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By Heather Rose
Special to The PREVIEW
Mark your calendars for a special night of music. Sunday evening, March 24, at 7 p.m., area churches welcome Christian music pioneers Randy Stonehill and Buck Storm in concert at Centerpoint Church here in Pagosa! The concert is free and open to the public and a love offering will be taken for the artists during the evening.
Randy Stonehill, originally from Stockton, Calif., is best known as one of the pioneers of contemporary Christian music since the early days of the “Jesus Movement.” His style is primarily folk rock in the style of James Taylor. He has collaborated with many of the vital voices in the Christian music scene including Keith Green, Phil Keaggy, Larry Norman, Annie Herring, Love Song and Sara Groves.
The album “Songs for Israel” is the collaborative result of a trip that friends and fellow artists, Phil Keaggy, Bob Bennett, Randy Stonehill and Buck Storm took to the Holy Land.
Buck Storm says, “What a wonderful experience to write about (and for) Israel; a place and people so precious to the Lord. There’s a story in every stone and every face.”
Buck Storm and Randy Stonehill have continued in their songwriting collaboration with their new release called, “Breath of God.” This five-song EP features songs, “Bones,” “Breath of God,” “Jesus, Out of Egypt” and “We Are Here.”
Buck Storm entered the international music scene in 1998, as a Christian Americana Artist and has earned the reputation of being a, “songwriter’s songwriter.” Buck is a natural born storyteller whose songs flow from his stories and passion for Jesus. His ministry through music is likened to Christian artists like Rich Mullins and Keith Green. During the concert, Buck weaves together stories, scripture, worship and song to portray the love of a Creator for his creation and mankind’s need and opportunity to be reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ.
“My prayer is that this can be a true ministry, not just another show,” says Buck. “I want people to see and hear the love of God in every word of every story, and every note of every song. I want them to see that Jesus is the only star. Christ was a radical. He loved people for who they were, not for what they had to offer. Lord, give me a heart like that!”
When asked what inspires his songwriting, Buck answers, “I like to write songs about cities and small towns, the ghosts that hover around the edges, dreams and dreamers, families-broken and whole, sin, redemption and the struggle in between, love, squalor, motels, churches, kings and the common man. I write about this mixed up, out of control, horribly beautiful cacophony of humanity, that God loves so much that He gave His only Son to die for. I write about life as I see it, or sometimes just how I’d like it to be. Whatever it is, it’s from the heart and as honest as I can make it.”
You won’t want to miss this free concert! Save the date of Sunday, March 24, at 7 p.m., for a special night of music at Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Dr. Come, bring a friend, and enjoy the music of Buck Storm and Randy Stonehill. A love offering will be collected to show appreciation for their music and their ministry.