Scott Kalechstein Grace is a writer/coach/comedian/speaker, as well as a singer/songwriter/recording artist/minister and workshop leader. He shares his uplifting music and messages at conferences, corporations, workshops, living rooms, schools, parties, churches, synagogues, weddings, private gatherings – wherever people are open to a lighthearted, humorous and entertaining approach to personal growth and entertainment. 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 and raised in 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 bursting 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 pull 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, psychotherapy, the 12 Steps, a plethora of self-improvement workshops, rebirthing, meditation, and other activities of self-discovery. 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 become a professional recording artist and motivational entertainer.
He lived in New York City, selling laundry bags illegally 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 and at last became a (universal) law-abiding citizen. Scott moved to California, and embarked full time into his life’s work/play.
Currently with nine compact discs being distributed internationally, Scott travels as a transformational troubadour, giving inspirational talks sweetened with music and presenting inspirational comedy 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, Byron Katie, Jack Canfield, Dr. John Gray, Dr. Bernie Siegel, and Barbara DeAngelis. Scott also conducts a variety of 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.
“Scott was always a brilliant, spontaneous, endlessly creative troublemaker while growing up. Now people pay him for it. Go figure!”