They also work together as a production team for music and videos. Kelly’s eldest daughter Tara studied film acting at the world famous Lee Strasberg Drama School in New York and now lives in London working as an actress, film director, singer and writer. Her youngest daughter Grace has just finished school, where she was appointed Arts Captain of Presbyterian Ladies College in 2013 and has had her film 'Change' selected by the top youth film festival in the world.
A talented songstress, Kelly has been writing, recording and performing ‘music-with-a-message’ for more than 30 years. Her work, which often shines a spotlight on important environmental and social issues, has been recognised, awarded and enjoyed internationally since the 1990s. During this time, Kelly has performed all over the world, developing a dedicated international following.
Kelly Newton-Wordsworth is a dedicated Christian whose deeply held environmental and humanitarian values are expressed poignantly through her singing and song-writing.
The award winning international singer/songwriter lives with her family - husband William and two of her three children (Vincent and Grace) - in the beautiful south west region of Western Australia. William, Vincent, Grace and Kelly certainly live by the adage, “Teamwork makes the dream work”, as they work together on their 3,000 acre property, whilst running a very successful horse stud breeding eventing, show jumping and cross country horses.
An artist with diverse appeal, Kelly has performed across several continents and is equally at home playing to royalty and spiritual leaders as she is to the poor and disadvantaged. Kelly performed at India’s first world peace concert in 2005 - televised live to approximately 1.2 billion people - and was the only Western artist invited to sing for the Dalai Lama and Indian Army.While based briefly in Bangkok, Kelly penned Long Live the King of Thailand, one of many songs written about her experiences and love for the people of Thailand. As the only foreigner in the history of Thailand to write and perform a song for His Majesty, she was invited to sing at his 80th birthday celebrations in front of half a million people.
Kelly’s musical destiny was largely pre-determined. Growing up in Western Australia she was surrounded by a family of talented artists and musicians and as result, had taught herself to play guitar by age six. Her grandfather was one of the founding members of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) and her sister, Victoria Newton, is a well-known ‘jazz diva’, having had numerous hits all over the world with her hip hop band Strike.In 1987, Kelly formed her own independent record label - Newtone Productions Pty Ltd – and produced her first album, On the Other Side - a collection of acoustic, original and traditional songs and ballads. Her first international performance was in the 1990s when she was invited to open the World Healing Summit in Monterey, California. She received a standing ovation for her performance of Princess of Peace, a song she had written to honour the late Princess Diana, and was invited to perform at UK events from Glastonbury to the Orkney Islands.
While music is a constant presence for Kelly, her life experiences outside music have been equally impressive and varied. During the 1980s, Kelly gained two law degrees at The University of Western Australia, worked full time as a professional actress and hosted her own ABC Radio children’s program. During this time she was also known as ‘the voiceover and jingle queen of Perth’, recording literally hundreds of ads (several award winning) for some of the largest companies in Australia and abroad.In 1997, Kelly was named ABC Rural Woman of the Year for the Great Southern Region, for her work in the area of sustainable agriculture and farming for a greater future.
The Newton-Wordsworth family has run a successful bio-dynamic (organic) farming property for 25 years. Their gourmet food business - Williams River Produce - is committed to clean, healthy agricultural methods, producing the highest quality foods for national distribution including beef, lamb, olives, fig jam, pistachios, marmalade and olive oil. The latter two can be found on sale in the famous Harvey Nichols department store in London, while their bio-dynamic beef was included in the top 10 WA gourmet products by food critic Rob Broadfield.
Kelly and her husband William also write a monthly column called The Organic Life for The Countryman, a WA rural newspaper. On 19 November 2012, the Newton-Wordsworth family won the Sustainability Award at the WA Regional Achievement and Community Awards, at which Kelly was also invited to sing. According to Kelly, the evening perfectly summed up everything she has been doing over the last 25 years; singing her environmental and spiritual songs to awaken people to the importance of protecting and nurturing the land, forests, air and oceans for all of the future generations to come and walking her talk - doing the groundwork that supports her songs in her everyday life.Kelly can be seen on YouTube in her many video clips and you can hear samples of her music on iTunes, Amazon and numerous other international online shops.
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That same year, HELLO magazine released Kelly’s song for King Bhumibol in their magazine and had a record breaking result of selling out 100,000 copies in one day!Kelly’s more recent highlights have included opening a Live Earth concert in Los Angeles, California, performing at the occupied Thai Parliament and the International Airport, Bangkok for the People’s Alliance for Democracy to hundreds of thousands of people, and receiving an international award for her album Gospel Gladness from the worldwide radio station, Radio Indy.
Her latest album Christmas Carols from the Heart has been described by people as “simply beautiful and beautifully simple.” The CD features a collection of traditional songs as well as two of Kelly’s original carols, nestled in a sweet simple sound of guitar and three-part harmonies.
A truly green artist, the main focus of Kelly’s work for many years has been to make a positive difference to the future of the planet and all who inhabit it. In 2001, her song One World, One Planet won a coveted Australian songwriting award and was named Environmental Song of the Year at the Australian Songwriter of the Year Awards. Her single What is Happening to Our Forests? was used as the soundtrack to a landmark anti-logging campaign that saved 1.5 million hectares of old growth Karri Forests in WA’s south west. The song has also been used in similar campaigns in Tasmania.
Released in 1991, her second album Changing Hearts was nominated for the WAMI Album of the Year. One song from that CD - A Whale for the Killing – captured worldwide attention. It was used by Greenpeace in their film The Last Whale, as part of a global campaign to create a sanctuary for whales in the Antarctica. In 2002, Kelly took her music on tour through Germany,performing 30 two-hour solo concerts across 29 cities - the largest tour an Australian artist has ever done in Germany. In the same year, she was invited to be a headline artist at the biggest songwriters’ festival in Europe, singing to more than 30,000 people at the Barden Treffen in Nurenberg where she received rave reviews.