Merlyn Kelly is an extremely versatile American bassist from Los Angeles, CA. He plays both electric and upright basses as well playing synth bass.
Merlyn has recorded, performed and toured in over 30 countries around the world with various artists playing virtually all styles of music including Rock, Pop, Jazz, Classical, Heavy Metal, and Country.
While in the U.S., Merlyn has toured and recorded with Willie Nelson and also co-founded the popular American band, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real.
Merlyn has performed on international television with Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Gwen Stefani, Natalia Lesz, and Eliana Burki. Other live performances include work with Pat Simmons of The Doobie Brothers, Derek Trucks, Bill Watrous, and John Beasley.
Merlyn spent ten years living and working in Tokyo, Japan. He has performed live, on television, and recorded with many Japanese artists such as SMAP, Sekai no Owari, Dean Fujioka, Niizuma Seiko, MIWA, and Kenichi Asai.
He also held a position as an instructor at Tokyo School of Music.