Special speaker, Kelly Minter www.kellyminter.com Bio: Kelly Minter is passionate about women coming to know Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture while discovering Him in their everyday lives. She enjoys encouraging women in this process through speaking, writing and singing, all of which keep her traveling throughout the country on a regular basis. Her roots as the oldest of four and daughter of a godly mother and incredible pastor, Mike Minter, have given Kelly a love for Scripture ever since she was a child.
Kelly’s latest Bible study is on the book of Nehemiah, titled “Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break.” Kelly fell in love with Nehemiah’s heart for the suffering and was encouraged by how God led him to rebuild a wall that was broken, as well as a people who were disgraced. This study is the most recent addition to the Living Room Series and includes 7 video sessions. These 20-minute teaching sessions also include interviews with people who are living out what God has put on their hearts to do, and provides a look into ministries that have had a life-changing impact on Kelly’s life. “Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break” is being offered as Beth Moore’s 2012 Summer Bible Study for her online community.
In addition to writing, Kelly has recorded several records. Her most recent record, “Loss, Love & Legacy” is a collection of songs based on the themes from the book of Ruth. This record follows up “Finer Day,” which is Kelly’s first worship record for KingWay Music. Kelly resides in Nashville, TN where she has found a home in the uniquely artistic town where many create for the glory of God.
Musical guest, Laila Biali www.lailabiali.com Bio: "It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly." - Sting
Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported Sting. She takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her expertise in Jazz, and weaves it into her musical arrangements. Laila has presented her music at prestigious venues spanning five continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, Peru's El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her latest studio recording, Tracing LightI, received a JUNO nomination for "2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year" and her most recent release. Live in Concert, recorded live at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada, captures the spirit of live performance so essential to Jazz. Live in Concert was in rotation at 73 radio stations in North America and received an enthusiastic four-star review from DownBeat Magazine. Laila is also a member of the all-female New York based neo-Classical crossover quartet, Rose & the Nightingale, whose members tour with Grammy award-winner Esperanza Spalding. Her accolades include "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year" at Canada's National Jazz Awards. She currently divides her time between New York City and Toronto.