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Celeste Powers

Celeste Powers

(James Michael Morrison)

James Michael Morrison aka Celeste Powers was born on a farm in Kansas City, Kansas in July one hot summer night. I grew up with a love for the land and the animals that inhabited it.Born to Bernice L Kearby Morrison and Willard Roscoe Morris as their only living child. Two years after being born the family moved to Independence Missouri. We settled on a five acre lot where we had a variety of animals and huge vegetable gardens. I was exposed to a variety of major influences from the art of photography and music. These two experiences turned into lifelong hobbies/professions.

I have had a variety of careers over the years and have four college degrees. My most favorite of all was teaching interior design and drafting for a number of years. I am currently driving for UBER to support my Photography obsession/ art.

In 1993 my aunt died from HIV/Aids at the age of 73 and I wanted to get out from behind the piano and do more to raise funds for AIDS research. In 1995 Celeste Powers was born in the basement bar of Mari's Restaurant in Kansas City and quickly did another show that same night at Missie B's. I had found my creative outlet which has allowed me to be a part of many fundraisers in raising millions of dollars for a variety of causes throughout the years. AMFAR, Aids Walk Kansas City, KC Passages, and many others.

Riding horses from a young age my first experiences with rodeos was as a part of a drill team/ trick riding group called Rodeo Kids who performed at various rodeos in the Midwest. My first experience with Gay rodeo was in 1992 when I was ask to be the travel agent for a non sanctioned rodeo held by the Kansas City Chapter of MIssouri Gay rodeo association. I rejoined Gay rodeo in 2010 as a canidate for Miss Missouri Gay Rodeo Assoication 2011. I continued to be apart of Gay Missouri Rodeo association having held several positions; Miss MGRA 2011,Assistant Rodeo director, Secretary, Miss MGRA 2013 and vice president.

In 2017 my husband and myself decided to move to Arizona as we headed to our retirement years. I quickly became involved with Gay Rodeo again runing for Miss AGRA for 2019 and becoming 2nd running up and Winning Miss AGRA in 2020. I am very proud to be apart of Arizona Gay Rodeo association and our continued ability to support the local gay commuinty with our fundrasing efforts. I love my chosen family in Rodeo and look forward to raising funds for those that need our help.

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