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!




Release!

22 06 2009

The Doorpost Songs: Next Generation is finally here!  We had our release concert on Friday, June 12 at Tallowood with a full band backed by a choir of 100 kids.  The night was incredibly exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling for us.  It was wonderful to see the fruits of our labor over these last six months, and it was touching to see the kids sing these timeless truths with such enthusiasm!

The band was filled out by new and old friends.  Clint Milburn, the guitar player that I played with in Better Days Ahead, flew down from Nashville to be a part of the concert.  He was also heading out to Camp Tallowood the next day with us.  Seth Marcum, a new friend, also flew down to play bass.  He would be a part of the Camp band as well.  John Stanley, a new friend from Second Baptist who attended the band sessions in Nashville and actually played on one of the tracks, played drums, and Jeremy Good, a local musician, arranger, and producer played keys.  Finally, Lisa Pierre join us on background vocals.

We had a great rehearsal on Thursday with the band, which turned out to be an all-star cast.  They had all been listening to the music and had the songs down flat.  The only thing we had to do was put it together.  Having Lisa on BGVs was also a huge help, allowing us to pull off some of the more complex background vocal parts on the album.  The only question that remained was how the kids would sing on Friday night.

Just before 5:00 on Friday we finally gathered to soundcheck with the kids.  I was nervous about whether or not the kids would sing out and know the songs well, but those nerves were quickly put to rest.  They knew the songs cold, and sang their little hearts out.  There were multiple moments when I got choked up listening to them sing these words from Scripture.

Once we had soundchecked we dismissed the kids, put some finishing touches on our monitor mixes, and then grabbed a quick dinner.  (Regrettably I was only able to get a couple bites of my ice cream cookie sandwich!)  Before I knew it the clock struck 7:00 and we stepped on stage to begin the concert.  The lights dimmed and we played the opening video segment before launching into If God is For Us.  I tried to savor each moment, but they passed incredibly quickly.  Each song was met with enthusiastic response from the audience, for which the most credit must go to the kids.  Their energetic, enthusiastic singing carried the night.  In the blink of an eye we went from the first song all the way to Stand Firm, the final track.  The kids sang the final refrain, “Death is swallowed up in victory,” and after one last “trash can” ending, the night was completed.

It has been wonderful since then to receive feedback from kids and parents alike about how they are experiencing the new album.  I’ll try to share some of their stories in upcoming posts.  But for now it’s enough to say that I am both exhilarated and relieved to finally have the album out.  The CD release concert was a wonderful, memorable experience, thanks in no small part to the efforts of the media team (Gary Revis, Miguel Ortiz, Stefan Gerrard, Kyle Smith, Jonathan Lafferty); Alicia Music, the director of the kids choir; and, of course, the kids themselves.  We continue to pray that God would use this album to plant His truth in the lives of the next generation!





New Doorpost Songs Project!

24 02 2009

Coming soon to fine retailers everywhere…okay, well really just to Tallowood…The Doorpost Songs II.  You may remember that in December of 2006 we released the first Doorpost Songs project, a collection of scripture set to music and sung by Jess, me, and a group of kids from Tallowood.  Take a listen to the first project if you haven’t heard it before.  This time around we did the band tracks in Nashville with Scott Williamson, the producer who did the first record as well as the Dave and Jess album.  Then we came back to Houston to record Jess and me, and in late March we’ll record the kids.  The project will be released on Friday, June 12 with a release concert at VBS Family Night.  Stay tuned for more updates!





S.P.A.M.A.R.A.M.A.

10 08 2008

No doubt you’re wondering what in the world SPAMARAMA is – I know I did the first time I saw the name.  It sounds like a celebration of the infamous “meat-like” product.  But it actually stands for Students Proclaim A Message About Repentance And Mercy Available, and for over a decade hundreds of students have been gathering at Bethel Baptist Church in North Houston each summer for this weeklong evening revival.  This year it was our privilege to lead them in worship.

Each service was an eclectic mix of music, drama, and video elements capped with a message that invariably spoke directly and honestly to the life situations that these students find themselves in.  It was sobering to see how many people came forward when one speaker asked any student that had a broken family situation to come forward for prayer.  We were impressed with the way the leaders spoke truth into the lives of these students without fear.  They addressed issues with refreshing frankness, from the lyrics of music on the radio today to the perils of the gang lifestyle, all the while speaking in love and offering the kids the promise of redemption in Christ.

With our friends Blaine Fallis (bass), Dave Donahoo (guitar) and John Stanley (drums) backing us up we led about 30 minutes of worship each evening and then gave a concert on Friday night after the service.  It was exciting to see the kids respond well to the music and we even got a chance to give some encouragement to an aspiring worship band formed by a few of the students.  We’re looking forward to more of these opportunities in the future.  Thanks again to everyone who was a part of putting on this great event!





Release Concert Pics

28 06 2008

At long last, here are a few of our favorite photos from the release concert, courtesy of Clay Wisner.  (Thank you, Clay!)

Opening Shot

Our logo on the screen before the show.  Don’t think for a moment we weren’t crazy nervous backstage!

Stage Shot

Great work by Vincent Young, Kyle Smith, Miguel Ortiz, and Gary Revis to get the stage looking incredible!

James

A new friend: bass player, James Gregory.

Clint

An old friend: guitar player, Clint Milburn.

Dave

And appearing on second guitar: Dave Donahoo.

Dave Ray

I even pulled out the electric guitar for a couple tunes.

As usual, Jess delivered a great vocal performance.

Piano

I moved to the keyboard for songs like Undone and Face of God.

Going for it

Going for it on One in a Million.

The final note

Love this shot – the moment right before the final note of the concert.  Thanks, Clay for some great pics!





Face of God Video

5 06 2008


Here is the video that accompanies the song Face of God.





More thoughts…

4 06 2008

So it’s been a while since I (Jess) have posted anything on here, so I thought I’d offer up some reflections on Friday’s concert as well.

First of all – THANKS TO MY MOM AND DAD for making the surprise trip down for the concert!  It meant so much for us to have them there in the audience!  It wouldn’t have been the same without them.  I also echo Dave in thanking everyone who had a hand in pulling this whole thing together.  It took a village to make this happen, and how lucky we are to have each and every person that was involved. 

I’m also SO grateful for the guys that played in the band.  It was such privilege to sing alongside these outstanding musicians.  They gave this singer a major boost of confidence! 

I also want to be sure everyone knows how brilliant my husband is.  Not only did he write some killer songs, but his whole vision for the concert just blew me away – from the video that introduced the concert to the Face of God video that I’m still receiving comments on.  God has simply gifted him in a multitude of ways, and it’s so cool for me as his wife to see him using them for God’s glory.  I’m so blessed to share this project with him, and God is fulfilling one of my deepest desires by allowing us to do this together.

Finally – as we’ve released this album my prayer has simply been this: that people would encounter Truth.  Of course we’d love for the choruses to get stuck in your head, or for you to find yourself whistling one of the melodies without even knowing it.  BUT – more than that we want it to impact you on a much more personal level.  Whether it’s challenging you to view your interactions with others differently, encouraging you during times of deepest need, or simply putting a voice to the things you’ve felt before, we hope that these songs are more than just entertainment.  We hope they make you think.

Much love, my friends.  Thanks for listening to our music!