Friday Five: Jenny and Tyler

Jenny & Tyler are a husband-wife pop-folk band originally from Newark, Delaware, and currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. The group consists of singer-songwriters Jenny Somers and Tyler Somers. They have a unique style that has often been called, "soul grass." The duo has independently released three full-length albums and two EPs, and regularly tours the United States. They have collaborated with artists such as Mac Powell, Levi Weaver and Joel Rakes.They have just released a brand-new album, Open Your Doors.  I found their music on Noisetrade and immediately loved its creativity, originality, and spiritual depth. So I asked them if they'd stop by for a short, but sweet interview on today's Friday Five: Was there a moment in each of your lives when you knew music would be your life?  There wasn't a specific moment per say, but when we first went to Nashville together during the summer of 2006, we solidified a...

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Friday Five: Babbie Mason

As a kid, one of my favorite Christian music artists was Babbie Mason. In fact, I performed a sign-language song performance to her popular hit, "Each One Reach One." Babbie Mason is a Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated gospel singer, songwriter, and author. Babbie is also a professor of songwriting at Atlanta Christian College and Lee University, and a television talk-show host. She was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs. Babbie has been honored perform for several U.S. Presidents. She has just released her devotional Embraced by God. Today, she was kind enough to stop by and chat about her long career, her latest book, and mentoring future artists: You grew up in church as a pastor's daughter. Did you feel pressure to be "in the ministry" full-time?  I never felt pressure to go into the ministry as a full...

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Why We Need Music

I once heard a well-meaning Christian leader say something like this, "Ahh, music is so overrated. You don't need music. If you were stranded on an island, you would get along fine without music." I actually believed him for a time and used to think this. But then, when I faced some of my darkest moments, I realized that it was music that helped bring me back. It was music that cleared the rubble of my heart and brought it tenderly before Jesus. I need music. As we approach thanksgiving, I think it's important to offer worship and gratitude to God, not only through our thoughtful expressions and notes, but also through music. Consider this passage from Ephesians 5:15-21: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of...

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Friday Five: Stephen Altrogge

Stephen Altrogge is a popular author and blogger at The Blazing Center. He’s a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA where he leads worship and works in the college ministry. He is also the author of a number of popular worship songs.

Stephen is the author of the book Game Day For the Glory of God: A Guide For Athletes, Fans, and Wannabes, The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence.

Stephen humored me by stopping by for today’s Friday Five: