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Genres You Will Love
Rock: Classic Rock Rock: Progressive Rock Moods: Featuring Guitar Moods: Spiritual Folk: Folk Pop

By Location
United States - South Carolina United States - United States United States - Alabama United States - South Dakota

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"Refreshing"is the word most often used to describe the music of WIND. WIND consists of Nori & Barbie Kelley (residing in Myrtle Beach, SC), often augmented by bass, drums and/or keyboards. Nori and Barbie also own Forestgreen Studio, a project recording studio in Myrtle Beach.

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), Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt / Muscle Shoals) the Chi-Lites & Michael English, 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” and “Modern Guitar Method Grade 1,” both of which have been best sellers.

Barbie hails from the Wilmington, Delaware area and comes from a musical family. She began playing the flute at age 9, and currently plays hand percussion and acoustic guitar as well. She has sung and played on many recording sessions. Her voice has a pleasant, almost Celtic-like quality which audiences love (many have compared her voice to that of Natalie Merchant), and her flute playing combined with Nori's guitar work achieves nice results.

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.

Wind has just released their 12th album, the soundtrack to their musical entitled, "No Love, No Peace - The Musical." Barbie & Nori have been working on the script & song production for several years for this project, which was debuted in the spring of 2017 by students at The Academy of Arts, Science and Technology in Myrtle Beach, SC. This timely high school musical deals with issues such as bullying, suicide & making smart choices.

Their 11th album, entitled Seasons, was released in 2016. It is their “proggiest" album to date, with nods to many 60s and 70s era bands. 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 bass and backing vocals. This is Jon’s second guest appearance on a Wind album, having been featured on two tracks of 2013’s Wave.

WIND is available to perform as a duo, trio, or full band.

"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)