Ken Medema

Ken Medema has been writing and performing his own songs since 1970 when he began composing original material for his work as a music therapist in a psychiatric hospital. He is now involved in a full-time performance schedule that has taken him worldwide. Singing in every venue imaginable for 50 - 50,000 people, from churches to conventions to colleges to corporations, Ken has always custom designed an event for every occasion. Using his gift of improvisation, Ken hears with his heart, stories from people or themes from events or speeches and sings the stories back to audiences of all ages. In 1985, Ken launched Brier Patch Music, a small independent recording, publishing and performance-booking company named after Brer' Rabbit's home in the legendary Uncle Remus stories. Ken studied music therapy at Michigan State University, concentrating on performance skills in piano and voice. His music is earthy and direct, full of stories and humor. It uses musical styles from classical to rock, from ballad to blues, from sacred to profane-always searching for ways people can connect to each other, enabling them to sense the sacred within themselves and in surprising places. Blind from birth, Ken understands the importance of inclusivity and sensitively seeks to challenge his listeners to dream and work for a world of justice and peace. At home in San Francisco with his wife Jane, they spend their time reading books, watching movies (yes, Ken is an avid movie goer) and delighting in their grandchildren.

Publications by Ken Medema

Ken Medema