Updated: Mar 16, 2019
My name is Kelly Grandmaison, and welcome to my new site!
A little over a year ago, I started a challenge of writing a song a day. After writing in secret for a while, I ended up almost accidentally falling into the music scene. The story itself would take far too long to explain, however, I will say that after spending 3 years in a musical theatre program that I loved, I found the right outlet for me. There were professors, family, and friends that have helped me through every single step of this process, and I could not even begin to discuss the EP without first thanking them. So, to John Boylan, Doug Austin, Martin Green, Bruce Langford, Vonetta Mixson, and every professor who pushed me to understand music, thank you. To the amazing teachers at AMAW (Kyle, Jordan, Francis, etc), I can't thank you enough for teaching me how to put words to feelings. To Laura, Jeremy, and Madi, thank you for your amazing photography, makeup, and editing skills. To Lori Tarango for the cover art, thank you. To my family and friends, thank you for the love and support. And to the family that couldn’t be here to witness it, this one is for you.
The EP itself was cut down from around 38 songs to 7. Much like my favorite movies and musicals, the EP is one cohesive story about the last few years of my life, however, it is not told in sequential order. Each story is tied together through a word, phrase, or instrumental line, so good luck piecing it all together.
This process has been the craziest ride I've ever embarked on. It was the best thing that ever happened to me, and sometimes, the most frustrating thing at the same time. It brought tears of sadness and laughter. It brought so many times where I had to sit back and trust myself in ways that I never thought possible. This process brought some insane musicians in my life (Jeff Tarango, Peter Zavala, Zach Bondoc, Lissette Cabrera, and Emma Nelson), and brought me closer to some amazing resources (The Suicide Hotline, The Trevor Project, Love is Louder, I Don't Mind, RAINN, etc).
There were tracks that I spent 5 takes crying through in a studio, some that took 3 takes of everyone laughing and having fun, and some that took one take of playing and really listening. And I can honestly say that I could not have done it all without the help of all of these people.
Whatever this EP is for you, I hope you enjoy the stories as much as I enjoyed writing about them.
I can't wait to finally share it all with you.