WIND Bio

"fantastic...breathtakingly beautiful music and lyrics"

"WIND wowed both the audience and staff with their incredible performance..."

"Thanks for a lovely experience"


"Refreshing" is the word most often used to describe the music of WIND. WIND consists of Nori & Barbie Kelley, joined on occasion by Carly Rooks on vocals & guitar and bassist / percussionist Doug Sturgill.

NORI KELLEY

Born in Japan, but raised in Alabama from age 9, Nori is a veteran session musician who has worked with Jon Anderson (Yes), Jon Camp (Renaissance), Dave Hope (Kansas) and Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt / Muscle Shoals Swampers), among many others. CCM magazine once compared his guitar playing to both Mark Knopfler and Phil Keaggy. Nori has two projects released internationally by Mel Bay, "Basic Guitar Strumming & Fingerpicking (Book & CD)" and "Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 - Pop Version (CD)," both of which have been best sellers. He continues to do session work & teach private lessons from his home project studio, Forestgreen Studio.

BARBIE KELLEY

Barbie hails from the Wilmington, Delaware area and comes from a musical family. She began playing the flute at age 9, and along with handling most of the lead vocal responsibilities in WIND, Barbie plays the flute, acoustic guitar and hand percussion. Her voice has a unusually pleasant, almost Celtic-like quality and she has sung and played flute & percussion on countless recording sessions. Barbie's flute playing adds a uniquely beautiful touch to WIND's overall sound. In recent years she undertook the huge task of writing a musical called, "No Love, No Peace - The Musical," addressing timely issues such as teen bullying and suicide.

CARLY ROOKS

Carly Rooks joined WIND as an intern from July 2018 - August 2019. Carly was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From a young age, Carly played guitar in church and has experience leading elementary and youth worship bands. She joined WIND on the 2018 and 2019 Japan Mission Tours, and toured with them in the spring and summer of 2019. She also plays & sings on their new album, "Incense." Carly is currently majoring in Music Business at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.

DOUG STURGILL

Doug Sturgill is the multi-bass & djembe player extraordinairre on many of WIND's studio recordings since 2013. Doug hails from western Virginia and grew up playing in church, all the while learning the licks of some of the top bassists of the day. Residing with his wife, Sherry, in the Myrtle Beach area, he was the bassist in the classic rock band 2ndWind (2017-18) with Nori, Barbie, Blake & Bethany Graham and Bill Hein. Doug has received many accolades from his peers, including world renown bassist Jon Camp. He is a master of the groove, and currently composes and releases his own smooth jazz & funk work via Facebook videos.

Other noteworthy members & contributors to recent WIND recordings are violinist Kyle Lopez, percussionist Mike McAffrey, drummers Joe Pfau and Andrew Wert, bassist Jon Camp and violinist Mark Lewis.


Wind's music is an original mixture of prog rock, classic rock and folk, influenced by British artists like Pink Floyd, Mark Knopfler, Yes & Renaissance, as well as North American artists like Bruce Cockburn, The Allman Brothers & The Grateful Dead.


They released their 12th studio album on November 1, 2019, called "Incense." It is a worship album, their first since 2006's Wa. "Incense" is already receiving great reviews and comments for songwriting, arranging, production, instrumentation, vocals & mix.


Wind's 11th album, entitled Seasons, was released on July 5, 2016. It is their "proggiest" album to date, with nods to many 60s and 70s era artists. The main body of work on this album is a concept piece which goes through the cycle of a year, from January to December. There are four additional tracks, one of which features Jon Camp of the renowned 70's British group, "Renaissance," on both bass and backing vocals. This is Jon's second guest appearance on a Wind album, who's signature bass sound was featured on two tracks of 2013's Wave.


Barbie has also written a musical with Nori entitled, "No Love, No Peace - The Musical," which was debuted in the spring of 2017 by students at The Academy of Arts, Science and Technology in Myrtle Beach, SC. Nori & Barbie recorded and released the music soundtrack in 2018, with most of the vocals done primarily by students and local musicians. Barbie is presently working on tweaking the script for future productions of the musical which deals with timely issues such as teen bullying and suicide.


WIND is available for your venue, whether it be a church, restaurant or private event. Having toured Japan as well the U.S. in 2019, Nori & Barbie are also performing as a duo in the Myrtle Beach vicinity.


"The new 'Seasons' album is an absolute tour de force, both musically and spiritually. The musicianship would be hard to fault and Nori's writing seems to improve with each album - miss it at your peril." ~ Jon Camp - Renaissance & Roy Wood's Army

"(Nori's) guitar playing stuns." ~ Doug LeBlanc, CCM Magazine

"WIND, presenting passionate music with high-flying flute, guitar acrobatics and killer chorus sections, seem to have no hard time proving they can win over even the average music listener." ~ Shawn M. Haney, All Music Guide

"...best flute & guitar music in the southeast." ~ Borders Books & Music, Atlanta

"With the scene here in the UK currently picking up for progressive rock artists and artists with a folk and blues edge, the time could be right for WIND...they have the tools and the songs, they just need that little push..." ~ Nick Baldrain, Fireworks Magazine (UK)


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Ⓒ2019 Nori and Barbie Kelley. WIND logo by Cris Mahy, Grapevine Design Studio. Photos by Katie Finlayson, except Doug Sturgill photo by Nori Kelley.