Nadine Kelly

United States

I am a solo drummer, a lone woman at home, doing this for myself because I love it. However, it does feel very lonely sometimes. This journey is not what I thought it would be. I am not in a band. I do not play at the local restaurants or church. But, I have made a collection of music my way, collaborating with my drum teacher, my cheerleader, my friend. He never lets me stay in my box.

This contest is not about winning for me. It is about showing up and charting my progress. I am being honest about where I am in my drumming journey. I am enough. And because I persist, I get better every day and that is enough.

Thank you for listening and reading.


  1. Jeanine Jeanine on March 10, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    I love what you wrote!! ♥️ good luck and great job.

    • nadkelly nadkelly on March 11, 2022 at 11:22 am

      Thank you Jeanine. That means a lot. Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck to you too!

      • Jeanine Jeanine on March 11, 2022 at 1:47 pm

        You’re welcome. I am super proud of you. You are so brave and inspiring.

  2. Roslyn Owens on March 13, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    Really enjoyed your groove and know that YOU are MORE than enough !!!! Great job

    • Nadine Kelly on March 18, 2022 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you so very much Roslyn. That really means so much to me; you are so generous!

  3. Queenie on March 22, 2022 at 7:27 am

    I started out all alone playing in my kitchen. I wasn’t good enough to be welcomed on the local music scene. But I loved to make progress and play to cds of the songs I loved. I kept telling myself, “If I keep sending my music out into the universe, I will attract what I need.” And I did! It will all happen for you too.

    • Nadine Kelly on March 23, 2022 at 7:56 am

      Thank you Queenie. I got chills reading your encouragement. Wow!!

  4. vanessalsmith vanessalsmith on March 23, 2022 at 4:55 am

    Loved your submission! Keep doing what you love, your way. I think it’s beautiful that you have found this outlet to express yourself and creativity. You play well and love it, and it shows!

    • Nadine Kelly on March 23, 2022 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you so much Vanessa! Your words make me happy!

  5. Evelyne N. on March 23, 2022 at 7:14 am

    Such inspiring words and what passion is all about!

    • Nadine Kelly on March 23, 2022 at 2:28 pm

      You and Stacy are two of the main inspirations for my submission. Thank you!!

  6. Tim on March 23, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Absolutely crushing it! Great work! So proud of you!

    • Nadine Kelly on March 23, 2022 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks man!! You continue to make me the best version of me!!

  7. MariaWulf MariaWulf on April 21, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Great job maintaining a solid pocket with those hi hat upbeats! I also really appreciate your honesty in your statement. I submitted a video because I needed some accountability and a goal. I also am looking for community and that’s why I am participating.

    • Nadine Kelly on April 25, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Amazing Maria. It’s great to connect here!

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