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Musicians honored for their diversity efforts

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Written By: Jenny Kalish 20/7/15

Dearborn musicians Joe Kidd and Sheila Burke were recognized on July 12 for their continuous efforts to promote and celebrate diversity nationwide at the Concert of Colors music festival, a free diversity-themed concert held annually in metro Detroit.

State Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn) presented a special State of Michigan tribute to the duo at the concert, which was held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

“Joe and Sheila use a unique blend of powerful and inspiring music to convey their message of peace and social justice for all,” said Darany in a statement. “These are clearly two talented and uplifting individuals and they have used their abilities in a way that truly celebrates diversity. I am proud that we have such gifted musicians in our state and from my hometown of Dearborn.”

Their musical influences have a wide range, including everything from ‘60s folk music, country and bluegrass to Celtic melodies, African & Middle Eastern rhythms and Native American prayer chants.

The duo has performed at venues across the state, as well as many others both nationally and internationally. Kidd and Burke are also two-time recipients of the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding World Music Songwriters of the Year, and have been nominated for Gospel/Christian Artist, Vocalists and Songwriters of the Year. Additionally, Burke was nominated as the Review Magazine Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, and Kidd’s former band, ‘The White Lines,’ was nominated to be inducted into the Michigan Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

“This recognition signifies qualities that are very much admired by the people of this state and it was an honor to pay tribute to Joe and Sheila,” Darany said. “Their set at the Concert of Colors absolutely embodied the message behind the event and left the audience with an unforgettable experience.”

Source: Press & Guide http://www.pressandguide.com/articles/2015/07/20/news/doc55ad3941879a8520345667.txt

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