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Kim Massie

Kim Massie is the self-proclaimed "St. Louis Diva," a title she's earned in more than two decades of performing. [7/11/19]
Jeremy D. Goodwin | St. Louis Public Radio

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.

Denise Thimes, Peter Martin, at the piano, Chris Thomas and Montez Coleman preform on 'City of Music.' The Nine Network series premieres March 16, 2015
Ray Marklin / Nine Network

In a two-part series, the Nine Network is exploring St. Louis’ musical legacy.

Jazz pianist and composer Peter Martin
Courtesy of Peter Martin

Vocalist Kim Massie and pianist Peter Martin performed a concert before a sold-out audience in the UMSL at Grand Center Community Room on December 6.  

The entire concert and an interview with Kim Massie will air on Arch City Radio Hour at 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 23 on St. Louis Public Radio’s HD2 Channel, The Gateway. Beginning at that time, the concert and interview will also be available on demand at the St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon website.

Kim Massie
Provided by Ms. Massie

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Sunday evening some of the best musicians in St. Louis will gather to help one of their own. Kim Massie's story is one of never giving up your dreams, even now when illness strikes. More on that later. First, there's her story to tell.

Until 1999, Kim Massie thought of St. Louis as the place she came from – not her home.

Mavis Staples sings I'll Take You There on Jools Holland's TV show.
Provided by Bluesweek | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - It’s Memorial Day weekend, and time for a new musical tradition here in St. Louis: the Bluesweek Festival.

Now in its 4th year, the Bluesweek Fest began in late August 2010 with performances in front of Peabody Opera House and a musical lineup that focused solely on St. Louis-based bands.