Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the trials and hardships of foster care and eventually adoption this dynamic duo rose from the obscurity of what could be viewed as a tragic beginning to a triumphant life and ministry in Christ. The K’s became fascinated with the idea of mime and began using the art form as an escape and a sense of security in a fast paced and changing environment. The hustle and bustle of being moved from house to house and shelter to shelter only fueled their dreams and determination of doing something larger than life.
Their creative abilities and relentless efforts have afforded them the opportunity to work with such notable recording artists including, but not limited to Fred Hammond, Vickie Winans, Dr. Bobby Jones, CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, and the list goes on and on. K & K Mime has also had the distinct privilege of performing before the late legendary historic hero Mrs. Rosa Parks.
Keith and Karl orchestrate their own choreography with expression that touches the heart, mind, and spirit. Through their innovative work, these artistic brothers have enhanced and expanded the Gospel ministries of churches, universities, youth events, national concerts, tours, conventions, conferences, etc. They are not only mime ministers, but have served as “fathers” and trail blazers as mime is relative to the Gospel ministry. Their ministry in the aforementioned areas, in conjunction with their instructional workshops, has catapulted the birth of mime ministries across the nation.
K & K have made special appearances on the Bobby Jones Gospel Show, which airs on Black Entertainment Television (BET). They’ve appeared twice on “Teen Summit” and have been featured on Lift Every Voice. K & K are also familiar faces on The Word Network. Some of their most requested pieces are, “STAND”, “OH WHAT LOVE”, “NOW BEHOLD THE LAMB”, and “WE FALL DOWN”.
Touring with the hit gospel musical written by Karl, “Saints, Aint’s, & Wannabes”, expanded their gospel musical performances to a new level of energy and ministry. The cast of the play included the incomparable Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Demond Wilson of “Sanford and Son,” and the very funny gospel comedian, John Gray. K & K completed a two-week tour of Japan with Gospel recording artist Pastor Daryl Coley and a nationally renowned tour with Kirk Franklin and The Family, Ms. Yolanda Adams and Fred Hammond & R.F.C., which was adequately named “The Tour of Life”.
K & K Mime is featured on live DVD recordings with The Williams Brothers, Lexi, Tamela Mann, and Joe Pace to name a few. In early 2008, K & K toured with the world renowned UniverSoul Circus, where they created and choreographed the show’s finale.
K & K completed their own DVD recording entitled “ON THE ROAD WITH K & K MIME,” which was released in 2003 and re-released with new packaging in 2011. They have also released “NO RESTRAINTS: KEEPIN’ THE WORSHIP ALIVE” on October 31, 2004. Most recently, K & K recorded their live concert in Dallas, TX featuring special performances live on stage with Lisa Page Brooks and Melvin Williams of the Williams Brothers on July 30, 2011. That DVD simply entitled, “The Godfathers” has been available since early 2012. Their project “All Access – The Secrets Behind Gospel Mime” Volume 1, which is their first instructional DVD, is still in the works.
K & K are the establishmentarians of both The Marmont Group and Mind Of A Mime Film Company. The Marmont Group is a management team whose main objective is to free ministerial personnel and artists of burdensome responsibilities allowing them to concentrate on what they do best. TMG provides upscale executive management ensuring a level of class and distinction for the minister and/or artist. The Mind Of A Mime Film Company is a team of producers whose objective is to scout new gospel mime talent in an effort to keep the industry of gospel mime in the public eye.
Through The Marmont Group, K & K founded the Gospel Mime Worldwide Workshop (GMWW) in 2008 where they invite mime groups from all over the world to come and learn their secrets to success. The artists/groups spend 2-3 days participating in workshop sessions and ministering in a mime showcase to display their gifts. In the past years, we have been joined by Dr. Bobby Jones and Ms. Vickie Winans as hosts of the mime workshop. The GMWW has hosted groups all over this country, as well as from Japan and St. Lucia. The goal is to bring together mime artists to create a network of fellowship and support. GMWW has taken place in Pittsburgh, PA, Dallas,TX, on a cruise ship to the Caribbean, Orlando, FL and they just announced that in 2015 it will be in Atlanta, GA.
Keith and Karl are both pastors, and while they believe that God gifted them with the talent of miming to spread the gospel, they know that it was all to prepare them for their calling as preachers. With their individual styles, they have proven to be avid studiers of the Word, radical, out-of-the box thinkers, and dynamic men of God. K & K Mime’s life message is that there is salvation and hope in Jesus and He alone is the answer to everything in life.