Tag: Thomas Kelly

Detroit’s Thomas Kelly still performing gospel music at age 103

Thomas Kelly is a literal living legend. At 103, Kelly is likely one of the oldest working musicians in the country and possibly the oldest in the Motor City. When he started singing in Detroit in 1926, films were silent and Calvin Coolidge was the country’s 30th president. Read more on freep.com >>>

UAW Retiree Thomas Kelly wins Michigan Heritage Award

Michigan Heritage Award honors those who continue their family and community folk traditions with excellence and authenticity. UAW retiree Thomas Kelly says he sings in an a cappella gospel quartet because The Lord calls him to do so. At 102-years old, the former maintenance worker at Chrysler’s former Eldon Axle plant remains grateful for a long life that’s had a lot of blessings: his spirituality, family, a beautiful voice, and a UAW retirement that has allowed him the financial ability to continue to sing for four decades after he retired. Add another blessing to the list: Earlier this month, he ... Read more