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, and more. Ms. Moneymaker 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".
Kelly remains active within the music industry as a songwriter-artist-producer and mentor. She constantly updates her music business education in order to evolve with the rapid-fire progress of technology and trends. She obtained a Music Business Certificate from Berklee School of Music, a Bachelor of Creative Media Production degree and a Master of Creative Enterprise degree at Massey University, Wellington, NZ.
Kelly's Arctic Samoan roots have inspired her passion for indigenous storytelling and the environment, which led to her directing the Multiple Award-Winning documentary, VAKA, which premiered on the World Stage at the UNFCCC's COP 25 and was featured at the Crysophere Pavillion at COP26. The short doco is about Tokelau’s use of cultural wisdom and modern technology in response to climate change, which was made with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade NZ (MFAT), the Ministry of Climate Oceans Resilience Environment Tokelau (MiCORE) and in close cooperation and meaning-making with the people of Tokelau.
As a Social Entrepreneur, 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 her homeland of Alaska. It is being co-created 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), Gabe Derrick, Jayme Dittmar, and 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 assist with preserving their indigenous knowledge and stories is an honor beyond measure."
Please stay tuned for the release date for Drum Song: The Rhythm of Life documentary, it's accompanying soundtrack, and a new music funk-soul-blues-rock album from Kelly.
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...
"The Melting Cryosphere" Exhibit (short film), Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), 2023 - Producer, Director, Writer
Drum Song: The Rhythm of Life documentary (currently in post-production, 2023)
Producer, Director, Editor, Sound Designer, Composer.
VAKA award-winning documentary
Director, Sound Designer/Mixer, Drone Operator, Narration Co-Writer
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, IARC, NRDC, BIOGEMS, EARTHORG, 350.ORG, CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, MiCORE, MFAT, CAPITAL BLUES INC, 1225 LABEL GROUP UK, SONY UK/THE ORCHARD, SONY JAPAN,