Norman Kelsey is a singer-songwriter originally from Cleveland, OH. A family move took him to Jacksonville, FL, as a teenager where his musical career began in a band formed with high school friends. He has spent the last three decades in Los Angeles, CA, where he became the resident soul man of the indie power pop scene of the early 21st century.
He grew up on The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Bee Gees. As a budding performer, he began to draw influences from Prince, David Bowie and Mick Jagger; and as an early adopter of MTV, he was entranced by Second British Invasion bands like ABC, Duran Duran and Culture Club. Norman's goal with each record became to create sonic art with flavors from a time when Top 40 radio spun pop, rock, disco and soul back-to-back-to-back.
His latest solo release dropped December 26, 2021; a spectral, electric swamp cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Commotion" for a tribute album of the same name. Prior to that, in August 2018, he dropped a a three song set featuring the single "Sun Rose." The tracks were produced by Adam Marsland at Karma Frog. A video for the song, "When I Say I Love You," directed by Mike Schnee debuted for Valentine's Day, 2019.
October 2nd, 2012, Norman released On The Rebound, the follow-up to his 2008 solo debut A Talent For Loving, filled with brass-laden soul-pop tunes and heart-stopping ballads. The album was highlighted by all-star appearances from musical legends Evie Sands, DJ Bonebrake (X) and Rahmlee Michael Davis (Earth, Wind & Fire). Norman supported the CD with full band performances and intimate acoustic sets. His live band, dubbed the Inimitables, featured Adam Marsland (keyboard); Evie Sands (guitar); Teresa Cowles (bass) and Kevin Jarvis (drums).
The second single from On The Rebound, the rootsy, 70's flavored ballad "Huckleberry Finn," debuted on July 30, 2013. It was accompanied by a music video directed by Andrew Shuford. The song is about Norman's own personal artistic journey.
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.
Norman, an active 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. He is also into finding his roots through ancestry research and proudly traces them to Nigeria and Scotland.
Photo credit: Julie Shuford