Alumni Dane Kinser from the class of 2006 and Lauren Kinser (Carrico) from the class of 2007 met at King and got married after Lauren graduated. They are now living in Nashville and involved in the music industry, however, that wasn’t the plan while at King. Lauren played volleyball while she studied business administration and Dane focused on math and religion. They were both in King’s traveling group, the Refreshment Company, as well as leading worship for chapel services and FCA. Dane has always had a love for music, and after graduating and getting married, they both remained local—working at Virginia Intermont College while Dane also led worship at Highlands Fellowship. It wasn’t until Lauren focused on her studies in nutrition at Lipscomb University in Nashville that they made the move and gave themselves two years to make it in the music industry, and make it they did.
Dane is a guitar player who travels and works for various artists as they perform. Some of these artists include Luke Combs, Eric Paslay, Rodney Atkins, and most recently ZZ Ward. You can hear him performing live with Eric Paslay in Scotland here: https://music.apple.com/us/album/live-in-glasgow/1478561527. Lauren has combined her love for music and her love for nutrition to help traveling musicians stay healthy. She is the Production Coordinator for Chris Young and performs several tasks backstage in various forms of hospitality. These include approving menus, guest tickets, dressing room layouts, meet and greets, and random acts of kindness to make it feel more like home on the road.
Since they both travel quite a bit, the extended time home together due to COVID has been a silver lining. “Our entire business is crowds, it is a sad time but we will get through it. We will continue to work on our craft and soak up time with family,” said Dane when discussing how the pandemic has directly affected their work. King is proud of what both Dane and Lauren are doing, and we pray they are able to return back to work quickly and in good health.