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Vocalist Kerensa Gray and pianist Caleb Nei make up a soulful duo for the Friends of the Handley Library concert series A Little Noon Music, on Friday, January 13, 2017. Both musicians keep quite busy.

20th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition winner Kerensa Gray is often compared to the likes of jazz royalty - Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald and contemporaries such as Diana Krall.  She has shared the stage with artists such as Stellar Award Winner Isaiah Thomas and opened for Grammy and Dove award winners CeCe Winans and Vickie Winans.

This dynamic vocalist brings fresh insight and infectious energy to her approach of beloved classics and a transparency in her songwriting that speaks to that for which we all yearn - truth without compromise. Kerensa’s music finds balance in her ability to skilfully interweave melodies of jazz, blues and folk music into a sound that is undeniably and uniquely her while her talent as a gifted vocalist unearths yet unseen perspectives into the standards that are the soundtracks to our lives.

 

 


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Caleb Nei, a native of Huntington, Indiana, graduated from his hometown school, Huntington University, with a bachelor of arts in music. After graduation he moved to Winchester and continued his jazz studies at Shenandoah University.

On most weekends Caleb can be found at a piano somewhere in Northern Virginia. He loves playing solo piano and in small combo situations. He finds great joy in making events memorable in a way only live music can.


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Date:
Friday, January 13, 2017
Time:
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
Handley Robinson Auditorium
Campus:
Handley Library

Event Organizer

Barbara Dickinson