Kelesha may have started out as a flautist, but time would stretch her after her retirement from classroom and VAPA teaching. Along the way, Kelesha took classes online in Cubase, Mixing and Reason and she really did not know where that would lead her at the time. Kelesha was actually sitting on the piano stool for this early picture. Little did she know how her first instrument, the piano would provide the natural dynamics in her newer songs, instead of using digital recording techniques exclusively.
In 2016, Kelesha still was not sure if singles or an album would result from her efforts. About that time she started looking for people to collaborate with for singles. That is when she met Cori Jacobs, a voting member for the Grammy Awards. He required that Kelesha only send her very best keyboard demo to him. That raised the bar! Under Cori's direction, Kelesha was stretched to new levels in the studio and in her expectation for each finished recording. She must acknowledge Kellie Rivers. They collaborate on songs and production when Kellie is not busy with other endeavors. These are some of the people she has worked closely with. Without them Kelesha would not be where she is today.
She could go on and on but Kelesha would not have been where she is now academically, without Richard Adams, Elena Duran, Dr. Scott Bowen, Jennifer Shaw Navarrete, and Dr. Wesley Broadnax and the San Joaquin Delta College Music Department.
Kelesha has written one symphony she worked on for years. It was recorded and performed by B. Z. Lewis, Six time Emmy Award winning engineer and producer. B.Z was the perfect featured artist being a Classical Music Major in college.
Kelesha has recently been honing her band directing skills for SUSD as a Substitute Music Teacher. Kelesha is also in a local group called Wednesday Morning Musicale, where she plays Soprano Flute exclusively. Her private teacher for flute is Matt Krejci.
Kelesha has just completed her first video where she plays piano, Alto Flute, sings background vocals and even dances. Her choreographer for the dance routine in the video is LaShonda Roberts. Kelesha took dance lessons as a child and took a class at SJDC in the last ten years. She was inspired by dance in High School when taught by Miss Elyse Dukatz. This influenced her choice to be a VAPA Teacher for SUSD.
Kelesha sings background vocals now and can be heard on her new single to be released in 2021. Her vocal training was at SJDC and her vocal teacher was Tim Swaim and later June Spencer.
Kelesha is also featured playing Alto Flute for the first time in the instrumental single and video of her new release. Her private teacher Mathew Krejci, of UOP, is credited with her latest training on the Alto and Soprano Flute.
Mr. Adams was ready to write her a recommendation to attend UOP in High School. I hope this new training makes him especially happy!