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International Pop Overthrow Los Angeles Festival 2013

Minty And The Beeb Go Gigging

Norman Kelsey had an extra slot and he was accompanied by Adam Marsland. The combination of these two was pretty much the same as Wednesday, with “Our Love Is Known” sounding really lush. There were a couple of surprises in the set as improvisation took over, and we got a great acoustic version of the recent Daft Punk number 1, “Get Lucky”. That had a bit of a “wow” factor about it. The second surprise was when The Beeb asked for “Airport Kisses” a song from Norman’s latest album, and he got it! No rehearsal or practice……. This is what sets some performers apart from anyone else….. those who know their material and can play it on spec.

Minty And The Beeb Go Gigging

Another acoustic performance followed: this time, Norman Kelsey from California. Adam Marsland joined him on stage, playing a bit of keyboard and guitar alongside, and also providing some supporting backing vocals. Norman has a very soulful voice, with hints of Prince. Together, he and Adam did a ballad “Our Love Is Known By Name” which sounded absolutely gorgeous, along with other tracks from Norman’s latest album On The Rebound, which was actually produced by Adam.

Liverpool Sound and Vision

Norman Kelsey, Gig Review. The Cavern Club, Liverpool. International Pop Overthrow.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

As Norman Kelsey stands on the stage at The Cavern Club and takes in the audience’s reaction, it would be easy to forgive him if for the briefest of moments the broad smile he has had on his face all evening suddenly became as wide as the  River Mersey. For Norman Kelsey, the man who made his way from the West Coast of America to perform in this year’s International Pop Overthrow, to say his set was stunning would be a huge understatement.

For Norman Kelsey the impossible is not in his vocabulary, it is a phrase that just needs to be overcome and met with a huge smile, a personality that can make audiences swoon in his presence and a selection of songs from his latest album, the superb On The Rebound, all of that even before he has opened his mouth to sing and his fingers have pulled back on one string.  For Norman Kelsey is perhaps the most coolest and suave man The Cavern is likely to have in its building during the whole festival. It is quite amusing to watch the audience take in the near majesty the musician exudes; it is also disheartening to know that no matter what you could never be as happy in your work as Mr. Kelsey.

With Adam Marsland, who had already performed a cracking set earlier in the day, by his side on keyboards and guitar, Norman showed exactly why he is so incredibly highly rated. His smooth voice is reminiscent of the great Marvin Gaye, his style as professional as you can ever likely find and all of this wrapped in a talent that knows no bounds. The only downside to all of this of course is that the time on stage for him is limited and for the audience who have taken him and his music to their hearts the ending comes far too quick.

However, the music he makes more than makes up for it and for those there to witness to this fine session, including tracks such as Huckleberry Finn, Your Majestic Rejection, the amazing Supermodels With Gatling Guns and So Sophisticated, will not forget this magical set.

One of the most outstanding talents of his genre, Norman Kelsey is a man with a very big future infront of him.

Ian D. Hall

IPO UK 2013 Official Programme & Guide

IPO’s favorite soul-man resides in North Hollywood, California, and has recently released his new album, On The Rebound, with producer Adam Marsland (see below), who will be joining Kelsey for his IPO Liverpool appearance. On The Rebound is a continuation of Kelsey’s journey into disco-pop that began with A Talent For Loving, taking cues from the Brothers Gibb and James Brown, along with the usual Motown suspects, and is filled with uptempo pop tunes and ballads that will make you think it’s 1978 all over again, but without the polyester!

Minty and the Beeb Go Gigging

"Norman Kelsey ( who had made the journey all the way from Los Angeles, was the next act up on the front stage. He is very soulful, just him and an acoustic guitar, and when he sang falsetto, there were hints of Prince and Smokey Robinson influences. He obviously loves sharing his music with everyone, but sometimes it was a battle over the audience background noise, a common conflict for acoustic performers at that time of night as the club starts to fill up. Norman was very engaging with his audience, and gave us an unplugged version of his newest single, "Your Majestic Rejection" which also sounds great, and it was another couple of CDs in the bag for us."

International Pop Overthrow Liverpool 2012

IPO UK '12 Official Programme & Guide

“IPO's favourite soul-man resides in North Hollywood, California, and has completed his new album, So Sophisticated, with producer Adam Marsland. It is a continuation of his journey into disco-pop that began with A Talent For Loving, taking cues from the Brothers Gibb and James Brown, along with the usual Motown suspects. The album is set for release this summer, and is filled with uptempo pop tunes and ballads that will make you think it's 1978 all over again, but without the polyester! We can hardly wait!”

IPO Liverpool 2008 Official Programme & Guide

"A charismatic singer-songwriter based in North Hollywood, CA. His sound is reminiscent of 70's soul mixed with 80's new wave R&B. Imagine a combination of Prince, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye, with a bit of James Brown-inflected grit. Romance is on her way to the discothèque and she's on the arm of Norman Kelsey: He's got a T.A.L.E.N.T. and he's going to share it with you as he rocks the Cavern with songs from his debut LP A Talent For Loving!"

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