Kay Bell: lyricist‒writer‒author

 
 

About

I'm Kay. I'm a lyricist. I love words.

 

A couple of 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 – I found myself, solo, at a fork in the road. All that was familiar to me was rapidly changing and a little unsettled, I chose to surrender and wait.

 

Still having to work to make ends meet, in my down time I started delving into my songwriting archives compiling what I’d written over the years (lyrics, lyrics everywhere... mainly in boxes, but also on shelves, in drawers, books, diaries, my car's glove-box, handbags, and scattered throughout general paperwork at home, forming paper towers that resembled makeshift cities, waiting to be explored... everywhere!!!). I needed clarity and direction to move forward in my songwriting life as it had become so much a part of who I was, and I couldn’t let that go.

 

Retrospectively, I feel like I’ve rolled a giant snowball; an unexpected outcome for a girl from Oz, living in the suburbs. This snowball – the contents between the covers of my first book Lyrically Speaking, Seasons of My Life – is now ready, to be aimed full throttle into the big, wide world.

 

Lyrics first found me when my hometown, Sydney, was announced to host the 2000 Olympic Games. I felt compelled after that announcement to write something of significance and now, many years on, it's become both my passion and purpose.

 

As excited as I am writing and sharing words, I'm also humbled by their recognition to date, in their own right and as finished song collaborations. It’s nice 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.

 

I've been blessed to win 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. Also stumbling upon and having the opportunity to work with esteemed UK producer Stuart Epps (Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Robbie Williams, Oasis, Twisted Sister) has been a wonderful experience.

 

As a lyricist I’ve accomplished more to date than I 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.

 

My words are who I am and how I feel. I hope you enjoy sharing my space, even on the sometimes-crazy days when I’m thrown on unexpected tangents. I'd love to know your thoughts, so please pop back in from time to time to explore my blog and links, look for updates, give feedback and share your own stories and ideas with me and so many other folk out there, who are also trying to negotiate this incredible, creative highway.

 

Thanks for visiting my site and sharing time—live each day with peace, passion and purpose.

KAY