Though she’s only just turned 24, Kelly Sweet already boasts two decades’ worth of performing experience, having made her live debut at the Cape Cod Conservatory at the tender age of four. A decade later she was opening for Kenny Loggins in Las Vegas and performing the national anthem at Lakers games, and at age 16 was co-writing and recording her debut album, We Are One, with producer Mark Portmann (Josh Groban, Celine Dion). Released three weeks before her 19th birthday, the album led to a tour with Dave Koz and numerous gigs in Japan.
But by the time the album cycle ended Kelly was 20 and having second thoughts about her musical direction. “I allowed my ears and my heart to show me what music I loved,” Kelly remembers, “and where my imagination wanted to go to create my vision for my new music. I think there is a big difference in between 16 and early 20s in knowing who you are and what you want for yourself. Also, I had heard the songs from my first record in elevators a few times--and the last thing I wanted to be was elevator music at 20!”
Over the next two years Kelly became a bit of a globe-trotter, working with writers in London, New York, Nashville and Los Angeles, i...