Keely has spent her life consuming, living and breathing performing arts. She knew early in life that whatever she ended up doing, it would need to involve creativity in some form. Music, drama and writing have always played a large role in every aspect of Keely’s life. She learned piano from a young age and found her love for the stage through theatre performance. Her passion for writing started when she wrote her first short story in elementary school, but truly took fruition when she began to contribute to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s student newspaper The Runner. Whether it was entering school writing contests or learning and practicing new instruments, she knew that putting in the work would allow her to continue to do the things she loves.
The hard work and perseverance paid off. Keely now is a working musician. The passion for performing never died as she continued to learn new instruments, and bass soon became her most profound love. Keely has been playing bass professionally in both her own band, The Escapes (esc.) and for others for over five years now.
For the past 4 years Keely has also been passing her love for music and theatre on to the next generation by teaching and inspiring young musicians and actors. She teaches at Inspire Arts Academy in Surrey, B.C.
In the summer of 2020, Keely officially launched her own marketing and events company for musicians: Face the Music Entertainment. Through Face the Music, Keely hopes to fill a hole that she believes exists in Vancouver’s music scene by building a system of support between artists and the community. As a founder of Face the Music Keely was also invited to be a member of the Music City Surrey taskforce, where she advocates for the City of Surrey’s music scene.
Keely has her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Digital and Print Publishing.
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