Jo Kelly Stephenson is an award-winning Aussie singer songwriter currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. Awards include 'Alternative Country Album of the Year (Vox Populi)' in the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs), a major prize in the ASA 28th Australian Songwriting Contest - the 'Rudy Brandsma Award for Songwriting Excellence', and 2nd place in the Blues / R&B category of the Billboard World Song Contest, for which she appeared on the Billboard winner’s compilation album. Jo Kelly received two nominations for Bluegrass Song of the Year in the 2019 Independent Music Awards. Her song Perfect Chance was nominated for Alternative Country Song of the Year in the 8th annual Independent Music Awards. Other awards include 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th & 9th places in the AUSMUSIC category of the ASA 22nd Australian Songwriting Contest, as well as the PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) award for 'Best Performance of the Night' at the ASA 22nd Awards ceremony in Sydney.
Her music has been featured in prime network television shows and films aired worldwide including A&E series 'The Glades', TNT’s 'Rizzoli & Isles', ABC’s 'Mistresses', (ABC Family) Freeform’s 'Switched at Birth’, and CBS program 'Unforgettable'. Many of these shows aired on popular streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Prime Video, with viewers in the millions. Her music featured in Warner Brother’s cinema release 'Girl on a Bicycle' directed by Jeremy Leven (The Notebook), and she supplied music for a US indie film about African American slavery called 'Alone'. These films continue to air in cinemas around the world. Her song ‘Kitchen Talk’ became the theme music for online Brooklyn based TV series, ‘Cooking for Bachelors', and her songs have been played in shopping malls and stores across America including Ralph's, Kroger, Winn-Dixie and Walmart. She also supplied call hold music for Walgreens and other retailers.
Jo Kelly has performed at top music venues and festivals throughout Australia including Melbourne’s historic international Palais Theatre, The Metro Theatre in Sydney, and The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane. She showcased at Michael Chugg's 'Australian Music Week' - St Kilda Festival several years running, and performed alongside The Angel's Doc Neeson and The Brewster Brothers at the ASA televised National Songwriting Awards ceremony in Sydney. Jo Kelly has also played shows with Ross Ryan and Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool/Mondo Rock). More recently are performances on the Music City Roots show with Jim Lauderdale, in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as the Nashville Film Festival at Hall of Fame Park. Her face and music bio appeared on Vietti Chili cans in grocery stores throughout the southern United States, after writing multiple jingles about mouthwatering chili. She's currently working on recording new material with producer, Adam Dean Ellis.
“I See Flowers heralds the arrival of someone with the potential to blaze a trail far beyond home territory” - Performing Songwriter Magazine, USA
"Otis Redding meets Cyndi Lauper in the country" - Anthony J. Resta (Producer - Elton John, Blondie, Duran Duran) describing the song Perfect Chance
"Her brand of bluesy country deserves comparisons to Shawn Colvin. The songs are strong and her voice sounds wonderfully fresh"- Jeff Jenkins, 'Australian Music Mag' (JB Hi-Fi guide to music in store)