Lorena country bar Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon has been a comfortable spot to play for country singer-songwriter Kimberly Kelly whenever she’d come back to visit the home folks in Lorena.
She’s hoping for a boost from her comfortable spot when she performs Friday night to raise money for her Indiegogo project aimed at producing a new album.
Kelly, who’s lived in Nashville for the last five years, is calling on friends and fans to help raise $14,750 through Indiegogo to record an EP with her latest songs. It’s a way to shortcut the process to get her music out and heard.
Last year, Kelly released the single “Put Some Lipstick On It” and had plans for a follow-up single this summer. The prospect of saving money for recording from her parttime job as speech pathologist and her weekend/evening performances as a singer-songwriter seemed a bit daunting, so Kelly has decided to go for the bigger prize of an EP now rather than later.
Kelly started her performing and writing career in Central Texas before her sister Kristen landed an opening slot on Brad Paisley’s 2012 tour and invited her to join as a backup vocalist.
That tour and its big venues gave her confidence-building experience and when she finished her dates as a harmony vocalist, she stayed in Nashville to pursue songwriting, winning a publishing agreement and working to get her songs in front of others. “As they say here, ‘You must be present to win,’” she quipped.
She finished a master’s degree in speech pathology from Texas Women’s University and has relied on that as a day job to supplement her music career.
Songwriting in Nashville shifted her style of writing from a more personal, solo experience to a collaborative effort on topics that sometimes were out of her range of experience, she said.
Still, Tara Thompson recorded her “WTF” — White Trash Female — about two years ago and she recently finished “I Just Came Here To Hear Some Country Music” with Erin Enderlin and Radney Foster, hoping to put that on her Indiegogo project.
Kelly is more than halfway to her goal with some 60 percent of the project pledged.
Friday’s show will feature Kelly and Nashville musician Brett Tyler, who plans to produce the new album when funded. Fat Boys Pizza Trailer, owned by Jason Galimore and Shane Christian, will provide free pizza for the cause. Admission is $10, which goes toward the project, but those attending can pledge at higher levels if they wish, she said.