Kristen Kelly

Born and raised in Texas, Kristen developed a deep love for storytelling through music and art. She moved to Nashville to study graphic design and animation at Lipscomb University. After graduating Kristen has worked in a vairety of areas exploring marketing, illustration, branding, social media, photogrpahy and print/web design. After being introcuced to NSAI by attending the 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards, she has been given the opportunity to support an orginization and industry where stories are fostered and told every day. If she’s not at the office you can find her hiking at Radnor, thrifting, or busy being a plant mom. 

What made you fall in love with music? 

"Always on My Mind" by Willie Nelson is the first memory of music that I have. My dad played that record on a nonstop loop with the occasional addition of Elvis or The Beatles. From that moment on I have always loved learning and  exploring new types of music but I will always have a soft spot for the classics. 

What music are you listening to? 

It is a constant hodge podge of different artists and genres but some of my go-tos are Jess Ray, Lawrence, Harry Styles, Noah Kahan, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, The Brook & The Bluff, Lizzy McAlpine, and Ben Rector!

Favorite Nashville Restaurant? 

I love trying any and all new foods but right now my favorite is The Smiling Elephant. They're Pad Thai is to die for!