Flame is a group of musicians with powerful vocals, smooth harmonies and a rich array of instruments, the 10-person cover band from Gloversville, NY happens to have disabilities.
Since 2003, Flame is capturing the worlds attention and changing the world through music. Michelle King expressed an interest in starting a band after winning the Lexington, New York Arc talent show. Like many bands, Flame started small and gradually gained momentum outside of Lexington. Today, Flame is known and celebrated worldwide for their music and inspirational message.
Flame’s mission is to change the world through music. They inspire people with disabilities and give hope to them and their families – hope that they can do great things and live a fun and fulfilling life. Flame’s performances help change how the public perceives people with disabilities and increase the awareness and acceptance of all people, regardless of their differences.
Flame has a busy schedule and performs more than 70 times per year, touring the greater Northeast area and beyond in a custom bus. Flame gives concerts at national and statewide conventions, corporate conferences, civic events, schools, dances and private parties. Their repertoire includes more than 100 classic rock, pop, country and blues songs from the past 5 decades, as well as some original tracks. In 15 years of work, they have produced six albums and a single.
A segment about Flame aired on Good Morning America in 2009 and People magazine ran a two-page spread about them in October 2010. They have performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio; New York’s Apollo Theater; Harvard Law School; the Parthenon in Athens, Greece and; the 2009 Special Olympics. Lead Singer Michelle King even sang at the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics. Most recently Flame performed in Carpi, Italy for the 19th Annual International Festival for Different Abilities.
The musicians of Flame have disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, blindness and paralysis, but that doesn’t hold them back. They do what they love and change the world along the way.
The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is proud to be Flame’s home.
If you would like to book Flame for your next event or for more information, contact:
Maria Nestle, Flame Manager
Lexington – Chapter Arc New York