Singer/Speaker/TV Entertainment Reporter/Radio Talk Show Host
Charismatic, smart, funny and heartfelt are just a few adjectives used to describe Jearlyn Steele. Whether she is singing, speaking or emceeing, she leaves an audience wanting more. As a member of the internationally acclaimed family, The Steeles, Jearlyn has performed from South America to Europe. For ten years, she has been an Entertainment Reporter for Twin Cities Public Television’s award winning political show Almanac interviewing local, national and international acts. As a keynote speaker, facilitator and emcee, Jearlyn has inspired audiences from Minnesota to New York to the Caribbean. Maintaining her CBS Sunday night radio show—Steele Talkn’ on WCCO Radio 830AM, heard in thirty states and most of Canada has been a joy for more nearly two decades.
Musically, she recorded a song with Prince entitled Race, and has performed with the Minnesota and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras. She has been a frequent special guest on the acclaimed radio broadcast A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor until 2016. On this broadcast, she performed duets with music greats Carol King and Elvis Costello. Her vocal talents also landed her a feature in the film A Prairie Home Companion starring Meryl Streep.
Her voice can be heard on various radio and television commercials including Slumberland, JunoActive, Target and more. Her corporate and non-profit clients include Wells Fargo, Lifetouch, Target, WomenVenture, Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF), the Wish Foundation, the Angel Foundation, Tubman and many more. She has hosted a PBS TV show for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and, along with her sister, starred in the regional Emmy nominated documentary Honoring Choices on Twin Cities Public Television. To date, she has two solo albums; Jearlyn Steele Sings the Songs from A Prairie Home Companion and Steele Praising Hymn.
Jearlyn has served on boards for Chrysalis —
a women’s resource center and the Ordway Circle of Stars, who unite children with the world of art. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Leadership and Spirituality at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. In 2016, an Honorary Doctorate degree was conferred upon her by the University of Indianapolis. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of two.