Karysse Trandem was born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and loved playing outside with her beloved sister enjoying all of the beautiful four seasons there. Her mother, Leanne, sang songs to her every day and taught her about the love of Jesus and the wonderful truths of the Bible. Her father, Vern, taught her all about biology and astronomy, and instilled in her a love for God by sharing with her His amazing creation and creativity.
Growing up, Karysse participated in singing, dancing, piano playing, acting, problem-solving, church and science events and became more and more passionate about all of these endeavors as well as her love of the Lord. Performing on stages in Minnesota and other states, Karysse received many awards for her heart-felt delivery of solos and acting roles.
The summer following her sophomore year of high school, Karysse began attending full-time University courses, and graduated with a B.S. Biology/Pre-Medicine degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN just one year after her high school graduation as Valedictorian. She then took a year to sing/dance/act on stages in Minneapolis and New York City, during which time she felt a calling from the Lord to go on a medical mission trip to West Africa with the Mercy Ships. Upon completing 3 months of YWAM’s (Youth With A Mission) Discipleship Training School in England, she spent two months in Togo and Ghana serving with the Africa Mercy Ship, after which time she made the decision to pursue becoming a surgeon in addition to her performing arts endeavors.
During the year preparing for and matriculating into medical school, Karysse was chosen for the position of a Legislative Assistant in the Minnesota State Senate, and grew in her knowledge of and interest in leadership and politics.
Karysse became her medical school Class President at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, and went on to complete a research internship at the National Institutes of Health outside of Washington, D.C., in the Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. She then accepted a 4-year residency position specializing in Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Gynecologic Surgery at The University of Minnesota and further developed a zeal for healing the broken, poor, and needy. Throughout her 8 years of medical training, Dr. Trandem was thrilled to serve overseas in medical missions whenever she could and complete a highly competitive international research internship at the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, working on preventing intimate partner violence.
Following Residency, Dr. Trandem accepted an opportunity to practice medicine in a wonderful community in rural northern Minnesota and there led worship at her church. During this time she was blessed to perform in many venues both nationally and internationally.
Karysse has encountered many great joys as well as many great challenges throughout her life and her travels. Reflecting on all of her life’s experiences, with the help of the Holy Spirit, Karysse wrote the words and music for every song on her long-anticipated first live studio album, “FuZion.” She brought together what she calls her “beyond-belief band” of precious friends, who are also fellow worshipers, to form a wildly dynamic team. She conveys that her band encouraged and supported her vision beyond what she could have dreamed, and brought their outstanding hearts and talents to create an incredible sound. Each song on “FuZion” was produced by Karysse and is a different style of music. The album pulls together her many musical influences, including genres of Alternative Pop Rock, Jazz, Contemporary Worship, Classical, Hip-hop, Soul, Americana/Folk, Latino, Reggae, Disco, Pop, Gospel, and R&B.
Now practicing medicine and surgery in beautiful Naples, Florida, Dr. Trandem continues to be involved in national and international medical missions. She donates 10% of all profits of her album FuZion to support victims of human trafficking. In addition to performing and speaking in many venues, Karysse also leads worship for the National Christian Women in Medicine and Dentistry annual conferences.
Dr. Trandem loves to share God’s Love through both music and medicine with people around the world, and she emphasizes, “My life, music and medicine would never be possible without God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, saving me from my sins and loving me far beyond what I could have ever asked for or imagined. My greatest desire is to grow more deeply in love with the Lord and share His Love with everyone!”
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