Chelley Graves began violin at the age of 7 in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended Wichita State University where she received her Bachelor’s in Music Performance. Graves has been the guest soloist at the Stonecroft Conference Center in Branson, Missouri for National Christian Women’s Week, and she and her band played for Worldview Weekend at the Tri-Lakes Convention Center. Graves and her band, “Unlike Others,” released their first CD “All That Is Within Me” in 2005, and the second CD “Detour” was released in April 2008. Graves has played back-up for Celtic Women, Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, Rod Stewart, Michael W. Smith, Sandi Patty and Manneheim Steamroller. Recently, she was able to be part of two studio recording orchestras for the soundtracks of movies released into theatres. One of the highlights of Graves’ career was getting to play solo in Carnegie Hall along with Dr. John Leavitt and his National Festival Chorus in June 2010. She serves as the adjunct professor of violin at Friends University, has a private studio of 30 students and plays first violin for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
B.M., Wichita State University