Kelly Moneymaker has been a professionally represented musician since age 14. She is best known as a member of platinum-selling trio Exposé, whose singles have collectively spent 207 weeks on Billboard’s The Hot 100, had more Top 10 Hits than The Supremes, and was named one of Billboard’s Top 10 Girl Groups of All-Time.
Ms. Moneymaker also co-wrote and co-produced a soundtrack album for NBC’s Days of Our Lives and her music has been placed in over 25 other media productions. She has shared stages or studios with Todd Rundgren, Enya, Diana Ross, George Clinton, Jewel, Meatloaf, Ringo Starr, Keith Urban, Mike Post, Johnny Winter, Mandy Moore, Christian Standring, and more. Ms. Moneymaker is a two-time finalist at the International Songwriter’s Competition and has also been a finalist at the Independent Music Awards in the Television/Film Category, broke into the Billboard Chart as an independent artist, and won New Music Weekly's Best AC40 Song with "Can't Live Without Your Love".
Ms. Moneymaker was Music Supervisor and Editor on the critically acclaimed LGBTQI web series, Venice and she remains active within the music industry as a songwriter-artist-producer, A&R Representative and mentor. She constantly updates her music business education in order to evolve with the rapid-fire progress of technology and trends. She obtained her Music Business Certificate from Berklee School of Music, taken myriad UCLA Extension classes and most recently, she completed her Bachelor of Creative Media Production, (specializing in Film and Sound Design) and she is now pursuing her Master of Creative Enterprise degree at Massey University, Wellington.
She is currently represented by Riptide Music Licensing, Imaginary Friends Music Partnership and is an active member of the Screen Actors Guild; American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; BMI; The Americana Music Association; Nashville Songwriter’s Association; Blues Music Society of Santa Barbara; and The Grammy Foundation.
Ms. Moneymaker is extensively engaged with environmental organizations, women's groups, and support for other creatives. She is a member of Women In Business, Women in Film and Television NZ, Change The Conservation, Biogems, Live Earth, NRDC, 350.org, The Earth Organization, for which she has helped coordinate charity events and has performed and produced music for their publicity campaigns. Kelly was recently a guest lecturer for the Creative Media Production Students' Innovation Lab at Massey University, Wellington. She was also a featured performer and guest speaker at Westport NZ's Women In Business Conference.
Kelly refers to herself as the Arctic Samoan since her biological mother is Samoan and her dad, John Moneymaker, is Alaska Native. Her roots have inspired her passion for indigenous storytelling and the environment, which led to her directing the documentary, VAKA. The short doco is about Tokelau’s use of cultural wisdom and modern technology in response to climate change. VAKA represented Tokelau (the Ministry of Climate, Oceans, and Resilience) and New Zealand (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), at the UNFCCC’s COP 25 in Madrid last December. It is currently being featured on Coconet TV and exhibited at Pātaka Art + Gallery, Porirua NZ.
VAKA was also nominated for Best Short Documentary in Krakow's Green Film Festival in Poland, Environmental Film Festival Australia 2020, Sydney Short Film Festival (Best Cinematography) 2021, Climate Action Film Festival 2021, London Mountain Film Festival 2021, Houston Asian American and Pacific Island Film Festival 2021, Toronto International Women Film Festival 2021. She is looking forward to holding viewings for Tokelauan communities throughout New Zealand. VAKA won World Distribution Award 2021 for Best Short Environmental Documentary and Best Score by Stephen Gallagher. It also won three NY Indie Shorts Film Festival Awards 2021 for Best Female Student Director, Best Producer, and Best Sound Designer.
Kelly is also featured (as the Director of VAKA) in the Moana Blue Pacific documentary, by Francesca Sewell & Alice Toomer, which showcases the activities and impact of the joint New Zealand-Fiji government-hosted Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion at the COP25 2019. It shows how Pacific nations – particularly their leaders and youth – are coming together to tell their climate change story and advocate for their future in the face of climate change.
Kelly's intention moving forward is to create and disseminate positive media for indigenous cultures and children. Her current project, Drum Song: The Rhythm of Life, is a documentary about indigenous climate adaptation in Alaska. It is being made in close cooperation with rural native communities and Arctic researchers. Kelly's dream production team includes Emmy Award Winning DP, Tom Trainor, Production Coordinator + Photographer, Dennis Davis aka @EskimoFixer (whose work will soon be featured at the Smithsonian Institute), and Sound Recordist, Phillip Blanchett of the Award-Winning Inuit Soul Band, Pamyua. Kelly says, "I am truly humbled by this opportunity. To be trusted by the local communities to collect and preserve their stories is an honor beyond measure."
KELLY'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Former Member of Arista Records' Platinum-selling Pop Trio, Exposé
AS A MUSIC WRITER/PRODUCER/PERFORMER:
Love Theme for Bo & Hope on NBC's Days of Our Lives
Days of Our Lives Love Songs CD
International Songwriter's Competition &
Independent Music Awards Finalist
Billboard AC40 Top 10 "Can't Live Without Your Love"
Gavin Charts Top 10 "Grievance"
SONG PLACEMENTS ON
Cobra Kai, Grey's Anatomy, American Pie Naked Mile, Guitar Hero, Gossip Girl, Hawaii 5-0, Burn Notice, Sony's Play Station 2, Confessions of a Go-Go Girl, Teen Cribs, Parenthood, The Heat 2013 Official Trailer, and more...
KELLY HAS SHARED STAGES AND/OR STUDIOS WITH
Todd Rundgren, Enya, Exposé, Diana Ross, Jewel, Meatloaf, Ringo Starr, Keith Urban, Johnny Winter, Mandy Moore, & more...
OTHER FEATURES ON TV SHOWS/COMMERCIALS:
Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Good Day New York, Bold & The Beautiful, Without A Trace, CSI Miami, Nissan, Sony Playstation 2, O'Douls, Mets, America's Next Top Model and more...
Venice The Series (Season 3) Award-Winning Web Series - Music Supervisor, Licensing/Clearance, Music Editor
Streets and Strings - Audio Recordist
Woodland Witch - (48 Hour Film Festival) - Co-Producer, Co-Writer, Audio Recordist/Mixer, Co-Composer, Sound Designer
Limelight - Co-writer, Audio Recordist, Sound Designer/Mixer
The Girls - Audio Assist
Dust to Dust (AV Experience) - Writer, Sound Designer, Co-Composer, 2nd Camera, Mixer
Raspberry & Coke Award-Winning Short - Audio Recordist/Mixer, Sound Designer
The Missing Piece - Solo Filmmaker
VAKA Documentary - Director, Sound Designer/Mixer, Drone Operator, Narration Co-Writer
Permanent Resident - (48Hour Film Festival), Producer, Writer-Director, DP, Audio Recordist, Editor, Sound Designer, Audio Mixer
Best Sound Designer NY Indie Shorts Film Festival, 2021
Best Female Student Director, NY Indie Shorts Film Festival, 2021
Massey Scholar Award 2020
NZ Best Design Awards - Student Moving Images Bronze Medal (VAKA), 2020
Global Eye Award Winner, Colorado Music Awards for “Race Against the Sky” 2016
New Music Weekly Awards Best AC40 Song: “Can’t Live Without Your Love” 2005,
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
AFTRA, SAG, GRAMMY FOUNDATION, AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION, SANTA BARBARA BLUES SOCIETY, BMI, NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION, ARTS AND SCIENCES, NRDC, BIOGEMS, EARTHORG, 350.ORG, CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, NASHVILLE SONGWRITER'S ASSOCIATION, WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION NZ, WOMEN IN BUSINESS NZ, WELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB, MiCORE, MFAT, DIRECTOR'S and EDITOR'S GUILD, NZ, CAPITAL BLUES INC, SCREEN INDUSTRY GUILD NZ, 1225 LABEL GROUP UK, SONY UK/THE ORCHARD, SONY JAPAN