1949-
portrait

February 14, 1949, Chicago, Illinois.

Son of Calvin and Marilyn Turley, Ken was raised in Bellevue, outside Seattle, Washington. At age nine he began playing the violin in school, and though he continued to play, moving to cello and then string bass, he was far more interested in football and basketball. In 1967, he left home to attend Central Washington State College where discovered the guitar and Rock ’n’ Roll. A year and half later, he transferred to Seattle Community College. After being granted Conscientious Objector status to the Vietnam War, he left school and headed for San Francisco. There he fulfilled two years of alternate service, working for a year and a half at a day care center for physically and mentally handicapped and then for another three years with Mother Goose, Inc. a non-profit social service organization that performed and taught music, art, dance and drama to children confined in various institutions, including hospitals, reform schools, drug halfway houses, homes for unwed mothers, and schools for autistic, emotionally and physically handicapped children. During this time he took in the flourishing local music scene and performed in local coffee houses with a series of his own folk and rock groups.

In 1973, Ken, three friends, a dog and all their instruments set off across country in a Volkswagen van, playing at coffee houses and bars and staying with new made friends. They made it to Nova Scotia, where the van broke down and Ken learned car mechanics first hand. The group broke up, and Ken and a friend made their way back through the South, returning to San Francisco, then back to Seattle. There he attended Seattle Pacific University, the University of Washington, and earning his degree in music from Evergreen State College in Olympia. For several years he taught guitar and bass, arranged music for and performed classical guitar solo and with a flautist. Later, he played electric guitar in a jazz and rhythm and blues band in the Seattle area.

Tiring of the bar scene, and having played in two productions of Godspell, he saw the possibilities for and the need of modern music with a sacred message. So he traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, to study music and theology, graduated from the Swedenborg School of Religion in 1985, and was ordained a Swedenborgian minister. His first position, in Massachusetts, was split between Director of the Blairhaven Spiritual Retreat Center in Duxbury, and serving as pastor of the Elmwood New Church in East Bridgewater. During this time he composed, performed and recorded A Time for Birth, music for new parents and a rock oratorio based on the book of Revelation.

In 1989, he accepted a call to the Swedenborgian Church in Portland, Maine, where he served seven years. As of 2002, he was full time pastor of the Church of the New Jerusalem in Fryeburg, Maine. He and Laurie have produced a total of seven CDs—his music can be accessed at appleblossommusic@yahoo.com.

  1. Lord, Grant Your Peace