“My Holy Mess!”
January 23. 2020
St. John XIII
Meet Kelly Nieto! She’s the girl next-door, the friend who always has time to chat over a cup of coffee. But she’s also an internationally acclaimed producer, speaker, musician, author and mother of 5 kids! She’s a woman on a mission. It’s not an overstatement to say that you’ve never met anyone quite like Kelly!
Biography: Kelly Nieto is one of those rare Catholic speakers who has the unique ability and talent to use the power of humor, wisdom and God to touch people deeply and inspire at the same time. “Boring” or “Lackluster” is not in Kelly’s vocabulary!
But Kelly’s faith in God was not always present. For 35 long years, Kelly wanted nothing to do with God. She was an agnostic “New Ager” who participated in séances and used psychics on a regular basis. Pretty Woo Woo stuff indeed! Jesus, Christianity, and Faith were things that Kelly shunned, and even made fun of at times.
After college Kelly became Miss Michigan, Miss America runner-up, and Miss America National Talent Winner. This success led Kelly down a path to world travel and great money as a musical comedienne opening for legendary country acts like Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels and The Judds. Fast forward a few years, Kelly got married to her amazing husband, had two wonderful and healthy kids, and was able to live in a gorgeous home that most would be envious of.
Life was perfect…or so it seemed.
On the outside Kelly had it all, but on the inside she felt a sense of emptiness. Something was missing. She struggled to find true peace, fulfillment and purpose in her life.
This lack of peace and purpose led Kelly down a spiraling path to depression and emptiness that began to consume her entire life and well being. It was in these darkest moments that Kelly found out her mother was going to die. For the first time in her life she reached out to God and cried out in desperation, “I don’t know who you are or what you are, but I will give you my life if you save her and show me the truth!”
And that’s when Kelly’s life changed forever…
Fast forward a few months…Kelly kept her vow and gave her life to Christ. The night before entering the Catholic Church, Kelly had a life-changing vision and was inspired to create Cross and the Light, an international, critically acclaimed musical and multi-sensory video experience of Jesus’ death, resurrection and the coming of the holy spirit on Pentecost. This authentic biblical proclamation of the greatest love story of all time has…
• NO religious compromises
• church testimonials from Detroit to Australia
• killer theatrical reviews
• over 90,000 people in attendance
• and standing ovations at every show!
And it’s in the process of being made into a major motion picture with producer and multiple Grammy award winning Producer by Michael Omartian!! Kelly’s amazing sense of humor and “spunk and spirit” has always remained at the center of everything she does. All of her inspiring talks are filled with hilarious and heart-warming stories of faith, God, and The Path to Peace and Purpose!
Who Says God Doesn’t Have a Sense of Humor? He Invented It!
Kelly’s uplifting and magnetic (and super hilarious!) personality has wowed audiences all over the world for over 35 years. She’s emceed the Miss Michigan Pageant for 23 years, also emceed the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, and performed her one-woman show in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, as well as on cruise ships and for corporations across the world.
Kelly is the founder and CES (Chief Executive Servant) of Nieto Productions, Nieto Publishing, and Living Faith…which is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money to help underprivileged kids attend The Cross and The Light.
Thanks to the love and support from Kelly’s husband, five beautiful kids and other family and friends, she now gives numerous talks to churches and organizations all across the country.