"I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant."
Mary-Ellen “MEL” Kennedy uses her gifts of an extraordinary voice, dynamic presentation, and infectious spirituality to capture the hearts of those who hear her. Mel is an NPM Certified Cantor. Over eight years ago, she was one of the founding members of M-N-M Music Ministry. She was the Music Director at a church for seven years and currently sings at churches in her local diocese. In 1990, she reigned as Mrs. Anaheim Hills and has shared her captivating voice at weddings, funerals, prayer services, and conferences across the country. In addition to her live performances, she has released four contemporary Christian CDs under the Argyle Press label. Mel earned her Bachelor of Arts from Cal State University, Fullerton. She is a graduate of the Genesis Institute (a three-year lay formation program) and has also completed many STEP courses from Notre Dame University. Mel is the Western Region Coordinator of the Catholic Association of Music and is also a member of the United Catholic Music & Video Association and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. In 2007, she was nominated for the Momentum Award Artist of the year and in 2008 Mel’s May the Road Rise to Meet You was a Unity Award Liturgical Song of the year finalist. Bienaventurados (Spanish/English Album) was a 2010 three time Unity Award Nominee/Finalist. Along with her ministry, she is the proud aunt of fifteen nieces, nephews and 5 great nieces, nephews. She resides in Washoe Valley, Nevada with her husband of over 25 years, Steve, and their rescue Golden Retriever, Goldie. Her ministry is dedicated in loving memory of her mom, ministry team member & best friend, Barbara Shields.