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       In 1985 Ken Medema launched Brier Patch Music, a small independent recording, publishing, and performance-booking company named after Brer Rabbit's home in the legendary Uncle Remus stories.
      "Brer Rabbit lived in a place not comfortable for anyone else," Medema says, "and we have decided to follow him there."
      In 2001, the company was advised to adopt the title Ken Medema Music in order to achieve better name recognition on the internet.  Brier Patch Music is retained as the publishing entity of the company, whereas, Ken Medema Music is the performance part of the business.
Ken still maintains the focus of the company, namely to use music and storytelling to help build communities of compassion while specifically using his skills as a music therapist in order to communicate with the unique needs of his diverse audiences. 

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Ken Medema
      Across the years, Ken has shared his passion for learning and discovery through storytelling and music with an ever-growing circle of followers around the world. Ken has been performing for over 40 years in many different venues: churches, conventions, colleges, corporations and more, for groups ranging from 50 to 50,000 people. Through the Interlude, project, Ken and partners are now conducting retreats, workshops, and special programs for small churches.  Though blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind, singing stories from his audience and accenting themes and perspectives from speakers and workshop leaders. Ken custom designs every musical moment through improvisation and new composition to bring each event to life.
      Ken and his wife, Jane, make their home in Alameda, California. Together, they work on program designs and song lyrics, making time to explore new developments in religion, psychology and culture. They share a passion for movies (yes, Ken is an avid movie consumer), books, new music and politics, and love keeping up with four feisty grandchildren.

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Beverly Vander Molen

      Beverly is the traveling companion, sound person and visual navigator with Ken almost 175 days a year. Her background as a producer, music director and event planner comes in handy for the various types of venues in which she finds herself now. Although she is a trained organist, the sound board has become her instrument of choice. 
     When home with Dave, they enjoy quiet evenings catching up and enjoying their home in Grandville, Michigan.

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Dave Vander Molen
      Dave, the backbone of Ken Medema Music, spends much of his time designing graphics. Dave is also responsible for designing and producing all the publicity, graphics, and web information to keep Ken visible.
      In 2012, Dave made a conscious decision to move out of the Booking Agent aspect of his job while maintaining his other duties, in order to pursue his work as an artist and in particular, wood sculpturing.
Dave carves out moments with the grandchildren who visit the office and is the friendly caring voice you hear when you call the office.

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Janel Joppie
       Janel's first love is Interior Design.  Janel owns her own business, Integrity by Design.  She enjoys hours of time as a decorator, designer and mom of 4 children (Beverly and Dave's grandchildren)
       Janel has spent the last bunch of years volunteering as the bookkeeper, and positive thinker of the crew. She always says, "Everything happens for a reason---so adjust" When confronted with a difficulty, she always reminds us to be thankful, that we have our health! 


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Joshua Joppie
Joshua is the webmaster, keeping the site up to date. He has a great eye and a fast mind and happens to be the
grandson of Dave and Beverly Vander Molen.
Josh has single-handedly constructed our new website.
Need a website constructed? Email Joshua


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