Putting the Pieces Together
Heartsong Review says 'Fantastic! Filled with fun, energetic music for kids of all ages. The lyrics are funny with great stories that convey positive messages with first rate music from a well rounded band.' Scott Kalechstein performs original songs with his guitar and voice. He often spices up his repertoire with songs created spontaneously based on topics suggested by the audience. His intention in his singing and songwriting is to offer both entertainment and education, upliftment and enlightenment. He uses his art as a vehicle to inspire transformation, to fuel dreams, to encourage self-esteem, and to help us lighten up in those places where we all can get weighed down in life. When Scott sings you may be prone to laughing uproariously at yourself or at the human condition. You may also be wiping away tears during the very next song. With a luminous, loving and mischievous twinkle in his eyes, Scott makes personal contact with everyone present and does not hide behind a performance facade.With each song he shares an intimate part of himself. No matter how large the audience, you may feel as if you were alone with Scott in your living room, listening with a fire crackling in the fireplace. The warmth will penetrate your skin and touch your heart. Scott Kalechstein wears many hats. He is a ounselor/singer/songwriter/recording artist/speaker/minister/workshop leader/writer/humorist. He shares his uplifting music and messages internationally at conferences, workshops, living rooms, schools, parties, churches, weddings, private gatherings - wherever people are open to a lighthearted, humorous and entertaining approach to learning, growing and discovery. Scott's work promotes a sense of joy, safety, community, and playful celebration. His music sometimes evokes laughter, at other times tears, and people are often found singing and clapping and sometimes dancing along while he performs. A pioneer in the field of intuitive song, Scott is known for his unique ability to spontaneously create songs for individuals or groups, about any topic presented. His 'Song Portraits' are a unique display of creativity, and always leave people deeply touched, delighted and amazed by such an in-the-moment creation. Born at a very young age in the jungles of Brooklyn, Scott started studying classical music at age seven with the violin, practicing daily and excelling to the top of his class. Spontaneity was always oozing out of him, sometimes getting him into mischief and trouble. In the orchestras he played in, often he would memorize a piece, put away the sheets of music, and play by heart, both dazzling and annoying the conductor as he embellished the classics with his own creative 'improvements'. At age fourteen he started taking guitar lessons. Succumbing to the lure of adolescence, he rebelled against classical violin in favor of jazz and rock n roll guitar. Roll over, Beethoven! At the advent of college came much spiritual searching, which led him to A Course In Miracles, the twelve steps of recovery, psychotherapy, a plethora of self-improvement workshops, rebirthing, meditation, and other activities of self-discovery. It was during that time he began to write and sing songs about personal and planetary transformation. With the help of singing lessons and the encouragement of friends, Scott set out on a road less traveled to be a professional recording artist and motivational entertainer. He lived in New York, selling laundry bags on the sidewalks of the city to pay the bills. Gradually, his concerts and workshops increased in attendance and popularity until 1990, when he sold his last laundry bag, moved to San Diego, California, and went full time into his life's work/play. Currently with seven compact discs being distributed internationally, Scott travels as a modern day troubadour, giving inspirational talks sweetened with music and inspirational concerts, salted and peppered with his story telling. Groups large and small seek him out to provide ice breaking, community building, celebration, humor and heart to their events. He has performed at the talks and workshops of popular authors and seminar leaders, such as Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Alan Cohen, Jack Canfield, Dr. John Gray, Dr. Bernie Siegel, and Barbara DeAngelis. Scott also conducts six different workshops of his own. When he leads these workshops he is quick to make himself vulnerable, sharing his realness- the fumblings, bumblings, learnings and triumphs of his own life. Of course, in all his talks and workshops he uses original songs to take the messages from an intellectual understanding to a heartfelt emotional level. And that is what Scott's music, his message and his life are about, living from the heart.