AMY: When and how did you get started singing and performing?
KELLY: It’s a funny story, actually. I guess I was ridiculously shy as a child and didn’t talk much at all...My parents told me I got up in church one Sunday morning out of nowhere and walked to the front of the congregation and just started singing. (what a weirdo, right?!) Obviously everyone was a bit in shock. I have been singing since.
AMY: What famous musicians do you admire and why?
KELLY: I’ve always been really interested in lyrics and storytelling through song. I love Ani Difranco, Ray Lamontagne, Damien Rice, Fiona Apple for their storytelling abilities. It definitely has impacted the way I tell mine. I really dig Kasey Muscgraves right now...I think she’s a really talented writer.
AMY: What are your inspirations for writing music/lyrics?
KELLY: I tend to write about love...a lot. I just think it’s the most incredible force. It’s something that I’ve always been interested in and really inspired by.
AMY: If you could perform at any venue, where would it be?
KELLY: Oh I have such a list! lol I will say I look forward to playing stages like Radio City and Grand Ole Opry. I like intimate venues for my shows...I want to connect with everyone in the room. That’s a feeling that I can’t even describe...but when it happens, it’s incredible.
AMY: Do you play any instruments?
KELLY: I do. I taught myself guitar a few years ago before I made the move to NYC. I play some piano too. My guitar has been my best friend on this journey and I’m grateful for that gift.
AMY: How do you handle mistakes during performances?
KELLY: You keep going. The worst thing you can do as an artist is let a moment of error ruin your entire experience and destroy your momentum. This is easy for me to say now...but I had to learn this over the years. I’m such a control freak that if it wasn’t perfect, or I messed up, I would let it ruin my mood and that energy definitely translates to your audience. I’ve learned to relax a bit and be okay with error. Ice cream helps. :)
AMY: How often and how long do you practice?
KELLY: Not as often as I should! I really need to discipline myself time wise these days because my schedule can get so packed that it can take a back burner for longer than it should. It’s different if I’m rehearsing for a show or tour, of course. I’m actually scheduled to clock a few hours in after I finish with this interview.
AMY: Are any of your songs non-fiction ;)?
KELLY: All of my songs are non-fiction. It’s not easy to expose a lot of what I’m feeling or talk about things that didn’t work out. I’m much more at peace with it now than I was when I first started. I think I’m more comfortable with who I am and what I’ve lived. I have had boyfriends call me up and apologize after releasing an album. I’ve also had men want to date me hoping I would write a song about them...which I always find strange.
AMY: Have you been in any competitions?
KELLY: Hmmm….I don’t do competitions so much these days. I have been focusing on getting my music out there to as many people as I can reach. I have done the Grammy nominations with my first album, and the AMA’s with my second...I guess if you count those types of situations competitions, then yes. I’ll keep going until I win.
AMY: How do you balance music with everyday life?
KELLY: I was just talking to someone about this the other day. I feel like my brain is hardwired and always in storytelling / writing mode. It’s hard to explain. I feel like everything I experience goes through this filter where it immediately is processed like a song. So I am always working in a sense.
AMY: Records, cassettes, 8-tracks, Cd’s, or MP3 which do you prefer and why?
KELLY: My first choice would be vinyl!!! I love the sound of an old record playing. There is something so romantic about it that resonates with me.
AMY: Best moment in your career so far?
KELLY: It’s a toss up between walking the Red Carpet at the AMA’s and having a random guy approach me in a restaurant and recite a whole verse of my song. He told me he had gone through that same situation. That was an amazing feeling.
AMY:Tell us a fun fact about yourself
KELLY:I have my own roller skates and often wear them in my loft.
AMY: Any stories (creepy or otherwise) involving crazed fans?
KELLY: For the most part people are very kind and sweet. I have had a few instances where guys would be standing outside my door or sending some sorta creepy email. Other than that, ok!
AMY:Favorite pizza topping?
KELLY: Extra cheese!
AMY:Favorite book boyfriend (other than Van Sinclair ;))?
KELLY: Noah Calhoun, The Notebook. *Gush*
AMY:Favorite song of all time?
KELLY: I think I have to go with Freedom, George Michaels. Always gets me going.
AMY:Favorite line from one of your songs?
KELLY: John Mayer. You’re Body is a Wonderland. “I’ll never let your head hit the bed without my hand behind it.”
AMY: Any advice for those just starting out?
KELLY: Have fun. Roll with the punches. This career is a roller coaster. There are highs and lows. Don’t get off. Stay on. It’s worth it.
AMY: Tell us about your current and future projects. What can we expect from Kelly St. Patrick?
KELLY: Well, I was planning on doing a few shows including one back in NEPA, my homeland and as far as Poland. (My music is currently featured in a few TV shows there). However, I just found out I may be moving to Nashville for a bit. I haven’t announced this yet. I still need to work a few details out. I’m excited though. I’m ready for the next chapter. I also am working on my first Christmas album and doing a few acting jobs for TV shows this fall. It’s bananas over here! I’ll keep everyone informed on my site. xx