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Penn State Student Kelly Lynn Barber Releases New EP!

Penn State sophomore, singer/songwriter Kelly Lynn Barber has recently released her EP Cold Reality. Kelly grew up listening to a variety of artists including Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne, Paramore, Goo Goo Dolls, and the Foo Fighters. Music has been a huge part of Kelly’s life and other than releasing her EP, she has had various accomplishments throughout her music career. In her senior year of high school, she got to perform on the Rachael Ray Show with her high school’s glee club singing a cover of “Heartbreaker” by Pat Benatar!

She began to record her EP her junior year of high school, where she released two of her songs “I’ll Move on” and “A Hand I Cannot Reach.” She then completed her EP over this past holiday break, where she recorded a few more songs with a friend. At last her EP is now complete and out and ready for grabs. She plans on making an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to record a new EP consisting of 6 tracks. Kelly will be working on her music video for her song “My Own Contradiction,” over this upcoming summer.

Her music style is very raw and not overproduced in any way. What she sounds like on her EP is exactly what she will sound like during a live performance. I have listened to some of her music myself and found her voice to be very honest with a slight bit of edginess to it. Make sure to check out some of Kelly’s originals and covers below and show some support for your fellow Penn Stater. Also, hit like on her Facebook page and subscribe to her YouTube channel to get updates about her musical ventures!

City And Colour – “Hello, I’m in Delaware”

The Neighbourhood – “Sweater Weather”