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New Year Holiday show: Artists say thank you with reflection and praise

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Twin Cities radio audiences and internet radio audiences globally are in for a special treat in the New Years Day 11am broadcast of Conversations with Al McFarlane on KFAI 90.3FM Minneapolis, and 106.7FM St. Paul, and online at KFAI.org.

Four exceptional and inspiring singers interview with program host Al McFarlane, and broadcast producer, Dr. Lisa Thomas, who joins this edition of the program as co-host. Singer/songwriter Jodie Sellers electrifies with a live in studio rendition of the song "Thank You" from her new CD, Into The Dream. Singer Dan Adler, founder of Heart of the City Band, and reggae/hip hop gospel artist Ryan Daniel, perform songs from their current CDs. And master entertainer,T. Mychael Rambo, the celebrated star of stage and song, auditions a song from his new CD Simply.

Photo from Jodie Sellers' album Into the Dream and T. Mychael Rambo's album Simply. Twin Cities radio audiences and internet radio audiences globally are in for a special treat in the New Years Day 11am broadcast of Conversations with Al McFarlane on KFAI 90.3FM Minneapolis, and 106.7FM St. Paul, and online at KFAI.org.

Photo from Jodie Sellers' album Into the Dream and T. Mychael Rambo's album Simply.

Four exceptional and inspiring singers interview with program host Al McFarlane, and broadcast producer, Dr. Lisa Thomas, who joins this edition of the program as co-host. Singer/songwriter Jodie Sellers electrifies with a live in studio rendition of the song "Thank You" from her new CD, Into The Dream. Singer Dan Adler, founder of Heart of the City Band, and reggae/hip hop gospel artist Ryan Daniel, perform songs from their current CDs. And master entertainer,T. Mychael Rambo, the celebrated star of stage and song, auditions a song from his new CD Simply.

Between their songs, the artists reflected on their artistic gifts, the meaning of their work, and their passion for music and ministry.

Sellers said her life was changed forever by a tragic fire at home that killed two brothers and two sisters.

"I am a singer, and songwriter. I started singing solos at the age of 6 years old, just before my father, Evangelist Lonnie Kelley, would preach. My dream has always been to sing in a way that pointed people to a God who loves and cares for them. I began singing publicly when I was 13 years old with my church choir and classical choir and high school gospel choir," says Sellers.

"While I was attending Western New England College, my father began a church in Springfield Massachusetts in 1986. I began assisting him full time. However, in February of 1988 at 5:30 in the morning, my parents' house, where I had been born and raised for 22 years, caught on fire and ended the lives of my younger 15 year old sister, my 26 year old sister and my two foster brothers, Lionel, 6, and James, 5."

"I thought my heart was wounded and broken beyond repair," she said.

"But somehow out of the ashes and destruction of that fire, my life was forever intertwined and linked with a man I thought would only ever be a good friend. In June of that same year I married Rocky Sellers and we moved to Minnesota," she wrote in an online journal describing her CD.

"God's Holy Spirit began knitting my heart back together. We have been married 17 years now and have 5 beautiful children," she said.

Sellers' phenomenal CD is the appropriate showcase for her phenomenal, spirit-filled voice. Every song is more than a song. Each is a testimony.

Sellers says here in Minnesota she began singing professionally in 1993 telling audiences that "God will take you through every season of your life, and He will never let you walk alone: He is a faithful partner and friend".

In 1996 she began singing with the Heart of the City Band led by nationally published songwriter Dan Adler.
 

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