Kelly Goodlad | blues and reds

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blues and reds

by Kelly Goodlad

Wistful words sung with whipped-cream-smooth vocals, wrapped around heartwrenching melodies, this Toronto newcomer is a lover, not a fighter.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. January
4:56 $0.99
2. It's My Life Too
5:16 $0.99
3. A Funeral For An Era
5:09 $0.99
4. Late Bloomer
6:01 $0.99
5. Solo Road
4:21 $0.99
6. Passion Junkie
4:11 $0.99
7. Love Song
4:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Another colour-coordinated family reunion
Uncle Lou would have preferred some blues and reds
But a funeral for an era never ends well
When an era's not the only thing that's dead"...

-"A Funeral For An Era", off "Blues and Reds"

Quirky-pop newcomer Kelly Goodlad, born and bred in Toronto, Canada, is a self-described 'singer who writes', meaning that she was first driven to sing ("constantly"), then to write - her first song was written in the backyard playhouse at age 10 - and over the past several years, to craft and perform her material, mostly on the piano. A handful of her more recent songs now appear on her debut EP, "Blues and Reds". A fan writes "...gorgeous vocals, bittersweet lyrics, this is a wonderful mix of production and styles." One song smolders, the next jangles, but consistent throughout is Kelly's sweeping breezy, cream pie vocals. Years of listening to Olivia Newton-John as a child no doubt influenced Kelly's angelic vocal style and the unabashed optimism found in her writing. As she likens the funeral of an uncle to a 'colour-coordinated family reunion', it is clear that Kelly can write about pain and hardship while keeping her sense of humor fully intact. In fact, she finds it very difficult to write anything 'one-sided'. Her music has been described as "bittersweet" for a reason. "There's longing and searching in a lot of my songs, but it's never just: 'I'm sad - the end'...there's always some hope or wisdom or sarcasm or even some constructive anger in there", she muses. Kelly is also apt to exaggerate for drama; when she sings: "I'm a passion junkie, I get my fix where I can, turn the whole thing upside-down and damn the best-laid plans", it's with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Kelly studied broadcasting in University, but could not ignore her true love: music. After graduation, she beelined to Boston where she attended the Berklee College of Music's Summer Performance Program. It was there that she started to pursue music seriously, and when she returned to Toronto, she began performing her original songs in local venues (the legendary C'est What?, The Free Times Café, Holy Joe's, Clinton's, and others). She has leant vocals to albums by local artists Rich Hamelin, Howard James, Mike Lerner, The Dirj Experiment, Talladega, Silent Seymour, and others. Currently, Kelly promotes "Blues and Reds" via touring (mostly the Southern Ontario area) and the internet. Having already written much of what will become her next record, she is eager to return to the studio, but only after she's given her new material a 'road test'. "This record ("Blues & Reds") is quite mellow...café music, really, and I've been having fun reinventing my songs for the club scene. Songs take on new life the more you play them, and it's cool when you're able to let go of control and see what happens."


Kelly Goodlad - vocals, piano, rhodes
Rich Hamelin - electric & acoustic guitar, bass
David Celia - electric guitar, bass
Marshall Bureau - drums
Adam Warner - drums
Mark Camilleri - additional piano
Jacob King - additional acoustic guitar
Andrew Canning - double bass
Charlene Yeh - viola, violin
Catherine Cosbey - violin
Peter Cosbey - cello
Dan McCarthy - vibraphone
Joss Grossman - trumpet
Jeremy Edwardes - clarinet
Dan Turcotte - programming, synth, theremin

String arrangements by Jeff Vidov
Produced by Dan Turcotte



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Incredible!! Constantly changing my mind on which song is my favorite!

Blue Parade (Minneapolis, MN)

Gorgeous Vocals - 7 Wonderful Songs
You know the artists you accidentally stumble upon, and then want to keep them a secret so no one else will know the amazing gem you've stumbled upon? This is how I feel about Kelly Goodlad. From her gorgeous vocals to her bittersweet lyrics, this EP is a wonderful mix of production & styles. From the sultry, jazzy "Late Bloomer", the upbeat "A Funeral For An Era" & the absolutely STUNNING closer, the ballad "Love Song", I'm still having difficulty picking a favorite. My only complaint? I wish it were longer!

If you’re a fan of female singer/songwriters, I can’t recommend this CD enough. Here’s hoping “Blues & Reds” will get Kelly the recognition she deserves.

Sean Galbraith

Absolutely fantastic
Absolutely fantastic debut! Diverse styles really show this newcomer's range and talents. Short, but very sweet, this hopefully isn't the last we'll hear from her.