Jamie Kelli Band was formed in 2013 by husband and wife duo Greg and Jamie Kellicut. Both Greg and Jamie used to spend their weekends touring the local and state music scene with their previous bands. Deep down however they knew their calling was to start this new music project together. Greg and Jamie now hire friends who also happen to be some of Wisconsin's most talented and in some cases award winning musicians to take on the road. Any lineup of these musicians allows the Jamie Kelli Band to virtually perform any genre of music they choose. We are honored to share their talents on stage to perform at venues in Wisconsin and around the country.
Jamie made her debut to the Milwaukee music scene in early 2007 when she joined the Milwaukee-based, WAMI award-winning blues band Hounds Tooth. She was voted Best Female Vocalist in the Shepherd Express' Best of 2007 and is an alumnus of Chick Singer Night, America’s longest-running singer showcase. In 2008, she sang the national anthem for the Milwaukee Brewers and performed for Women In Music, a female fronted acoustic series. In early 2009, she was a featured artist (backed by Hounds Tooth) at the Madison Blues Society's Wild Women of the Blues. After leaving Hounds Tooth Jamie formed a blues, rock, and country band October Soul with a few other musician friends in the area. October Soul toured Wisconsin for a few years and won a NAMMY for Debut Group of the Year in 2011. At the same time Jamie was nominated by NAMMY for Songwriter of the Year in 2011. In 2012 Jamie joined forces with Greg and friend Ann Rakoweicki where they performed as an acoustic trio - Gypsies In The Palace. While Gypsies was working on songs Jamie realized another calling was beginning...it was time to share her story of overcoming Domestic Violence. She started touring Universities doing inspirational speaking engagements with Greg and Ann providing musical accompaniment. In 2012 Jamie, along side of her husband, founded and created Kindred Spirits Workshop, setting up vocal, percussion and songwriting residencies at schools grades 5-12.
Greg started his musical percussion journey at a very young age building homemade percussion from whatever materials he could find. As long as he can remember he was surrounded by musical talent with his father a guitarist and well known country musician, plus his brother who was climbing the local music scene as one of the top rock guitarists of his time. After a decades long sabbatical from drums, including a coaching stint, Greg picked up the sticks again and began a three year run drumming the classic rock sounds with the band Loose Change. His musical influences are diverse, including the Latin percussion of Santana, the country jam band sounds of Zac Brown Band to the blues of Stevie Ray Vaughn and the progressive rock of Rush. In addition to drums Greg incorporates various forms of percussion to accent the sounds associated with both the Jamie Kelli Band and Gypsies In The Palace.
Guitars: Dan Johnston, Joe Barborich, Joe Gorman, Ann Rakowiecki, Stan Kellicut, Harold Hill
Bass: Les Stanley, Rhonda Lucas, In Memoriam: Ben Kostich
Keyboard: Sam Steffke, Kostia Efimov
Saxophones: Warren Wiegratz
Background Vocals: Dakota Brace