Stefanie Kelly started singing in church when she was two years old, and although she ran off the stage crying that first Sunday, she picked up her boots (or rather tears) and has been at it ever since.
As a musician, Stefanie’s style is an eclectic mix of Pop, Jazz and Rock. Classically trained in voice and piano with a rich history of jazz studies, her original music chronicles the life story of a believer who still struggles, but ultimately finds hope in the Lord. Stefanie’s lyrics journal her joys, heartaches, simple pleasures, real doubts, but real faith in Christ alone.
A graduate (valedictorian, degree in Contemporary Writing and Production) of the Berklee College of Music, Stefanie has continued her life-long career of composing, recording, touring, and musical direction, recently as Worship Arts Pastor for five years at the Rock Church in San Diego, and currently as the Worship Pastor at Ridgecrest Calvary Assembly of God (RCA Church), where she relocated to join her reassigned military husband. In 2012, she released her fourth vocal CD of original tunes (stefaniekelly.com), and re-launched her non-profit organization, Smiling Heart Ministries (a 501-C3), which donates music of hope to the hurting (smilingheartministries.org).Some of her career highlights include performances/recordings with musicians David Foster, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Israel Houghton, Smokey Robinson, Paul Anka, Third Day, Newsboys, Al Denson, Rebecca St. James, Bryan Duncan, the Katinas, Vicky Beeching, Rachael Lampa, Sarah Kelly, Johnny Mann, Larnelle Harris, Ralph Carmichael, Nate Morton (the Voice), Nathan East, Michael Thompson, Abraham Laboriel, Bill Maxwell, John Ferraro, Matt Bissonette, Steve Smith (Journey), Neil Stubenhaus, Shawn Tubbs, Bob Wilson, Ramin Djawadi, and the Scottsdale Symphony. She has performed for recording artists James Taylor, James Ingram, Liza Minelli, Denise Williams, Dionne Warwick, Steven Curtis Chapman, Helen Baylor, Billy Preston, CeCe Winans, Oleta Adams, Randy Travis, Peabo Bryson, Nathan East, Melissa Manchester, Christopher Cross, Horace Silver, Ramsey Lewis, Arif Mardin, songwriters Alan Menken, Marilyn Bergman, Lou Pardini, and Michael Masser. She has worked with Grammy nominated and award winning producers Dan Garcia, John Andrew Schreiner, Michael C. Ross, Matt Bronlewee, Jamie Kenney and Bill Schnee. An unforgettable honor was her invitation to be a guest artist at Billy Graham’s Albany, NY crusade, where she sang original music and accompanied herself on the grand. To God be the glory for all of these opportunities to minister…
The mission of Stefanie Kelly Music/Smiling Heart Ministries is to offer hope to a hopeless society through uplifting music founded on the truths of Jesus Christ.