"Please welcome...unique Tuaca Kelly!" These were the words emcee Gavin MacLeod, best known for his work on television's Love Boat, used to introduce Ms. Kelly to the 1,127 attendees one night at McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA. He'd watched Ms. Kelly in rehearsals and previous shows before sharing this observation. The words of wonder and encouragement MacLeod further gifted Kelly with after the show backstage, accompany her until this day.
Tuaca Kelly is an Amsterdam-based, singer, songwriter and love warrior that blends the root music of American country, folk, rock, jazz and hip-hop with her original compositional candor, wit and feel good she calls it.
She has entertained all-inclusive audiences in the US and abroad, as a featured artist or opening act for the likes of Megan Mullally and Supreme Music Program, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, The Pointer Sisters and others.
Blues guitar virtuoso and five-time Grammy nominee Robben Ford was featured on Lost Time, a tune she co-wrote with Bruce Gaims of Spyder Blue. Ms. Kelly was featured on iTom Lab's OM iGod from The Crop Circle of Life.
Ms. Kelly also has a background in theatrical, biographical and comedic improv. She's performed and taught at Highways Performance Space and Gallery at the 18th Street Art Center.
She's shared the stage at Hollywood Improv Comedy Club with her former Mensa-laden improv troupe The Los Hombres where she held the anchor position in Scene in Rap - a musical rap game completely improvised from audience suggestions.