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About Kelsey Rae

Southwest Virginia native singer-songwriter Kelsey Rae Copeland calls Nashville home these days, and she's been heard around Music City during her residency at The Nashville Palace, a spot known for featuring deep cuts of traditional country, on Broadway at Acme Feed & Seed, Layla's and Robert's Western World, and on Honky Tonk Tuesday Nights at American Legion Post 82, one of the latest venues featuring traditional country music.


Kelsey Rae is creating a buzz in the Music City. She says it’s her heart talking and what she loves as she’s writing and singing 1950s pop country.


She performed in a Patsy Cline tribute event in Nashville the first year living there, and The Bluebird Café shortly before she moved to Music City featuring her 2015 Richard Leigh Songwriting Festival contest winner, “This Old Town.”


Her love of the mountains, Southwest Virginia, and the influences of the Carter family and Dr. Ralph Stanley stay dear and close and are heard in FORTUNE TELLER, her album of original songs that showcases a distinct voice and lyrics that speak to those inspirations and love for the sounds of the music of Patsy Cline, Connie Smith, Anita Carter and Kitty Wells. Included on the album is “Social Media,” her tribute to Dolly Parton.

Early in 2018 she opened for Lillie Mae at Barter Theatre's January Jams, a concert series selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for January 2018. She’s performed at the Carter Fold in Hiltons, Va., at Home Craft Days in Big Stone Gap, Va., at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol and at the 2014 and 2018 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.


Next up for Kelsey Rae

Kelsey Rae & Band

January 15 & January 29, 2020

10 pm - 2 am

at Layla's

Nashville, TN