Australian born Singer/Comedienne/Dancer/Actress and Writer Kelly O’Brien has been entertaining professionally for over 25 years.
Kelly first began singing Country at the age of 14. Two years later she was crowned South Australian Country Vocalist of the Year and Best New Talent at the famous pan-Australian Gympie Muster country festival- securing Kelly her first recording contract. This led to endless exposure- as one of Australia’s youngest Country singers
Kelly’s first national television appearance was on the talent show New Faces. TV performances then included spots on Good Morning Australia, Carols in the Domain, Cartoon Network, Living with Style and Home and Away.
Kelly’s biggest break however came when she made it to the final 12 in POPSTARS 2 on Australian national TV.
In February 2002, Kelly was offered a lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webbers hit musical Starlight Express, in Germany. This consequently led to a record contract with Zyx music and the release of the hit single ‘Crucified’. Other theatre credits have included ensemble roles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cabaret and Tonight’s the night.
Since arriving in London in 2005, Kelly has worked extensively as a freelance singer- working with artists such as Antony Costa, Toya Wilcox and Diana Vickers. She has appeared in television commercials for How to Look Good Naked, Miss Naked Beauty, Coca Cola and Green flag.
She also performed on X factor in 2008.
Country music however is where Kelly’s passion lies and since winning a prestigious Sydney Talent Quest in 2000- as a Dolly Parton impersonator, Kelly has been performing her tribute show ever since.
She now travels the world as Dolly and works regularly on P&O as well as in theatres across the UK with her live band.
Clients include the Singapore Grand Prix, Australian Country Music Festival, G-A-Y London, The Ministry of Defence, ITV and the BBC. She has even sung privately for Russell Crowe and Michael Buble’
In September 2011 Kelly finally met her idol, the real Dolly Parton herself. And in 2015 was used as a Dolly Parton look alike in a ‘Glastonbury’ television campaign for Green flag.
In 2013 she was crowned the U.K’s best Dolly tribute (as voted by the Agent’s Association of Great Britain). In 2016 she won the award for the second time running as well as being named finalist for BEST overall female Tribute in the U.K.
She is now considered world’s BEST Dolly Parton tribute.