Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/23/2011

Support Women Artists Sunday: Kellee Maize

Kellee Maize

Kellee Maize

Kellee’s mother always said, she “was dancing and singing before she could walk and talk”. She started singing and writing poetry and songs at a young age to entertain herself and escape reality. Despite incredibly loving parents, Kellee always had a bit of an “alien” mentality as she was one of two people she knew until age 18 that was adopted. To this day she knows almost nothing of her biological family.

Kellee moved to Pittsburgh in her late teens with the dream of changing the world. She learned more about the negative sides of our society through study at the University of Pittsburgh and Hip Hop was solidified as her passion and outlet for activism. She also experienced watching her mother go through a near death bout with cancer and used writing as a means to cope. She began performing in 2000 and has not stopped since. However, a sense of not being able to make any real change, a lack of confidence, and need for financial security pushed her into the workforce and on the spiritual journey, which proved to be a unique opportunity to learn about what would became her inspiration as an artist.

Kellee worked in events and promotions at the Pittsburgh City Paper right after college. After her father passed away Kellee again turned to music as a way to cope. Soon after the tragedy, she started her own female owned and operated, socially conscious company, Nakturnal, in hopes of securing a better income to help her mother in the future and allow for growth in her music career. For over two years now, Nakturnal has been considered the leading guerilla marketing and events organization in the region, that works daily for independent artists, worthy causes and is expanding nationally. While Nakturnal was growing, Kellee found more time to record and perform, and released her first album, Age of Feminine. She is currently working on her second release which highlights her mystical side. She is also launching a website that will act as an artistic statement with the help of a huge female team made up of Nakturnal and other talented Pittsburgh based women.

A deeply spiritual person striving to enjoy and appreciate the present, Kellee now sees activism on a energetic level that starts within. She studies the power of intention, meditation, quantum physics, astrology, tarot and other forms of mysticism. She feels her purpose in life is to make music that sends out good energy and makes people think. She believes massive global change is coming and that it starts with the individual. She asserts that our inner world is a mirror of our outer reality and that we have the power to help positively affect the world by “being the change we wish to see”, as Ghandi puts it. She believes we are entering a new stage of evolution in human consciousness and hopes that her music inspires change and awareness in the listener. She believes music and art hold the key to the revolution we need and that we can enjoy this moment while opening hearts and minds.

via last.fm

Third Eye

City of Champions

Kellee Maize on iTunes: Third Eye - Single - Kellee Maize

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  • Sarah @ at 11:59 am, January 23rd, 2011

    I just want to say that I love these posts. Some are artists I already love but I dig getting to find new music this way. Thanks!

  • bill @ at 12:41 pm, January 25th, 2011

    im no feminist but i love kellee maize. she is so empowering and has managed to build a huge fan base fast by being 100% real, amazing and pure.

  • Liz @ at 10:15 pm, January 26th, 2011

    Wow! I had no idea about her. I listen to a lot of 80’s/early 90’s female rap and I’m glad to hear of another current female artist!

    Aside: Does she look a lot like Ke$ha?

  • kanadra @ at 2:30 pm, January 27th, 2011

    @Liz: I got the same impression about her looking/seeming a lot like Ke$ha.

  • amanda @ at 5:03 pm, January 28th, 2011

    she may look like Kesha at first glance, but has real lyrical talent. I’ve sene hip hop blogs compare her more to Lauryn Hill.

  • Octavia Brugliera @ at 5:12 am, March 1st, 2011

    Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy.

  • Nicole @ at 12:54 pm, May 11th, 2011

    Wow! Didn’t know about her background, but that makes Kellee an even more impressive person! To overcome losses and set backs and be so successful. I don’t think she only relies on her talent like some artists, but her willpower is obvious. Go Kellee!

  • Kayla @ at 1:30 pm, May 11th, 2011

    I’m impressed with not only her music, but the fact that she is so accomplished professionally.

  • Megan @ at 3:52 pm, May 12th, 2011

    Kellee is such an interesting person, not only because of her musical talent but also her own personal interests that tie in with her music as well. I love that she is so unique compared to other artists.

  • Tashina @ at 1:10 pm, May 17th, 2011

    I love that Kellee amazes me on who she is and how she got there. Kellee is an awesome and inspiring person that any female can look up to.

  • Kayla @ at 1:17 pm, May 19th, 2011

    @Tashina I agree. There are not many female role models now adays for women to look up to.

  • jam @ at 1:26 pm, May 25th, 2011

    Kellee is very inspiring and has really good music, she was very energetic

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