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Kelley Kessell, voice

Kelley Kessell is a multifaceted musician, performing artist, and software creator. She attended New World School of the Arts with a focus in music theater, and later graduated from Florida State University with a degree in

computer science. She was selected as a national finalist in Popular Voice by the esteemed National YoungArts Foundation and was chosen by the Obama administration as one of twenty 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Later that year, she participated in American for the Arts’ National Art Policy Roundtable, hosted by Robert Redford, where she contributed to the conversation about the role of the arts in a shifting economy. While in college, Kessell served as the lead singer and songwriter for the band Why Not Y. Their music can be found on iTunes, YouTube, SoundCloud and Spotify, where they have garnered over 700,000 streams. Most recently, Kessell has performed original works at the renowned Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and locally at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Kessell now works at the National YoungArts Foundation as alumni community manager, where she leads the charge in developing and maintaining the organization’s first digital alumni platform, YoungArts Post. She continues to perform and pursue a career in the arts.