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Perham United Methodist Church donates to Kinship Plus

Recording artist Melanie Koltes and her cousin Rob Pesola gave a performance in June at the Perham United Methodist Church's annual "Sweets and Melodies" event. A free will offering from the event will aid Kinship Plus.

The Perham United Methodist Church held its third annual "Sweets and Melodies" featuring recording artist Melanie Koltes of Clitherall on June 4.

Koltes was joined in numerous selections by the church's pastor, and cousin, Rob Pesola. Also joining her was her father, Ralph Mayer on harmonica and her two children, Spencer and Leah on jaw harps.

Koltes is a singer and songwriter from the Clitherall area who learned to love music as a small child during various informal family music sessions, known as "jam sessions."

Her father, uncles and cousins would play guitars, banjos, and harmonicas while her mother and aunts sang harmony. Little did they all know that one of the children in the room would carry those memories with her into a career involving music.

As a result, Koltes enjoys including other musicians in her concerts, as well as using a variety of instrumentation. At the Perham event she sang and played guitar, piano, and the dulcimer.

As a professional song orchestrator and owner and operator of Forget-Me-Not Recording Studio, Clitherall, MN, Koltes has had experience recording her own projects, as well as the voices of many people in the Lakes Area. In recent years, Koltes has written and published thirteen songs and sells a CD entitled FACES in certain local stores in Otter Tail County and on the Internet.

One of her main objectives in her recording studio is to help people to affordably record their memories onto a CD as a gift for their family members.

The songs Koltes chooses to share at her concerts include a combination of her own songs, sing-along favorites, pop, country and bluegrass tunes, as well as some contemporary worship pieces.

The crowd was treated to a variety of desserts prior to the performance. A free will offering was taken which benefited Kinship Plus. The Perham United Methodist Church would like to thank the community for their support and look forward to another great Sweets and Melodies next year.