I have great respect for the past. If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place. Maya Angelou
Kelly’s history and her career in music formed the path to her true purpose. It’s worth revisiting to set the stage for how she approaches her life’s work and how she shows up with her clients and audiences
Born in Lexington, Kentucky but living in Cincinnati since 2000, Kelly Richey started playing guitar at the age of 15. As a student who had struggled in school because of dyslexia, Richey learned first-hand about the power of music and the positive impact it had on her ability to learn and excel.
She quickly became one of the hardest-working independent musicians in the business, with a solid reputation for her hardcore blues-rock style. The now-veteran guitar-slinger has covered the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia in her 30-year career, playing over 4,000 shows, logging a mind-boggling 1 million road miles (and counting) and releasing 16 albums (to date) on her private label, Sweet Lucy Records, earning her reputation as a master guitarist and singer/songwriter.
Her personal experience with learning difficulty during her formative years in school and the healing power of music drove Kelly to give back, and she became an “Artist on Tour” for the Cincinnati Arts Association in 2003. By 2006, Kelly had noticed a steep decline in the already limited resources allotted for music and arts education in many local public schools and communities she visited. In response, she founded Music for Change, a nonprofit organization focused on keeping music education alive in underfunded schools and communities.
Through Music for Change, Kelly delivers school programs, blues history presentations, guitar instruction, and songwriting workshops. She also volunteers her services to reach out to U.S. armed services veterans, holding free guitar workshops and giving vets access to all her online guitar-instruction resources. In 2015, Kelly became a writing facilitator for Women Writing for (a) Change, and in 2018, Kelly became an affiliate and established Women Writing for (a) Change + Mobile. She is committed to helping students and communities find their own unique voice.
After years of experience working one-on-one with students, presenting workshops and delivering assembly programs, Kelly decided to begin training to become a life coach in 2008. A firm believer in the importance of self-improvement, she continued to expand her education and eventually gained certifications as a Certified Dream Coach, Dream Coach Group Leader, True Purpose Coach, and True Purpose Coach Group Leader. Kelly also helped to design the curriculum for the True Purpose Group Coach certification, for the True Purpose Institute, founded by Tim Kelley. In 2010, Kelly became trained in Voice Dialog.
During this phase of intense personal growth and development, Kelly realized that if she was truly going to help others, she would first need to help herself. In 2009, Richey surprised her friends, family and the music community by taking 18 months off the road, working with her own life coach, and committing herself to a life of total sobriety. When Kelly returned to her career as a touring musician, she did so at a pace that would allow her to not only complete her own certifications but also launch her own personalized coaching practice, Powered by Intention. For almost a decade, Kelly has enjoyed working one-on-one with clients in person and via video Skype.
Since 2010, Kelly Richey has steadfastly maintained her commitment to a well-balanced lifestyle. Today Kelly tailors her schedule to meet her deepest passions, music and the healing arts. By writing, recording and working with the best players the Midwest has to offer, this lifelong guitar-slinger revels in delivering her signature rock-solid wall of sound, whether she’s fronting her power trio or performing as a solo artist.
By teaching guitar students, leading writing programs, providing private life coaching Powered by Intention, and leading Women Writing for (a) + Mobile and the nonprofit Music for Change, Kelly has realized her dream of helping to build community through music and the healing arts. As a public speaker, Kelly also shares a more vulnerable side of herself by telling her own story, reading from her work, and performing original blues/rock tunes on acoustic guitar. It’s one more way of building connections between herself and her audience.
Just as you’d expect from the “Queen of the Road Warriors,” Kelly Richey never stands still very long. And so the song continues – she recently graduated from a three-year training program at Wellstreams in Columbus, Ohio, to become a Spiritual Director and help directees on the inner journey to explore and deepen their relationship with the divine.
To find out more about Kelly’s multifaceted life and how she can help you, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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