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October 23, 2013
Kim Fragodt to perform for benefit at Walnut Grove
Fragodt and her husband, Brian, lived in Walnut Grove for about 5 years, she was a music instructor at Wabasso, and Brian was pastor at English and St. Olaf Churches.
|Singer composer, Kim Fragodt|
WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Walnut Grove — Singer, song writer Kim Fragodt will perform in concert at the Walnut Grove School Gym Sunday, October 27, at 3 p.m.
According to her bio-sketch, Fragodt’s singing career started when she was growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota. She liked singing in an empty grain bin because of the reverberating sound she got while singing.
Kim was known for her perfect pitch and ability to play piano by ear. At the age of 12 she began performing at gigs all over southern Minnesota.
She performs all types of music, including pop, rock, folk, jazz, swing, big band, contemporary, Christian, and gospel. Fragodt began a jazz career while attending Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. There she received her Bachelors Degree Vocal and Instrumental Music in 1983.
Of course since that time Fragodt has gone on to make a multitude of achievements. Recipient of Presser Scholarship for Music Education Gustavus Adolphus College 1983, Teacher of the year at Wabasso Public Schools, and McKnight Fellowship finalist in 2000.
Mark Lammers, Ph.D and former music department chair of Gustavus Adolphus College said, “Kim sings from her heart with a warm vocal quality. She engages every audience with her exceptional musical talent and sparkling personality. She possesses a warm and crystal clear tone quality . . . impeccable intonation . . . an intimate and lively delivery style . . .a sparkling personality that comes through even on a recording.”
Kim’s latest CD “Get Ready,” highlights her rich mellow tones that are apparent in her musical sensitivity and interpretation. She produced and released the album a collection of pop, rock, gospel, and jazz songs on her own label, Frogs in the Throat productions.
Earlier she produced a album “Child’s Way Home,” a collection of original music in the folk and rock style, co-produced with her husband Brian Fragodt. Her second CD is titled “Fly Me to the Moon, an album of jazz standards.
Currently Fragodt is Contemporary Worship Director at Trinity Lutheran church in Long Lake, Minnesota.
Advance tickets can be purchased at English Lutheran Church or at Hoyt Oil and Convenience. Tickets at the door will be two dollars higher.
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