September 28, 2007

Singer Kelley Hunt to perform, hold workshops

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Kelley Hunt is bringing her high-energy but soulful mixture of blues, gospel and boogie-woogie to Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a free performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.

Hunt also has two free workshops, both open to the public, set for SIUC. A performance-oriented workshop master class begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and goes for about one hour. She offers a second workshop the same day, set to begin at 4:30 p.m., featuring her take on song writing and the basic acts of creativity. Her interdisciplinary approach to music and words make her workshops inspiring for poets as well as for musicians.

A singer who accompanies herself on piano, Hunt performs internationally and includes major music festivals and solo performances in her current tour itinerary. In June, she earned a State of Kansas Governor's Award for the Arts. A Kansas native, she was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Hunt's latest CD is "New Shade of Blue," and another is soon to be released. Her CDs will be available at her performance. Go to for more information about the musician and for a complete discography and performance dates.

Those interested in music business may attend a workshop with Hunt's husband and manager, Al Berman, beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. Berman brings his 25 years of experience in the music business as an agent, promoter, publicist, producer, road manager and performer. He has particular expertise with the independent music industry, especially through his work with Hunt.

The performance is a Fine Arts Fee supported event.