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Laurel Walden

Traditional Worship Leader, Sullivan's Island

Laurel first answered God's call to music ministry at age fourteen, and celebrates over thirty years offering His message in song. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, leading and presenting for Worship services, camps and other church events across denominational boundaries, among Christians of all ages and on all walks of life. Originally from Illinois, she followed God's calling to Charleston in 2008, as a peer mentor and advocate for members of the blindness community who were grossly underserved. She organized and hosted an accessible Vacation Bible School for blind youth in which one soul was led to Christ and many more were brought closer to God. In addition, she served on the founding committee for South Carolina's only Christian outreach center for the blind. A professionally-trained keyboardist, vocalist, composer and lyricist, Laurel has fifteen albums to her credit. In 2021, she turned her latest production "Living That Story" into a cantata, independently scoring the printed music notation for choir, piano, cello, oboe and handbells. When not behind a musical or computer keyboard, Laurel can usually be found reading about technology or enjoying the outdoors with her pet Lab, Sonny, on a stroll around her neighborhood. Along with her global ties to the blindness community, she serves on her neighborhood's Partnership Project with Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy and other members of the West Ashley community. She enjoys baking, hanging out with and feeding the neighborhood feral cats, and helping seniors (both blind and sighted) maintain their independence.

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