March 17th from 6-8pm at O'Naturals
(149 Great Road, Acton), pop-rock
dynamo Kim Char Meredith (www.kimchar.com)
will play an OWB benefit concert at
one stop on her East Coast tour, which
will include appearances that same
weekend around the Boston area, as
part of the WTQ (World Talent Quest)
Live Music Series (www.worldtalentquest.com)
Ricart Prats, WTQ creator and an OWB
events coordinator--who also donated
two WTQ concerts to our "Beat
the Wave" tsunami-relief project--brought
us together with Kim, who says that
OWB "looks like an excellent
organization and a great opportunity
to give to the community". She
has also recently played at the February
concert series, "Women with Guitars"
which included six "guitar-slinging,
soul-singing sisters" located
in the Chicago, Illinois area.
Born in Illinois but moving as an
infant to her father's home in Hawaii,
Kim started writing songs in her Honolulu
home at the age of seven and singing
acapella in a church choir, and picked
up her first guitar at age ten. Her
early influences include country,
pop, folk, Christian worship, and
classical styles, with John Denver
and James Taylor as two favorites.
She recorded her first album of original
tunes, "Spreadin' Out to Come
Together", in 1987, and it was
immediately hailed as "a masterpiece...with
a diversity of style, range, power,
emotion, and a beautiful voice".
Since then, Kim has received a Hawaii
Music Award for "Favorite Pop
Recording Artist" in 1999, discovered
the wonderful world of women guitarists--Melissa
Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow--and
experienced the thrill of being the
opening act for Melissa when she played
in Honolulu. Kim has released seven
albums in all, the latest--"Give
And Take"--described as her best
to date. Her music "is funky,
direct, it pulses, it breathes, it's
alive, and she holds nothing back".
One reviewer at Amazon.com predicted:
"within two years, her name will
be a household word".
Kim moved to Chicago this past year
to be closer to more opportunities
to perform, and a few weeks ago attended
a "Self-Employment in the Arts"
which links students and aspiring
artists with working artists, educators,
and art-business professionals. The
Friday night musicians' jam, highlighted
by a number of artists joining in
on one of her songs, is just the kind
of unity in diversity we strive to
create for our OWB festivals, so we
are delighted and honored to have
Kim join us for OWB 2005. Kim says
of her music: "my main objective
is to let everyone I come into contact
with via music know that we are connected,
that no-one is ever really alone".
This is music making a difference
at its finest, and something to which
we can all say "aloha"!
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