Keyboard connoisseur, Kim Crisler, is a native of Minneapolis, the youngest of 10 children (Vickie is her older sister). She started piano lessons at age six, but was one of those children who did not like to practice. Her fascination with organs was rooted and grounded while attending Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, and during Sunday morning services at Greater
Sabathani (renamed Greater Friendship) Baptist Church in Minneapolis. Further studies
were at MacPhail Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, Walker-West Music Academy, St.
Paul, and the University of Minnesota School of Music.
She got her start sitting in during open jam sessions at Famous Dave’s Uptown and
became one of the original members of the Diamond Blue Review house band at
Arnellia’s. Other groups she has played with were Mikil Lewis and Startime, Blues Techs,
New Intentions, Filthy Rich, Flatt Foot Rollers, and Codesweat Entertainment. She reunited
with the group in April 2013 and has remained ever since. In addition, She worked
alongside many Twin Cities area musicians in R&B, jazz, blues, Gospel and classical.
One of her greatest musical highlights was when Codesweat performed on the
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand stage during its Amateur Talent Contest in 2013,
playing before a crowd of over 15,000.
Outside of Codesweat, she serves as Music Director for Mount Olivet Missionary Baptist
Church in St. Paul, working with their Youth Choir, and as Minister of Music/ Organist
for Joint Heirs With Christ Faith International Ministries in Minneapolis. In addition, she
substitutes occasionally for various churches in and around the Twin Cities.
Her musical influences include the James Brown & the Famous Flames, the expansive
artists’ rosters of Motown, Stax, and Atlantic records. However, Billy Preston, Jimmy
Smith, Bill Doggett, Earl Van Dyke, Duke Ellington, John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet),
Rick Wakeman (YES), and Greg Rollie (Santana) have been her greatest influences as