By Heidi Glaus
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Audiences begin applauding the second she steps on stage and once Kim Massie starts singing she has them in the palm of her hand.
"I'm not just somebody sitting up there telling you to watch me sing, I'm pulling you in to what I'm doing," Massie explains.
It hasn't always been that way.
"I was nervous," she points out.
But practice paid off. She started singing in church choirs outside of Cleveland and then about 20 years ago, a simple past time changed her life forever.
"It was 1992 that someone told me about the karaoke. I checked out one event and I said I like this cause I can sing anything," Massie says.
She started entering contests and was soon asked to join a band.
"Now I had to wean myself from karaoke and by that I mean there's a monitor that you look at, the words are right there," Massie explains.
She left the monitor behind, but held on to the musical diversity and these days gets more than a few shocking looks when she starts singing a Gretchen Wilson song.
"If I mention oh somebody wants to hear Led Zeppelin or Redneck Woman and they'll laugh and I'll say you don't think I can do this? I love dispelling the myth," Massie says as smile spreads across her face.
These days this grandmother of six has a standing gig at Beale on Broadway where she owns the stage and proves you're never too old to make dreams come true.