Kelly Willard

Nov 27, 2015
Dec 09, 2010
Sep 04, 2007
Sep 02, 1994
Jan 01, 1993
Jan 01, 1991
Jan 01, 1991
Jan 01, 1986
Jan 01, 1984
Jan 01, 1981
Jan 01, 1978

Kelly Willard is listed in the credits for the following albums:

Year Artist Album Role
1976 Sherman Andrus Soon Coming Background Vocals
1977 Bruce Hibbard A Light Within Vocals
1978 Karen Lafferty Sweet Communion Electric Piano, Acoustic Piano, Vocal Arrangements, Background Vocals
1978 Kelly Willard Blame It On The One I Love! Songwriter, Arrangements, Piano, Fender Rhodes, Vocals
1979 Erick Nelson & Michele Pillar The Misfit Rhodes
1979 The Archers Stand Up! Songwriter
1979 Bob Bennett First Things First Rhodes, Background Vocals
1979 Various Artists Hosanna Performer
1980 Amy Grant Never Alone Songwriter
1980 Karen Lafferty Life Pages - Love of the Ages Keyboards
1980 Paul Clark Aim for the Heart Female lead vocal on "Author of Love"
1980 Paul Clark Aim for the Heart Background vocals
1981 Dennis Agajanian Rebel to the Wrong Background Vocals
1981 Kelly Willard Willing Heart Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Acoustic Piano, Fender Rhodes, Orchestra Bells, Vocals
1981 Amy Grant In Concert, Volume Two Songwriter
1982 Various Artists Good Night Sleep Tight Vocals
1982 Maranatha! Singers Praise Six: Come and Sing Praises Songwriter
1982 Scott Wesley Brown Signature Singer
1982 Bob Bennett Matters of the Heart Vocals
1982 Harry Browning Sweet Harmony Songwriter
1982 Laury Boone Browning Sweet Harmony Songwriter
1984 Paul Clark Out of the Shadow Duet on "Love of My Life"
1984 Twila Paris The Warrior Is A Child Background Vocals
1984 Roby Duke Come Let Us Reason Background Vocals
1986 Kelly Willard Message From a King Songwriter, Arrangements, Piano, Fender Rhodes, Vocals
1987 Twila Paris Same Girl Background Vocals
1988 Matthew Ward Fade to White Background Vocals
1988 Buddy Greene Slice Of Life Background Vocals
1989 Annie Herring Flying Lessons Background Vocals
1990 Morris Chapman Live Worship Maranatha! Singers
1990 Julie Miller Meet Julie Miller Background Vocals
1991 Bruce Carroll Sometimes Miracles Hide Background Vocals
1991 Bob Bennett Songs from Bright Avenue Vocals
1992 Roby Duke Not the Same (reissue) Vocals
1993 Bruce Carroll Walk On Background Vocals
1993 Billy Sprague The Wind & The Wave Background Vocals
1995 Bruce Carroll One Summer's Evening Live Background Vocals
1995 Buddy Greene Minstrel Of The Lord Vocals
1995 Scott Wesley Brown Misson of Praise Background Vocals
1997 Bruce Carroll For The Record Background Vocals
1998 Buddy Greene Christmas...Not Just Any Night Harmony Vocals
1998 Billy Crockett Watermarks Background Vocals
2000 Buddy Greene Re: Sinners and Saints Background Vocals
2009 Buddy Greene A Few More Years Background Vocals

Kelly Willard

Aug 18, 1956

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"Simple, honest, unpretentious, easy to listen to over and over..." These are a few words that many people use when describing the music and voice of Kelly Willard.

Although Kelly has lent her talents to the artistry of such well-known artists as Bob Bennett, Bruce Carroll, Jim Cole, Dion DiMucci, Bob Fitts, Amy Grant, Buddy Greene, Keith Green, Steve Green, Karen Lafferty, Lenny LeBlanc, Fernando Ortega, Twila Paris, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Overstreet, and innumerable Praise and Worship recordings over the years, she remains as simple and approachable as a person can be.

Born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida, Kelly took to the piano at the tender age of five. Piano lessons were short-lived, as she preferred the unconventional path of playing 'by ear'. Learning by listening to the radio and recordings, Kelly began to compose her own songs when she was thirteen years old. Accompanying the choir at her church, playing and singing in nursing homes on Sunday afternoons, and traveling with a part-time Gospel group on weekends kept her sharing her talents with people.

At the young age of sixteen years, Kelly moved to Nashville, TN, where music became her livelihood. Taking the opportunities afforded her to accompany such groups as The Jake Hess Sound, The Archers, and Seth, she continued to offer her God-given abilities. But, Kelly credits her vocal development to a man from Oklahoma City, OK, named Harlan Rogers. She says that he encouraged her and taught her, actually having to talk he into singing solos. "I really didn't think I had what it took to sing solo, but Harlan kept insisting that I did, and if it weren't for his influence and belief in my gifting, I probably never would have sung anything outside of a 'group' setting."

Kelly married at age eighteen, joined Harlan Rogers & Friends, and traveled the Midwest until 1977, when she and her husband, Dan, moved to Southern California to be a part of the then current flow of "Jesus Music" people, ministering and recording in that area. She played keyboards and sung background vocals on projects for such artists as Karen Lafferty, Bob Bennett, Tommy Coomes, Roby Duke, and Lewis McVay before Maranatha! Music approached her to record her own solo project.

1979 witnessed the release of her first solo album titled, BLAME IT ON THE ONE I LOVE, produced by Jonathan David Brown. The release of this album thrust Kelly into the eyes, ears and hearts of the public, as much of her music received extensive National radio airplay, and she began touring the United States and other countries.

In 1981 Kelly was involved in the production of her second album, WILLING HEART.

1983 brought the release of her next "project", a son, named BRYAN ASHER WILLARD. Bryan is a musician/writer/worship leader in his own right, and lives with his wife and three daughters in Wisconsin. He is currently working with Jason Upton's ministry, THE KEY OF DAVID, as well as playing the bass guitar with Jason's band. Later that same year Maranatha!Music released what many people have termed their "favorite Kelly Willard album, titled PSALMS,HYMNS & SPIRITUAL SONGS. This recording is what Kelly considers "a personal look at her relationship with God, through worshipful music."

In 1986, Kelly bore a second child, her beautiful and most cherished daughter, named HAYLIE GRACE WILLARD, who entered her Eternal Home with Jesus at the age of eighteen. (August 29, 2004)

Her fourth and fifth albums, released between 1986 and 1991, are titled MESSAGE FROM A KING, and GARDEN.

In 1996 Kelly had the opportunity to record a "Positive Country" CD, which was originally only released in Holland, but which Kelly has recently re-released through her website, for all to hear. It is titled HOMESICK FOR HEAVEN.

With all that Kelly has had the opportunity to do, she has expressed that her favorite thing is, "to worship God, and lead others in doing the same." She states,"I believe God's greatest desire is to Love us. And, as we receive His Love for us, our hearts respond with authentic love, praise, and adoration for Him. It is in this setting that I believe our own healing and restoration takes place. To be a part of this kind of ministry is an honor and responsibility that keeps me on my knees before Him. I am truly humbled that He would grant me the privilege of being a carrier of His Presence."

Kelly Bio. (2013, December). Retrieved November 22, 2019, from Kelly Willard website: http://www.kellywillard.com/bio/

Created by: siremidor on 26-July-2010 - Last Edited by siremidor on 29-September-2021