sunday worship gathering
As mentioned in our Artistic Philosophy, Emmaus Way is committed to supporting the local arts. One way we have embodied this commitment is by inviting local artists to join us in our Worship Gathering. In the past few months, Emmaus Way has been priviledged to welcome the following artists:
MARK WILLIAMS, LEAD ARTIST
Mark currently serves as the Lead Artist at Emmaus Way. He is an award-winning singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, audio engineer, social worker, and psychotherapist, sometimes even in that order. Musically, he has produced and/or engineered for the likes of No Depression's Artist of the Decade Alejandro Escovedo, CASC winner Jason Harrod, Dove Award winner Christa Wells, and noted jazz pianist Chip Crawford. Mark owns and operates a local recording studio, as well as practices as a psychotherapist at the Center for Psychological and Family Services. For more information, please visit his website at http://www.mark-williams.com.
Brett Harris is an independent singer/songwriter from Durham, NC. His first full-length album, Man of Few Words, recorded at Arbor Ridge Studios with producer/collaborator Jeff Crawford, was featured on several “best of” lists for 2010, in addition to being featured by Paste Magazine and NPR’s All Songs Considered. His newest EP release, Mr. Sunshine, is available now. For more information, or to purchase music, visit his website at http://www.brettharrismusic.com.
Christa Wells is an award-winning singer-songwriter based in Raleigh, NC. In 2006, she was named Songwriter of the Year by the Gospel Music Association for her work with Natalie Grant. Her second full-length album, Feed Your Soul, was released earlier this year. For more information or to purchase her music, visit Christa’s website at http://christawellsmusic.com/.
David LaMotte is a renowned musician, author, and peace activist. Over the course of his career, he has released ten records, played more than two-thousand concerts on four continents, written two children's books, and served as a Rotary World Peace Fellow at the University of Queensland in Australia. Currently, David serves as the chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Committee for the American Friends Service Committee, and his most recent book, White Flour, has been featured by the Huffington Post and National Public Radio. For more information, check out David's website at http://www.davidlamotte.com.
Jeff Crawford is a local singer/songwriter and one of the founders of Arbor Ridge Studios. Jeff also works as Music Director for The Gathering Church in Chapel Hill. His 2007 record, Something For Everyone, is available from iTunes or Amazon, and his newest record Love Is The New Hip, based on CS Lewis’ The Four Loves, is currently in production. For more information, check out his website at http://arborridgestudios.com/jeffcrawford/.
Daniel and Lauren Goans are a husband and wife team of Greensboro-based folk singers who perform under the name of Lowland Hum. After collaborating on the 2011 album BrotherStranger, Daniel and Lauren were married in 2012, and have been making music together ever since. Native Air, their first full-length record as Lowland Hum, was shortlisted by NPR as one of the best albums of 2013 and you can get it now by visiting their Bandcamp page. For more information or to purchase their music, visit their website at http://lowlandhum.com.
Jesse James DeConto and Emmaus Way members Tim & Laura Wooten, and some of their family and friends make up The Pinkerton Raid. This pop-Americana band tours the mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Northeast, with songs that are both provocative and playful. Their music was honored with two tracks on the Bandspotting compilation album at the 2013 Calvin Festival of Faith & Music. For CDs, digital downloads, videos, photos or to read more of their story, please visit www.pinkertonraid.com. You can also find them at www.facebook.com/thepinkertonraid or www.twitter.com/pinkertonraid.
Skylar Gudasz is a singer-songwriter based in Chapel Hill, NC. Over the past several years, she has performed solo, as well as with the bands The Fellow Travellers, the Big Star Third, and currently as a member of Spooky Woods. Her first solo record, Two Headed Monster, was released in 2011 and her latest solo effort, Oleander, will be out later this year. For more information or to purchase her music, connect with Skylar on Facebook, Twitter, or through her website, http://skylargudasz.com.
Tim Carless is a guitarist, songwriter, composer, producer, and teacher based in Carrboro, NC. Over the past 25 years, he has written, recorded and performed with folks as disparate as Wreckless Eric, Aufgehoben, and Paul McCartney as well as releasing a number of solo albums and writing music for TV, theatre, and film. On Monday afternoons, you can hear him on WCOM 103.5FM as the host of The Moon & Sixpence, a weekly radio show where he plays artists and new releases from his native Britain. For more information, visit his website at http://timcarless.com.