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Montreal native and singer Kathy Veer has performed everywhere from churches to cafés to concert halls. She developed a keen interest for music at the tender age of four, listening to artists like Al Martino, Sarah Vaughn, Dionne Warwick, and the Supremes. At the age of eleven, she joined the school choir and it so inspired her, that she wrote her first song. Her music teacher was amazed, and sent her song to Anne Murray to be recorded. Though nothing materialized, Kathy did perform the song with the school choir at their year end concert.
At the age of fourteen, Kathy gained an interest in the drum set. The next year she was chosen to play drums for her high school’s nationally acclaimed big band (through the Canadian Stage Band Festival). She held that chair through grade twelve, and went on to play for the City of Edmonton big band for another year. At twenty, Miss Veer entered music school where she earned an associate’s degree in music composition. She also started singing with various jazz, pop, rock, and country groups and earned her living as a working musician through the 1980s.
Kathy enjoyed many musical opportunities, but the flip side of that was the fast lane and the night life. Her existence spiraled into an emptiness that over-shadowed her life in a profound way. She had met the Lord Jesus at age thirteen, but wasn’t ever serious about him until this crisis. At age twenty-seven, with no hope left for living, Kathy gave her heart to Jesus Christ. It was the best decision she ever made. Of course her life didn’t get tidied up in an instant. But before too long, God had set her feet on a straight path, and good things began to happen.
In 1992, Miss Veer felt God was calling her back to school. She went to study at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia, majoring in psychology and Christian counseling. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she proceeded to work in this field over the next year. But she knew in her heart this was not the profession for her. She hadn’t made any other plans, and was listening intently for what God might have in store for her.
The Lord showed her His will in a mighty way when he brought a husband into her life. He was a minister and loved God. Soon, they knew the Lord was calling them to marry. They wed in 1997, and pursued various types of ministries over the years. Prison ministry was a big part of their lives. Kathy set up a choir and rhythm section at Augusta State Medical Prison, and directed that group for about three years. Later, God opened the door for Kathy to direct a small church choir in Gibson, Georgia. She was there for five years.
Kathy Veer currently offers concerts in church sanctuary settings, and has recently started a new “church fellowship” program called “Encore Melodies”, bringing back the old jazz vocal standards of the 40s and beyond. But her greatest desire is to minister to people and see them saved and walking in close fellowship with the Lord, Jesus Christ.
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Kathy Veer has performed everywhere from churches to cafés to concert halls. She began as a guitarist at the age of eleven, and continued as a big band drummer at the age of fifteen. Jazz and blues formed the very heart of her musical soul. Miss Veer began singing around age twenty, and was engaged as a working musician through the 1980s in a variety of musical genres. Her vocal style evolved into a diverse blend that would compare to the sounds of Rickie Lee Jones, Karen Carpenter, Etta James, and Amy Grant.
Over the years, Kathy has continued her musical endeavors in Christian ministry, along side her husband. Together they have encouraged many people across denominations, among audiences young and old, and within several prisons in their home state of Georgia. She also served as music director at Augusta State Medical Prison, and at Gibson First Baptist Church. She currently offers concerts in church sanctuary settings, and has recently started a new “church fellowship” program called “Encore Melodies”, bringing back the old jazz vocal standards of the 40s and beyond.
Matthew 16: 26, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but
lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”