Kay's a lyricist who loves words.
Several years ago after returning home to Oz from a songwriting trip to London – a prize awarded for a co-written pop song placing 1st in an international competition – she found herself, solo, at a fork in the road. All that was familiar to her was rapidly changing and a little unsettled, Kay chose to surrender and wait.
Still having to work to make ends meet, in her down time she started delving into songwriting archives compiling what she’d written over the years (lyrics, lyrics everywhere... mainly in boxes, but also on shelves, in drawers, books, diaries, her car's glove-box, handbags, and scattered throughout general paperwork at home, forming paper towers that resembled makeshift cities, waiting to be explored... everywhere!!!). She needed clarity and direction moving forward in her creative life as being a songwriter had become so much a part of who she was and she couldn’t let that go.
Retrospectively, Kay feels like she'd rolled a giant snowball; an unexpected outcome for a girl from Oz, living in the suburbs. This snowball – the contents between the covers of her first book Lyrically Speaking, Seasons of My Life – was ready, to be aimed full throttle into the big, wide world.
Lyrics first found Kay when her hometown, Sydney, was announced to host the 2000 Olympic Games. She felt compelled after that announcement to write something of significance and now, many years on, it's become both her passion and purpose.
As excited as she is, writing and sharing words, Kay remains humbled by their recognition to date (in their own right and as finished song collaborations). It makes her smile, imagining lyrical threads and melodies floating out through the atmosphere in search of random hearts... reaching out and connecting with those who for some reason, at some point in time, need something to cling on to.
She's won international songwriting contests for co-written tracks judged by LA’s legendary producer David Kershenbaum (Bryan Adams, Duran Duran, Tracy Chapman, Blessid Union of Souls, Joe Jackson) in the first instance, and the late Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) in another. She also says stumbling upon and having the opportunity to work with esteemed UK producer Stuart Epps (Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Robbie Williams, Oasis, Twisted Sister) was a wonderful experience.
As a lyricist Kay's accomplished more to date than she ever imagined possible: being a part of a charitable quest to meet Oprah Winfrey; having a song placed in a much-needed documentary on homeless children; and witnessing the extraordinary swell of human emotion, gathering momentum, in support of a song honouring an extraordinary young life.
Her words are who she is and how she feels...
"Thank you so much for visiting my site. I look forward to connecting with you—live each day with peace, passion and purpose!" - Kay Bell