Kelly Back is one of the leading talents in Nashville, Tennessee. He has provided rhythm, rich harmonies, creative lead lines and solos with many world-renowned artists. These live credits include, Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall, Ray Stevens, Lynn Anderson, Andrea Crouch, CeCe Winans, Sandi Patty, Natalie Grant, Ricardo Sanchez, and a host of other hit artists. Although he has played on thousands of projects, his ability to create new riffs, runs, feels and guitar hook-lines for each song has made him the “go to” player in the industry for the past 27 years—and counting. Back has recorded projects for Trace Adkins, The Oakridge Boys, Aaron Tippon, Russ Taff, T. Graham Brown, Gene Watson, John Conley, Wayne Newton, The Happy Goodmans, Randy Travis, Jason Crabb, Michael English, Andrew Gold and The Gaither Homecoming Series, just to name a few. Last year alone, his artistry contributed to three projects, which garnered Grammy nominations with artists, Tim Menzies, Gaither Vocal Band and T. Graham Brown. He was nominated as The Best Country Christian Musician by CCMA. He has a great ability to significantly contribute to songs, no matter what the genre.
Back has a love for music, which started when his mother bought him a children’s guitar when he was just 2 years old. Wanting to join the church band, he volunteered to play the drums at 5 years old. His music career began to develop at age 9, when he became the bass player for a country gospel band covering Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. His musical journey took him on the road, full-time at 17 years old where he played lead guitar for a family band and then moved to Nashville in 1984 to play for popular Christian band, The Hinsons (song: The Lighthouse).
After four years of road-life, Kelly Back began pursuing session work, playing for various studios in Nashville, TN. His professionalism, character and talent established him as one of the leading session players. In the last 27 years, Back has been recorded in over, a jaw dropping, 25,000 songs and he shows no sign of slowing down. His music has taken him all over the United States, Australia, Canada, and even into Thailand.
Back continues to share his music, keeping a busy schedule in the many Nashville area studios. Kelly Back can also be seen on RFD-TV’s, The Music City Show, where he leads The Blue Jean Band, viewed weekly in over 100 million homes.
The Ohio native now makes his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife, Sarah DeLane Back. He is the proud father of five grown children and five grandchildren. He can be heard nearly every week contributing his musical skill at his local church.