Kelly hails from Richmond, Indiana, where he began singing and performing at an early age. (His high school wrestling aspirations gave way to leading roles in The Sound of Music and Guys and Dolls!) He has sung professionally for 25 years and his experiences range from performing at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, to singing in civic and professional operas and musical productions. His barbershop experience began while in Junior High School, where he and three friends formed the Top Hats quartet. That quartet morphed into the award-winning Midwest Blend when he was in High School. (They won one contest.) Then, Kelly went off to college and began studying music education. But it wasn't until he moved to Los Angeles in 1993 that he began finding barbershop again. After a fortuitous encounter with The Masters of Harmony, he joined them in April of 1996 and won his first chorus gold medal in July of that year! Other quartets followed and eventually he had the opportunity to join the wildly entertaining show quartet, Metropolis. In fact, he's had the honor of placing as high as 3rd place in the Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Contest with them. He is pleased and honored to be leading the Pacific Sound Chorus. Even though he does a lot of chorus conducting, this is his first Barbershop Chorus!
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music Education (with High Distinction) from the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. Kelly serves as the Department Chair of Performing Arts at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles. He also teaches vocal music classes and directs the Jewish A Cappella group Kol Echad. In addition, he directs the Los Angeles chapter of HaZamir, an international Jewish youth choir.