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Musicians

Amazing Musicians

 

Monday, June 9, 2014, 7:30pm

The UWM Convention Band will be performing at various times throughtout the week.

 

Sue K. Riley     Richard Mekdeci   Melinda Allen    Blair Tabor    Glen Roethel    Jacquie Lenati

Sue Riley —Sue has chaired the Music Ministry Team for 8 years, amassing a substantial body of music for our ministries through the Songs from a World Awakening songbook series. Sue has been the music director at Unity Church of Clearwater, Fla., for more than 20 years. Sue is also an award winning songwriter, and sought-after performer and songwriting coach.

Richard Mekdeci—Unity Worldwide Ministries Liaison—Richard has served on the music ministry team since its inception in 1996. After 5 years and over 70 retreats, providing music and special programs for Unity Village Retreats, he now works at the Unity Worldwide Ministries home office producing the Sound Connections e-newsletter, Sound Connections Music Conference, and new songbooks and resources for music ministries in the field.

Blair Tabor—Blair has served the Music Ministry team for 6 years and has been senior minister for 24 years at Christ Church Unity in San Diego, Calif. He is an author, composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His passion is helping people feel connected to God through music, dance and his heart-opening workshops and sermons.

Melinda Wood Allen—Melinda is a singer, choral director, actress and songwriter working in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She received much of her formal classical training in Germany and Spain where she performed primarily opera, and now sings professionally in a variety of musical styles. With almost 25 years experience in music and choral ministry, she understands the challenges of every size choir. She is currently music director at Harmony Fellowship in Fort Worth, Tex.

Glen Roethel – Glen is a recording/touring artist, an award-winning singer-songwriter, the house band guitarist for the Posi Awards, and a 2-time Posi Award Nominee this year. His songs are featured in Unity songbooks, the new More Than A Season holiday CD from emPower, and in 101 Inspiring Songs: The Ultimate New Thought Fakebook (a Hal Leonard Corp. songbook). He travels the country in PosiPalooza concerts and holiday shows, and as an entertainer he is spontaneous and exciting “like 1000 tiny fun bombs going off all at once!” – so be ready to dance and sing along!

Jacquie Lenati—Jacquie is a second year Unity ministerial student and the Creative Arts Director at Unity of Kansas City North. She is most inspired by coaching people in the process of discovering the creative Self and has designed classes and workshops to engage this experience. Jacquie is an award winning independent filmmaker and plays saxophone, guitar, and bass. Her all girl Band Quattro, is- a favorite at the NCAA women’s national and Big 12 basketball tournaments.

 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7:30pm

Megon McDonough

 

Born in Crystal Lake, Ill., to an Irish-Catholic family with nine theatrically-inspired children, Megon McDonough was inspired to play the guitar and sing after watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. She wrote her first song at the age of 11.

By the age of 17, she was opening for such folk acts as John Denver, Steve Martin and Harry Chapin. She has performed on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Cellar Door. Megon is best known for her work as an inaugural member of the folk group The Four Bitchin’ Babes, which allowed her wit and folk sensibilities to comment on the ups and downs of everyday life. To date, Megon has 13 solo albums to her credit, and is best known for her song “Amazing Things.” Megon classifies her music as folk/cabaret, citing her love of theater and jazz as the reason for the unusual mix.

In addition to her singing career, Megon has also had an acclaimed acting career. She received rave reviews for playing Patsy Cline in "Always Patsy Cline," has appeared in Pump Boys and Dinettes and was recently seen in "Forever Prine" at the Viaduct Theater in Chicago.

Megon lives in Northfield, IL, and currently serves as the Director of Music for the Unity Northwest Church in Des Plaines, IL.
 

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 9:00am

Michael Gott

 

Michael Gott travels throughout North America and Europe, singing and speaking at conferences and spiritual centers.  In recent years, he has shared the stage with internationally known personalities such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and others.

Since 2010, Michael Gott has been the assistant minister and choir director at Unity of Houston.  With his background in disparate musical disciplines such as gospel, pop, opera, musical theater, classical piano and jazz, he has developed a unique performance style that is exciting, engaging and heartfelt. 

Accomplishments include:  the release of ten albums, performances of his musical, Split Ends  (co-written and performed by Dea Vise) in Dallas and Los Angeles and of his chamber opera Five O'clock Call in Tulsa.  In 2000 he co-wrote a new musical with librettists Joan Jenkins and Greta Muller called  All STRESSED Up With Nowhere To Go.  The show first premiered in the 2001 Dallas Festival of Independent theaters.  In April of 2002, it opened to rave reviews and sellout crowds at the Kim Dawson Theater in Dallas.

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