NEW YORK – March 4, 2022 – “Roses was a complete joy to compose and truly reflects my journey to a conscious and balanced state,” singer-songwriter Jadea Kelly says of her new album Roses, out today via Darth Jadea Music / Tonetree. “To me, Los Angeles is a gift I gave myself. It was a blank slate to finally confront my emotional, physical and financial health. The result is Roses. The result is abundance and joy. I’m holding the light up now, and roses are falling all around.”
The 13 original songs on Roses were composed over the last four years in Ontario, Canada, Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA, where Kelly is now based. Roses is Kelly’s fourth studio album and standout tracks include singles “Any Old Boat,” a simple, sweet love song, “Stupid Goddamn Face,” about unrequited love, and “Happy,” an anthem celebrating freedom, a wild uncharted artistic path, and the choices women want to make with their lives, whatever they may be. Themes of love, connection, and chasing wholeheartedly after what brings you joy weave throughout the album.
Previously released singles have earned impressive Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon Music editorial playlists, as well as front cover features on ‘Folk and Friends’ (Spotify) and ‘Fresh Folk Acoustic’ (Amazon Music) playlists, accumulating over 2 million streams. Kelly was also featured on BBC Scotland’s Another Country with Ricky Ross.
To mark the album’s release, Kelly is also sharing a stunning new music video for the record’s title track – filmed by francophone videographer, Gaelle Legrand, on Kelly’s parents’ property in Ontario, Canada.
“We wanted to film a collection of vignette memories of a past love, mixed with images that represented a triumphant return to joy, power, independence and abundance,” adds Kelly. “I bought five bouquets of roses, drenched most of them in gasoline and we burnt them in slow motion.”
Roses was produced by Aaron Goldstein (Matt Mays / Daniel Romano), Joel Schwartz (Dionne Taylor), Rich Jacques (Lisa Loeb) and Joe Moralez (Skyler Day).
“I ended up tracking a majority of the album in Toronto with my Canadian friends and bandmates, in person and virtually,” she says. “It felt full circle to record in Canada after four exploratory years in the U.S. I love California with all my heart. It is my new-found home and has provided a playground to rediscover my confidence, my freedom, my voice and a collection of songs that truly reflects my journey to health.”
Described by CBC as ‘one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters’ (Tom Power, CBC) Kelly spends her time writing and living between rural Ontario Canada and Los Angeles CA. She has co-written and toured (as opener and backing vocalist) with the likes of Justin Rutledge, Whitehorse, Judy Collins, Catherine MacLellan, Royal Wood, Kelly Prescott, Sweet Alibi, Peter Katz, The Digging Roots, Leela Gilday and Joey Landreth. She has also performed and showcased her music across Canada, The United States and Europe, performing at the likes of AmericanaFest (Nashville TN), Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Metal Toronto and Peterborough Folk Festival. Despite her Americana influence, she is also the featured vocalist with JUNO award-winning metal group Protest the Hero (Kezia, Scurrilous and Volition).
Kelly spearheaded the 2018 collective Canada Covers Tom Petty, featuring an impressive collection of tributes from Matt Mays, Terra Lightfoot, Dwayne Gretsky, Molly Brown and the Redhill Valleys. Kelly also hosts a semi-annual Canadian songwriter showcase in Los Angeles through the celebrated Hotel Cafe ‘Monday Monday’ concert series.
She also works as a contemporary stained glass artist (@fairyglassmother), repurposing recycled instruments into illuminated instrument lamps. Modern, creative and contemporary lighting which hangs in various music venues, galleries and studios across North America.
Roses Track List:
2. Temporary Farewell
3. Stupid Goddamn Face
5. Across The Stairs
6. Pitch Black
8. Any Old Boat
9. Room For Me
10. Picking Flowers
11. Ten Roses
12. When I Fly
13. Running To You