Belinda Hardesty

bios_belinda_largeWhile Belinda Hardesty’s musical experiences have been wide and varied, it’s the old-time music that ultimately moves her soul. With her music degree, Belinda has performed medieval to jazz on everything from recorder to bari sax to voice. She’s performed with the Akron Symphony Chorus, the Hiram College Madrigal Singers, and the Stow Chamber Symphony as well as numerous other choirs, orchestras, bands, chamber groups, and gospel choirs. While memories of these experiences still send chills down her spine, she finds the most fulfilment in music where the human story is told in it’s most real terms. That’s why she and DMH take pride in doing everything from gospel to death ballads all in the same show.

A self-proclaimed harmony junkie, Belinda gets joy both in arranging harmonies for the DMH crew to sing and in letting the harmonies find their own way in the crew’s capable hands, just as nature intended. Not content to leave well enough alone, Belinda can now be found adding clawhammer banjo to the DMH mix.


The photographs on this page were taken by Brett Davis in the chapel and on the grounds of Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.

 

2 Responses to Belinda Hardesty

  1. Donna Graham

    I happened to meet Belinda’s No. 1 Fan over the weekend in Marietta, OH – her dad – along with two of his brother-in-laws. We both were teachers and both graduated from Kent State in 1971 so chatted about our careers and families. He is one proud pappa! He kindly gave me a CD. I’m not a big bluegrass fan, but I might be now! Loved the CD – Angel’s Share! My favorite songs were 1, 5, 7, 8, and 11 (of course)!!! I taught marketing, so your band has a great marketing rep – and free! Good luck to you and your very talented band in your future endeavors.

    • Hey Donna – many thanks for the note! Richard Smith is our band’s unofficial Midwestern ambassador – so glad he gave you a copy of the record. And SO sorry it’s taken so long for us to get back to you. We like converting folks into bluegrass fans and consider it our mission, one listener at a time.

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