Kelly Carpenter was born and raised in Washington, DC. From a very early age it was apparent that the stage was where Kelly would end up. Acting in school plays and taking Drama lessons at the local YMCA, the deal was sealed. At the age of 10 she began her professional singing, dancing and acting career when she performed in Dennis the Menace at Maryland’s Olney Theatre. Roles in Gypsy (National tour), and Meet Me in St. Louis (Norwegian Cruise Line) followed. She spent her teen years performing in the Washington, DC area with groups such as The Kennedy Center’s Traveling Young Players and the Young Americans of Washington. After moving to New York City in late 2000, she played in various shows and tours in and around the NYC area. She also appeared with Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals in My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra. Immediately following, she spent four years traveling the world working for Celebrity and Holland America Cruise Lines as lead singer in their Las Vegas and Broadway style production shows. Returning full-time to New York City in early 2006, she joined "Soul Be It," a 13-piece funk and soul band that plays the songs of Tower of Power, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, and many more. Joining the band forced her to leave her comfort zone, she challenged herself by performing new vocal stylings and performance techniques in Long Island, Manhattan and Atlantic City. In the summer she returned to Washington, DC to reprise the role of Val in A Chorus Line. This performance provided the rare opportunity of joining ninety percent of the original cast nearly ten years later. Now, in between band gigs, she is preparing for her fourth year at Radio City.