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.
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!
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.
Corinne Cummings, a regular member of the SLCSL band, believes that "Music is the apex of human endeavor, for even plants and animals are affected by its balm." She feels fortunate that she can play the flute which helps motivate her to connect with people, for mostly she prefers the company of dogs and cats. She has expressed her sacred musical privilege in the key of Classical, Baroque, Rock, Jazz, Improvisation, Celtic, and as a Contra Dance band member. She feels extremely lucky to play with extraordinary people in extraordinary places from hospitals to orphanages, prisons to gardens, private home concerts to numerous stages.
"Another lucky alliance brought me to CSL, where I met Ric Sharette, a musical magician who was kind enough (wild enough) to give me a chance to play with this new remarkable group of musicians. My good fortune continues as I share this musical magic with the beautiful community of CSL.
Mary Tebbs and Will Baxter make honest music that inspires love and authentic connection. After hearing their heart-opening and soulful songs, you'll be singing the 'hooks' and wanting more.
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.
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!
DelAnne Jessop Haslam has lived in Utah her entire life and currently resides in Midvale with her 6 year old daughter Preslee.DelAnne 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."
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
Mary Danzig has performed coast to coast and has received airplay across the United States as both a classical and folk musician.
She is a member of the music faculty at Salt Lake Community College.
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.
Ric Sharette is a musician/songwriter with eclectic musical influences and experiences in musical theater, professional choirs, orchestras, rock bands, a cappella jazz groups, conducting, New Thought music.
He has served as the Music Director at the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living for 22+ years.
Ric says, "I believe that music is a powerful, buoyant, evocative and healing energy, and I'm driven to 'play' in it in every way I can".
JC Kirch "Chris"
Retired, International investment banker and business development Specialist.
Current founder and executive director of Angel Works Studios ...created to uplift, enlighten and inspire the disillusioned and dangerously depressed, through musical engagements.
Faithful worshiper of the SLCSL coffee lady (Geri).
Tom Bennett is a nationally country blues one man band from the Piedmont of West Georgia. He has traveled his whole life and has performed over 2000 shows in 7 years. He started as a street performer and has opened for Grammy nominated artists such as Billy Strings and Los Lobos amongst countless others. His songs are based on real life experiences. He is the founder of H.O.W.L, the holy order of wildlife which is founded upon the mantra " I am constantly in awe of the great mystery which surrounds us."