We hope you’ll join us in congratulating this week’s VOICE of the Week, Deena Grimm! Deena’s been with VOICES for 5 semesters now, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that she’s found her musical home and family with us! Let’s get to know Deena a little better!
What is your occupation or how do you occupy your days, usually?
I am a Correctional Unit Administrator at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley. Basically that means I am an assistant Unit Director, with authority over 1 housing unit. So I spend my days overseeing a housing unit of up to 78 women, with one wing of serious/long-term medical inmates, 1 wing of contract inmates from county jails (usually sent to us because they’re pregnant and the jail can’t take care of their medical needs while they are pending trial), one wing of serious mental-health inmates who can’t be housed in general population (temporary or long-term), one wing that is a program for teaching the inmates to manage their mental illness, and one wing that is mental-health transition to the general population.
Outside of that, I am an avid reader, and student of natural horsemanship, which means I spend a lot of horse-time doing things that regular horse people think is stupid, crazy, or pointless, but is extremely rewarding. I enjoy spending as much time as I can manage playing with my horses, but that’s been not nearly enough time lately.
In one sentence, let us know what VOICES means to you.
A musical home; this is the first singing group I’ve joined that I’ve stayed with for more than 2 years, because it is just a perfect fit.
We all know you love to sing but what is your hidden talent?
My husband calls me the “pack-mistress” because I can generally get a ridiculous amount of stuff packed in a vehicle for a trip, and leave comfortable room for all the travelers as well.
Tell us about a favorite moment from a VOICES concert or event?
Creating a video of “Lean on Me” for the It Gets Better Project. I still get a little choked up when I watch what we created and think about what it means….
What’s the best song you’ve performed with VOICES and why?
Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen. It’s not necessarily the highest quality or most beautiful piece we’ve done, but it was the first piece I picked up on my first day with the group. Not some boring old classical thing that every chorus sings, but something that out there and cool. I knew right then I was going to love this group!
What’s the best piece of singing advice you’ve ever received?
Be confident – sing out like you are dead certain you’re going to get those notes; often you are right on it even when you’re worried you won’t get it.