By: Brianna Nightingale, CSO Staff Journalist
Kelly Aspen is the type of country singer who has big
dreams and works hard to fulfill them. “I have wanted to be
a singer for as far back as I remember,” she said. Looking
back on her first group performance in kindergarten, Aspen
said “as the other kids squinted from the blinding
spotlight, I stared straight into it and said to myself ‘I
need to practice this because I'll need it when I'm
Aspen had small solos throughout her time in elementary
school, but the first full solo she recalls is when she sang
“Lost In Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson at the seventh grade
choir concert. Aspen laughed when she said “The other kids
thought I was a geek but I didn't care because I really loved
Debbie Gibson back then.”
All that practice must have paid off because Aspen released
her second album in early 2007. A Thousand Dreams
includes eight cuts that Aspen wrote on her own, one which she
co-wrote with her producer and five that were cut from other
artists. “I feel a great deal of satisfaction from my latest
project,” she said. “It really shows my growth as an
artist, writer and in my personal life.”
Aspen chose a John Denver cut to put first on the album
since he has had such a positive impact on her life and on her
music career; he was the reason her mother was inspired to
move to Denver, Colorado. Some other tracks I highly recommend
are “Sneakers in the Dryer,” a fun song backed by humor,
“I Know I Can” and “Crazy Like That,” which will get
your toes tapping. The upbeat “Someone To Love,” which
says no matter how much we all want different things, we all
need someone to love, and slow, touching “Invisible,” will
suck you right in, imperiously grabbing your attention all the
way through to the last note.
Many of these tracks include unique instruments such as the
mandolin and dobro, which collectively create Aspen’s
If Aspen were to record a song with another artist, she says
although there are many she’d love to work with, her top
choice would be Vince Gill. “We have a similar vocal style
and I think our voices would compliment each other
beautifully, not to mention I would just be flattered to work
with such a gifted artist,” she said.
Even though she has performed in Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas
and Wyoming, most of Aspen’s shows are in Colorado.
Hopefully she will be able to start a country wide tour in the
near future so no country fans will miss out on discovering
Aspen guarantees there will be a third album and even more
after that. “I am so consumed in this passion,” she said.
“I won't let anything keep me from the passion God has put
in my heart.” I hope she means that; the fact that she wrote
8 cuts on this album and they are all wonderful shows that,
for the sake of country music fans, she better continue this
for many years to come.
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