Darrell Brown, Grammy Award winning songwriter
“Radio Stranger will appeal to grown-ups, with meaningful music that touches the heart and soul... All in all, these seasoned players are captured by pristine production that enables [them] to deliver humanist messages.” Review of Radio Stranger CROSSTALK, Music Connection Magazine (Nov 2017)
“Radio Stranger - Top Prospect of 2017” Music Connection Magazine (December 2017)
“I can only say that I wish I thought of those lyrics! This duo does it good. Just the kind of music you want to hear when you need that good feelin'” Marcus Walton, editor, Music Arts Monthly (Feb 2018)
“These songs are timeless.” Music Supervisor - Durango Songwriters Expo 2018
2022 Global Winner - Talent is Timeless Song Contest. “I was looking for a strong lyric that avoided cliche and a song that someone only over 50 or so could write, a perspective of someone with life experience, and facing the challenges that come to you at that time of life. Hand on heart, 'Bare Boards' was my favorite.” Fergus McNeil - Contest Judge and Talent is Timeless Global Winner 2021
“Anyone who enjoys folk and country music should listen to this single. ‘Bare Boards’ is an instant classic thanks to its stunningly cohesive blend of genres and emotionally charged lyrics. Brightwell & Moran have taken another step forward with this new release, solidifying their position in the industry and leaving us eagerly awaiting their future releases.” Vlad Diamonds, Breaking & Entering Milwaukee April 2023
“Success is a long game. And perfectionism is not your friend. It’s important to continue to show up, do the work, and keep dreaming. In the end, the road of creating art is worth the trip no matter where you end up!” Kelly Brightwell - BAM Interview with Elana Cohen of Authority Magazine (click here for interview) April 2023
“Kelly Brightwell and Woody Moran’s collaboration under the name Brightwell And Moran has garnered a significant amount of acclaim. They are formidable on their own. But, when they work together, they are unstoppable.” George James - The Musical Hype April 2023
“The duo (Brightwell & Moran) may be the greatest kept secret in the industry, but they immediately demonstrate their talents with a style that is on par with the very best in the business.” George Millington - GSGM March 2023
“Brightwell & Moran deliver in flawless manner. Both lyrically and musically, they are exceptional. Furthermore, everything from the lyrics to each individual vocal note is extremely well made, which demonstrates that the pair are a force to be reckoned with in the folk music field.” George Davidson - Subba-Cultcha March 2023
Live Performance Reviews
“Brightwell & Moran create amazingly good music... Kelly's crystalline, yet earthy voice, Woody's strong sense of groove, both of their amazing word craft produce an exciting sound that is sure to please anyone who appreciates great lyrics, great grooves, and dynamic performances. At Doverlaff House Concerts, we love Brightwell & Moran. We think you will too.” Dover Dan and Cheryl Mitlaff - Doverlaff House Concerts.
"Well I just got back from an evening of total sonic majesty provided by "Brightwell & Moran". I have known Woody from various open mic nights over the years. When I first heard him play at the open mics, I loved his guitar tone, his technique and his exquisite voice. I had never seen him in a band setting before and his partnership with Kelly Brightwell, Michael Henchman and Jeff Koch just goes to prove that the sound wall they produced was truly much more than the sum of the individual contributors. An absolute exquisite evening, they can count me in as a fan. This was just one of those those special evenings, so glad I went to see them play." Charles McAuley - Cider House Concerts
"Brightwell & Moran are the real deal. This is fully revealed when they hit a live stage, captivating the audience right from the very first song. Tight harmonies; meaningful memorable melodies, lyrics and songs; audience rapport; and an impressive stage presence. Their show at Two Blue Roses in Eugene Oregon was outstanding and I can't wait to be able to book them again. Brightwell & Moran are a high quality, high energy performing duo." Jeanette Lundgren - Two Blue Roses House Concert Series
"There is something really unique about the sound of this duo. Kelly Brightwell and Woody Moran blend disparate voices with fine guitar work on their fluid, expressive compositions. Think a smoky uptown New York nightclub in the early 1960's, with two great singers who weave an irresistible spell."
Tom May - River City Folk syndicated radio show.