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Cynthea Kelley is currently based in Nashville, TN, and working as a freelance engineer at La Luna Recording & Sound. She has been composing a collection of songs that revolve around the concept of finding peace in reflection, in nature, and in self-discovery. The project will feature arrangements uniquely crafted for each song and is anticipated to be released in the near future.
The creative outlet of Sisters Fair inspired Cynthea to formally study music at Coastal Carolina University. During her time at CCU, Cynthea earned a BA in Classical Guitar Performance. She also spent time in the world of jazz and commercial music, performing with and arranging for the CCU Large Jazz Ensemble and the CCU Jazz Combo. As a vocalist at Coastal Carolina, Cynthea performed alongside guest artists such as Ron Miller, Victor Wooten, Becca Stevens, Steve Bailey, Kobie Watkins, Evan Cobb, and Victor Provost.
In pursuit of a deeper understanding of music, Cynthea Kelley has developed a diverse musical background over the years. She began her career in music in the singer-songwriter/folk duo Sisters Fair, with her sister Liz Kelley. In this duo, Cynthea and Liz both took on the roles of songwriters, vocalists, and fingerstyle acoustic guitarists. They self-engineered and produced an all-original album, Upturned, which was released in July of 2017, and the EP Where to Begin in August of 2018.
From 2016 to 2018, Cynthea was employed by the Wheelwright Studio as a recording engineer. This allowed her to record a wide variety of ensembles, mix and master professional albums, and produce/mix/master an eclectic collection of personal projects. As a producer/arranger in the studio, many of Cynthea's arrangements are featured on albums produced by CCU. A list of Cynthea's engineering and mixing credits can be found under the Projects page, here.