SOME FACTS about this web page. Due to the limited internet resources we have in our travels, this web site will only have my bio, contract information, and guest book entries. For day to day updates, please go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/k.a.goodrich for all our photos and running commentary.
BIG NEWS ON KELLY'S UPCOMING CONTRACTS...
Kelly will return to the FREEDOM OF THE SEAS April 15th 2017, doing one eight-night eastern Caribbean cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, FL before departing on a 15-night trans-Atlantic crossing bound for Barcelona, Spain, where Freedom will port. There, we'll be doing 7-night Mediterranean cruises to Spain, Italy, and France through the contract ending July 30th, 2017. Join us in the Med!
Kelly and the "RHYTHM KINGS" will return to the hill in New Philadelphia, Ohio for the Tuscora Park RTY Summer Showcase series Sunday, August 13th, thanks to the sponsorship of our good friends at the Don Kennedy Insurance Agency, and Series Founder and Director Sam Hitchcock (stepping down after this year).
Then, it's back to the mother ship Radiance of the Seas (7th contract there) In Vancouver, BC for the final two Alaskan cruises August 25th, before going Trans-Pacific through Hawaii and Tahiti down to Australia and New Zealand for the season, through mid-January. The first four cruises out of Sydney, Oct. 6th through November 4th, are Performing Arts charters, with a large variety of musical and performance acts. We had the pleasure of doing cruises with many of those musos three years ago on Radiance, and look forward to joining them once again.
We're delighted to see so many previous cruisers join us aboard our ships! Hope to see YOU out there soon!
Thanks to all for your unwavering support, and hope to see you soon!
****************************************************************************************************************** TAKE A LOOK at Kelly's "Elvis" Tribute with the Adventure of the Seas Orchestra https://youtu.be/jr36kPxjFaA in the Imperial Lounge during one of the eastern Caribbean 7-night voyages aboard the Adventure. E's music is certainly alive and well!
CHECK IT OUT!...Kelly performing "I'm Still Standing" and "Philadelphia Freedom" in Elton attire with the eight piece Monarch of the Seas Orchestra http://youtu.be/JmT_tZPGb_Q in the Sound of Music Theatre, white Yamaha grand piano and all! Take a look!
Thanks to all the new and long-standing friends who have supported us during our remarkable journey.
What a life-altering experience it has been! Getting to know fellow staff and crew members from around the world, learning to cope with shipboard life, being trained in safety and security procedures...all quite mind-boggling! Those who have cruised before and wondered about the inner workings of a cruise ship...now WE know!
Some of the special theme nights I present include a "Jimmy Buffett Parrothead Party" in the Schooner Bar. Total madness! On every cruise I have an "Elton John" and "Billy Joel" tribute hour in full costume, which have been very popular, and an "Elvis Tribute" in full battle regalia! Sheer Frankenstein! Every cruise now offers my "Beatles Rewind Revue" in Fab Four digs! Release the Hounds! Also added now is a tribute to Neil Diamond, a crowd favorite! Royal Caribbean encourages these specialty performances. Hope to see you out there.
A Brief Biography: Born and raised in east-central Ohio; Graduated from Claymont High School, Uhrichsville, Ohio; Attended Kent State University; Employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 31 years as a Letter Carrier, before joining Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as Schooner Bar Piano Entertainer in 2010; Married for 29 years to my high school sweetheart Ann, with three grown daughters, three grandsons and a granddaughter between us; Resided in Clearwater, Florida for nine years before going aboard ships.
Musical history: Took piano lessons for two years in grade school at the urging of my trumpet-playing father. By my Junior High years, I had tired of the structured piano tutorials, and thrashed about on the drum kit with the local rock bands throughout high school and college. In 1974, I hooked up with good friend and fellow musician Sam Hitchcock who sang, had a Hammond B-3, and could hold his own on the drums. We traveled the Holiday Inn circuit for a couple years, trading places on keys and drum kit.
After that, it was strictly piano, organ, synthesizers, and vocal harmonies that fueled my musical world, including forays into Dixieland Jazz, Big Band swing, acoustic folk rock, and Top 40 dance music. In the early ‘90s, my universe expanded to Columbus, Ohio where I joined renowned ‘Elvis’ impersonator Mike Albert’s Big “E” Band as keyboardist/backing vocalist.
Engagements across the U.S., in Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and on cruise ships in the Caribbean often featured former Elvis Presley associates, including original drummer D.J. Fontana, guitarist Scotty Moore, backing vocalists “The Jordanaires,” “J.D. Sumner and the Stamps,” “The Sweet Inspirations,” and “TCB Band” members James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Scheff, and Glen Hardin.
After nine years as music director for the Big “E” Band, the lure of sunny beaches and palm trees brought us to Florida in 2001, where I began playing piano bars and solo keyboard and vocal gigs. I bring the diverse grab bag of musical treats that I’ve collected over the years to each engagement, and try to connect with every segment of my audience with music and participation. Another "nine year itch" was scratched in 2010 with my retirement from the U.S. Postal Service after 31 years as a letter carrier, and acceptance of an offer to join Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines aboard the majestic "Radiance of the Seas" as Schooner Bar Entertainer. Other Royal assignments have included Monarch, Enchantment, Legend, Vision, Freedom, Adventure, and Jewel of the Seas.