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Bonnie Keen's Bio:

Bonnie Keen uses her voice as a gifted author, speaker, and recording artist to spread the message of hope.

Emerging as a one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, Keen’s newest CD, God of Many Chances, continues the journey of faith, healing, and restoration that surfaced in her breathtaking solo debut, Marked for Life. The singing career she launched nearly 20 years ago expresses the redemptive power of God that carried her through the rejection of divorce, loneliness of depression, and desperation of single motherhood.

Keen began her recording career as a founding member of the acclaimed trio First Call, which toured the world performing material from their 12 albums. The trio accepted three Dove Awards and five Grammy nominations during their 15 years together. While solo work will remain a priority, the original members of First Call recently compiled a reunion CD of hymns called Rejoice and will sing together at 10-12 performances. Keen has toured with some of music’s most legendary performers, including Sandi Patty and Amy Grant, and provided background vocals for Garth Brooks, Michael W. Smith, and many others.

In her new book, A Ladder out of Depression, Keen shares the circumstances that pushed her to despair and the walk “through molasses” she took to regain emotional, physical, and spiritual health. With refreshing transparency, she lifts the secrecy and shame from an illness that plagues 19 million Americans. Understanding firsthand what it means to be there, Keen discusses the types, symptoms, and treatments of depression, as well as how loss is the common denominator that almost always triggers it. She encourages others to move toward recovery by gently nudging them to be honest about the things that have wounded them.

Keen was honored with an Emmy Award for discussing “The Whirlpool of Depression” on the television show On Main Street. Known for allowing her vulnerabilities to help others, she speaks frankly in her books Blessed are the Desperate for They will Find Hope and God Loves Messy People (Harvest House), and in contributions to Dance of Heaven (Multnomah), Sisters... The Story Goes On (Thomas Nelson), and What the Cross Means to Me (Harvest House).

Demonstrating her ability to connect to an audience with ease, Keen is a regular participant with the Women of Virtue conferences, appears in the Broadway-style musical, “Adam’s Rib,” and has shared vocal prowess at events such as Gloria Gaither Friend’s Conference. Virtue and Today’s Christian Woman magazines have featured her in cover stories and PAXTV recently completed filming a feature on her music and ministry to air on the program Day of Discovery. She has been interviewed on many programs produced by NBC, PBS, The 700 Club, Crossroads Christian Communications, LeSea Broadcasting and other networks. Keen, her husband, Brent, and children, Courtney, 21, and Graham, 17, live in Tennessee.

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