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 primarily consists of husband and wife, Nori & Barbie Kelley, who are based in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. To date, they've released 17 albums and EPs - four of them since November 2019. In 2020 they began to receive a degree of airplay on some radio shows in the UK, including a live slot on the "Prog & Rock Virtual Festival" on May 23, which attracted nearly 17,000 listeners. They've been quite busy of late, especially with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, releasing four projects since November 2019. Their two most recent releases are a 25-year retrospective double album set titled, "PROGression," followed by an EP called "Live on the Prog & Rock Show July 29, 2020," The "PROGression" album received a good review in the August 2020 issue of "PROG" magazine.

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. PROG magazine calls him an "assured guitarist," and 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 from his home 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.

DOUG STURGILL

Doug Sturgill is the multi-bass & djembe player extraordinaire 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.

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 acoustic guitar & sings on two of their recent projects, "Incense" and "Kaori." Carly is currently studying for a Music Business degree at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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.


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 bookings at churches, restaurants or private events. Having toured Japan as well the U.S. in 2019, Nori & Barbie are preparing to return to the road when the world reopens after the current pandemic, with plans to return to Japan and go to England, as well as tour the U.S.


"...Nori is an assured guitarist..." ~ PROG Magazine

"Wind's music, with refreshing vocals from Barbie Kelley and skillfully experienced musicianship from both Barbie and Nori Kelley, is a celebration of their religion and life with progressive rock and rock!." ~ Bob Prigmore - The Progrock Tunesday Show (progrock.com) & The Prog & Rock Show (beatrouteradio.co.uk)

"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.