Seldom does a day go by without someone making a comment about VBS music. Just moments ago I had a conversation with Mary, a precious children's minister who was having lunch in the LifeWay café. She wanted me to know how much she and the kids love the music from VBS 2011, and how she continues to use it every week as the kids are arriving for Wednesday evening activities. What would VBS be without music? Its words and melodies take up residence in our hearts and souls.
It is a great joy to introduce the creators of LifeWay's VBS 2013 music.
For more than 20 years, Paul has been quietly making a name for himself in music. His expertise and experience makes him one of the top consultants in the areas of producing, writing, publishing, leading worship, and concert performance.
As a songwriter, Paul has penned many chart-topping hits, including 16 top ten national radio singles. He wrote the theme song for the movie "Road to Redemption," produced by Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures. Pal has been a songwriter for LifeWay Church Resources since 2004. He was named LifeWay songwriter of the year for 2010 and 2011. You can find his songs on various LifeWay projects.
As a performer, Paul has sung with the vocal trio, River, for the past 20 years, serving as the group's producer, vocalist and primary songwriter. River has performed over 1,500 concerts across the glob and amassed many top ten national radio hits. It was real-life experiences with churches of all sizes and denominations that have given Paul the insight needed to help artists hone their craft and define their ministries.
Paul's production abilities began to be noticed by up-and-coming artists who wanted a producer that not only crafted with proven excellence, but that also cared about their ministry. Paul also added his producing skills to many of the songs recorded for LifeWayworship.com.
Paul lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife Karolyn, and children Elias, Mikiah, and Lila.
Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Jeremy moved to Nashville in 1994 to attend Belmont University. He signed an exclusive publishing contract with LifeWay in 2004 when his songs gained the attention of producer/songwriter Greg Nelson.
Since signing with LifeWay, Jeremy's songs have been recorded by Steve Green, Michael English, Michael W. Smith, Elliott Yamin (American Idol), Brian Free and Assurance, and featured in over 200 choral and print projects.
Three of Jeremy's songs were included in the 2008 Baptist Hymnal.
Jeremy lives in Thompson's Station, Tennessee, with his wife, Maribeth, and their new little boy, Keyes.
I am honored to welcome Paul and Jeremy to LifeWay's VBS team.
You're first opportunity to hear their excellent work will be during the June 4 VBS 2013 theme announcement. Stay tuned!