Unique. Powerful. Natural. These are just a few words that describe the classic allure and undeniable artistry of Justyna Kelley. An experienced performer and true songwriter’s songwriter, Justyna captures attention with her stunning voice and presence and with her heart-felt, self-penned songs.
Born and raised in Nashville as the daughter of Irene Kelley, one of Music City’s finest singer-songwriters, Justyna has been singing since before she could talk and writing songs and stories ever since she learned to put pen to paper. Her formative years were spent on and off the road performing with her mother and also as a young actress appearing in numerous films, music videos and TV commercials.
A singer by birth and a performer by trade, Justyna studied Theatre, English and French at the University of the South and graduated Summa Cum Laude. During these years, and between studies, she began splitting her time between Nashville, Los Angeles and New York to carve out her own career as an actress and recording artist.
While studying a semester in New York, Charles Koppelman overheard Justyna singing to herself during a closing shift at the dance studio where she was working and was impressed enough to take her into the studio to record her first professional demos. Shortly thereafter, she was signed to her first development and publishing deal with Huge American Music. In 2013, after completing a full-length record in Los Angeles, she signed with 13 Bis Records (Warner France) and moved to Paris. For the next three years, she would tour across the European continent, opening for artists such as David Hallyday, Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris and began writing and composing on-command projects for Universal Production Publishing Music. She also booked leading roles in many French films and TV shows and became fluent in both French and Italian.
In 2016, Justyna returned home to Nashville to focus on her songwriting and artist career and to collaborate with production partner, Eddie Gore. Together, they produce artists and create music for film, TV and major label projects, as well as her own artist material, at Historic RCA Studios on Music Row.
In addition to music, Justyna continues to work as a film and voice-over actress taking auditions in Nashville, Los Angeles and Paris.
Eddie Gore, a Nashville native, is one of the few producers in the record business possessing the great ears of a player/arranger with the ability to engineer the most demanding recording in any musical style.
When Steve Cropper, Legendary Memphis guitarist and songwriter, decided to step away from the day-to-day madness and magic of Music Row, he entrusted Eddie to design and construct a studio in a building Cropper owned on the “Row” adjacent from the ASCAP Building.
Like Steve Cropper, Kyle Lehning recognized Eddie’s amazing gifts and hired him as his production assistant. Lehning, the quiet master producer who was responsible for England Dan & John Ford Coley’s Pop hits in the 70s, later teamed with Randy Travis to create many of Country’s finest records. Among the recordings he and Eddie worked on were those by the late, great lyricist and children’s book author Shel Silverstein.
Eddie spent four years directing and arranging live performances for WYHY, one of Nashville’s most successful radio stations. Eddie directed artists like Steve Winwood and Felix Cavaliere for these events.
For the past twenty-five years, Eddie has developed a keen ear for radio, and he knows what makes a hit on the many different formats. Best of all, Eddie’s studio is really a production house, where clients and artists can go and get their full spectrum of musical requirements taken care of in an A-plus way. Eddie will help with song selection – essentially A+R your project if that’s what the job requires – and he takes special pride in his ability to arrange music specifically around the artist.
“There are so many unbelievable musicians in this town,” Eddie Gore says, during a conversation in his and Cropper’s studio located in Historic RCA. “It really comes down to matching personalities with the artist and their songs.”
Many studios on the Row specialize in demo recordings, but, as with everything else, Eddie feels differently. “I don’t do demos,” he says simply, “I just do RECORDS. I’ve never cut a demo in my life. I’m playing for keeps.”