Dusty Road by Kelsie Kimberlin

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kelsie Kimberlin is a 22-year-old American musician and singer. Her work is not only accessible and entertaining but also steeped with important social themes and dual meanings underscoring her deep understanding of the power of creative music to evoke change. From an early age, Kelsie immersed herself in music, singing in choirs, participating in Yoko Ono’s Peace Project, and spending much of her childhood in music studios working on an endless stream of original songs. She participates in every aspect of her art — writing, recording, performing, and filming her videos. Kelsie is not afraid to speak openly about the problems affecting all of humanity. In “Lobotomy,” she sings about the willingness of people to give up critical thinking for a demagogue; in “American Guns,” she makes a stinging rebuke of America’s obsession with weapons of war to kill fellow Americans; and in “Masterpiece,” like an enchanting siren, she lures everyone to embrace the beauty inside them, and to extend that self-love to the entire globe. Despite the social awareness and powerful messages of some of her recent songs, Kelsie’s sentimental and emotional performances about love (“Hazy Day”) and loss (“Dusty Road”) demonstrate that she is able to bring her authenticity to any song.

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