A self-taught guitarist, drummer, and singer-songwriter from Birmingham, Kelly Stewart grew up in a family of artists. Her mother, a choral singer and pianist, imbued Kelly with a love of music; her father, a mystery author, passed on his love of language. Both influences are apparent in her songwriting.
Stewart borrows from folk, rock, alt. country, and Americana, but she describes most of her compositions as "progressive acoustic alternative." Her songwriting influences include Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Ryan Adams, The Beatles, Kurt Cobain, and Joni Mitchell. Songs like "Easy Lightning" and "Mother Mary, Put Down Your Guns" bear the unmistakable stamp of choral training and evidence Kelly's ten year stint in an Episcopal school. Like her songwriting, Stewart's vocal style draws from country, rock, and choral influences.