Old Friends, Good Friends…
Good, Old Friends…
Candi Pearson-Shelton and Jonathan Shelton were back in town this weekend – they’re at the Orange Conference this week – and so we were fortunate enough to have them lead worship in East this morning.
One thing about female worship leaders – the ladies finally get to sing in lady keys!
Both Candi and Jonathan are fabulous, gifted worship leaders.
(By the way – these two people have been pinnacle in some of the most incredible playing experiences of my life:
Dream On (complete with the high wail at the end)
Where The Streets Have No Name by U2
Anyway by Martina McBride
And, while we’re at it, our Worship Leader in West this week, Ryan Stuart, has sung a few of those memorable playing experiences himself:
City Of Blinding Lights by U2
Little Wonders by Rob Thomas
OK, OK, on to worship…
You Are by Todd Fields
A fave of mine, but man it sounded weird in the female key in East. The capos and inversions needed to pull it off left out a lot of the instrumental power that possesses. Obviously it was still good, and the average attender this morning couldn’t tell from a hill of beans – but I could….
Not bad – just different. Of course, Candi’s vocal power and passion over-road any lacking instrumental girth.
On Christ The Solid Rock
I love that we can do a tune that was first written in 1834, or something like that.
And the 3 part acapella harmonies at the end? Sweeeet.
Breathe On Me by Todd Fields, Christy Nockles and Nathan Nockles
You’ve heard me rave on this one before. Ashley Appling and I both agree that this is the best and most powerful song we’ve ever been a part of recording. Musically brilliant, and this lyric is sheer poetry:
Forever, You are the God of my story
Write every line for Your glory
Breathe on me
It you haven’t bought THIS yet, it’s worth it just for that song alone.
We started Andy’s new series “Faith, Hope and Luck” which dispels many of the myths and definitions of faith and hope, so we closed with Candi and Ryan (on their respective sides) all alone on stage, singing the first verse and a double chorus of “On Christ The Solid Rock”:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness…
That’s a powerful and almost eerie feeling – one, lone acapella voice filling a big auditorium. A little uncomfortable, but very unique….
East Band: Candi Pearson-Shelton, Jonathan Shelton, Mike Gleason, Ashley Appling, Pat Malone, Bill DeLoach and Brad Long
West Band: Ryan Stuart, Mike Hines, Jennifer Young, David Norwood, Earl South, Joe Lee, Trammell Starks and Danny Grady
FYI – All 4 electric guitars were using a POD X3 Live…
Are YOU worshipping with friends, or strangers?