Voices, harmony and acoustic sound, is what these two music arts students bring to the garden city of Christchurch.The combination of guitar, voice and looping, helps portray their angelic arrangements of both covers and original songs.
Leah Kelsey, born and raised in Canterbury, is an acoustic singer, songwriter. She has been playing acoustic guitar since the age of 11. Jess Bannister, raised in West Auckland, has been in many choirs, singing groups and bands in the past, and both musicians now continue to venture into their love for music at the ARA Jazz school in Christchurch.
Acoustic. Harmony. Duo.
Voices, harmony and acoustic sound is what these two music art students bring to the garden city of Christchurch. The combination of guitar, voice and looping, helps portray their angelic arrangements of both covers and original songs.
Although only meeting at the beginning of 2017, these two talented musicians create harmony of a sister voice, as though they have known each other for a lifetime. Both with experience of performing to audiences of thousands, this duo is bound to impress, with their chilled out, garden-city vibe.
Leah Kelsey, born and raised in Canterbury, is an acoustic singer, songwriter. She has been playing acoustic guitar since the age of 11.In 2015 she gained fast recognition as a talented singer in her hometown Kaiapoi when she appeared in the local High School’s ‘Grease’ production as Sandy, singing with an incredible likeness of Olivia Newton John, in front of thousands of people.Leah’s past music experience has seen her compete in the Christchurch Rockquest, Rangiora Centre stage, various choirs and Kaiapoi talent shows.She has performed on stage at the Kaiapoi town carnival and also alongside Marley (ex Moorhouse Boy band member) when he recently toured Christchurch. Leah Kelsey is currently a first year student studying a Bachelor in Music Arts at the Christchurch ARA Jazz School. She is enthusiastic about experimenting in the music scene around her with an aim to have music in her future.
Jess Bannister, raised in West Auckland, has been in many choirs, singing groups and bands in the past, and now continues to venture into her love for music at the ARA Jazz school in Christchurch. Jess also used to volunteer perform at retirement villages, local libraries and in local festivals and markets.She has performed to audiences of thousands for events such as ANZAC day ceremonies, and participated in the solo/duo category of ‘Smokefree Rock quest’ and ‘Play it strange’ songwriting competitions for 3 years running during her high school years. She has also participated in school productions as a lead vocalist.Winning the Greenbay High School Arts and School Service award in 2016, as well as being offered 5 scholarships over New Zealand for the arts, you can see that she is quite a musical and creative artist, who someday hopes to have music and arts in her future and career.
Starting with soon to be released EP ‘Behind closed doors’ (featuring the two vocalist looping their voices to create harmony, and an acoustic guitar), the two musicians show their potential in the music industry. Their acoustic and laid back vibe, is much like influences of First aid kit, Ed Sheeran, AURORA and many others.