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Kelly, your songs touch the heart. You made me cry and I havent cried in 40 years. So said a Vietnam vet to Kelly after she had performed her songs cold sweat, little guy, and daddys footsteps and other songs at the V.A. Medical Center in Chicago Ill. I just write what God puts on my heart. I write what I know, what I experience, what I go through, what I see others go through in life.
Kelly Trudell has experienced a lot and it shows when you listen to her music.
Kelly was born at Ft. Jackson
Army Hospital in Columbia, S.C. Dad was in the service, so we
moved around a lot. My brothers Scott and Randy were born in France,
my brother Chris was born in Richland,Va. and my two sisters Cathy and
Angie were born in Jackson, Michigan. I am the oldest of six kids so
I learned early on about responsibility. Being raised up on a farm helped
with that. That is where I learned the value of hard work. I learned
nothing is given to you unless you earn it. Laziness will get you no
where. When I was 10 years old, I made the mistake of telling my dad
that I was bored. My dad said so you are bored huh? Okay, come
with me. I walked with my dad down to the barn. He gave me a shovel
that was almost as big as I was. He told me to muck out the horse stalls.
We had 5 horses at the time, so needless to say I was shoveling manure
till dark. But after I was done, I was pretty proud of myself and I
made a deal with dad; I would muck out the stalls if I could have my
own horse. He said he would think about since I did such a good job.
I left Nashville driving a u-haul with my little girl in the front seat. My heart was broken and I was so distraught that when I stopped for gas I locked Danielle in the u-haul. I tried not to panic as Danielle started to cry. The lady at the gas station said its going to be all right. I will pray for you darling. Soon a police officer came and jimmied the lock. He asked me where I was headed. I told him Michigan. He then asked are you driving by yourself? I said yes, its just me and my daughter. He then said take care and have a safe trip.