Kelley Swindall was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where she grew up listening to the music of Kris Kristofferson, Patsy Cline, and David Allen Coe on the way to church every Sunday morning, because that's what her daddy listened to. When she was old enough to drive herself, she added Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, The Band, and Johnny Cash to the mix.
In 2006 she moved up norht to study acting at The American Academy of Dramatic arts in New York City, where she currently resides. A self taught guitar and harmonica player, she began writing songs after leaving school in order to give herself a creative outlet oustide of acting. She developed her songwriting at Big City Folks' Wednesday Night Song Club at Ceol , and played out around the city, primarily at Banjo Jim's , The Red Lion, and the Holiday Cocktail Lounge on St. Mark's Place, where she curated the Sunday Night Music NIghts up until its closing is 2012.
Drawing from her southern background, her style is a unique blend of bluesy folk coupled with a witty, gritty, old school country sensibility, with a twinge of the outlaw tradition. Rooted in story songs and talking blues, her debut album "kelley swindall (pronounced ke le swin 'dl)" was released in July of 2014.
She performs regularly throughout NYC, on the road, and in her native South, as well as in stage, film, and television. She is a member of the NYC based theater company The Amoralists.