Kim-Char & Chelley
ABOUT KIM-CHAR: In a music career that has spanned nearly 30 years and over 17 albums, Kim-Char Meredith is perhaps indie music’s best kept secret. Meredith’s first five independent albums nabbed three Na Hoku Hano Hano Award nominations (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy) and a Gay and Lesbian American Music Award (GLAMA); Meredith was honored with a Hawaii Music Award for “Favorite Pop Recording Artist” for her cd release, Slender Line of Lavender; her other projects (“Give and Take,” co-produced with the Grammy nominated production team at Hobo House on the Hill; “Paper Knife,” and the “SpiritRise” series …) continue to garner praise. Whether playing a music fest, place or worship, intimate venue or large arena, Meredith is a refreshing burst of contagious energy who delivers: she joyfully connects with, and thoroughly entertains, each audience. For the past ten years, Kim-Char has also joyfully served in music ministry, currently as Musc Director at Unity in Naperville (IL). www.kim-char.com. http://fb.com/kimchar
ABOUT CHELLEY: Chelley was a presenter at TEXxDayton in 2015, incorporating music and message (and costume changes) on the topic of police-community relations (http://www.tedxdayton.com/2015speakers/name/chelley-seibert/). Chelley is a regular presenter in the positive music industry. Her music career began by banging on a Quaker Oatmeal box at the age four. For years, Chelley studied music, practice conducting, took piano lessons and wrote marching band drills. She marched in the world champion Garfield Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and majored in music education at Miami University of Ohio… then she, of course, became a Police Officer! Now, after a 25-year law enforcement career, Chelley is back to music. She has been a member of the band Frozen Feet from Dayton, Ohio for nearly 20 years, had conducted various church choirs and now has released her very first solo cd, Brave Enough.
Growing up I LOVED church. At the age of 7, I began writing songs about my personal relationship with God, songs that I sometimes got to sing on Sundays in front of the congregation! As I grew older I picked up the guitar and eventually joined the church’s music team. Being able to sing and express the awesomeness of Spirit with others has been my passion ever since.
However, In 1996, when I “came out” as a lesbian, my then-pastor decided to “release” me from the music team I was on at the time, as well as from the other ministries I was involved in. My church ‘family’ quickly fell away. I was crushed. The experience left me feeling like I would never be welcomed into a spiritual community again. Quite frankly, I was so hurt, I was unsure I even wanted to find another spiritual community. Eventually, I found my home at Unity in Naperville.
I hope you’ll join me and my musical partner Chelley Seibert on June 24 at Unity in Naperville (yup, in a church!) as we share music and message. In addition to my personal journey, we share about Pride-ing, not hiding… about honoring your authentic self while discovering your highest self… about learning and growing with others in safe and supportive spiritual community. Hope to see you there! In harmony, K-C