Meet the rising country music star from Hanham

A teenager from Hanham is wowing country music fans with her songs.

Kelsey Bovey channels her experience of being bullied at school into her music. The country-pop singer-songwriter released her appropriately titled new EP – Not Scared Anymore – on Friday and it went in at No 1 in the UK Country iTunes Charts and No 19 in the all genres chart.

Earlier this summer the 19-year-old’s single Magnetic reached No 2 in the UK Country iTunes Charts.

Kelsey, who says her influences include Taylor Swift and Shania Twain, started playing the piano when she was eight. She then trained in classical singing and took up the guitar when she was 14.

She says the bullying started at school during her GCSE year, knocking her confidence and affecting her mental health, and she needed counselling to help her get through the trauma.

She is keen for her music to help empower other young people. As well as drawing from her personal experiences, she says she finds inspiration everywhere, including from situations that others find themselves in.

Kelsey has recorded seven tracks so far, the first back in 2018, and has been described as one of Duggystone Radio’s Emerging Artists to watch.

The inspirational teenager is currently studying songwriting at university and records at Puzzle Makers Studio in Bristol.

She has also been working with the Bristol-based country artist Danny McMahon who last year scooped three awards at the UK Country music awards.

Kelsey has recently been taken on by Scarlet River Management who specialise in modern country music.

Find out more and listen to Kelsey’s music at https://www.facebook.com/kelseyboveyuk/