Kelly Henderson, debuts music career with "Tears Will End"
Charity (Kelly Henderson)
UMD theatre program graduate Kelly Henderson loves to perform. While
growing up in her home town of Hermantown, she acted and sang in school
productions. At UMD, she not only performed in season productions like
"Sweet Charity" and "Gypsy", she also spent four
summers in UMD's Minnesota Repertory Theatre. After graduating from
UMD in 1989, she moved on to graduate school (Rutgers University) and
acted in New York City. Then she began to write and perform her own
Now, her new album, "Tears Will End," has just been released
by Nashville's Curb Records. they call it "an explosion of rock-hard
beats and a swirl of dreamy ballads, a package packed with passionate
moments, all wrapped together by a singer you'll never forget."
This album has taken a while to develop. In the late 90s, Henderson
put a band together, Wee Little Kelly; they recorded an album and began
to play throughout the Midwest. When they took first place in the Midwestern
Christian Band Contest, they were offered a contract. That contract
fell through, but another one with Curb Records soon materialized.
UMD Theatre professor Ann Bergeron said, "One of the things that
brings a richness to Kelly's music is her ability to bring her acting
to her performance." She said Kelly's songs are moving and diverse.
"There are touching deep pieces, pieces that are danceable and
it has a nice range of poetry, too."
Kelly and her husband, Murdock Henderson, who is deaf, are moving to
Boston soon. Murdock is pursuing his doctorate in clinical psychology.
Posted Oct 19, 2004.