Kelly Menhennett

Kelly Menhennett

Kelly Menhennett

Hailing from Barmera, a small town in the Riverland region of South Australia, Kelly’s musical journey started from very early on. Born into this world by a professional cabaret-singing mother and a third generation grape growing father, her family was sure to influence her future career path.

Growing up in a musical household, Kelly first picked up the violin at the tender age of four and moved onto the guitar at age eight. She continued her musical pursuits throughout high school. She then took a break from music to study her other passion of winemaking at Adelaide University and became a professional winemaker.

During her seven years in the wine business, Kelly would still pick up the guitar as a social outlet which led to her appearing onstage at her local pub. From there her love of performing began.

Now a full-time working musician, describing her sound as alt-country, folk/roots with a touch of soul, Kelly regularly performs in local Adelaide venues such as the Grace Emily and the Wheatsheaf Hotel, as well as travelling to regional SA and interstate to perform.

Kelly has built up an impressive list of musical achievements: in 2010 she was the winner of four separate categories in the Songwriters, Composers & Lyricists Association (SCALA) competition; successfully produced her own album titled World of Mine; and performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

In 2011, Kelly won the 2011 Support Act Limited’s emerging artist award and performed at the iconic Woodford Folk Festival in December. She then took out the 2012 Telstra Road to Discovery major songwriter category in January.

Since winning the songwriter title, Kelly has toured with American Country Music Award Global Artists of the year The McClymonts, supported Charles Jenkins and will perform alongside dual ARIA Award winning singer-songwriter Monique Brumby later this year.

Renowned for her unique vocals and strong songwriting ability, Kelly has set strong foundations to carve out a career as an exciting new talent in Australian music and 2012 looks to be her biggest year yet!