Paul Kelly Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Partner, Children

Paul Kelly Family

Paul Kelly Family and Net Worth – Paul Maurice Kelly is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter and guitarist has a Net Worth of $50 Million know all about him in this blog.

  Bio
Name Paul Kelly
Birthdate  13 January 1955
Age (as of 2021) 66 years
Place of Birth Adelaide, Australia
Nationality Australian
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Kaarin Fairfax (m. 1993–2001), Hilary Brown (m. 1980–1984)
Children Memphis Kelly, Declan Kelly, Madeleine Kelly
Parents Josephine Kelly, John Erwin Kelly
Education Rostrevor College
Profession Australian singer-songwriter
Last Update 2022

Paul Maurice Kelly AO is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has performed solo, and has led numerous groups, including the Dots, the Coloured Girls, and the Messengers. He has worked with other artists and groups, including associated projects Professor Ratbaggy and Stardust Five. Kelly’s music style has ranged from bluegrass to studio-oriented dub reggae, but his core output straddles folk, rock, and country. His lyrics capture the vastness of the culture and landscape of Australia by chronicling life about him for over 30 years.

Paul Kelly Family and Parents

Paul Maurice Kelly was born on 13 January 1955 in Adelaide, to John Erwin Kelly, a lawyer, and Josephine (née Filippini), the sixth of eight surviving children. According to Rip It Up magazine, “legend has it” that Kelly’s mother gave birth to him “in a taxi outside North Adelaide’s Calvary Hospital”.Although Kelly was raised as a Roman Catholic, he later described himself as a non-believer in any religion. He is the great-great-grandson of Jeremiah Kelly, who emigrated from Ireland in 1852 and settled in Clare, South Australia. His paternal grandfather, Francis Kelly, established a law firm in 1917, which his father, John, joined in 1937.

John Kelly died in 1968 at the age of 52, after having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years earlier.Paul Kelly was thirteen years old when his father died.Kelly described his father: “I have good memories, he was the kind of father that, well, I missed him when he died very much. The older children were growing into him at the time he died. He was not well enough to play sport with me.Kelly’s maternal grandfather was an Argentine-born, Italian-speaking opera singer, Count Ercole Filippini, a leading baritone for the La Scala Opera Company in Milan.

Kelly attended Rostrevor College, a Christian Brothers school, where he played trumpet and studied piano, became the first XI cricket captain, played in the first XVIII football (Australian rules), and was named dux of his senior year. He studied arts at Flinders University in 1973, but left after a term, disillusioned with academic life. He began writing prose and started a magazine with some friends.

Paul Kelly Fisrst Wife

Paul Kelly’s first marriage (1980–84) was to Hilary Brown; the couple had a son, Declan, who later worked as a radio presenter on 3RRR’s Against the Arctic from 2006. As of 2007, he was a DJ around Melbourne and played the drums.For Paul Kelly: Stories of Me, Declan recalled his feelings whenever he hears “When I First Met Your Ma”, which describes Kelly’s courtship of Hilary Brown. Hilary Brown remembered “songs written especially for and about her” but also about other women, she quipped “There are too many girls out there! One for every song!”

Paul Kelly and Wife Fairfax

Kelly’s second marriage (1993–2001) was to actress Kaarin Fairfax.The Monthly’s Richard Guilliatt travelled with Kelly, his band and “his new love and future wife, the diminutive” Fairfax on a section of the group’s US tour prior to the release of Under the Sun.The couple have two daughters, Madeleine (born 1991) and Memphis (born 1993). From 1989 to 1992, Fairfax supplied backing vocals on tracks by Paul Kelly and the Messengers. In 1990, as Mary-Jo Starr, a country music artist, Fairfax released three singles, and an album, Too Many Movies. Memphis Kelly starred alongside her parents in the Rachel Perkins short film, One Night the Moon (2001), for which Paul Kelly composed the score.After the couple separated in 2001.

Paul Kelly Partner

Siân Darling became Kelly’s partner. They met in 2014 performing in a theatre show called ‘Funeral’. The couple continue to live and work together from their St Kilda base. Darling is an artist, activist, curator and producer, and has been working on Kelly’s professional management team since 2018. Her influence on Kelly’s work is noted in the Stuart Coupe biography.

Paul Kelly Net Worth

Paul Maurice Kelly AO is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter and guitarist has an estimated Net Worth around $50 Million in 2022.

Professional Career

Paul Kelly is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has performed solo, and has led numerous groups, including the Dots, the Coloured Girls, and the Messengers. He has worked with other artists and groups, including associated projects Professor Ratbaggy and Stardust Five. Kelly’s music style has ranged from bluegrass to studio-oriented dub reggae, but his core output straddles folk, rock, and country. His lyrics capture the vastness of the culture and landscape of Australia by chronicling life about him for over 30 years. David Fricke from Rolling Stone calls Kelly “one of the finest songwriters I have ever heard, Australian or otherwise.”Kelly has said, “Song writing is mysterious to me. I still feel like a total beginner. I don’t feel like I have got it nailed yet”.

After growing up in Adelaide, Kelly travelled around Australia before settling in Melbourne in 1976. He became involved in the pub rock scene and drug culture, and recorded two albums with Paul Kelly and the Dots. Kelly moved to Sydney by 1985, where he formed Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls. The band was renamed Paul Kelly and the Messengers, initially only for international releases, to avoid possible racial interpretations of the word “coloured”. At the end of the 1980s, Kelly returned to Melbourne, and in 1991 he disbanded the Messengers. Kelly was married and divorced twice; he has three children and resides in St Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne.

Dan Kelly, his nephew, is a singer and guitarist in his own right. Dan performed with Kelly on Ways and Means and Stolen Apples. Both were members of Stardust Five, which released a self-titled album in 2006. On 22 September 2010 Kelly released his memoir, How to Make Gravy, which he described as “it’s not traditional; it’s writing around the A–Z theme – I tell stories around the song lyrics in alphabetical order”. His biographical film, Paul Kelly: Stories of Me, directed by Ian Darling, was released to cinemas in October 2012.

Kelly’s Top 40 singles include “Billy Baxter”, “Before Too Long”, “Darling It Hurts”, “To Her Door” (his highest-charting local hit in 1987), “Dumb Things” (appeared on United States charts in 1988), and “Roll on Summer”. Top-20 albums include Gossip, Under the Sun, Comedy, Songs from the South (1997 compilation), …Nothing but a Dream, Stolen Apples, Spring and Fall, The Merri Soul Sessions, Seven Sonnets and a Song, Death’s Dateless Night (with Charlie Owen), Life Is Fine – his first number-one album – and Nature. Kelly has won 14 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards, including his induction into their Hall of Fame in 1997.

In 2001, the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) listed the Top 30 Australian songs of all time, which included Kelly’s “To Her Door”, and “Treaty”, written by Kelly and members of Yothu Yindi.  Aside from “Treaty”, Kelly wrote or co-wrote several songs on Indigenous Australian social issues and historical events. He provided songs for many other artists, tailoring them to their particular vocal range. The album Women at the Well from 2002 had 14 female artists record his songs in tribute. Kelly was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the performing arts and to the promotion of the national identity through contributions as a singer, songwriter and musician.

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