Irene will begin work immediately on her bluegrass debut album for the label with an expected release date of early spring 2016.
A native of Latrobe, PA, Kelley discovered her flair for songwriting as a teenager and soon found her way to Nashville, TN where her songs were quickly noticed and recorded by Carl Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White.
While recording an album for MCA and independently releasing two more records and touring worldwide, Kelley raised two daughters and scored cuts with Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Darrell Scott, The Whites, the Osborne Brothers and others.
About signing with Mountain Fever Records, Kelley says:
"I am so proud to be signing to Mountain Fever Records for my next bluegrass release with Mark Hodges at the helm. Mark's passion, support, knowledge and down to earth approach is truly what the genre is all about."
"Irene is a master at crafting a song—painting a picture with her lyrics—and she does it as well as anyone I know," states Mark Hodges of Mountain Fever Records. "The only thing that makes her lyrics better, is the way she sings them! I am so excited to have her join our musical family here at Mountain Fever."
Irene Kelley will begin recording her debut album for Mountain Fever this winter with producer Mark Fain at the helm. A single will be released early 2016 with an album to follow in the spring. For more about Irene Kelley, visit www.irenekelley.com.