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Kelly Willis


Although the function of new traditionalist singer/songwriter Kelly Willis earned widespread critical acclaim, she found little in the form of comparable commercial success; her appear, a smart cross types of nation and rock, merely assimilated both musical designs too well to get approval in either camp. Blessed in Oklahoma and elevated within the Washington, D.C., region, she began executing in her sweetheart (and husband to be) Mas Palermo’s music group at age 16. Her powerhouse vocals had been so favored by club viewers that shortly the group was renamed Kelly & the Fireballs in her honor. After Willis graduated senior high school, the music group transferred to Austin, Tx, only to split up six months afterwards. Because of this, Willis began understanding how to play electric guitar while drummer Palermo honed his songwriting chops. The duo began a new music group, Radio Ranch, with guitarist David Murray, metal participant Michael Hardwick, and bassist Michael Foreman. Among Radio Ranch’s shows so impressed vocalist Nanci Griffith that she started lobbying her label, MCA, to indication to group, resulting in Willis’ 1990 debut, Well-Travelled Like. So that they can capitalize on Willis’ amazing appears, she was advertised being a girl-next-door type, and regardless of the existence of the entire music group, just her name made an appearance on the recording jacket. Regardless of the glowing evaluations, the LP fared badly, and so, on her behalf 1991 sophomore work, Bang Bang, she was depicted like a coquettish pinup. Once again, however, the nice promotion the record received didn’t translate to radio airplay, aside from chart sales. On her behalf third recording, comprised mainly of her personal songs, Willis became a member of makes with pop maker Don Was; the self-titled 1993 work suffered exactly the same destiny as its predecessors, nevertheless, and she was lowered by MCA soon after its launch. Following a couple of years of comparative inactivity, she resurfaced in 1995, duetting with Boy Volt’s Jay Farrar for the Crimson Popular & Bothered compilation, and after issuing a 1996 3rd party label EP, Fading Fast, announced programs to get a 1997 LP on A&M. In past due 1996, she wedded fellow Austin musician Bruce Robison. Because the ’90s drew to some close, Willis inked a cope with Rykodisc. Her 4th recording, What I Deserve, made an appearance in 1999 and it had been a breakthrough strike for Willis. Period Newspaper hailed the record as “the smartest, most regularly worthwhile country Compact disc” to have already been released that calendar year. Three years afterwards, Willis returned towards the picture with Easy, including collaborative initiatives with Vince Gill, Union Station’s Dan Tyminski, and Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile. Willis tossed her head wear into the congested yuletide picture in 2006 using the amiable Content Holidays, accompanied by her seventh record, the Chuck Prophet-produced Translated from Like in 2007. In 2008, Willis announced she was acquiring some time removed from the street. She made just sporadic appearances, generally as a visitor with Robinson, but usually kept a minimal profile. She finally surfaced from her longer silence with Cheater’s Video game, a collaborative record with her hubby made by Brad Jones. The established featured music by Dave Alvin, Robert Earl Eager, Hayes Carll, among others; it had been released in with time for ROMANTIC DAYS CELEBRATION in 2013. Essential and well-known reception from the documenting proved so guaranteeing, the two made a decision to collaborate on another duets collection using the same maker. Our Year premiered within the springtime of 2014.

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Full Name Kelly Willis
Profession Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Music Songs Cheater's Game, Baby Take a Piece of My Heart, If I Left You, I Don't Want to Love You, Translated From Love, Not Forgotten You, Heaven's Just a Sin Away, The Heart That Love Forgot, Whatever Way the Wind Blows, Little Honey, Border Radio, Don't Come the Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim!, That'll Be Me, Looking for Someone Like You, Long Way Home, Sweet Sundown, Teddy Boys, Take It All Out on You, The More That I'm Around You, Easy, Wrapped, Got a Feelin' for Ya, Nobody Wants to Go to the Moon Anymore, What I Deserve, Well Travelled Love, They're Blind, Cradle of Love, Take Me Down, Settle for Love, I Must Be Lucky, World Without You, 9,999,999 Tears
Albums What I Deserve, Well Travelled Love, Bang Bang, Easy, Translated From Love, Kelly Willis, Happy Holidays, The Blanco Sessions, Fading Fast, One More Time: The MCA Recordings
Nominations Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year
Movies Bob Roberts, Songs for Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia

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1 Ex-sister-in-law of Emily Robison and Martie Maguire.
2 Sister-in-law of Charlie Robison.
3 Aunt of Charles Augustus Robsion, Henry Benjamin Robison and Julianna Tex Robison.
4 4th child, son Joseph Willis Robison born Tuesday January 10th, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces was 19.75 inches long.
5 Girl and boys twins(Abigail Esme Robison & Benjamin James Robison) born 23 March 2003.
6 Son, Deral Otis Robison born in Januray 2001.



90 Minutes in Heaven 2015 performer: "Angry All the Time"
An Unfinished Life 2005 performer: "Getting to Me" 2002 / writer: "Getting to Me" 2002
Austin City Limits 2000 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Boys 1996 performer: "Fading Fast" / writer: "Fading Fast" - as K. Willis
Bob Roberts 1992 "Drugs Stink", "We Are Marching", "The Voting Song"
Thelma & Louise 1991 performer: "Little Honey", "I Don't Want To Love You But I Do"



Step Fast 1994 Carol LeRoi King
Bob Roberts 1992 Clarissa Flan
P.S.I. Luv U 1991 TV Series



Austin City Limits 2000-2013 TV Series documentary Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993-1999 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1999 TV Series Herself
The Full Moon Show 1992 TV Series documentary Herself

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