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Baby Ninja Album

16 tracks -- AND a Baby Ninja Comic Book!

Releases June 16, 2023 • Downloads Below
Baby Ninja bursts out of the gate with the album’s title track, infused with a Southwestern, retro-martial-arts spy vibe underscored by this takeaway: never underestimate the very real power of a baby! 
Cover Illustration: Belén Toscano; Design: Kelli Caldwell
Listen along with the Baby Ninja Comic Book!

Take a little bit of pop, a pinch of Americana, and a dash of African rhythm. Add in a taste of Cajun flavor, a touch of country and western with a Japanese flair, (and some dirty socks), and you have what fans have come to expect from Kelli Welli: originality, personality, a dose of the ridiculous, and lots and lots of love. The 16 tracks on Baby Ninja explode with Kelli Welli’s creativity and include contributions from fellow kids' artists and talented friends Uncle Jumbo, Claudia Robin Gunn, Nanny Nikki, Stacey Peasley, and the album’s co-producer and multi-instrumentalist, Bryan Daste.
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for online use - 500 & 1500px versions in ZIP

Album Download

16 Tracks, 30 minutes, produced by Bryan Daste and Kelli Caldwell

Comic PDF Preview Download

40 pages, co-authored by Kelli Caldwell (Kelli Welli) and illustrator Belen Toscano; layout by Kelli Caldwell

Press Release Download

Press contact: Elizabeth Waldman, Waldmania PR
elizabeth at

for print use - 3000px image in ZIP

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Kelli Welli - photo by Alia Rose

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Kelli Welli

illustration by Belén Toscano

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Belén Toscano - Illustrator

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Belén Toscano - self portrait


Bryan Daste - Producer

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Bryan Daste

illustration by Belén Toscano

Kelli Caldwell, who performs for kids as Kelli Welli, is an award-winning children’s songwriter, recently named the Grand Prize Winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Drawing on her unique upbringing and often inspired by the kids and animals in her life, Kelli’s wide-ranging songwriting is smart, fun, often hilarious, sometimes reflective and deeply sweet. Always genuine. Her original songs and lullabies weave wonderful tales, celebrate love, nature, different languages, and honor all the details that come with raising the amazing little people in our lives. Kelli has a Master of Publishing degree with minors in Japanese and German. She’s a member of the Recording Academy, Children’s Music Network, and SCBWI. Kelli lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, boy/girl twins who also performed on this album, her black lab and cat. Songs and stories for kids and the people who love them. Find more info on socials @kelliwellikids and
Belén Toscano is a fun-loving 2D artist & animator with a BFA in Character Animation from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She is a proud second-generation American from immigrant Mexican and Nicaraguan families. Though a native North Californian coast expat, and raised through the torrential rain seasons of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, she’s still probably dreaming up stories from various fictional locations. She loves reading, gaming, serialized television, goofing off with friends, and discovering interesting fun facts. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her chihuahuas: Pancha, Mimi & Bonita who served as inspiration for the dog in this book. For more of her artwork, please visit @cutie.spice on Instagram and her website
Bryan Daste is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and recording engineer based in Portland, Oregon. He’s worked with a wide variety of artists, including touring Europe with Grammy® nominee Courtney Marie Andrews, sharing the stage with the Head and the Heart as a member of Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles, playing countless shows with Emma Hill and Small Souls, and playing on Laura Sullivan’s recent Grammy® nominated album Pieces of Forever. He’s contributed session work with Jeffrey Martin, Evan Phillips, Pretty Gritty, Myrrh Larsen, Anna Tivel and many others. As a recording engineer and producer, Bryan likes to find and highlight what’s unique about each artist’s music. He’s a member of the Recording Academy, and has his own podcast dedicated to the art of pedal steel. More about Bryan’s work at BRYANDASTE.COM.
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