Grace Kelly '12

Alumna Berklee Trustee; saxophonist, singer, and songwriter

Grace Kelly B.M. '12 is an award-winning saxophonist, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and bandleader who has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl and Montreal Jazz Festival to President Obama's 2009 inauguration. Kelly began her professional recording and touring career at age 12 and has 13 acclaimed albums to her credit. She has shared the stage with artists including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., and Wynton Marsalis, played in the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and was featured in Amazon's Emmy-nominated series Bosch.

A nine-time winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll in the Rising Star–Alto Saxophone category, Kelly has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, Boston Music Awards, and International Songwriting Awards. In 2018 she won Song of the Year in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Kelly is also a cofounder of the Saxy School, an innovative online saxophone school. She is passionate about creating a future where world-class music education is widely accessible and affordable to all. Kelly graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in professional music.