Award-winning Alternative Country singer Jo Kelly Stephenson will perform at the Great Western Hotel with US country singer Fred Engler on February 10.
Award-winning Alternative Country singer Jo Kelly Stephenson will perform at the Great Western Hotel with US country singer Fred Engler on February 10. Contributed

Singer hopes to lift flood-weary spirits at Rockhampton show

Award-winning Alternative Country singer Jo Kelly Stephenson will perform at the Great Western Hotel with US country singer Fred Engler on February 10.
Award-winning Alternative Country singer Jo Kelly Stephenson will perform at the Great Western Hotel with US country singer Fred Engler on February 10. Contributed

SINGER Jo Kelly Stephenson hopes to lift people's spirits following the floods with her show in Rockhampton this weekend.

Speaking with the Rocky Mirror last week, Jo asked about residents of Rockhampton and how they were coping with the floods.

"I still hope they can make it to the gig - something they can enjoy and take their mind off it all," the award-winning alternative country-infused blues/folk singer said.

Jo is touring the country with USA native Fred Engler who she met during a yearly trip to one of the homes of America's country sound, after collaborating on a number recordings.

Apart from worrying about making it to the gig, which is being held this Sunday at the Great Western Hotel, Stephenson talked about her portable studio she takes on the road with her and making music for film and TV in numerous countries.

"I'm halfway through an album which I'll hopefully be able to release by the end of the year," she said.

"I play a lot of the instruments on my songs and I'm also learning to play the drums which I do for Fred's live show. Fred has been doing all of the engineering."

Award-winning Alternative Country singer Jo Kelly Stephenson will perform at the Great Western Hotel with US country singer Fred Engler on February 10.
Award-winning Alternative Country singer Jo Kelly Stephenson will perform at the Great Western Hotel with US country singer Fred Engler on February 10. Contributed

The need to pay the bills led her down a different avenue aside from her own music, where she began to write songs for film and TV including A&E TV series The Glades as well as TNT's Rizzoli and Isles, ABC's Switched at Birth, short film Alone, online NY TV series Cooking for Bachelors, for which she wrote the theme music, and upcoming German film Girl On A Bicycle out in cinemas this year.

"I was just watching TV one day and thought, someone has to make that music and so I focused my energy on building that up just because it's the most viable source of income for an artist," she said.

With a back catalogue of more than 100 songs to which she controls both song and master rights, Jo will be working with Nashville's acclaimed weekly Americana music broadcast series Music City Roots in the near future.

Go to jokellystephenson.com for more information.



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