A Little Bit About
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Kiersten Kelly is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, model and actor. She is also part of the disability community, being born without her right forearm. The medical term for her disability is congenital trans-radial absence, but she uses the term limb difference and disability in her day-to-day life.
Kiersten has always had a craving for music, starting singing lessons at a young age. While she was always interested in pop music, she began training in musical theater and classical music before shifting her focus as a pop vocalist. Soon after, she gained interest in playing guitar and went to Hanger Clinic to have a prosthesis created specifically for strumming. Around this time, Kiersten covered the ‘Cup Song’ from the movie “Pitch Perfect,” and 24 hours later, the video went viral and accumulated thousands of views on various platforms, and landed her interviews on local television networks and newspapers.
While at Berklee College of Music with a City Music full-scholarship, Kiersten leaned into songwriting, finding her voice and putting her personal experiences and pain into words. She sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park on two occasions and performed at various venues in Boston, MA.
Kiersten is unapologetically herself. She is outspoken and very passionate about disability awareness. She strives to educate as many people as she can about her disability and lack of disability representation in the industry. Kiersten hopes to be the role model she never had growing up because no one looked like her in magazines, TV shows, movies, music videos, etc. She wants to shatter the image that society has created and normalize disabilities.
Aside from her confidence, Kiersten is charismatic, sassy and outgoing. These defining characteristics contribute to her music and take over any room she enters.
Her single ‘Gone’ received radio attention in the first week of release. Kiersten continued to work on her artist project and wrote with many established writers in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. Kiersten’s latest single releases are ’Little Too Much’ and ‘Bad News.’ These songs feature her most vulnerable lyrics yet.
Kiersten is first and foremost a singer-songwriter but has always had other interests in the entertainment industry. She signed with her modeling agency, Onyx Unity in 2021. Kiersten recently modeled for About Face by Halsey for their Shine of the Times beauty campaign. She’s also worked with Google, Fruit of the Loom, Cricket Wireless and more.
Kiersten is signed with KMR Talent, one the leading talent agencies in the country. She has worked on commercials for Google TV and YOU.C1000 Vitamin with Miss Universe which has gained 32 million views. She has been acknowledged by the well-known social media-focused news organization, NowThis for her remake of the Mean Girls ‘Four-Way Call’ scene to normalize disabilities on screen. The remake received positive response, gained 2.2 million views and landed her in a feature film set to release in 2022.