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Mindy Dillard is a musical alchemist who accompanies her award-winning songs with modern twists on the clawhammer banjo and funky rhythmic grooves on the guitar. Known for her innovative storytelling, powerful stage presence and soaring voice, she was recently described as a combination of Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos. “One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Jungian Psychoanalyst; Poet
Musical Alchemist: Transform or transmute the ineffable into healing stories.
Chamaigne Sharette began her professional music career while still in high school, as a back-up vocalist for many Seattle folk, rock, and blues artists, including Janis Joplin’s lead guitarist. In addition to recording projects for these groups, she has worked as a session musician, doing lead vocals for song writer demos and internationally marketed multi-media projects.
When she moved to Austin to pursue her singing career, Chamaigne found work doing singing telegrams as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, entertaining children as the Fairy Godmother, collaborating with dance troupes as "The Singing Belly Dancer", singing in a Reggae band, and performing at weddings and church services.
She spent a few years as the lead vocalist in an original world-rock band, and also has a particular love for old-fashioned torch songs. However, the real love of her life is spiritual music from all traditions.
Since 2000, Chamaigne has been involved in healing music as a singer, songwriter, Music Director, and creator of music-and-message programs in a variety of contexts including interfaith, New Thought, Christian, Vedic and secular. It is her mission to use music to facilitate healing and harmony.
Bazeen in an Arabic music band whose members are Adnan Jasim on the Oud, Bryan Bale on Dumbek and our own Raj Harrous on Riq and Cajon.
Bazeen plays all types of Arbic music traditional and modern. This Sunday they will be playing the tradition style on instruments like the Oud, Dumbek and the Riq.
Bazeen has played at many festivals and venues and has been part of Utah Living Traditions festival for the past 34 years ( yes we are old). They have also played at the Utah Summer Dance Festival, Mondays in the Park , and Rakkasah.
Ric Sharette was raised in Michigan in a very musical family and began performing professionally with his parents and siblings at age 16 singing jazz, pop and traditional standards at public and private events, touring the midwest and Europe. Ric studied music performance, theory and composition in college. At night he led a dance band at local clubs, singing and playing trumpet and guitar.
Ric moved to Utah in 1980. He joined the LDS church and served as a Stake Music Chairman for many years. He started a professional a cappella vocal jazz quartet that performed many of his arrangements over a dozen years. He is an accomplished songwriter, inspired by a wide spectrum of styles and a broad experience in musical theater, professional choirs, dance bands, a cappella groups and conducting. He has served as the Music Director at the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living for 24+ years.
Ric says, "I believe that music is a powerful, buoyant, evocative and healing energy, and I'm driven to play in that energy every way I can".
Rory Norseth, aka, the No Account Drifter, enjoys putting story to song and performing them for anyone who wants to listen.
Kopo Magic plays harp, percussion, ukulele and flute.
He believes music is a powerful, multi-dimensional, vibrational energy that brings healing through sound-waves and creative expression. He believes this because Music has healed him.
Kopo's objective is to 'hug' you with his music and then 'move' you to a transcendent space of Love, Light, Wholeness and All things Good.
Will Baxter is a Salt Lake City based musician with a style inspired by the blues.
Mary Otterstrom began classical training on the violin at the age of 4 culminating with a Master's Degree in Violin Performance while Jimmy Ingold bought his first guitar in college and began teaching himself.
From a young age Mary was learning the works of Bach and Beethoven while Jimmy was jamming out to the Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones.
Both of them found their way to traditional American music developing a deep passion for tunes written largely by unknown musicians who crafted music after long days of hard labor.
With Jimmy’s deep roots in blues and country and Mary’s deep knowledge of technique and theory they come together to play American classics with passion and panache.
Lezlee Monroe's journey is like no one else's and everyone else's. She was born and raised in Cache Valley, Utah and started singing, playing piano and writing music when she was just six years old. Through the years she became aware of how she was avoiding her true voice even as a singer because of pain, trauma and incorrect beliefs she had picked up along the way which continually veered her off her inner joy-path. She followed her curiosity in the healing arts and studied to become a Rapid Eye Technician, a trauma release healing modality to assist others and her own healing journey. On this journey, music was and is there all the way. Music, as you know, is a powerful healer. Lezlee is a singer/songwriter/keyboardist. Lezlee is a healer. And, from The Book of Lezlee: The purpose of life is to have fun!
Shanti Kieffer and friends
DelAnne Haslam and Mel Menlove
Melanie Menlove has enjoyed singing with her little sister, DelAnne, for the past 40 years. Music has always been where she finds peace and her breath and inspiration. In her free time, Melanie loves to get dirt under her fingernails, play a good game of cards and travel with her husband. She is a poet, composer, photographer and Lord of the Rings fanatic. She lives with her husband and trio of animals that includes a bossy parrot.”
DelAnne Haslam was born the youngest of five and at age 3 began performing with the family band The Jessop Family Singers. She hasn’t stopped performing since. She loves to sing all genres of music and has sung in children’s groups, choirs, commercials, operas, plays, sporting events, and bands. But her favorite gig is singing with The Center for Spiritual Living Band every Sunday morning.
DelAnne was introduced to the Center For Spiritual Living in 2014 when she and her sister were looking to add some spiritual community into their lives. Ric and the band kept them coming back long enough to hear the Science of Mind message and she was hooked. She took the foundations class and a few other courses and then began singing with Kopo on Sundays in 2015. She even spent a few months as music director before she took a much-needed hiatus in 2016. In 2017 Ric invited her back as special music and then invited her to stay on with the band.
"I was ecstatic and feel so blessed to sing with my community of spiritual friends each week."
Dallas Brown was inspired...called by the Great Spirit many years ago to learn the Native American flute. He did just that, working with several masters of these wind instruments over many years. He discovered a new 'voice' calling to him from within and beckoning from the natural world around him. Dallas has collected over a hundred native flutes crafted by artisans from many parts of the world. Dallas has uncovered and unleashed each flute's personality and spirit, and he has intentional 'conversations' with them as he plays. Dallas's essential goal is to bring 'flute medicine' to every soul and being he encounters through his flute playing and remind them of their connection to the Great Spirit and all of Life.
Mel Soul is a singer/songwriter from Orem, UT. She has been trained by vocal professionals, Rebecca Chock and Mindy Pack. In 2009 she had the extraordinary opportunity to sing with her high school's Chamber Singers at Carnegie Hall in New York City. After high school, Mel began working with songwriter professionals including Rich Parkinson, Shane Adams, Johnny London and most recently, the talented Natasha Bedingfield. Her goal as a songwriter and performer is to inspire her fans to love themselves and everyone else.
Michael Bolz hails from Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with degrees in music and psychology. He plays keyboard, bass guitar and bamboo flute.
He is also a songwriter and arranger, but he is most profoundly recognized for his rich, lyrical basso singing voice.
Mike has lent his talents to several musical productions as well, where distinctive voice, inherent sensitivity, quick wit and expressive personality really shine.
Rich Smith was born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. He is silly, eccentric, talented and very smart. He studied music at the University of Utah as well as Boston University. Rich is an accomplished pianist, composer, teacher, conductor, producer and sound engineer - sharing these gifts across the country throughout his career. He was on Bette Midler's production team in California in the 1980's, taught music at every education level (public and private), composed many commissioned songs and choral pieces, managed his own choir and orchestra for several years, spent time as a touring musician/director for musical productions, and currently serves as President of Music Production for Epilogue Records - a subsidiary of Capital Records which is devoted to the promotion of young, exceptional musical artists. Above all, Rich Smith loves to teach - especially music.
Laura Strobell is a pianist from Salt Lake City. She is dedicated to her work as a teacher and proponent of classical music appreciation. From her own studio, she performs concerts and gives classes to adults and children around the world. She currently works with the non-profit, Mundi Project as a musician and artist
Desert Wind is a band of musicians performing uplifting world-beat music. Reb Alan is a prolific songwriter. With 12 CDs and numerous digital singles now selling world-wide through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc., they have over five more CDs of original music in the completion stages of production. (Reb Alan has hundreds of original copyrighted songs registered through BMI.) Andalin is the recipient of the prestigious national Selmer Award for Excellence in Jazz Performance. Alan and Andalin have worked together, and with our own Raj Harrous, for over 25 years, and the three of them have performed together in many states from California to Massachusetts! They are frequent performers for Ruach Hamidbar in Scottsdale, AZ. Versatile and fun-loving, Desert Wind is all about peace, harmony and inclusiveness. Their music is reported to, "passionately lift your spirits with the perfect choice of notes, lyrics, vocals, instrumentation, diverse musical styles and international rhythms." At SLCSL, Desert Wind looks forward to working with Ric Sharette and Ricardo Romero of our own amazing house band. It's time to unwind with the music of Desert Wind!