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From the very early age of nine Ker-Leen always knew she had a special gift to share with the world. In the privacy of her room she wrote songs using only a composition notebook, a recorder, and a cassette tape. A few years later, Ker-Leen went on to record her first song in a live studio. She later went on to enroll in a modeling training institution, Barbizon. Once she graduated from Barbizon Ker-Leen encouraged her parents to enroll her and her younger brother into an acting school, which later went bankrupt leaving hundreds of families devastated.
After the acting school fail, she pulled back from entertainment side of her life. She went through high school doing other extracurricular activities and did not think about music until her college years. One day she shared her dreams with her then boyfriend (now husband) and the two have been creating music together ever since.
Today, Ker-Leen has found freedom in creating music independently. Having recorded 2 EPs (available on iTunes) and started up a successful YouTube fashion/lifestyle channel (Thrifty Chic), she has found a way to combine all of the elements of entertainment she enjoys, on her own terms.
With over 300,000 views & over 8k followers, she has found both growing success and contentment in what she does. She has been featured on fashion expert Shari Braendel's fashion blog for What to Wear Wednesdays (here), in Ice Cream Magazine (here), as well as in Star Central Magazine (here) as Fashionista of December 2012. She has graced the stage at the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival for a crowd of thousands; opening up for Pieces of the Dream and the Ohio Players. In addition to singing, style blogging, and vlogging she is also a published writer. Her work has been featured in the S.O.U.L Mag, “an urban lifestyle magazine covering Christian Hip-Hop, culture, fashion, art, ministry and leaders making a difference in their cities.” (S.O.U.L Mag.com)
Education has always been important to Ker-Leen from a very young age. Having two immigrant parents really helped her appreciate the value of a solid educational background. Ker-Leen currently holds a Master's degree in Adult Education from the University of South Florida and teaches college courses as a professor at SUM Theological Seminary & Bible College.
Her goal is to reach others with an inspirational message that we are all created for a unique purpose and it is up to us to be dedicated to finding out what that purpose is. "We are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Therefore there is no need to compare ourselves to each other. We should celebrate each other's distinct, and beautiful characteristics while using our lives to glorify God.”