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Coral Bells

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It was the summer of ’14, when Joshua McCleskey and Kaley Morlock moved to the sleepiest beach town in Southern California.
They weren’t Coral Bells then, but a couple of folk musicians from Oklahoma who took their chances on a town they had never been to. Their exodus led them to Imperial Beach, a place that unexpectedly became an integral part of Coral Bells’ identity. Six months after visiting, longtime friend and mandolin player, Jimmy Schmitz, relocated to form the trio that was frequently found at farmer’s markets and busking in Ocean Beach. It wasn’t long before they serendipitously met Bostonian native Matt Rogan, another Imperial Beach musician and transplant. After several rooftop bonfire jam sessions, they knew they had to get organized enough to play real shows in front of people.
Vocalist, Kaley Morlock reflects, "I’m not sure if it’s because our 'folk-and-roll' sound is so niche in Southern California or the fact that fewer and fewer musicians play acoustic instruments these days. I do believe our music has a certain magic to it, because we have collected a wonderful, devoted following to whom we are forever grateful".
Coral Bells was nominated for the 2019 San Diego Music Awards, and have been featured on KPBS, NPR, 91x, Palomar College Radio, NBC SoundDiego, SD Voyager Magazine, and the SD Tribune. Coral Bells released their second EP "the treehouse tapes" in February 2020 with sound engineer, Scott Seader, and Nashville-based, Moses Mastering.

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