Many people use karaoke as a way to feel like a professional singer for a few minutes. Kim Massie used it to become one.
In the late 1990s, the St. Louis-area native was a nurse’s aide outside Cleveland, 40 years old and with grown children, when she started entering and winning karaoke competitions. Those experiences gave her a taste for live performance. When she returned to the area at the end of a bad relationship, she decided to take a shot at becoming a full-time singer.
It’s been a little more than 20 years, and she’s still at it.