Zullo breathes fresh air into the "one man band" concept by using it as a vehicle to support her highly unique and energetic acoustic guitar playing. Reminiscent of Michael Hedges or Rodrigo Y Gabriela, she plays live drums which she loops, then covers the part of bass by using midi foot pedals. Her songwriting mixes complex lead guitar lines over philosophically aimed lyrics and rich vocals.
In Columbus, OH, she was voted 614 Magazine’s “Best Solo Musician” two years in a row and won “best songwriter” in the yearlong Columbus Songwriter Association competition. Guitar World Magazine describes her as "An energetic acoustic guitar assault by this skilled, funky speed demon”.
The journey started long ago and far away from Ohio. Growing up in Stillwater, NY, Kelly began performing at the early age of 12 and went on to study audio engineering, saxophone, drums, vocals and guitar on a college and professional level at 18 when she moved to Nashville to attend popular music business hotspot, Belmont University. Learning from and performing with session musicians during that time, she was exposed to great disciplinarians at a young age and subsequently mesmerized with the journey ensued. Her journey since departing Nashville was filled with hundreds if not thousands of shows, a dozen albums, and a distinct style she calls her own.
"Kelly Zullo stands out from a sea of singer-songwriters. Her strengths lie in her unique slamming and rapid fingerpicking on her acoustic guitar. She wows listeners with her Outstanding guitar accompaniment."
-Winner, International Acoustic Music Awards, Best Female Artist