Kele Fleming is a deeply gifted singer-songwriter who resides in British Columbia. Kele (pronounced Kelly) gracefully weaves the vulnerability of traditional folk with the raw power of rock and roll. Her voice is a thunderstorm of emotion and grit that generously pours into the souls of her listeners. Her music is packed to the brim with complex musicality, tender lyricism and contagious passion. Kele’s work explores deeply personal themes that she executes flawlessly. Her music is similar to the likes of female powerhouses such as Neko Case, Lucinda Williams and Kate Bush yet her sound is entirely fresh. Kele’s is armed with ferocious lyrics, a mesmerizing voice and a profound aptitude for instrumentation- the combination is rare and refreshing.
Kele grew up in small-town Ontario before moving to Nova Scotia and Vancouver Island. She moved to the bustling Vancouver, BC to pursue her academic career and the diverse avenues of music. Kele fronted the 90’s indie band “Hazel Motes” astutely named after a haunted fictional character from the cult classic “Wise Blood”, their music emulated a ferocious haunting quality. The band helped shape Vancouver’s indie scene alongside Grapes of Wrath and Lava Hay. Kele’s solo work is inspired by navigating life as a queer woman, the shackles of our modern world and advocating for a healthier planet. She is a bonafide environmentalist who listens to the aching voice of mother nature. Kele’s material is notably sincere, heartfelt and bold. You feel as if you know the inner-workings of her mind, heart and soul upon listening to her music.
Kele has performed at some of the most renowned venues in Vancouver such as The Cultch, The Railway Club and the Wise Hall. She has also carried her affinity for performing into at-home performance amidst the pandemic.
She recently released the track and music video for “Sea in Me” about the oppression of wild animals living in captivity and how that relates to the world at large. The beautiful music video was shot by local legend R.d. Cane at Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver. It is a lush and compelling video that is intentionally minimal, with only a quick cameo of Kele herself due to the restrictions of our time and the nature of the song. The track is featured on the new fully fleshed record entitled “The Song I Will Write For My Whole Life.” The album showcases Kele’s dynamic talent that instantly lingers to her audience. Kele Fleming is everything the world needs right now- compassionate, devoted and above all- undeniably gifted and committed to sharing her gift with the world.