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Meet Kelly Rogers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Rogers.

Kelly, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Hello beautiful people! My name is Kelly Rogers. I’m an LA-based singer/songwriter/cat-lady and jazz lover. After I graduated from Chapman University, I went international and became a singer for Tokyo Disney Sea in a show called “Big Band Beat.” It was great! Mickey Mouse tap danced and played the drums. I sang the blues. Magic was made.

After my time with the mouse was done, I moved to LA and started writing songs in my bedroom, strumming away on my guitar or tickling the ivories, and playing them wherever people will hear them. Most recently I’ve become the co-creator of a project called “Women Rule Broadway,” along with creator Genevieve Flati. “Women Rule Broadway” is a stage production that allows roles that were previously written for men to be portrayed by women; flip the script, change the world.

Has it been a smooth road?
If there is anyone out there who has had a smooth road in entertainment, I would like that person to call me and give me all of their secrets. I think entertainment is notoriously difficult because there is no roadmap. There’s no ABC or 123 of how things should get done. Sometimes the biggest struggle is just knowing what path to take next when the road isn’t just forking, but splitting one hundred ways.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I love many types of music, but jazz, blues, and folk are my true loves. I like to think that my music is a special blend of the three. Storytellers like Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Feist, Ray Charles, Fiona Apple have always inspired me, and I hope to emulate some of their poetic lyricism in my writing.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
LA can be as tough a town as it can be amazing. The opportunities here are endless, but so is the traffic and the disappointments. For what I am trying to do with my career as a solo music artist and as a co-creator of the play “Women Rule Broadway,” I don’t think any place could be better than LA.

There are so many wonderful venues and interesting people.. but the city can be daunting. There are a lot of people selling fake dreams and promises. Anyone starting out here should just be wary of signing anything you don’t understand fully. Surround yourself with some truly good people which, unlike many people believe, there are tons of very good, caring people in LA.

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Ianna Vasale, Patrick Nyugen, and Candice Dalsing

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