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Let It Unfold: Songs and Stories from a Life in Process
Mix one woman, one guitar, vivid stories and music that ranges from “introspective acoustic ballads to more freewheelin’ honky-tonk throwdowns” and you get captivating entertainment in an eveningthat will support the Center for Process Studies. Having finished a PhD in religion/theology and process studies at the Claremont School of Theology (CST), Sheri Kling will perform “Let It Unfold: Songs and Stories from a Life in Process” as a benefit concert for the Center for Process Studies before she moves to Tennessee in June to begin working at the University of the South.
The event will take place at Mudd Theater on the CST campus on May 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm til 9:00 pm.
The benefit concert is free and open to the public Donations are greatly appreciated
According to family lore, Kling started whistling before she could talk. Singing followed closely behind. And from the moment she finished her first guitar lesson at age nine, she was hooked. Or, as she puts it in her song, “I Heard Colors”—“I was clumsy and I was young, but I sang from my toes. I’d go home tired but happy, serenading the sidewalks.” Today, Kling is an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, storyteller and author who weaves together powerful music and vivid stories to inspire people to find the stories at the center of their own lives. Described as a “natural Southern gal storyteller in the Lucinda Williams/Flannery O'Connor vein,” prior to pursuing graduate theological education, Kling had released three music CDs to high critical praise, was a regular columnist for The Northeast Georgian newspaper, and her commentaries have been aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Of her first solo CD Let It Unfold, Indie-Music.com said, “It’s impossible to feel anything but good while listening to Sheri Kling’s new release ‘Let It Unfold.’” FolkWax.com found it “transcendently well done.” And Bradenton (FL) Herald wrote, “Kling's voice – a clear, strong instrument of beauty – brims with the kind of lived-in experience that immediately makes one lean forward and feel a connection.” In 2005, Kling released two more CDs: the all-original Heartland and Passions & Prodigals, a guitar- and voice- only collection of hymns, traditionals, covers and originals. About Heartland, Southeast Performer wrote “here we find Sheri Kling at her best, performing songs of joy, hope, pain, loss, and celebration…This is a vast mix of songs of the South, a vibrant tapestry of musical material that touches on all the bases of relationships, new loves, and old loves never to be forgotten.”
With her rich voice and distinctive guitar style, Kling has been heard at such acclaimed venues as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic and Variety Playhouse, Wisconsin’s Cafe Carpe, Indiana’s Front Porch Music and the Manatee Riverfront Theatre in Bradenton, FL. She’s appeared on television with gospel singer Babbie Mason (host of “Babbie’s House”) and on “RadioLive” from WUWF. She has shared the stage with such accomplished artists as Indigo Girls, Carrie Newcomer, Pierce Pettis and Shawn Mullins. Formerly a Georgia State Touring Artist, Kling performed in the premier production of “Headwaters: Stories from a Goodly Portion of Beautiful Northeast Georgia,” and has led a songwriting workshop at the Sandhills Literary Conference at Augusta State University. While at CST, she has written several hymns featuring process and ecofeminist theology. Today, her reach has extended far beyond the sidewalks of her youth and now opens a path to people everywhere who seek journeys of the heart.