. He is a master of the groove, and currently composes and releases his own work via Facebook videos.

Wind's music is an original mixture of prog rock, classic rock and folk, influenced by British artists like Pink Floyd, Mark Knopfler, Yes & Renaissance, as well as North American artists like Bruce Cockburn, The Allman Brothers & The Grateful Dead.

They are currently in the process of recording their 12th studio album, with the working title of "Incense." It will be a worship album, their first since 2006's Wa, and should be released in the fall of 2019.

Wind's 11th album, entitled Seasons, was released on July 5, 2016. It is their "proggiest" album to date, with nods to many 60s and 70s era artists. The main body of work on this album is a concept piece which goes through the cycle of a year, from January to December. There are four additional tracks, one of which features Jon Camp of the renowned 70's British group, "Renaissance," on both bass and backing vocals. This is Jon's second guest appearance on a Wind album, who's signature bass sound was featured on two tracks of 2013's Wave.

Barbie has also written a musical with Nori entitled, "No Love, No Peace - The Musical," which was debuted in the spring of 2017 by students at The Academy of Arts, Science and Technology in Myrtle Beach, SC. Nori & Barbie recorded and released the music soundtrack in 2018, with most of the vocals done primarily by students and local musicians. Barbie is presently working on tweaking the script for future productions of the musical which deals with timely issues such as teen bullying and suicide.

WIND is available for your venue, whether it be a church, restaurant or private event. Having just returned from an eight event mission tour in Japan, the trio will be on the road this spring and summer. Nori & Barbie will also be performing all year as a duo in the Myrtle Beach area & vicinity.

"The...'Seasons' album is an absolute tour de force, both musically and spiritually. The musicianship would be hard to fault and Nori's writing seems to improve with each album - miss it at your peril." ~ Jon Camp - Renaissance & Roy Wood's Army

"(Nori’s) guitar playing stuns." ~ Doug LeBlanc - CCM Magazine

"WIND, presenting passionate music with high-flying flute, guitar acrobatics and killer chorus sections, seem to have no hard time proving they can win over even the average music listener." ~ Shawn M. Haney - All Music Guide

“ flute & guitar music in the southeast.” ~ Borders Books & Music, Atlanta

“With the scene here in the UK currently picking up for progressive rock artists and artists with a folk and blues edge, the time could be right for WIND...they have the tools and the songs, they just need that little push...” ~ Nick Baldrain - Fireworks Magazine (UK)