Just having a great CD is not enough, The world needs to know about it and we are very excited to be partnering with a world-class publicist, Scott Thompson. Click to learn more about Scott . Scott will spread the word all throughout the U.S., Europe and beyond 

 Please enjoy the wonderful video produced byTom Emmi, producer of the popular award-winning jazz television series Studio Jams. While the Kickstarter mentioned is over, you'll get a great overview of what this project is about.





                                                             Red Clay  



                                                            Song  for the Geese



                                                           Sunday in New York



                                                          This Could Be The Start of Something Big





collaborated with pianist John DiMartino on this project. He too is a huge Mark Murphy fan and we are very excited to see this endeavor take on its own life. You certainly won't need to be a Mark fan to be moved by the music I’ve chosen for this recording. Mark’s music went through many changes as he grew and matured. I'm going to record the songs that most affected me as an artist. These compositions nourished me and gave birth to my jazz soul.


  As a young jazz singer, I was blessed to be supported by a well-run indie label that helped build my career and established my presence on the national and international jazz scene. Over the ensuing decades, I’ve seen the music industry mutate. Today the challenges of the digital age can put tremendous stress on the recording artist, but it has also brought new opportunities, such as crowdfunding. Although no longer a source of significant income, even for many established popular artists, the need for releasing new recordings is still essential for staying alive in the business. It’s important to document one’s artistry, and it’s a hook for getting booked and staying in the game. It heightens awareness, it generates work, and emotionally speaking, making recordings is what keeps artists alive, this ability to share their art of spontaneous creation and love.  


















Musicians on this cd:

Nancy Kelly Vocals, executive producer  http://www.nancykelly.com

John DiMartino, Piano, Arranger and producer  http://www.johndimartino.com/

Carmen Intorre, Drums https://www.facebook.com/carmenintorredrums

Bobbie Militello, Alto,flutehttp://02b1d2d.netsolhost.com/bobbymilitello/welcome.html

Randy Brecker, Trumpet, Flugal,  http://randybrecker.com/

Ed Howard, Electric and Acoustic bass https://www.allmusic.com/artist/ed-howard-mn0000161279/biography

Paul Bollenback,  Electric Guitar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Bollenback

Paul Meyers. Acoustic Guitar  http://www.paulmeyers.info/

Bonus tracks with:

Peter Mack Bass

Steve Brown Guitar


List of song titles on the CD:

  • Stolen Moments

  • One the Red Clay

  • Night Mood

  • Empty Faces (Vera Cruz)

  • I'm glad there is You

  • Sunday in New York

  • Body and Soul

  • Song for the Geese

  • Again

  • This could be the Start of Something Big


Recorded October 16 and 17th 2017 Trading 8's  Studio Paramus NJ

Vocals and final mix SubCat Studios Syracuse NY

 What they're saying about


Mark Murphy

 Randy Brecker 

"Nancy Kelly's tribute to Mark Murphy is wonderful remembrance and dedication to one of the jazz world's greatest vocalists. Each track brings something new to the table though...a heartfelt effort that I was proud to be a part of, having known/toured with Mark, and played on a couple of his albums." 

Eric Cohen, WAER Music director and 2-time award winning programmer of the year says:

" The CD is a Masterpiece "


Frank Wilner,  WNHN FM 94.7 Concord, NH

" You have a winner here, very classy recording"

 Peter Jones, author of the 2018  Biography,

This Is Hip: The Life of Mark Murphy had this to say about the CD.

"This hip and mellow album is far more than a tribute to the great Mark Murphy; it’s an outstanding contribution to vocal jazz in its own right. With her warm,

sensuous voice, Nancy Kelly has recorded sleek 

contemporary interpretations of the songs that formed such an integral part of the Mark Murphy repertoire."

Scott EliasFreelance Film Producer and President  at Random Acts Entertainment.

The charts are all cool, and your PHRASING just slays me!  It's like listening to Mark Murphy's hip kid sister, who is now a woman who shares his sensibilities, but has her OWN impeccable virtuosity and unique experiences to share."