Lisa Kelly

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Lisa Kelly
Birth nameLaoise Ní Cheallaigh
Born(1977-05-07) 7 May 1977 (age 35)
Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland
GenresCeltic, Classical
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals, Piano
LabelsCeltic Collections
Manhattan
Associated actsCeltic Woman
Websitelisakellysite.com
 
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Lisa Kelly
Birth nameLaoise Ní Cheallaigh
Born(1977-05-07) 7 May 1977 (age 35)
Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland
GenresCeltic, Classical
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals, Piano
LabelsCeltic Collections
Manhattan
Associated actsCeltic Woman
Websitelisakellysite.com

Lisa Ann Kelly (Irish Laoise Ní Cheallaigh, born 7 May 1977) is a singer of both classical and celtic music. She has taken part in many musical theatre productions and concerts, and is a founding and former member of the musical group Celtic Woman. [1][2][3][4][5]

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Early life

Lisa Kelly was born in Dublin, into a musical family, with both her parents and sisters being singers. Lisa herself has been singing since the age of seven, when she starred in the musical version of Bugsy Malone. Her parents are both heavily involved in amateur theatre, influencing Lisa toward studying drama, as well as being classically trained in both piano and singing.

Music career

She has played several principal roles, such as "Velma Kelly" in Chicago, "Florence" in Chess, "Laurey" in Oklahoma!, "Maria" in West Side Story and "Sandy" in Grease.

She has also performed in a number of concerts in Dublin's National Concert Hall, including The Magic of Gershwin, The Music of Cole Porter and From Romberg to Rodgers, and has won numerous national awards for singing and drama.

Riverdance

After deciding to take a break from her day job in the computer industry to return to theatre, she played the lead role in the Christmas pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. This led to her being cast in the American production of Riverdance – The Show as lead female vocalist in 2000, a position she held for five years while touring. While touring with Riverdance, Lisa met Australian dancer Scott Porter, who later became her husband.

Solo album

In 2002, Lisa was asked to record a solo album with director David Downes on the Celtic Collections label. The resulting debut album, Lisa, was released in 2003. Songs featured on this CD are "Carrickfergus", "Siúil A Rún", "The Deer's Cry", "Lift the Wings", "The Soft Goodbye", "Home and the Heartland", "Homecoming", "Now We Are Free", "Dubhdarra", "May It Be", and "Send Me a Song".

Celtic Woman

Lisa was again approached by Downes in 2004, and asked to be part of Celtic Woman, originally planned as a one-night event at Dublin's Helix Theatre. The group has since released several albums and DVD performances of their concerts and embarked on several world tours.

She says she accepted a spot in Celtic Woman because "I wasn't doing anything else that day." She did not know any of the artists she would be performing with when they first got together but Kelly stated that "the show is blessed with the girls [the show's creators] picked."[6] She has toured with Celtic Woman throughout most of their tours and appears in almost every CD and DVD to date.

Lisa performs several songs with Celtic Woman. She sings "Send Me a Song" and "The Blessing", both originals that have been featured on the original and A New Journey CDs, DVDs, and tours respectively. They were written by David Downes and feature him on the piano. Another song written by David Downes is "Green the Whole Year Round", which has been featured on the Christmas Celebration DVD and Greatest Journey CD and DVD, but not any tour. Lisa performs "The Voice" in A New Journey, which was originally supposed to be sung by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, and also features fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt. "The Voice" was written by Irish novelist and composer Brendan Graham. Another song that Lisa performs in the original performance is "May It Be", originally from the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Lisa sings "Caledonia" in A New Journey, and sang Sting's "Fields of Gold" during the Isle of Hope and Songs From the Heart tours. In Songs From the Heart, she also sings "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress," accompanied by Máiréad Nesbitt on the violin.

During the A New Journey tour, and again during the "Believe" 2012 tour, Lisa took a break for the birth of her children. She was replaced by Alex Sharpe who later became a full-time member of Celtic Woman when Orla Fallon left. Later she was replaced by Susan McFadden.[7]

Other

In 2009, Lisa Kelly sang the main title song If You Believe for the Disney movie Tinkerbell – The Lost Treasure.[8]

In December 2011 Lisa Kelly announced she was taking a maternity leave and will not be in the 2012 Believe Tour. She is being replaced by Susan McFadden.

In 2013, after a move to the United States and leaving Celtic Woman, she announced the opening of "The Lisa Kelly Voice Academy," a performing arts school in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Personal life

Lisa is married to Australian dancer Scott Porter. They have four children: sons Cian, Jack, Harry (born June 2012), and daughter Ellie. She calls them, "hands down, the most important parts of my life", and they accompany her on tour when they are not in school. Lisa's sister Helen has performed with Celtic Woman in the choir.

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