Behind the Song
American Singer-Songwriter, Kelly Day, is "Sunny Bleau". The sultry, gregarious, and personable woman called "Sunny Bleau" is known for her straightforward lyrics, passionate performances, strong vocals, and playful personality. Kelly was given the nickname "Sunny" when she was younger. People close to Kelly describe her as a ray of sunshine when she enters a room. As Kelly and her Producer and song-writing partner, Nicholas A. Cocco, started to work on her first singles and stage show they wanted to create something that felt like an escape from the everyday. They also wanted to create something that would stand out in the Pop Blues genre. Combining Kelly's nickname "Sunny" with a creative and slightly suggestive spelling of the word blue (Bleau) was the first step. But who is Sunny Bleau?
"Sunny Bleau looks at life through rose-colored glasses (literally). She always sees the glass as half full and she is always ready to have a good time. Sunny is who every person who feels like life shit all over them wants to be around! Think about who and what you could be and do if only... people could look past the size, shape, and color of another person. If only people would stop telling us that we're no good, or that we're not talented enough, or that we're too heavy or too short! What would life be like without hurt or abuse? Imagine a life without regret! Yes, a life without social depression! A life without being afraid! A life where you don't feel unworthy! A life without racism or classism... a life without labels!
Sunny lives in that imaginary utopia where love and acceptance flow like honey and carbohydrates (and maybe a protein) are served at every meal! Sunny is big, beautiful, bold, strong, and compassionate. She isn't afraid of life, love, romance, or her curves! She tells stories about what's in her heart that offer a simple escape from the craziness of the world. She isn't afraid to put herself out there for the world to see and to escape with! Sunny is on a journey to provide a musical vehicle to all who need to feel included in a positive, warm, playful environment.
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!
Well, SunnyBleau and the Moons are a Pop-Blues group. Some say it’s Rock, some say it’s Country, but I just call it fun, honest and power-packed!
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
At the studio we like to say that the only time we get to be artists is when we’re writing, recording or performing. The rest of the time, artists have to spend time marketing their brands. Unfortunately, this is where many artists fail, because they don’t want to do it! It’s not fun; I get it! I want to be creating. So, after all the marketing and business stuff is done, it’s such a reward to get to perform. Performing is dessert after you’ve eaten your vegetables!
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
I have a love/hate relationship with recording. I do my best singing on the stage. I have to feel the energy. It’s really hard to imagine and bring yourself to a “performance” level when you are in a vocal booth hearing the track in a headset. I am pushed emotionally, energy level, etc. on stage when I can feel the vibrations of the drum and the push of the bass. I react to the environment. Our first four releases (He’s my Peach, King of Hearts, Denver and Winning) I recorded in the booth. Holy Water and Hell Fire required a very specific delivery. We tried multiple times to get it right in the booth, and I wasn’t happy with my delivery. So Nic put me on the stage with a handheld microphone and a headset. I sang it in one take just as if I were performing live, and that’s the take we kept. I think people will be able to feel the dynamic shift between the first four releases and Holy Water and Hell Fire. I use my entire body to sing, so I find it difficult to stand still and deliver the same emotion. I need to make it real, and I have to feel it in my entire body. Some songs are just too big for a little booth!
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
If I’m not in the studio doing music or marketing, I’m usually at home with my kids and getting caught up on house and yard work. The kids and I love to cook together, go to bookstores, have movie nights, swim and play baseball in the yard. But I do like to unwind with massages and facials. Self-care is important!
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
I am a big fan of Kaz Hawkins. She’s an Irish Pop Blues/Jazz vocalist, singer-songwriter. I really love her soul. She’s incredibly powerful and commanding on the stage and appears genuinely and unapologetically herself. If people are not familiar with her repertoire, I would encourage them to take a listen.
I have always been a fan of Kelly Clarkston and Trisha Yearwood. Together these two women embody the perfect combination of strength, grace and versatility not only musically but in their overall careers. They’ve managed to write, record, tour and film television shows. Really, I don’t think there is anything these two women couldn’t do!
I have also enjoyed watching the career of Miley Cyrus. What I appreciate most about her is her ability to push through obstacles and criticism. As a parent and as a former educator, I have enjoyed watching her mature into her art and find her voice and style.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
One of the songs that is the most honestly and authentically me is a song called “Sparrow’s Song” which will be on the “Blush” album coming out in October. It’s about a caged bird that wants to fly away. They day I recorded it I was feeling so defeated, and I didn’t want to sing. I sang the song one time. The track ended and I was thinking, “Oh, I need to redo that one part…” and the booth door opened and Nic was crying! What was intended to be scratch vocals ended up being the vocals we kept. One take and done. We all have things in our lives that “cage” us or hold us back, and that’s what this song is about.
Of the six releases, I would say the most emotional is Holy Water and Hell Fire. It is a song of survival. At the core, it’s about not being judgmental. You don’t know the fight other people fight. Don’t judge if you haven’t been there, and even if you have been there, don’t judge! Your walk is your walk. Your fight is your fight! We’re not all cut from the same cloth.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
New materials are constantly being worked on! Right now, we are singularly focused on releasing our first album, “Blush”, which comes out in October. We are also working on a few live-room recordings and some song remakes/covers. Hopefully we’ll be able to announce some more live performance dates soon, so keep checking SunnyBleau.com for updated tour information! When you sign up for the Newsletter on our website sunnybleau.com and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, you will get all the updates on SunnyBleau and the Moons!
Tell us where fans can access your music.
You can get to nearly 100% of the SunnyBleau content by going to www.linktr.ee/sunnybleau and of course by going to our website at www.sunnybleau.com. You can also search SunnyBleau on Google, download or stream all our music on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music and most other major digital platforms AND most importantly, you can add our music to your music playlists! You can also watch our music videos on television or YouTube. Just search SunnyBleauVevo! Of course, you can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. We love it when fans use our music in their TikTok and Instagram videos! I even stitched to some of them! They are fun!