Kelley Ray King was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. His father Billy Ross King was a truck driver and his mother Emma Jean McCord King, was an x-ray tech and stay at home mom. He was raised with two older brothers and one older sister in the same household and also had one older brother and five older sisters from his father's previous marriage. He was born on September 17 1968 in Cynthiana Kentucky. He went to various elementary schools from first grade thru the seventh grade but their family settled in the small town of Mt. Olivet Ky. for the remainder of his elementary and high school years.
He remembers at age 7 listening to the radio playing country music that his mother had tuned in while doing house work. In fifth grade he joined band at his grade school attended in Germantown Ky. At age 10 he got his first guitar for $37 which he liked to play the most of all the instruments he tried. He played with some of the local musicians in the area as much as possible. He learned some music theory through high school band playing sax and other woodwind instruments as needed. He played with the Maysville community band from seventh grade through high school and went to as many music events that he could.
After high school in 1986, his father had the family's belongings packed in two cars, Kelley’s car, a 1976 Cordova and his parents family car ready to move 700 miles south to the Pensacola Florida area. His career of a blue collar life began three days later.
He wrote his first song around 1988-89 titled “Out of Love with you”. He would spend a lot of time listening to local musicians who also played and wrote songs which kept him interested in the music industry.
Four years after moving to Florida his father and mother divorced. The event would inspire the song titled “A Pack of Cigarettes” later on in life, after the passing of both his mother and father. His mother and father died a month apart after being divorced for twenty plus years.
At the same time, he married the love of his life Kathy. Kelley and Kathy along with a daughter and two sons moved to Wyoming to pursue a better life. He worked as an electrician, while playing guitar and writing songs as a hobby. He started seriously pursuing music again in 2010 -2012 after both parents had passed on. He had been writing songs while traveling to and from work locations in the remote high desert in south west Wyoming.
He started making trips to Nashville and pitching songs as a writer and to learn the trade. After pitching songs for three years without a cut, he decided to cut the songs he had written himself after some encouragement from his wife, sister, brother-in-law, and a few Nashville contacts. After recording the album “Sunshine to Moonshine” at the Johnson Brothers Studio in Covington Georgia, Producer, keyboardist, and vocalist John Johnson encouraged him to try his luck as a Singer/Songwriter. He continues his efforts currently and has had some air play that made Europe’s
top 200 and most recently his single “I Miss Kentucky” was on AM WLAP Kentucky Sports Radio on a Robertson county spotlight show.
Birth Name Kelley Ray King
Born September 17, 1968 (age 52)
Genres Country, Traditional, Christian
Occupations Aspiring Singer/Songwriter, Electrical Contractor
Instruments Guitar, Sax, Vocals
Years Active 1978-present
Labels KRK (Self Label)
As played on Kentucky Sports Radio