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Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke / Bio

In the 3 years that Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke have been together, they have created a sound that is powerful and unique in the world of acoustic music. Influenced by 60s folk music, traditional Appalachian songs, Celtic melodies, the intensity of bluegrass, country, & gospel/christian standards, Classical atmospheres, African & Middle Eastern rhythms, and Native American prayer chants, Joe & Sheila incorporate guitars, autoharp, djembe, Native American sacred drum, and many other diverse instruments from around the world to provide their original and uplifting music. They write socially conscious & spiritual songs of struggle, thanksgiving, redemption, and love. Their descriptions, interpretations & translations (sung in many different languages) are mystic and revelatory. Both are published poets/writers which gives their concerts the added power of the presence of the spoken word. This international duo have recently toured New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ontario Canada while still remaining active in Michigan performing concerts at countless festivals, churches, powwows, television & radio shows, benefits, and venues across the state. Along with this activity, in April 2013 they received their 1st prestigious Detroit Music Award for Outstanding World Music Songwriters of the Year and again in April 2014 they received the award for the 2nd straight year in a row. This year they were nominated for Gospel/Christian Artist, Vocalists and Songwriters Of The Year. Sheila was nominated as the Review Magazine Country Music Female Vocalist Of The Year. Joe Kidd's former band 'The White Lines' have been nominated to be inducted into the Michigan Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Their premier CD titled 'Everybody Has A Purpose' is currently in the final mixing & mastering stages in Hollywood California by a very well known producer/musician and is scheduled for release in spring of 2015. With song titles like 'Soldiers In The Army Of Mercy & Peace' and 'The Veterans Song' and the title track, it is an offering that touches the heart, mind & soul of humanity. Wherever they are, their soaring harmonies and beautiful melodies shine a brilliant and unforgettable light upon their enthusiastic audiences.

General Info

Band Members
Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke (and brother drum)
Artist Name
Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke
Home Page
Active Since
Folk / World / Americana

Contact Info

Ann Arbor, MI

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