Kim is a singer-songwriter who always defies efforts to categorize her: in her music, where she has written folk, country, blues, and gospel; but also in other aspects of her life.  She is also an ordained minister who attempts through her writing, her music and her relationships to connect rather than divide, include rather than exclude, and build bridges instead of walls.

 

It is a commitment to building compassionate and caring community that has inspired much of the music on her new EP, “Together, We Rise.”

Moving through frustration to hope, isolation to community, brokenness to healing, her words and music reach into our hearts and connect deeply at a time in our world when it seems much easier to give in to division. 

In addition to serving part time at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Laurel Maryland as Minister of Pastoral Care & New Members, Kim is a performer, speaker, and workshop leader, seeking to use her music and personal reflection to help people connect with themselves, each other and the Spirit.

 

A performer for much of her adult life, Kim first became known locally leading the Unusual Suspects. She found her true voice when she dove head first into the acoustic blues in the Barbershop jams sponsored by the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation and the Augusta Heritage Blues Week at Davis-Elkins College.

At the Barbershop, she learned from mentors Michael Baytop and Eleanor Ellis.   At Augusta, she studied with Gaye Adegbalola and Andra Faye of Sapphire-Uppity Blues Women, and Resa Gibbs of M.S.G. the Acoustic Blues Trio, who also produced her new EP, “Together, We Rise.”  Kelley Hunt, Carrie Newcomer, Roddy Barnes and National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins heavily influence her songwriting.  

 

As you’ll know when you hear her music, she is a student of life in the world that surrounds her. We get the healing power of her shared passion and musical vision in a package that is as entertaining as it is uplifting!