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MICHAEL PATRICK KELLY is back!

After the spectacular appetizers “Beautiful Madness” and “Throwback” conquered the international charts, here comes Michael Patrick Kelly’s fifth Studio Album B•O•A•T•S - for “Based On A True Story”.

15 songs, all based on true stories and real life experiences. For example; the inmate who becomes an icon painter in his prison cell and learns to re- paint his life in a new light (“Icon”). A song inspired by one of the most striking encounters for Michael Patrick Kelly, who already sang for inmates behind bars on several occasions. The blind runner and Paralympic gold medalist hauling his collapsed guide as he runs to the finish line, aided only by the shouts from the audience in the Stadium (“Running Blind”). Little 5-year-old Michael Patrick nicking flowers for his mother's grave from neighboring graves. Decades later, he brings a pickup truck full of bouquets to the robbed neighbor's graves, moving a Spanish village to tears (“Mother's Day”).

Or “Blurry Eyes”, an epic love song for all those who need to hear that they are loved just the way they are. And "Home" comes as a hymnal testament to the hope of an eternal home after the final curtain of our time here on earth.

Michael Patrick Kelly's distinctive 4-octave voice, his gifted songwriting, his skills as a full- blooded musician and producer - but also his life experience as a child star, teeny crush, monk, husband, and rock star having returned to the big stages - enable him to bust out songs that go all-in in terms of courage, comfort and hope, without ever coming off naïve.

Be it in cinematic like ballads, or full throttle Springsteen-like booming rock, be it in pop with reggae flavor or handmade indie folk, an iconic 60's Beatles sound or modern urban beats: Musically speaking, B•O•A•T•S pushes all genre boundaries.

And all throughout the album's various soundscapes and moods, his exceptional voice runs through it all like a tireless river, taking us into the glooming dawn of a world only we can make better: “Come on let's right some wrongs!” as he sings in the title song.

What Michael Patrick Kelly has created with B•O•A•T•S, is exactly what we needed. Humankind has become quite weary of itself. People can be terrible, yes, but that's only one part of the truth, only one half of all songs. Who sings the others?

In these unsettling times, Michael Patrick Kelly writes songs that bring humanity back into our ears and hearts. He shows that there is greatness in people. And that we can find it, if we’re willing to see it.

It wouldn't be a Michael Patrick Kelly album if it wasn't captivatingly good music, and it also wouldn't be one, if it didn't lead you to believe that humankind is not only this planet’s downfall, but also its greatest hope.

Biography:

Irish-American singer and hit-writer Michael Patrick Kelly was born into a family band called “The Kelly family”. As a teenager he was catapulted into stardom, becoming the crush of a whole generation. At 18 he had already written world hits such as „An Angel“ and “Fell in love with an alien”, sold over 20 Million albums, played stadium tours, shared the stage with Pavarotti and performed at the legendary "Michael Jackson & Friends“ concert.

He then took a break of six years, living in silence as a monk in a monastery in France before returning to the music business with an even bigger solo career than before.

His last solo album “iD“ spent 70 weeks in the charts with radio hits such as “iD“ and “Roundabouts“ and reached Platinum status. 500,000 visitors attended the respective tour.

The charismatic musician is a natural on stage as well as on television, participating as a coach on “The Voice of Germany” and hosting the popular TV Show “Sing my Song”.

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MICHAEL PATRICK KELLY is back!

After the spectacular appetizers “Beautiful Madness” and “Throwback” conquered the international charts, here comes Michael Patrick Kelly’s fifth Studio Album B•O•A•T•S - for “Based On A True Story”.

15 songs, all based on true stories and real life experiences. For example; the inmate who becomes an icon painter in his prison cell and learns to re- paint his life in a new light (“Icon”). A song inspired by one of the most striking encounters for Michael Patrick Kelly, who already sang for inmates behind bars on several occasions. The blind runner and Paralympic gold medalist hauling his collapsed guide as he runs to the finish line, aided only by the shouts from the audience in the Stadium (“Running Blind”). Little 5-year-old Michael Patrick nicking flowers for his mother's grave from neighboring graves. Decades later, he brings a pickup truck full of bouquets to the robbed neighbor's graves, moving a Spanish village to tears (“Mother's Day”).

Or “Blurry Eyes”, an epic love song for all those who need to hear that they are loved just the way they are. And "Home" comes as a hymnal testament to the hope of an eternal home after the final curtain of our time here on earth.

Michael Patrick Kelly's distinctive 4-octave voice, his gifted songwriting, his skills as a full- blooded musician and producer - but also his life experience as a child star, teeny crush, monk, husband, and rock star having returned to the big stages - enable him to bust out songs that go all-in in terms of courage, comfort and hope, without ever coming off naïve.

Be it in cinematic like ballads, or full throttle Springsteen-like booming rock, be it in pop with reggae flavor or handmade indie folk, an iconic 60's Beatles sound or modern urban beats: Musically speaking, B•O•A•T•S pushes all genre boundaries.

And all throughout the album's various soundscapes and moods, his exceptional voice runs through it all like a tireless river, taking us into the glooming dawn of a world only we can make better: “Come on let's right some wrongs!” as he sings in the title song.

What Michael Patrick Kelly has created with B•O•A•T•S, is exactly what we needed. Humankind has become quite weary of itself. People can be terrible, yes, but that's only one part of the truth, only one half of all songs. Who sings the others?

In these unsettling times, Michael Patrick Kelly writes songs that bring humanity back into our ears and hearts. He shows that there is greatness in people. And that we can find it, if we’re willing to see it.

It wouldn't be a Michael Patrick Kelly album if it wasn't captivatingly good music, and it also wouldn't be one, if it didn't lead you to believe that humankind is not only this planet’s downfall, but also its greatest hope.

MICHAEL PATRICK KELLY - BLURRY EYES

After the atmospheric smash hits “Beautiful Madness” and “Throwback” conquered the charts
internationally, Michael Patrick Kelly’s new single BLURRY EYES is the perfect soundtrack to get in
the mood for the coldest and darkest season of the year. A piano ballad of epic power that our
emotions can hardly escape. It only takes a few chords on the piano, and he has got them: his
listeners’ hearts.

With his unmistakable four-octave voice, Michael Patrick Kelly brings the massive sounds of a
cinematic, dreamy pop anthem to life – fragile and strong at the same time. His vocal performance
oozes the thoroughbred musician’s entire artistic soul, as authentic and haunting as rarely before.
This is Michael Patrick Kelly at his best – with a single that starts as an intimate indie-folk song and
builds with down-to-earth beats, reminiscent of the symphonic bandwidth of a movie soundtrack.

BLURRY EYES doesn’t just settle for the next best smooth operator among many emotional ballads.
It may be the song’s message that captures us right at hearing it for the first time. “We all know
those ‘blurry eyes moments’, tears that often can’t be cried but make it hard to see clearly,” Kelly
says. “Everyone knows the blurry view when feeling overwhelmed, unloved, unwanted; as if not
being enough,” describes the charismatic songwriter.

His response is a musical embrace: BLURRY EYES is Michael Patrick Kelly’s love song for the vast
army of those who haven’t yet believed anyone who told them that they are loved just the way they
are. This encouragement hits home amid topicssuch as body shaming, cyberbullying, cancel culture,
and increasing loneliness caused by social distancing.

MICHAEL PATRICK KELLY - „THROWBACK” 

Release: 11th June 2021

Michael Patrick Kelly follows his European smash hit “Beautiful Madness” (over 100 Million Streams, #1 Charts in several countries) with his new hit-single “THROWBACK” 

„THROWBACK” is like hearing two playlists in one song. It combines the sound of the 70’s with the urban feel of the 2020’s. 

Michael Patrick Kelly delivers 2:30 minutes of exceptional genre crossing, unifying decades and people of all generations to celebrate the best moments in life. With Michael Patrick Kelly’s unmistakable 4-octave-voice and his signature positive vibe, “THROWBACK“ is bound to become a real 2021 hit record. 

Michael Patrick Kelly:

“One of the things I do to keep my mood up in these times is the daily practice of gratitude. Being thankful is energizing and I wanted that spirit to be in this song. 

I wrote ‘Throwback’ to look back at the good times in life, and in particular, a very special night when I was the last one on the dance floor until 6am, dancing to a playlist from the 70’s”. 

MICHAEL PATRICK KELLY “Beautiful Madness” - The Summer Hit Of The Year!

Release: 01.05.2020

Three minutes of sunshine for the ears - the new single "BEAUTIFULMADNESS" by Michael Patrick Kelly is the perfect soundtrack to get in the mood for the sunniest time of the year, an airy, bouncy pop anthem with a light reggae flavor! The producers of "Sing meinen Song"(VOX) liked "BEAUTIFULMADNESS" so well that they chose Michael Patrick Kelly's new hit as title song for the seventh season of the TV show.

"Many of my songs are about very deep topics, and I wanted to release a positive song that makes people happy, especially now in these extraordinarily difficult times", says Michael Patrick Kelly. In the video for his new single, the charismatic musician also displays a sense of self-mockery: through heartwarming moments of fun, for example with a pot-bellied pig, fire-breathing or care-free dancing in the rain.

Even though BEAUTIFUL MADNESS seems to be a song with a lot of humor, it wouldn’t be a Michael Patrick Kelly Song if there wasn‘t a hidden message. "Beautiful Madness describes the feeling you have when everything is suddenly turned upside down and you can't do anything but get into it with confidence", says Michael Patrick Kelly. "That's not only about love, but also about other unpredictable and crazy things that first throw you off track but looking back on it, bring out the best in you."

Michael Patrick Kelly has dared to do a lot in his life so far. Since his return to the music business after spending years in a monastery, he has been more successful than ever as a solo artist. His album "iD" stayed in the charts for seventy weeks and is climbing towards double platinum. With radio hits like "iD", "Roundabouts" and "Et Voila", the songwriter and producer with the on-af-a-kind 4-octave voice is one of the most established artists in the country. His "iD-Live" tour sold 500,000 tickets. It's impossible to imagine german television without him: he was a coach on "The Voice of Germany" and this year he is already contesting the third round of the popular music show "Sing meinen Song". As host of the seventh season, Michael Patrick Kelly invites six artists to South Africa: Max Giesinger, Nico Santos, Ilse De Lange, Motrip, Jan Plewka and LEA. For the swap concert, he will perform his single "BEAUTIFUL MADNESS", which will be released on May 1st, live for the first time.

MICHAEL PATRICK KELLY – HUMAN

If good things take time to fully develop you know you can expect something extraordinary. It doesn’t happen a lot that an established musician is quiet for the long period of time that Michael Patrick Kelly was. In times like these, where you’re only allowed to take a break if you need to quickly cure a burn-out to give it your all as fast as possible again, a certain someone had the audacity to really step back from the rat race. And not only for a spa weekend or a 3-month long trip around the world, but for several years – on the search for the one thing humans and humanity need. But now he is finally back again, and you should listen to the things he has brought with him.

Michael Patrick Kelly can look back on a world career that started under the nickname “Paddy” when he stood on stage with the most successful band of the 90s at only 10 days (!) old. A band that polarized like no other: You either loved them or hated them. Looking back on their oeuvre and live gigs you really have to wonder what the reason for the haters was to not like the coolness of the Kellies. Them walking around with long hair instead of a shaved head? Them making music with their hands when everybody thought a computer could do it better? Them being a family with 12 siblings instead of two? Them living on a house boat instead of a townhouse? If you’re watching any of their concerts today without any preconceptions, you’ll find nine extraordinary voices performing top notch songs with a chemistry on stage that lives from not being cast but consisting of a family, that you obviously can’t choose, just being together as they are, and they just go.

Paddy was always known as the main songwriter and the “music man” of the family, but the fame and fortune became a burden after some time and turned into a jungle that blocked his view on himself. He stepped back from the business and moved into a monastery, hoping to find his own self and the meaning of life in the silence. He lived, studied, worked, prayed and meditated there for six years. And even after his time there was over he still waited two years until he begun to write and record new songs.

Now the album is finished. It’s called “HUMAN” and is one of the most mature releases of German pop music in the last decades. Michael Patrick Kelly got to know humans and humanity. 10 songs that look deep into the human heart, grieving its suffering, celebrating its strength, following its longings and above all that, proving a trust that is so comforting because you get the feeling that Michael Patrick really carries it inside of him. And even though it has this timeless deepness, it’s still pop music that seems to be so straight, compact and bursting with strength that one already knows it’s gonna be played on the radio. It doesn’t happen a lot that wisdom is so groovy and not many times groove was so wise.

A singer-songwriter coming from the silence with pop songs developed in this silence that are consisting of the pressure of rock music, the melodic strength of folk music and rich orchestral arrangements that are rarely found. And the craziest part is that this album is far from the trend of short-lived music but still sounds very up to date, only better. The refugee is back – with big hits. Open up your ears!

MICHAEL PATRICK KELLY – RUAH

After his successful comeback with the pop/rock album Human (2015), the singer-songwriter opens his private treasury from the monestary.

Music has its origin in faith, and this origin also applies to pop music. More than anywhere else, its roots are in the old America, where blues, gospel, folk and country were sung primarily because with their suffering, joy and love people knew no better thing to turn to than the Good Lord up above and no better road to Him than music. That is why the greatest musicians have always sent their songs up above: From Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Johnny Cash, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley to Springsteen, Whitney Houston, U2, Prince, and even Beyoncé now and then sing a gospel song from time to time.

Even though Germany was the Nashville of church music many centuries ago, this reference has largely diluted. Udo singing Praise The Lord , Die Toten Hosen singing about how great God is? Unimaginable. Since pop and rock music has been played in Germany, the subject of God is bypassed like a crevasse.

With his new spiritual album RUAH, Michael Patrick Kelly isn’t just pushing their boundaries, he throws himself into them without restraint. You can hear why he is able do that: He has experienced this abyss during his six years in the silence of a French monastery and has let his songs be developed by the depth of this experience. If you’re expecting weak-chested religious kitsch or new platitudes from the church day sacrifice-pop forge, you’re very wrong: This music is so spot-on, so brilliantly composed, so finely played, so engaging through Kelly's exceptional voice that it belongs to the very high-quality pop stuff of recent years. But at the same time it mills itself and the listener deeper and deeper into the presence of the great absent.

You don't have to be religious to be moved by this album. The music is not used as a carrier for a specific message, it is a transcendence created with sound in a way that doesn’t make the world disappear but is letting it begin to sparkle in the in a new light from somewhere else.

All this happens with a tremendous range: The opener Ruah (Hebrew for spirit / breath of life) alternates between hymnic falsetto and rocking stutter-staccato: C-C-C-Come-come. “Don’t Judas me” is touching as a heartbreaking-sad ballad on the subject of betrayal. “Holy” delivers a solid, folk-saturated reissue of the 2000-year-old hymn that Madonna (the Jewess, not the American) herself would probably sign off on. On “Seinn Alliliu”, Kelly returns to his Irish roots, singing in Gaelic for the first time, framed by Italo-Western guitars. Radiohead meets Psalm on “Agape”. The 10 spiritual songs are drenched in the musicality of a person that already was a musician before he could walk.

After listening to the whole record, the listener is relieved that Michael Patrick Kelly spent the time in the monastery, and even more relieved that he didn't stay there. Instead, he lets us participate in a relationship that exceeds the typical “boy meets girl” narrative by a whole dimension.

Considering where the music comes from, it comes home with the album RUAH.



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