Gospel singer Steve Desmond has known since childhood that God had a special purpose for his life in the music ministry. The path to that ministry had a few twists and turns, but these days he's fulfilling that purpose, traveling across the country to share his talent and testimony. He currently lives in Greeley, Colorado with his family.
"Everybody encouraged me to make music my career -- I mean everybody," he says. But he fell into pastoral ministry almost by accident, after meeting a tiny congregation of seven elderly women who were struggling to keep their church open. Desmond's family started worshipping with them regularly, and he began to sing and preach, while his wife, LaDeana played piano, and their then two young sons greeted people and collected the offering. That initial plan to spend a few Sundays with the women turned into 10 years of "awesome" ministry as the church grew to nearly 100 members. "It was all part of God's plan for our lives, and I wouldn't change one thing even if I could," he said, as he reflected on this detour from his goal of full-time music ministry.
Barry Ward Barry Ward is a cowboy who makes his home in Colorado. He’s a remarkable western vocalist, and songwriter. He has no less than five incredible gifted ‘message’ songs that he wrote.
Barry is a remarkable songwriter. The ability to put in a few words the ‘feelings’ of an entire nation is no easy task, but he also has the voice to go with his original writings. It’s that combination of talents that makes Barry Ward rise above the mundane and produce remarkable music that really does have something to say. In today’s world, perhaps ‘music’ is the best route to take.
Barry has the military and veterans on his mind. He knows what they are going through, ‘the brave and the free.’ A couple more songs like “Freedom at Last” and “Welcome Home” also bring us to a realization of what America is all about, and what it would not be about if it weren’t for our military. He makes it plain in his liner notes…. “THANK YOU, and I especially want to thank our Vietnam Veterans who sadly never got the homecoming they so desperately deserved. It is to these courageous and unselfish soldiers that I say “Welcome Home.”
If Nathan's real-life story was optioned for a movie, the writers would have little need to enhance it for the silver screen. His journey holds all the elements of an epic narrative—struggle, addiction, abandonment, loss, courage, and redemption.
There’s just something about Nathan’s voice that makes me believe him when he sings. It’s hard to explain. Looking at him you would never know the pain he has been through in his life. He looks like the All-American kid but his voice is like a gateway to his soul.
“It's my desire that people will find hope and draw closer to Jesus when they hear these songs," Robertson shares. “I want to encourage others to rely on God’s plans and not their own. The journey of discovering God’s purpose for your life is something I think we can all relate to, and I believe with my whole heart that true joy is found when you give everything over to Him.”
"From the first time I heard Brooke sing, I knew there was something very special about her,” said Holderfield. “Her voice has the ability to draw listeners deeper into the lyrics, and I think she's just scratching the surface of what God will do with her. I can't wait for people to hear this music."
Sunnyside hails from the Jonesborough, Tennessee, area.Mother, Judi Castleberry, had her children singing with her in church at as early an age as possible.In the late 1980’s, Judi and her daughter Konnie began a monthly appearance for the Veterans at the Mountain Home V.A. Theater in Johnson City, TN, where the Carter Family tune, “Keep on the Sunnyside” became their theme song and the group’s name evolved from that. In 1994, Konnie married Steve Lewis, which added a lead guitarist, vocalist, and banjo player to the group.Following a chance meeting in 2004, Vicki Shell joined Sunnyside, playing mandolin and fiddle.Sunnyside’s music has been said to be an eclectic blend of contemporary, bluegrass, southern, and traditional gospel music.They have produced 4 CD’s, including a Christmas CD.Although they occasionally perform for secular events, their hearts are in spreading The Gospel through song. Contact:Konnie Lewis @ 423/753-5242 or firstname.lastname@example.org