Kaleia Brown grew up on the west side of Baltimore, Maryland. As young as Three years old, it was clear that singing came natural to her as she could sing songs on the radio in perfect pitch. Soon after, she’d join the children’s choir in church where her soulful voice was developed. During Kelli’s Middle and High School years, she continued developing her voice singing in the school’s choir. And on many occasions was chosen to sing lead. Influenced by the greats, Kelli honed her skills listening to R&B/Soul music. Studying the likes of Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin and Sylvester, she crafted a sound that paid homage to them yet was her very own. In her late teens, Miss Kelli started performing on the music scene in the DMV area under the name Marty St. Michaels. Wanting to do more than perform live, she began writing and recording demo’s with a friend. Those songs eventually landed into the hands of DJ Pope (Basement Boys, DJ Spen, Ultra Nate’), who reached out to Kelli and invited her to sing on a few of his records. By the summer of 1996, DJ Pope released the Sylvester remake ‘Sell My Soul’ on Shelter Records, a subsidiary of Rhythm Records. With Miss Kelli’s stellar vocal performance leading the track, the song was a big club hit in US and Europe. At the end of 1996, DJ Pope released another record, ‘Spirit’ featuring Kelli on lead and backing vocals on the Cutting Records label. By Spring of 1997 Kelli co-wrote ‘Happy Song’ with House music producer Charles Dockens (Sheila Ford, James Howard) released by Groove On Records. With the success of the remake ‘Sell My Soul’, Kelli recorded another Sylvester song, ‘I Need You’, with DJ Pope on Poji Records in 1998. Kelli wrote ‘Your Love’ in 1999 with DJ Pope which was also released on Pope’s Poji Records label. With quite a few club hit records under her belt, Kelli began performing on the club circuit. Performing all over the US in clubs like Sound Factory Bar, Paradox and Oasis opened the door for her to begin taking the main stage at Gay Pride festivals across the country as a featured act. In 2006, during Pride Festival in San Francisco, she was awarded the Sylvester Heritage Award, named after the legendary singer/pioneer. Miss Kelli is a Baltimore legend who continues to shine. In 2015, she won Philadelphia’s Song Bird competition. For the past twenty years, she’s been an advocate for LGBTQ rights, speaking and performing at events across the country. With new music on the horizon, Kelli is an unstoppable force that has inspired her generation with hopes to continues to inspire for generations to come.
As we celebrate Pride throughout the month of June and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, we are excited to announce Miss Kelli's CD Transcendence will be available at all digital outlets Friday June 14, worldwide.
MISS KELLI New Single 'Hey Love' Maxi Single Released Digitally Worldwide 06/10/18
Hey Love the Maxi Single features Remixes by: Neal Conway and Redsoul. Also features guest Rap Artist DBC.
Hey Love Remix Single REVIEW!!!!! SpiritOfHouse.com
Miss Kelli "Hey Love" (Neal Conway Remixes)(Devion Entertainment Promo)
Not much needs to be said or written about this dazzling release other than legendary Neal Conway adds his landmark magical touch to "Hey love" by Miss Kelli (formerly Marty St. Michaels), without doubt both his classic '4-to-the-Floor' interpretation and the scintillating 'Afro-Latin Funk' rendition ooze with an inspiring truly enthralling vibe and let Miss Kelli's amazing vocals shine.