Because Velma Frye’s mother gave her the daily choice of either doing the dinner dishes or practicing the piano, Velma rapidly progressed in music. She didn’t expect to be a singer, but years later, when the vocalist suddenly left the country club band, her job description expanded beyond “keyboard player” to “singer/pianist.”
With a degree in piano pedagogy and a curiosity about popular music, this promotion led to many years of performing, including nine visits to Lake Wobegon on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Her varied work has included producing/hosting a live performance series for public television, representing Tallahassee's Sister City Program with a solo concert in Krasnodar, Russia, followed by two concerts in Germany (and some pub singing in Ireland), anchoring a monthly public radio show for several years as the house band and soloist, earning a master’s degree in music education, recording six solo CDs, teaching jazz history at a junior college, and composing many songs sung around the world in university and community choirs.
While continuing to perform, record, and teach piano, Velma leads loyal groups of women’s singing circles, and offers retreats for the contemplative and exuberant use of the voice.
1988 I Am To Someone
1996 Bewitched, Music Spirit
2000 Many Voiced Angel
2007 Seven Sacred Pauses ~ Singing Mindfully Dawn Through Dark*
2010 Take Heart
2007 Seven Sacred Pauses Songbook ~ Singing Mindfully Dawn Through Dark*
*Note: The lyrics used for these songs are poetic and inclusive, so the songs are relevant to all spiritual paths. Many were written by Macrina Wiederkehr, a Benedictine nun, in her companion book, "Seven Sacred Pauses, Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day." (www.sorinbooks.com).
2008 (January) Clavier Magazine - “Extending Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1 With Improvisation”