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Kerry Christensen

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Kerry Christensen, one of the world’s best Alpine yodelers, was raised on a potato farm in Grace, Idaho and had to wander quite a distance to discover his passion - yodeling! A performer from the tender age of three, he has sung everything from western ballads to barbershop music. It was during his travels to Austria in 1976 however, that he discovered the folk music that would be his life. Armed with recordings of the great yodelers, Kerry returned from Europe, determined to master this ancient art—and he did. While driving the family tractor around and around the potato fields, he practised 14-15 hours a day. He drove his father crazy and was banished to practising in the garage—to no avail, as yodeling carries very well. (Remember, it was used to communicate between hillside farms.)

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Kerry’s first yodeling performance was in 1977, at a Brigham Young University orientation assembly. His yodeling brought 15,000 or so students to their feet for a standing ovation. Then his career really soared when Disney World in Orlando, Florida hired him to work at the German Pavilion of the Epcot Center in 1984 . He was the Disney World Yodeler from 1984 to1990 and the leader of the night band for the last four of those years.

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