Kelsey Waters was 16 years old when she wrote her first song. It was a marriage between her first heartbreak and an old guitar collecting dust in the corner of her room.

Over the past decade, Kelsey has sought to share her life with listeners by playing nearly 150 shows a year along the Gulf Coast. Kelsey learned to balance performing her own original songs with those of lyrical trailblazers, such as Patty Griffin and Emmylou Harris and began receiving tangible accolades. She was Northwest Florida’s Regional X-Factor winner in 2011.

Pan into present day: with a new Nashville address, Kelsey is working to complete her first full album. "I want to explore the possibility of writing music that defines who I am as an artist… I want my songs to be relevant, honest, and straight from the heart.” Already Waters has signed a publishing deal with Little Extra Music and written songs with Lori McKenna & Tia Sillers.




“Her music will make your spirits fly.” ~ Russell Carter of RCAM and 30A Songwriters Festival

“The young songstress is as local as the wildflowers along Walton County roads, and her talent is blooming just like them.”
~ Kurt Lischka of

"The first time I heard Kelsey sing, I was totally mesmerized! For such a young and beautiful girl, there is so much soul, a little pain and a lot of living felt in everything she writes. Very rarely do you come across a unique talent like her. I’m thrilled that she’s a part of the Little Extra Music family" ~ Lisa Ramsey-Perkins