Louise Kelly

"Deep Roots" Animated Music Video is OUT!

Photo: Hannah Joy Cohen. Wings: Kelsey Boncato. Makeup: Ciarra O’Reilly

Rooted and rising in the Chicagoland area of The Prairie State, Louise Kelly is a singer, pianist, songwriter, music educator, and nature-lover.


D E E P R O O T S
music and lyrics by Louise Kelly
produced by Daniel Oldham
animation by Kelsey Boncato

P E R F O R M E R S
Louise Kelly, piano and vocals
Daniel Oldham, bass, drums, organ, guitar
Joel Henderson and Gregg Morris, background vocals

A B O U T
I spent the spring of 2020 at a local restored prairie *every single day.* I watched spring unfold through the tall grasses, the conferences of the birds and animals, the budding leaves. I wondered why I had been a stranger to this process- this restored prairie is walking distance from my home. But here in Illinois, "The Prairie State," where only 3% of original prairie is left, it's not surprising that I'd been previously unrooted in this land. Many of us are. If it were not true, there would be more prairie left.
So I asked the land about it. And this song breezed right into my ear:
"the people of the prairie have deep roots..."