Local singer, pastor to debut CD on Friday

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

A passion for expressing the heart of God's love to the heart of people is behind the work of music ministry undertaken by Jason VanPelt, associate pastor at McCook Christian Church, 329 N. Cherokee.

VanPelt will launch his third CD, "Every Moment, Every Day," during a "Live at the Beiroc" performance Friday at the Beiroc Cafe.

"It promises to be a pretty laid-back evening," said VanPelt, "just me and my acoustic guitar."

The full band will be in town near the end of March when a concert at The Pepper will showcase the original writings and stylings of this talented young man of God.

VanPelt has an extensive background in Christian music ministry, including time spent in Nashville at Quad Studios where he worked with Christian songwriters, musicians and producers, including Amy Grant, Steve Taylor, Michael W. Smith, Point of Grace and Guardian.

His newest release was engineered and produced in McCook at the Wind and Waves Studio, located in the VanPelt's basement.

"It gives me the freedom to work on it at odd hours," said VanPelt, "or to step away from it for a few days to let it rest."

The CD was sent to Tom King at Ex Nihlo Studios in Nashville, Tenn., to be mastered, which gives it its final polish, separating each cut cleanly.

Each of the 10 selections is a VanPelt original, the lyrics a conversation with God, affirming God's place and influence in his life and in the life of the church.

VanPelt deals honestly with his own human emotion as he sings in "May All Who Seek Your Face," "Weak and poor, I'm pouring out myself, knowing no one else can be my help."

He also addresses the seemingly universal need of the church in the final cut "I'm Praying for the Day," singing, "I'm praying for the day we'll be a church that brings no hurt to your heart"

The CDs are $12 and are available at Sehnert's Bakery and Beiroc Cafe, 312 Norris Avenue and D&D Floral & Accents Etc., 307 Norris Ave.

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