One of the things that stood out to me when I first discovered Glenn Kaiser was that he put his money where his mouth was. The Resurrection Band not only sang about real-life struggles, like poverty, divorce, and racism, but they lived their lives by putting their thoughts into action. Glenn and his wife Wendi started Jesus People USA in Chicago to take God’s love to the streets in a real and practical way. And something about that rang true with me. Plus, Rez really rocked, turning early Christian music on its ear.
In today’s podcast, I talk with Richard Souther. Richard was an in-demand studio and touring musician who played with Barry McGuire, 2nd Chapter of Acts, and Phil Keaggy, just to name a few But early in his career, Richard experienced a significant medical event that for all intents should have spelled the end of his illustrious career. But thanks to some friends around him, and a new technology called the synthesizer, Richard was able to resume his career and go on to be a prolific creator of contemplative music.
I’m excited to welcome Tammy Trent to the podcast. Tammy has released a half dozen albums, her first one back in 1995. She is an author and popular speaker and has quite a story to tell about how her community of friends and her relationship with Jesus helped her through the loss of her husband and best friend. You won’t want to miss this conversation!
In this episode, I’m talking with Alisa Childers. Alisa was part of the pop trio ZOEgirl in the early 2000s. Fans of early Jesus music will appreciate that Alisa is the daughter of Chuck Girard, who was part of the group Love Song as well as having a substantial solo ministry. Alisa experienced a period of profound doubt about her faith and spent a lot of time searching for answers to her questions.
During my conversation with Russ Lee, there were two phrases that kept popping up. First is that God has a perfect plan that He invites us to participate in. He lines up people and situations and invites us to travel life with Him. Unfortunately for me, at least, I find that sometimes I have to look back at my history to see how God’s plan brought me to where I am today. But just like the footprints in the sand, God is always there.
Back in the early eighties, I played a song called "I’m Born Again" when I was a DJ at a station in Boise, Idaho. That song was off an album from Glenn Garrett. Over the years, Glenn has continued to make music celebrating his relationship with Jesus and how being born again changes our lives and makes a difference in our world. Chatting with Glenn reveals a gentle soul who is madly in love with his Savior and wants everyone to know it! Glenn talks about how he can hear his Good God in Heaven speak.
Today you get to hear my conversation with Jason Fowler. Jason is an incredibly talented guitar player and singer. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the supergroup The Union of Sinners and Saints with John Schlitt of Petra and Billy Smiley of White Heart. Jason was an award-winning athlete and even attended the Olympic Training Camp for speed skating. But when you talk with Jason you quickly hear that his story is about God’s redemption, healing, and forgiveness.
I’m glad to share with you my conversation with Randy Thomas. Randy is currently the worship leader at a church in Ft. Meyers Florida. But before his tenure as a pastor, he was a member of the Sweet Comfort Band for nearly a decade before moving on to start the band the Allies. Oh yea, and he also wrote a little song called Butterfly Kisses with his songwriting partner Bob Carlisle.
Today I’m talking with Sarah Hart. We did a lot of laughing together. And we talked about her experience as a songwriter and how she got started in music. But our chat quickly turned to the crazy pandemic and political times we are experiencing in 2020. Now I’ll be one of the first to admit, I don’t usually like talking about these topics because they can come across as divisive and I’m not someone who generally enjoys confrontation. But Sarah spoke with such love and compassion about the tools she is using to address these issues in her own life.