Noting she has lived in Gilford throughout the pandemic, Kimayo said she began to attend services at GCC in January at which time she discussed her ideas for a tour with Pastor Michael Graham. “Michael was super receptive to the idea, and his vision for the community felt completely aligned with my desire to reach people,” she said.
Originally from Massachusetts, Kimayo began to write music and play the guitar her freshman year at the University of New Hampshire in 2008. Prior to that, she played the trumpet for 8 years in secondary school and also sang. In 2019, she elected to pursue music full-time with the release of her debut album, Phoenix: The Acoustic Sessions, which was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Sam McArthur at The Greenhouse recording studio.
Describing her musical style as folk-pop, Kimayo said her tour reflects her desire “to cultivate connection, solidarity, and hope through love and creative expression.” “To be human is a most beautiful and painful experience,” she explained. “Embracing it fully and stepping into the ‘more’ is the best way I know to show gratitude for this gift. The ‘more’ is scary, and it is so worth it. May we all live into the ‘more’.”
In welcoming Kimayo to perform at GCC, pastor Michael Graham said her concert reflects “a long history of outstanding music.” “Aside from live music during our Sunday services, we have hosted a number of concerts, including performers like Peter Mayer, Bob McCarthy, Pemigewasset Choral Society and the NH Master Chorale,” he said. “We have a state of the art sound system, and the sanctuary is a wonderful acoustic environment.”
The concert with Kimayo is donation-based and takes place on Saturday, April 30. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. followed by coffee and pastries downstairs and the chance to meet Kimayo and purchase merchandise. To learn more about Kimayo, or hear her sing, visit kimayomusic.com
Located in Gilford, NH, GCC is an inclusive, open community with a broadly ecumenical spirit that welcomes people from all denominational and cultural backgrounds. Viewable live on YouTube, services take place at 10 a.m. on Sundays at 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, NH.