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Kelli Welli is a silly name... Yes, it is! "One of the most important people in my life used to call me 'Kelli Welli'"... so what better way to celebrate the launch of Kelli's Kid's songs and stories.
Maybe due to her unconventional upbringing, Kelli has always danced to her own beat. She is the daughter of two fine artists—her mother, an award-winning wearable artist and illustrator, who has created props for movies and children's author promotion; and her father, a successful oil painter, who has painted local cultures throughout the world, as well as creating music and producing community concerts.
As a child, Kelli did a stint as a French clown named Rosebud; started kindergarten from a tent; lived in an octagon-shaped house on stilts with her one-eyed cat named Mighty Mouse; had a best friend named Summer Wind O'Redwoods; and had 50+ hamsters at one point. She has raised angel fish from eggs and kittens with a bottle, plays ice hockey, and (with lots of trial and error) has developed a fairly green thumb.
Kelli grew up in Northern California and small-town Oregon, with summers in the creeks of Idaho, and has spent time living solo in Finland, Tokyo, Vancouver B.C., and at the corner of 1st Street and 1st Avenue in New York City.
Kelli has a Master of Publishing degree and a B.A. in Speech Communication with minors in Japanese and German. After working in public relations for Harper's Magazine in NYC, she returned to Portland, Oregon, where she started a corporate publishing business in 2004. Kelli has studied speech-level singing with The Voice Project and spent 8+ years as a key member of the Portland Songwriters Association board of directors.
Kelli is now the lucky mom of twin toddlers, a boy and a girl. She's been writing songs and stories for a long time—find more at Kelli Caldwell - Songwriter—but some of her first songs were kid's songs, written long before she had kids of her own.
"I remember a lot about being a kid. I remember the details, what mattered to me, and what it felt like to be a kid in a big world. I have a lot of respect for kids and I want them to feel believed in."
Kelli Welli - Writing songs and stories for kids and the people who love them.