Biography

Grady Kelneck was almost born on the stage when his musician mother rushed from a gig to the hospital in labour. Brought up in a show biz family, Grady spent his childhood and adolescence playing in a band with his mother, father, and brother. One of his earliest musical memories is singing in front of 20,000 people for Toronto’s 150th birthday at City Hall. His grandfather, Henry Kelneck, is a musical legend in the Ontario north;  Stompin’ Tom Connors even penned a song inspired by him.

Over the years, Grady has played in a number of musical outfits, playing multiple instruments, and adding vocals, and songwriting to the projects. As a founding member of indie rockers, The Parkas, dues were paid in cross-Canada tours, sharing the stage with acts such as Hot Hot Heat, The Dears, and The Constantines. The Parkas also performed at Toronto’s Canadian Music Week and NXNE, with the band winning the Steve’s Music Emerging Artist Award

The musical journey continues, with a new found clarity driven by an undying passion.  Take My Hand,  a thirteen-song album recorded by John Dinsmore at Lincoln County Social Club (Luke Doucet, Timber Timbre, The Wooden Sky) and produced by Aaron Comeau (Dear Sister, Animal Parts), is the latest effort, a sacred delivery of secular portions.  From matters of delusional daydreams of pies in the sky to the wicked harshness of the cold ground, a raw and straightforward vocal carries throughout.  Moods shift from the stripped-down roots of “I’ll Shoot You Down” to the more upbeat hooks of country-folk numbers like “Colorado”.  Inspired by a love for songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt, John Prine and Jesse Winchester who meld beauty with wit, Grady’s acoustic guitar and voice are conduits for traditional and folk musings, creating his own works on topics as wide ranging as death and vegetables.

The musical stage is where it began, and continues to be.