Meet the Musicians
Violin, Guitar & Vocals
Jessie Taylor, owner/operator of A Major Harmony, is a violinist of over 28 years, and also a singer/songwriter. Her musical accomplishments began in orchestra class throughout grade/high school, participating in All-City Orchestra, Regional Orchestra, and Solo and Ensemble events. At age 13 she played with the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra making the front page of the Beacon in the Virginian Pilot for being their youngest member at the time.
Her accomplishments include recording studio session work and live accompaniment with artists from Virginia Beach to San Diego, fronting an original band in San Diego and cover band on Hatteras Island, playing with Symphonicity, and owning and operating Cape Hatteras Music Academy.
Outside of playing for weddings, special events and restaurant gigs, Jessie also teaches private violin, ukulele, guitar & vocals lessons. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two high energy labs, doing yoga and gardening.
Guitar & Vocals
If music is a gift, Kim Kalman received a major inheritance. Her grandpa, George Kindler, was a bandleader with a hot swing band and his own radio show in the 1940’s. Known for his riffs on a mean sax, he played it his way.
As Kim Kalman rocked her cradle to the big band sounds of her mother’s favorite golden oldies station, WNEW in New Jersey, it became apparent that George Kindler’s granddaughter had inherited his passion for music. Music is in her blood, and Kim plays it her way…
Although fully in command of her acoustic guitar, Kim’s voice is the true instrument. Her song selection and interpretation alternately lifts, rocks, soothes and seduces you.
A graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Kim earned her degree in business management while performing in local venues. After careful consideration, Kim chose to apply her business management skills to her own career in the music business. She followed her heart and never looked back. That road took her all the way to Nashville, Tennessee, where Kim has recorded several of her CDs: Moonlight, At Last, Close, and A Christmas to Remember along with her Christian CDs I’m Not Alone, Let The Door Swing Wide, I Look To You and At the Foot of the Cross.
Kim has had the honor of being named one of the top ten songwriters at the Kerrville Music Festival and Honorable Mention in the Billboard Song Contest.
It isn’t often that a gifted songwriter is also a gifted performer. Kim’s true passion for music is revealed in her performance… from weddings, living room concerts, worship events and fundraisers to appearing as a featured artist at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and Harrah’s Casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. In her unassuming way, Kim transforms a large auditorium into an intimate gathering of friends. One walks away from the earthy honesty of a Kim Kalman performance feeling good.
Viola & Violin
Sue Waters, both a Violist and Violinist, is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a major in music education. She has performed in several symphonies but most recently the Tar River Orchestra in Rocky Mount, NC. Other symphonies where she was a member include: Pensacola, Virginia, Corpus Christi and Maryland Symphonies. Currently, Sue is a retired Dare County media specialist playing piano at a church in Wanchese, performing for weddings and fiddling with local musicians.
Becki Rea is a cellist, pianist and vocalist who has called the Outer Banks home since spending summers here as a child, later performing in The Lost Colony outdoor drama during her college years. She grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where she found joy in all things musical, learning to sing, play the piano, cello, guitar and clarinet. In school, she joined every instrumental and vocal ensemble possible, and landed her first job playing piano in a local restaurant. A music education graduate of James Madison University, she recently retired from Dare County Schools after teaching K-12 choral, string orchestra, and general music for 30 years. During those years she could be found leading her student ensembles, performing in community and church events, and accompanying/acting as music director for school musicals and local professional theater. Becki has continued to study cello, playing with local small ensembles and the ECSU Orchestra. She now is growing her private studio, offering cello, voice, pre-school music and piano lessons in her home. She also enjoys performing with her family ensembles for the Dare County Arts Council, at local restaurants, and other venues.
PICTURE & BIO COMING SOON!