Meet Kelsi

Hi. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you stick around and enjoy a bit of reading. You probably want to know more about who I am.

I originally hail from the great state of Texas, San Antonio to be exact. I was born singing, but after indulging in everything from jazz to rap to eighties power ballads, I took my lungs to Anderson University in Indiana to get “properly” trained. I have spent the majority of my operatic career cross-dressing, as most mezzo-sopranos (schiffenfach if you want to get technical) do. I unexpectedly fell in love with a Maui boy shortly after graduation and temporarily traded in my audition heels for marriage and motherhood. Although the latter has made pursuing music more difficult, I seize whatever opportunities come my way.

Music has taken me all over the world. The choir I sang with in college did a concert tour through Norway, Finland, and Sweden. I have traveled with the Metro Big Band Jazz Orchestra as their lead vocalist to Portugal and Guatemala (while I was six months pregnant with my daughter). I have performed with the Indianapolis Opera, San Antonio Opera, South Texas Lyric Opera, and Maui Onstage in the historic Iao Theatre. I have given concerts in beautiful, private residences, jazz clubs, ancient cathedrals, and art museums. I look forward to the new destinations music will take me.

I am also a writer and lover of art, which lends itself nicely to the amount of traveling I enjoy. I am passionate about freedom, rest, and spiritual discovery. I am still trying to get the hang of nomadic nesting, but I love all of the adventures that come alongside globetrotting with an ever-expanding family, sampling local mores while my husband attends medical school. In my spare time, I sing at our church, pine for the beach, take naps, write poetry, watch way too much Daniel Tiger, date my husband, read voraciously, bake gluten-free delicacies, create tropical cocktails, and contribute to Red Tent Living as well as the island megablog Women Who Live on Rocks.

Last year (2018) my very first collection of poetry, a chapbook titled “Words the Dirt Meant to Share,” was published with Desert Willow Press. It is a tiny memoir in verse about the year we lived on the smallest island in the Dutch Caribbean, Saba. Next year (2020) will see the publication of my first full length collection of poetry, “Buried in the Margins,” with Finishing Line Press. Really excited to share these works of my soul with you. It is my hope that you can latch on to some healing catharsis through broken words finding their beauty.

More personally, I am a woman who loves people, coffee, and is eternally curious about other cultures and how they interpret love, God, food, and art. With three toddlers running around the house, my imagination (and physical fitness lol) remain on point. I am married to the greatest flawed man on the planet (the only way we come is “imperfect” but that makes us much more interesting). I write to understand myself, my community, the world around me, and the gracious God who made us all and keeps love in our hearts through the salvation of his son, Jesus.

Life can be rough, and we need an anchor. I would be lost at sea or probably dead if it weren’t for mine.

Love and hugs to you all!

Kelsi