there and welcome back for Aprils addition of Free Will
Offering's own personal and up close interview section,"VOCAL
LOCALS". We are sure you are in store for another great
interview with an exciting disciple of God,through music.
Our guest for April was brought to my attention after surfing
the net on our own link off F.W.O. in the "Christian
Musicians" page. I found her under the "Christian
Music Connections" which at the present time is getting
a total facelift so they can better accommodate us. (Thank
you C.M.C.!!!) Sooooooooooo!!
Without any further rambling on,we would like to introduce
Marianne Kesler...............Welcome to "Vocal Locals"
Terry and everybody else out there!
Terry:First of all Marianne,where are you from?
Mk.: I live in Bellefontaine,Ohio. I am an active part of
Community Fellowship Church,where I lead worship regularly
once per month.
Terry: What type of music do you do,and how long have you
interested in music?
Mk.: I call my music folk/rock........
Terry: ooooohhh!! I like.......
Mk.: I attempt an electric meld of poetic lyrics set against
driven modern rock....(how's that for narrowing it down....I
Terry: Soooo do I,but it's a standard question? HA,HA,HA!!!
Mk: I've been in music as long as I can remember.......since
I was a child....earliest memories are singing songs and
harmony with my mom in the kitchen. I started playing viola
in the 4th grade and taught myself to play the guitar at
age 12. I've kept it up ever since.
Terry: Taught yourself the guitar at age 12?? I bet that
saved your parents some money from all those guitar lessons!!
Terry: Have you always been in Christian music or was there
Mk.: I have been a believer since my childhood as well,so
has always reflected my beliefs. I play my music wherever
welcome to play.
Terry: Did you come from a musical family?
Mk.: My mother has always enjoyed music and sings with groups
from time to time. Her side of the family really likes to
Mk.: On my dad's side of the family,my great-grandfather
was a big
band leader and my grandfather was a very talented honky-tonk
Terry: Did you have any musical influences while growing
Mk.: I always gravitated to folk singer/songwriters while
I was growing up.....the lyrics and what people were trying
to say in their music was important to me.
Terry: yes,lyrics are very important especially when your
audience is hungry for that special something........What
do you enjoy most about ministering to a crowd?
Mk.: I love when an audience is really tuned into what I
about and I can tell by the nods,eye contact,smiles,tears,etc.
Afterwards I love meeting the people I sing to....and I
tell them that at every concert I give :)
Terry:The people deserve that too!! They want that closeness
with people that minister and touch them in a special way,especially
through music! Do you have a special favorite place to go
to minister or are they all quite special?
Mk.: Definitely coffeehouses are my favorite settings.....very
laid back and relaxed. I also dig outdoor festivals (on
sunny days!) rocking
with a full band!
Terry: Do you travel much,ministering,and do you go alone
or do you have an entourage? Do you have a family ?
Mk.: I travel alot......more often in the summer.....and
mostly in the Midwest and eastern parts of the United States.
In 1996 I had the awesome experience of flying to the Netherlands
for a week of concerts there. I often go and perform solo,but
take family members along as they are able. I am married
& have four sons. My family members have been roadies,sound
techs,& guitarists for me,and sometimes just good company
on the road. On my most recent tour in March,I had a female
friend and conga player with me...we hope to do more together
and also add a guitarist (we did the "trio"thing
Terry:What is your vision for the year 2000 and beyond?
Mk.:My dream is to be able to tour & perform more often
with a whole band........I'd love to tour with a "BAND"!
Terry: Where all do you travel to, and are you scheduled
for anything in this area (Cleveland/Youngstown)?
Mk.:Right now I am working on a college tour for in the
fall (October) and hope to have at least a couple other
players along........ Also,I am planning my annual east
coast summer tour for mid July-August .... I basically travel
to about anywhere I am asked to go.....if it is far from
home I try to work out a mini-tour while in the area to
make better use of my time/mileage. : ) I played near Cleveland
a couple of times last year and would love to again....Anybody
got a gig with my name on it? he he he!
Terry: How can we get you in this area?
Mk.: "ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE" : ) Seriously,I
some contacts and would love to do a Cleveland tour some
weekends... get in touch with me..... for booking e-mail:
phone number is: (937)-599-4737
Terry:Do you also have a web-site?
Mk.: I had a personal web-site which is no defunct due to
webmaster's too busy of a schedule and my own computer limitations!!
Presently,I am using the following as my main site.....www.listenfirst.com
You click on Hear First, then on my picture,to get to my
page.I'd appreciate your vote too for best artist on "The
Indie Showcase"! The new quarter just begun sooooooooo.............?
Terry: How can we get your schedule?
Mk.: My schedule will be posted on the "listen first"
site as well as at www.tourdates.com. (Very cool..... maps
and venues and everything!) Currently I have no schedule
out as I have been in the studio in Jan. recording! Just
finished with first new album tour,Whew!! Stay tuned for
the summer tour,OK?
Terry: Do you have any CD'S out and how can we purchase
Mk.: Well,the latest project "Canopy of Blue"
(March release) is my 4th professional album/project-3 of
the 4 projects still available for sale. (Including the
new March release!) at: www.brokenrecords.com and also at
A brief summary of the 3 are still available......
1994-From the Heart... vocals mainstage...very coffeehouse
feel to it.
1997- All the Days of My Life....recorded with full band...acoustic
rock. 2000- Canopy of Blue...poetic lyrics meet modern rock...great
guitar work here!!
Terry: Well Marianne,it was very nice meeting you on-line
nicer having you as our feature "Artist of the Month"
Locals" for the month of April! We hope that this interview
will give to our audience what it will be like when "Marianne
Kesler" comes to a coffeehouse or venue near to them!!
We also pray that you share this ministry with your fans
and that the Lord richly bless your journey as you venture
along your way sharing God's way through music,AMEN? SOOOOOOOOOO,until
the next time when we get "VOCAL" with another
"LOCAL" may God bless you all,abundantly,PEACE!!
BROTHER TERRY KREPPS (FWO)