A Nashville woman has performed with some of the most famous singers of all time. Her story isn’t just about having a good voice. It’s about using that voice forever.
Go with me in this. Imagine being able to take a box and tell someone’s story with what’s inside. The Kiley Dean story would have a lot of music. As a child, she accepted things from those great voices.
“More than anyone, it was Mariah,” Kiley smiled. “I would literally sit in my room and force myself to do all of his riffs, inflections and tones. Everything in his voice was absolute perfection. I told everyone he was my vocal coach because he was. I would make people listen to me. Not. they had a choice. I would have said, “Tomorrow and now!”
In high school, Kiley attracted the attention of a vocal coach and ended up among the rising stars of the late 90s, a touring singer of Britney Spears. Then came the chance to perform with the queen of pop.
“We all loved Madonna!” she said. “Open your heart! That song was great, but the video? My parents were like, ‘No, baby girl. You can’t watch it!’ I didn’t know I would sing with her. “
For years Kiley has toured the country, the world, singing backups in arenas and stadiums for Madonna.
Three years ago, Kiley started singing for someone else when she and her husband welcomed their little girl, Sullivan.
A year ago, as a precaution due to breastfeeding, Kiley visited a doctor. It was bad news.
“They said, ‘Kiley, you have breast cancer,'” Kiley said. “It was phase one. It was genetic. It was hormonal. You don’t know. You don’t know how ugly it can be. I have this little girl and I want to live. Her seeing me go through what has become an everyday question:” Mom, go in the hospital today? “Pushes me. Makes me want to be better.”
At 37, Kiley underwent surgery and began treatments in Saint Thomas Midtown.
“I am happy to be cancer free!” she said. “Can I have an Amen? Yes, let me have an Amen! When I go there, it’s like these people are saving my life. It’s a special place for me. Now we are taking other medicines to make sure this beast doesn’t come back. This journey, God has really been by my side heavily. I can almost feel him in all the things I’ve been through. I just want to give back to my God and sing what he did. “
Just as she was inspired by those great rumors, Kiley hopes that by sharing her story, she can inspire someone to learn about breast cancer and see a doctor for early diagnosis.
Later in Kiley’s story, she will record a cult EP which will be titled Overcome.
“There is so much to live for, and the best is yet to come, and I can’t wait,” he said.
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