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Kelly Pettit

How does a dual citizen of Canada and Australia find oneself living and performing in Japan? How does a handsome, down to earth guy from Vancouver, Canada wind up doing national shows in Japan, outdoor festivals and working with the Canadian Embassy? Kelly Pettit's life as a musician, singer/songwriter and performer have taken him to over 4 countries and performing every weekend. On his 6th album titled “Every Sunrise”, Kelly showcases exactly what makes him so alluring.

His appeal didn’t happen over night. Kelly has been slowly accumulating a loyal fan base since his first CD, “Life through a Windshield” and word of mouth about his music has graduated him to becoming a bona fide contender as a solid songwriter. His newest release “Every Sunrise” was recorded in Nashville Tennessee and produced by Aussie 90's icon Greg Arnold. After recording "These Days" in his other homeland Australia Kelly embarked to the States to explore the Nashville scene. The outcome is a jackpot of catchy tunes with a strong nostalgic ache of real life. A couple listens and one finds themself in an emotional roller-coaster ride of happiness and loss in 11 songs and 38 minutes.

Kelly's past success from his 4th album FUEL launched him a large fan base by winning contests, song of the month awards, radio play and more. Kelly is very competitive with himself and feels an urge to up-the-game. On Every Sunrise, producer Greg Arnold seemed to know exactly how to unleash Kelly's songs and create the CD that Kelly has been wishing to write since he first started recording.

Influenced largely by Australian bands like Crowded House, Things of Stone and Wood (Greg Arnold), and Australian Paul Kelly, along with North American counterparts The Jayhawks, Barenaked Ladies, and the Counting Crows, Kelly works to define a sound all his own with musicianship and a dedication to each detail of the songwriting process. “My influences are quite diverse and you can really hear that in this CD. What’s constant is my attempt to keep the CD my own and upbeat”, says Kelly.

The CD starts of with the song "Perfectly Beautiful" which is clearly about his daughter. With lines like, "The old is new again" or "There aint no formula or sum, no recipe or rule of thumb to explain how I feel" it's immediate it's about ones child. The following song "Follow Me" is a more pop rock vibe with catchy hooks laced throughout. One of those songs that you find yourself singing later in the day away from the album. Then there is the title track "Every Sunrise" which as one fan put it, "...the perfect song for a Vampire love movie". The chorus is as catchy as they come. The last song "Road to London" is a Celtic spice of story telling that has made the hairs stand up on some listeners.

This is undoubtedly Kelly Pettit's best effort so far. His last album "These Days" was really strong and I struggled to wonder where the latest would take him. I'm pleased to say that this album exceeds my expectations and is worthy of listening to - starting every sunrise.