Friday Dec 2nd, 2022 @ 08:00 PM

Swearingen & Kelli

Ticket Price: $20.50 ADVANCE | $25.50 DAY OF SHOW


Swearingen & Kelli is comprised of singer-songwriters AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli. The Florida-based husband and wife duo is steeped in the sounds of Americana and country-folk with rich harmonies and character voices that are a modern echo of the singer-songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s. Their self-titled, debut album released in 2013, housing a track recorded by folk icon Tom Rush on his studio album, What I Know. ​Unafraid of spilling their guts in their music, the twosome will be releasing a 12 song, not your run-of-the-mill set of love songs, on their sophomore album​The Marrying Kind​, this summer. Carnival Records Nashville hails ​”the artistic benchmark has been set high with The Marrying Kind“.

AJ Swearingen, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, grew up in a house where the classic country records of Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson were always spinning. “I love that music, but the folk records of the early ’70s like Gordon Lightfoot and Simon & Garfunkel are what really fueled my desire to pursue a life in music.” He began playing at 13 and started performing professionally in his late teens. His acoustic guitar finger style echoes his influences – James Taylor, Paul Simon and Lindsey Buckingham – but his silky, soulful baritone voice is definitely his own. He is currently also performing in the highly successful Pops Symphony “The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel” conducted by Michael Krajewski.

Jayne Kelli’s voice is both husky and sweet, tender and bluesy. When she takes the stage, she’s more down-home than diva. Kelli was born in the small country town of Lapeer, Michigan. She grew up listening to her parents perform songs by John Denver, Jim Croce, and Glen Campbell around the campfire. Jayne began writing and recording her own songs at the age of 15. Her first release garnered praise from critics, calling her “a formidable talent with elegantly poetic and emotionally charged songs.” Jayne’s song “Sweetness” was chosen as an anthem song for the domestic violence foundations Victim Services International and Angel Wings International in 2015.

Being heavily influenced by the iconic songwriters of the ’70s, Swearingen & Kelli developed an emotive and nostalgic symphonic pops show of essential songs from the era. An era of singer-songwriters that Swearingen notes “​has never been duplicated”. Together and separately, they have shared the stage supporting Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Livingston Taylor, John McCutcheon, and Dave Mason, among others. They plan on a heavy touring schedule in support of the new album, with the hope of the music helping other people cope with their own tough situations. “I think the best way to sum up The Marrying Kind​ is to say that finding your soulmate isn’t always easy or pretty,” says Swearingen. “In all the dark places life can take you, fighting for love is worth it,” agrees Kelli. And yes, for the record, these two partners in life and in music believe they are soulmates.


Martin Guitar
Working Dog Press
Pennsylvania Council of the Arts