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Ken Medema

Born: Dec 7, 1943

Birthplace: Grand Rapids

Nationality: United States

Ken Medema

Date of Birth : Dec 7, 1943
Birth Place : Grand Rapids

Ken Medema is a composer-singer-songwriter who has been performing in the United States, Canada, and Europe for more than thirty years. Some of his best known songs began as live improvisations. Ken Medema was born almost blind; his eyes let him tell light from shadow and see outlines of major objects. He began playing the piano when he was five years old, and three years later began taking lessons in classical music through braille music, playing by ear and improvising in different styles. In 1969, he majored in music therapy at Michigan State University in Lansing, studying both piano and voice. Afterwards he worked as a music therapist in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and later at Essex County Hospital in New Jersey. In 1973, he began performing and recording his own songs while at Essex County Hospital. "I had a bunch of teenagers who were really hurting," he says, "and I started writing songs about their lives. Then I thought, 'Why don't you start writing songs about your Christian life?' So I started doing that, and people really responded."

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