If you’re not familiar with country artist Kristen Kelly, stop what you’re doing and take a moment to get to know her. She’s toured with everyone from Alan Jackson to Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts to Willie Nelson. Having grown up in Lorena, Texas, her music is an interesting mix of country, blues and classic-rock influences. Kelly laughs as she describes her music as having “a little more grease than polish,” but that’s definitely a good thing. There is lots to love about her besides her captivating voice and great stage presence. Faith is at the heart of Kristen Kelly, clearly demonstrated with a tattoo of the word “Believe” that she designed herself visible on her right wrist. When not on stage, Kelly loves to be off the grid in the woods somewhere. Mossy Oak recognized her passion for the outdoors, naming her a Mossy Oak Pro Staff member in 2012. “If you’ve got a dream, keep dreaming,” she says. “Dreams do come true. BELIEVE.” NRA Country’s Lisa Supernaugh recently asked Kelly a few questions.
LS: What are some of your best outdoors memories?
KK: Some of my favorite memories include growing up going to the deer lease with my dad, hunting solo or traveling to hunt with friends new and old over the years. I currently spend a lot of time riding around the farm connected to my property with Larry [farm owner], feeding the fish, checking cameras, managing food plots and enjoying time with “framily” on the farm. My song, “His Wisdom” was inspired by Larry and my time outdoors with him. We also have a group of songwriters, artists, music industry folks and friends that hunt, hang out and gather on a regular basis.
LS: Do you have a favorite personal firearm?
KK: I love my Remington Model 700 .243 Win. I haven’t missed a thing with that rifle.
LS: You’ve toured the country and seen all corners of the USA. What makes you proud to be an American?
KK: Performing for the troops was a humbling and life-changing experience. I will forever be grateful to our service men and women for the day-in and day-out sacrifice they make to afford Americans the luxury of living in a free country, allowing for us to chase our dreams. That makes me proud to be an American.
LS: Tell us what you’re currently working on.
KK: I’m excited to be on the road sharing new music from my “Something Worth Saying” two-part project that I released in 2021 which is available on all digital music platforms. I also host a once-a-month writers’ round in Nashville and am in the process of launching a podcast, both under the “Something Worth Saying” umbrella. In a world of censorship, I believe if “you got something to say, go on and say it … don’t spend your life sitting ‘round waiting for someone to say something worth saying.”
Be sure to follow Kristen Kelly on all social-media platforms and stay up to date on news and tour dates by visiting kristenkellymusic.com.
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This appeared in the February 2022 issue of America's 1st Freedom.