Norman Kelsey is a singer-songwriter from Cleveland, OH, who has spent the last 25 years in North Hollywood, CA. Black & White, he proudly traces family roots to both historic Harlem, NYC and tiny Balqhuidder, Scotland.
He grew up on a steady diet of Bee Gees, Beatles and Michael Jackson. He draws influences from Prince, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Norman's goal with each record is to create a sonic art with flavors from a time when Top 40 radio spun pop, rock, disco and soul back-to-back-to-back.
After a health-related sabbatical, 2015 saw him collaborate with Adam Marsland and Teresa Cowles under the banner of Pacific Soul Ltd. The trio recorded and subsequently toured the UK in May, 2015. Their EP featured several well-received tracks including "Blue Summertime." The group returned to the studio to complete a full-length LP "The Dance Divine," featuring Norman's vocal and writing contributions, dropped October 21st, 2016.
On October 2nd, 2012, he released On The Rebound, the follow-up to his solo debut A Talent For Loving, filled with brass-laden soul-pop tunes and heart-stopping ballads. Norman supported the CD with full band performances and intimate acoustic sets in select markets. His live band, the Inimitables, featured Adam Marsland (keyboard); Evie Sands (guitar); Teresa Cowles (bass) and Kevin Jarvis (drums).
The second single from On The Rebound, "Huckleberry Finn," debuted on July 30, 2013. It was accompanied by an official music video directed by Andrew Shuford. The song is about Norman's own personal artistic journey; tinged with a rootsy 70's R&B vibe. Promotion for the single and the album were delayed by Norman's hospitalization for and subsequent recovery from a stroke.
Norman, a proud voting member of the recording academy (NARAS), publishes his music through his own company, Mighty Ohio Music (BMI). He is married and owns a feisty dog.
Photo credit: Julie Shuford