Frenship HS graduate pursues singing career, record deal

A 21-year-old Frenship High School graduate is trying to get a record deal.

Kelsie Watts, who recently returned to FHS to perform in the convocation in early August, graduated from Frenship in 2009. She dreamed of performing on Broadway at the time, after starring as Nellie in the FHS choir department’s musical “South Pacific.”

“In all honesty, I was very focused on Broadway up until about two years ago,” Watts said. She began talking to some people who told her she should not limit her options when the possibility for a mainstream recording career was available.

The end result was she has had more doors opened, and has learned to play piano and guitar.

She is finishing up her education in commercial vocal performance with a minor in music business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Someday she hopes she will be both a recording artist and a Broadway star.

Watts said she is currently under the management of Wesley Redwine. Pop rock is her goal for her recording career, and Watts admits she was a little worried that being in the home of country music, that would be more prevalent there. However, she said Belmont also has a lot of indie and folk artists.

“There’s country music everywhere here,” she said, but added, “There’s a massive variety, instead of just straight country music.”

Being in the FHS choir under Carl Brown and Jared Hardy was her favorite part of high school, “hands down,” Watts said.

She has been working toward a singing career since she was 2-years-old, Watts said. Her family has videos of her singing her heart out in Looney Tunes pajamas.

“I’ve been singing for, forever, I feel like,” she said. “Music is just kind of instilled in my soul.”

Watts said she is not sure what else she could do with her life to be happy, unless it was ministry.

“I just can’t see my life void of singing. It’s like, part of my DNA,” she said.

Being called back to FHS for convocation recently was “surreal,” she said.

“I was honored that Andy (Penney, FISD public relations director) called,” she said. “I loved being able to come back and see all the teachers that influenced my life.”

She also enjoyed singing with fellow FHS alumnus Jerome Bell.

“It was also such a pleasure to be put on a stage with Jerome. He is amazing,” Watts said. “I loved every second of it.”

Penney said it was a tremendous opportunity for the district to have Watts and Bell back for convocation.

“Kelsie was an awesome person and an awesome student who has always represented Frenship so well,” Penney said.

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