Our journey began in the summer of 1999 when the five of us were cast as best friends in a community production of Noel Coward's Bitter Sweet. We quickly discovered a common love of music, laughter and chocolate, and the strong bond of our faith. As our friendship deepened, so did our love of singing together. In 2003, we realized a dream and performed our first full-length concert, and there have been many joyful concerts since then!
As our friendship has continued to grow, we have found opportunities to sing together locally and regionally. Over the years, we have starred in benefit concerts for various causes. We have performed at retirement homes, conventions, large parties, and small gatherings. We were even featured on KTVI's Fox 2 News St. Louis and KSDK's "Show Me St. Louis."
We have had many wonderful opportunities to give back to our community. We have raised money for area churches, scholarship programs and cancer research, as well as singing at local hospitals for rehabilitating patients.
Words cannot express how blessed we are to have found each other. In 2010, after years of hard work, we were thrilled to realize another dream and produce our first CD: The Jeweltones - Facets. Now we are delighted to add a second CD to our musical catalog, The Jeweltones - Gems of the Season. Please join us on November 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. for our second CD Release Concert. To God be the Glory.
Jennifer Clodi has been singing for as long as she can remember. A high school math teacher, she feels blessed when she can pursue her passion for music. She toured with the Cornerstone Chorale and Brass, sang three seasons with the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, and has sung with the Trinity Presbyterian Church Choir for over 25 years, doing occasional solo work. She is excited to celebrate 20 years with The Jeweltones! Jenn has performed with Stray Dog Theatre, Hawthorne Players, Family Musical Theater, Spotlight Productions, and Curtain Call Repertory. Favorite roles include Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, Heidi in Follies, Marion Thayer in Titanic: The Musical (Arts for Life Nomination), and Tuptim in The King and I (Arts for Life Nomination). She is grateful to her family, especially her husband Jeff, for their love and support.
Kathy Fugate is a busy wife, mother, and grandmother, who has been performing since her early teens and has been featured in local theatrical productions and concerts since 1998. In addition to celebrating 20 years with The Jeweltones, Kathy has been seen in plays and musicals with Hawthorne Players, Alpha Players, O'Fallon Repertory Company, O'Fallon TheatreWorks, Kirkwood Theatre Guild, Wentzville Christian Church, K's Theatrical Korp, Spotlight Productions, and SCC Center Stage. Favorite roles include Hannah Ferguson in The Spitfire Grill, Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, Martha in The Secret Garden, Mrs. Webb in Our Town, Harriet in Bitter Sweet, and Stewardess Hutchinson in Titanic: The Musical. Kathy is a four-time Arts for Life award nominee, and the recipient of the 2017 Hawthorne Players Best Supporting Actress award for her work in The Spitfire Grill.
Connie Krull has been teaching voice and music in the St. Louis area for over 30 years. While currently working with middle school students in the Lindbergh School District, she’s had the great pleasure over the years of working with every level learner from kindergarten to the older adult. Connie holds a Masters in Vocal Performance and a Bachelors in Music Education. She taught music in the Mehlville, Parkway and Clayton school districts prior to Lindbergh, as well as a nine-year stint with St. Louis Community College - Meramec. She was the Director of Music and Worship at Community Christian Church for several years, but most recently takes her turn on the worship team at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church. Connie maintains a private studio in her home of 10 or so piano and voice students as well. She has a deep love of performing and has sung to appreciative audiences on many stages in the area either with her singing partner, Amalia, with the The Jeweltones, as a member of Caroling St. Louis, or on the community theater stage as an actor/singer and, on occasion, as a music director. Connie is the proud mother of one son, Ben, one lovely daughter-in-law, and grandmother to three adorable grandchildren. She is thrilled to be sharing the stage and the recording with these four beautiful women. 20 years have flown by! Love to my family who make it all worthwhile!
Amalia LaViolette holds a Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska, but performing is her love. She spent eight seasons as a paid alto section leader with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, twice performing at Carnegie Hall and making her solo debut with the Symphony in 1996. She has been a part of 14 musicals in the St. Louis area, being nominated by Arts For Life for each of them and winning four. Favorite roles include Alice Beane in Titanic, Gabby/Bobby in City of Angels, Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Lady Thiang in The King and I. Most recently she portrayed Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins. Amalia choreographs for Connie's show choir and books gigs and performs with four different groups. Her website is www.amaliasings.com. She and her husband have two children and a greyhound.
Kay Love is a retired accountant who spends every free minute singing. She especially loves singing with The Jeweltones! She has appeared in over 100 theatrical productions, including four seasons at The Muny. She has been nominated for 29 Arts For Life Best Performance Awards, winning nine. Kay sang with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus for 15 years and appeared at Carnegie Hall five times. She also sang with the St. Louis Chamber Chorus for several years, and has sung with Caroling St. Louis for over 15 years. She has created and performed in three solo cabaret shows. Some of her favorite recent roles include Kate in Sylvia, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza (Theatre Circle Nomination), Mother in Ragtime (Theatre Circle Nomination), the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd and the Bird Woman in Mary Poppins. Kay is married to the talented actor/photographer Gerry Love.