Impressionist part of benefit for local nonprofits
by JENNIFER COHRON
Oct 30, 2012 | 700 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Impressionist Michael Kelley will be bringing his Christian comedy show “Voices That Change” to Jasper First Church of the Nazarene on Friday.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public. A love offering will be taken for Haven of Hope and the James Ministry.

James is the acronym for the Jasper Area Ministerial Emergency Service, a nonprofit supported by several area churches that provides limited emergency assistance to local residents.

Haven of Hope is a transitional housing facility located in Jasper that opened in May.

Executive director Caroline Ivey said the shelter is currently serving 20 men, women and children.

She added that fundraisers such as “Voices That Change” are an important complement to the donations and private grants that support the program.

“We want everyone to come out and be a part of this show. I think it’s going to be a fun, family-friendly night,” Ivey said.

Kelley, a Tennessee resident, said he performs benefits for nonprofits across the country.

In his career as an impressionist, Kelley has performed for American troops as well passengers on Princess Cruises.

In 2005, he did a benefit for a crisis pregnancy center that his wife was helping establish in their hometown.

Kelley used material from his days working with the cruise line and changed the lyrics to reflect a Christian message.

The show, which Kelley describes as “squeaky clean,” was such a success that he began reaching out to other nonprofits in need of a fundraiser.

The list of celebrities that he impersonates during “Voices That Change” include Ray Charles, Forrest Gump, Clint Eastwood, Kermit the Frog, Elivs Presley, James Taylor and Jimmy Stewart.

“It’s a fun show, full of laughter. I also share my heart through the story of where God has taken me through the years,” Kelley said.