Introducing Melisa Kelly and the Smokin Crows!
Made up of frontwoman Melisa Kelly, lead guitarist Luca Pisanu, pianist Dean Darkie, Luther Sean Hall on bass, and Micah Johnston on drums, their music is a patented blend of blues, classic old-school soul, and powerful Amy Winehouse jazz.
Lead vocalist Melisa Kelly exhibited a talent for singing from a young age and started gigging professionally around Glasgow and the West of Scotland in 2010. She has since played in some of Glasgow’s most renowned and beloved venues including The Gaiety Theatre, the O2 ABC, and the O2 Academy.
Melisa Kelly and the Smokin Crows formed when Melisa worked on various music ventures with pianist Dean and bassist Luther. The trio started collaborating with guitarist Luca and drummer Micah when they met through jam sessions held in Glasgow. And so Melisa Kelly and the Smokin Crows were born.
Since they formed, the band have supported huge acts including Alabama 3, The View, and Big Boy Bloater. Melisa’s rich, enunciated, raspy tones pack a real punch reminiscent of the awesome Etta James.
With every band member bringing their own unique influences and talents to the table, Melisa Kelly and the Smokin Crows are a force to be reckoned with.
Here is the band performing ‘Devil’s Luck’ on STV2’s Live @ Five:
‘Devil’s Luck’ Album Launch Party
Following the release of their critically acclaimed EP ‘Some Kind of Voodoo‘ in 2015, the band has just wrapped up recording their debut album ‘Devil’s Luck’. The album was recorded at Chamber Studios and mastered at the iconic Abbey Road Studios.
‘Devil’s Luck’ will be launched at a special event in Saint Luke’s in Glasgow’s East End (buy your tickets here!) on Thursday, August 2.
At the launch party, Melisa Kelly and the Smokin Crows will be accompanied by members of Jools Holland’s RnB orchestra who recorded the album with the band.
This event is guaranteed to be a night to remember. The intimate listening party will showcase the album which will be performed live in its entirety. There will also be support from local live acts with special guests yet to be confirmed.
For fans of Aretha Franklin and James Brown, this album launch is a party not to missed!