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The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released - Melange an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially given his line of work.

After tag-teaming with Barack Obama through their respective campaigns for political office, the former Peace Corps volunteer ended up in the then-senator's Chicago office as Director of Outreach and Economic Development. As president, Obama invited him to the White House as Director of Presidential Correspondence.

"We got letters with catastrophic pleas from real people. You feel responsible for them. They're appealing directly to the president," Kelleher recalled of his 12-hour days managing 200 staffers, interns, and volunteers at the White House. From the deluged "information factory," they culled 10 letters per day for the president's briefing book. "If you make a mistake, it could end up above the fold in the newspaper. Especially early in his administration, any mistake could affect his ability to implement policy. I'm very proud that we made that a trouble-free time for him."  READ THE FULL HuffPost ARTICLE

Kelleher's musical expression is no East Room parlor trick. He's no John Ashcroft ("Let the Eagle Soar"). He's no Bill Clinton (tenor sax). And anyone who believes that Washington, DC, is 'Hollywood for the ugly people' hasn't seen his wife and musical collaborator Karin. This recording is the real deal.