New Blog Up and Running

12 06 2011

The blog on the new website is now up and running, and the subscribe link is working!  Take a minute a peruse the new site and the new blog, and if you’ve been following this blog, make sure you subscribe to the new one.  We’ll be posting soon about our recent trip to Nashville.  Thanks guys!

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Music for the Radio in the Baptist Standard

2 05 2011

Here’s some exciting news for a couple worship leaders at a Baptist church: this month’s Baptist Standard featured a nice article about the new project.  We’re grateful to Leann Callaway for a good interview and a great article.  You can check it out here.

In other news the CD release concert approaches and we’re excited about sharing all the new music with you.  Aid Sudan is running some really cool promotions through their Facebook page.  Here’s how you can give yourself a chance to win some cool prizes:

  1. “Like” the Aid Sudan Facebook page so that you can do the following two things.
  2. Go to photos and tag yourself in the Bebo Norman concert photo for a chance to win an autographed Bebo Norman CD.
  3. Go the Bebo Norman concert event and leave a comment for a chance to win a meet and greet with Bebo prior to the concert.
It’s that easy!  Good luck, and we hope to see you all at the concert!




CD Release Concert with Bebo Norman

29 03 2011

We’re excited to announce that our Music for the Radio CD Release Concert is just around the corner and that we’ll have a special guest headlining the show!  Bebo Norman, an incredible singer/songwriter, will be headlining the concert on Sunday, May 15 at Tallowood Baptist Church.  Doors open at 5:00 PM and the concert starts at 6:00 PM, and best of all – it’s free!  We hope to see you there!  Every penny we receive from sales of Music for the Radio benefits Aid Sudan’s Radio Station Project, which allows the people of southern Sudan to hear the Gospel in their own tribal languages.

 





New Single Available on iTunes!

26 02 2011

Music for the Radio Cover Art

We are excited to let you know that “Better,” the single from our new EP, Music for the Radio, is now available on iTunes!  While the full EP will not release until May 15, you can get a sneak peek now!  And the best part?  When you purchase the single on iTunes you’re helping spread the Gospel in southern Sudan.  Every penny we receive from the sale of the album will go directly toward the purchase of hand-held radios that are allowing the people of southern Sudan to hear the Gospel in their own tribal languages.  You can learn more about the heart of the project HERE.

We’re also thrilled to have Mark Giles on board as our radio promoter.  Mark is currently working with artists like Mercy Me, Addison Road, Stellar Kart, and Laura Story, so we are delighted to have his skill and experience working on our behalf.

“Better” was inspired by our study of Ephesians that began almost 30 weeks ago!  In Ephesians 1:17 Paul writes, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”  And in Psalm 63:3 David writes, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”

The heading to Psalm 63 indicates that David wrote these words while in the desert of Judah.  One can easily imagine where he found the inspiration for the beginning of the Psalm: “I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”  But in our lives, with our needs met, dozens of diversions at our fingertips, and a general lack of “desert time,” it’s easy to find things that we enjoy better than God’s love.  That’s why Paul’s prayer in Ephesians is so important.

God isn’t content to be an item on our priority lists or a note on our calendars.  He will never say, “I think you and I have gone about as far as we can go in this relationship.”  He is never satisfied with just a part of us.  He wants the whole thing.  He is constantly calling us deeper and deeper into relationship with Him, because He knows that the very best thing for our lives is just to know Him.  He is constantly urging us to know Him better.





Something New

2 11 2010

This morning finds us in Nashville, Tennessee, getting ready for something new!  We’re about to head into the studio to record a new project, one that has been a long time in the making.  It’s called Music for the Radio, and it all started two years ago, almost to the day.

On November 1, 2008 we left to spend two weeks in southern Sudan with the non-profit organization that Jess works for, Aid Sudan.  It was an incredible trip, and one that left an indelible mark on our lives.  Most of all, we came away with a great love for the southern Sudanese people and a prayer that God would move powerfully in that country.

One of the incredible projects that Aid Sudan is using to impact the spiritual and physical needs of the southern Sudanese is the Radio Station Project.  Two radio towers are already up in Sudan – some of the first mass communication to reach this remote area of the world – and fourteen others are projected.  These satellite repeater stations will broadcast Bible stories, health and hygiene information, local news, and community development teaching all in the local tribal languages.  This oral transmission of information is crucial because the large majority of Sudanese are not literate.

The key to this project is a specially-designed handheld radio.  It’s solar-powered because there is no electricity, and it’s fix-tuned to the Aid Sudan signal.  Because the Sudanese live in family groups, one radio can reach 10-15 people, and sometimes more.  But there are over a million people in the broadcast area of the existing towers, and millions more in the projected broadcast area of the remaining towers.  That means we need thousands upon thousands of radios!

The good news is that these radios only cost $20 to manufacture and distribute, and there are already thousands in southern Sudan.  But we need more, and that’s where our new project comes in.  Music for the Radio is a 6-song EP that will be released in Spring of 2011.  All of the receipts – not just the profits, but everything we receive – will go to purchase these radios.  It’s a project we’ve been praying about for almost two years, and now God has finally opened the door for us to take the first step down this road.  We’re praying that God will do amazing things through this project, and that thousands of people will be impacted as a result.

And it’s not just about the Sudanese people.  Music for the Radio is a reminder to us that God is singing a song through each of our lives, and He never meant for us to keep it to ourselves.  He is calling us to sing it out, to broadcast it to a world that needs to hear it.  The song of God is music for the radio!  Don’t keep it to yourself.  Sing it out!





New Music is Coming!

29 09 2010

Okay, so blog posting is not necessarily my forte.  (When it’s the end of September and your last post was a Father’s Day post you know that your blog is not exactly “current.”)  Still, I do have some good news about a project that Jess and I are incredibly excited about.

We have new music coming.

I’m going to keep you in suspense for awhile, but this is a project we have been praying about for almost two years now.  To see it finally come to fruition is incredible!  Don’t worry, we’ll fill you in on all the details in time, but for now we’re just excited to have new music on the way.





A New Venture

25 01 2010

I’m excited to tell you a little bit about a new venture that Jess and I have the privilege of supporting.  Our friend Jeremy Good has launched a new website called GoodWorshipMusic.com.  The site focuses on two main areas: modern arrangements of classic hymns, and new music from independent artists.  Several selections from both the Dave & Jess Ray album and The Doorpost Songs: Next Generation are featured on the new music portion of the site.  Since we wanted to have a broad appeal to worship leaders the selections from The Doorpost Songs have been mixed without the children’s vocals.  Currently this is the only place those mixes are available.  So take a listen to a sample, rate the song, and even download an mp3 if you want.  I have also contributed several piano/vocal arrangements to their Modernized Hymn collection.

Take a minute and check out the site.  If you know a worship leader that might be interested in the material available on this site, please pass the information along.  We’re pleased to be a part of the launch of this new resource!