The Tucson, Ariz. resident is recognized in the Southwest as "a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with."
Growing up on a farm outside of Spencer, Norgaard was involved in band and choir, and was the Tiger mascot her senior year, graduating in 1992. After receiving her bachelor's degree in nursing at Creighton University in Omaha she worked as a nurse in the remote villages of the Dominican Republic. She then worked in Oregon at a clinic for migrant Hispanic people, and eventually settled in Alaska working with the Native Alaskan population. It was during this time Norgaard discovered music was a universal language that could connect people beyond barriers of language and culture.
In 2004, Norgaard left her Alaskan lifestyle to pursue a musical dream. Since then, the nurse-turned-musician has released four full-length albums, all of which are available at Arts on Grand, and hopes to release her fifth album in 2013. She tours nationally, and has opened for Judy Collins and Ellis Paul. Earlier this summer, she was the featured performer at the Abben Cancer Center's Survivors Day celebration.
In 2007, Norgaard was named Up & Coming Artist of the Year at the Tucson Area Music Awards. In 2011 she was runner-up for the Folk Performance Award at the TAMMIES. She has received several honors from international songwriting competitions, and her music appears on several compilation CDs.
In addition to performing, Norgaard speaks on the topic of "Music as a Healing Art & Instrument for Social Change" at colleges, making her an obvious choice to be invited to inaugurate Arts on Grand's "Healing Arts" partnership with Spencer Hospital and the Abben Cancer Center.
Mainstreet Market takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the courthouse square, 215 W. 4th St., Spencer, through Aug. 16. Along with free live entertainment, Mainstreet Market features fresh produce, original art by area artists, and food from a variety of vendors.
On Aug. 2, the Clay County Cattlemen will be selling meals to help raise funds for the Clay County 4-H endowment.
Mainstreet Market is a joint venture of the Spencer Main Street Company and the Spencer Alliance for a Creative Economy (SPACE). In case of rain, the music will move to Arts on Grand.