Here's what people are saying...
"For starters, Kelsey has a fantastic voice. It is very calm, very soothing, and brilliantly crisp, clean, and elegant. Her vocal range is impeccable. And when she decides to let loose, look out. I’ll be frank – Kelsey has one hell of a voice. I love the way she gets so into her music and how passionate she is. Every now and then she’ll give off a little “growl” when she sings which, for me, is one of the things I like most about her music. Her voice is the very embodiment of passion and emotion. Gives me chills!" - Mars Perry, MarsBands.com
"On first hear, this lovely lady reminds me of the possible love child of Missy Higgins, Neko Case, and Jenny Lewis. Total “indie” girl singer-songwriter genre. And, that’s a good thing. We need more fun, smart female artists making waves in the world." - Ellie McHale, DJ Toaster Biscuit
"Kelsey has what Pop Music lacks. Her sweet tenderness wrapped around gutsy grit, with a bold, unobtrusive expression of faith makes her and her songwriting more than just original. "
- Kenneth Eby, Light House Coffee Co.
"The fervent expressiveness of her voice, the energy of her songs, and the catchiness of her tunes pulls the crowd in for a good ride. Similarly, by the time this album concludes it begs to be played again so that we can keep singing along."
Charles Bleisch, listentothemitten.com
"Kelsey has been getting lots of great media press for recent performances in Grand Rapids and West Michigan... see why music fans and critics have fallen in love with her."
- Michelle Hanks, Seven Steps Up
"...this is an impressive songwriter with a terrific voice whose folk-infused rock has a hook-filled pop quality."
- John Sinkevics, Grand Rapids Press
" We think it's just a matter of time before Kelsey and her band are a household name. This girl has got it going on."
- Run Amok Promotions
Bear Hope Buzz!
"Rottiers is a Grand Rapids Singer/Songwriter who means business, proving it with remarkable voice that at once recalls Ingrid Michaelson, Kate Bush, and Feist, while adding singularly rootsy Americana-hued, emotion drenched inflections. But on her second album Rottiers mostly means business in drawing attention to the horrors of human-trafficking, a theme linking all six tracks, in melodic, heartbreaking fashion. The Flint area transplant, known for her distinctive red boots, has long embraced the anti-trafficking cause, but few artists could translate that into such powerful songwriting, focusing on different perspectives of a crisis long overlooked here and over seas. And as the title implies, she manages to do it with an air of hope." -John Sinkevics, REVUE MAGAZINE
"Often when a musician attempts to tackle a social ill atrocity as powerful as sex trafficking their efforts come off at least a little heavy handed. The last greatest socially aware band I listened to was Cake, and they had fun with it. Rottier’s attempt at social awakening may not be as playful, but it is twice as powerful and ten times as important considering the very real nature of the problems she addresses in Bear Hope. Her words reveal the physical, spiritual, emotional, economical, and geographical horrors that plague our world."
- Charles Bleisch, LISTEN TO THE MITTEN
"One of my top releases of 2012. This folk-rock-pop-awesome record is full of power and poise. Kelsey's powerful vocals mixed with fantastical melody and great musicianship make this a don't-miss. And what's more amazing than half the album sales fighting slavery? Nothing. That's what.Favorite track: Bear Hope." - David Mantel, BETWEEN TIMES
* Full interview with David Mantel of Between Times here.