Island Deliveryman’s Balladeer Daughter Releases Original EP

Feb 13, 2019
Courtesy of: The Kellys

LBI’s friendly and reliable UPS driver John Kelly has delivered the good news of his daughter Devon’s original music release, a 5-song EP called Wheat and Wine, available now wherever digital music is sold online.

Singer-songwriter Devon Kelly is a 26-year-old teacher of literature and writing for an online company, and she offers piano lessons at her home. Her style and genre are akin to folk, she said, though it’s “hard to classify.” A listen reveals her clear, sweet alto voice, sometimes dancing lyrically above an ardently flowing river of piano, other times mournful or beseeching, effortlessly kissing high notes, or swelling to powerful crescendos – her storytelling rich with imagery and themes of wounds, sacrifice and forgiveness.

She and her family live in Pitman, near Glassboro in Gloucester County, where John commutes each day to and from the UPS Customer Center in Lawnside. She and her two younger siblings, also musically inclined, grew up vacationing on the Island.

Devon’s album is a collection of original songs, some 10 years old, some much newer, that serve as “reminders of God’s grace,” she explained. She describes the album as a way to bring worshipful feelings into the body and soul, similarly to how, in Christian churches, the Lord’s supper, or holy communion, is a tangible symbol of the body and blood of Jesus Christ – hence the title Wheat and Wine. The Kellys attend Body of Christ Church in Sewell.

Music is “almost physical,” Devon said. “We can’t see God, but music can awaken things we can’t experience materially.”

She recorded her EP last winter in her makeshift home studio on her small grand piano, she said. “It was a fun project,” she added.

Check it out at—V.F.

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