Nashville Singer-Songwriter Kate Kelly Spills Sweetness With "Honey"
Two years ago, Kate Kelly -- with her sights set on a degree in Music Therapy -- shifted her vision. She realized that she wanted to pursue her own dreams of making music professionally, frequently, endlessly, wholeheartedly. 2016 marked the start of this new journey with her debut EP, New Heartbeat, which is to be followed in just a few months by her debut full-length release, The Wonder Of It All. To sate our hunger for her next release, Kate just dropped "Honey," her brand new single.
"Writing 'Honey' was so much more than writing a new song — it was writing a new feeling into my life experience," Kate told Imperfect Fifth. "When 'Honey' appeared within me, I found a version of myself I didn’t know existed. The song brought with it a newfound sense of self that was sassy, independent, and empowered in her truth. I still use 'Honey' to remind myself to embrace my authenticity and independence, which is my biggest hope for listeners as well."
With this in mind, the laidback jazzy track blossoms into a plea of anthemic empowerment. "Honey" opens with a quick percussive introduction before Kate's vintage vocals (a lax drawl, really) come in quick. Below her syrupy drone, a gorgeous jazz arrangement builds continuously: we've got rich waves of horn sections, classic coffeeshop keys, and subtle doo-wop backing vocals. Perhaps the most swoon-worthy piece of this mellow number is how Kate employs both swells and dips. There are moments of great flourish, when the vocals and multi-instrumentation grow in tandem for sunny bursts of gusto, but then there are cooler comedowns when Kate's almost theatrical voice relaxes, mimicked by slackening rhythms. "Honey" moves seamlessly like this, zigzagging around as an exquisitely jazzy anthem for maximum head-bops and shoulder-rolls.
Featured photo by Abby Weeden.