Podcast by Kristi Leigh
WJTL PRAISE AND WORSHIP PODCAST: BRIAN & JENN JOHNSON OF BETHEL MUSIC
This convo with Brian & Jenn Johnson of Bethel Music is packed with all the latest details: on their song "God Of Revival" , Jenn's forthcoming book "All Things Lovely" , their encouragement to worship leaders these days and most recent finds, foods, hunts and more! Plus, track Jenn's brilliant strategy for keeping the kids happy during a Zoom interview.
WJTL PRAISE & WORSHIP PODCAST: CHRIS RENZEMA
WJTL DJ Kristi Leigh caught up with Centricity Music singer/songwriter Chris Renzema on Groundhog Day: the perfect occasion for a conversation about seasons and learning how God works as we observe nature's process! In 2020, he released the album "Let The Ground Rest"--and in 2021, the "Let The Ground Rest B-sides" EP! Chris' latest music is rich with lyrics encouraging listening hearts to hold on for the harvest. Chris talked about the standouts: "Springtime", "Not Finished Yet", "Tear My House Down" and the title track. He shared stories behind the songs, what he's gotten out of his own music after its release and the thing that makes him feel like he's having a good gig.
WJTL PRAISE & WORSHIP PODCAST: KIM WALKER-SMITH
Episode 13 features special guest, Kim Walker-Smith! She’s a powerhouse vocalist, and a total natural at sharing her heart from the deep topics like music and Jesus to lighter material like coffee and camping! She joined me to talk about her brand new LIVE worship album, Wild Heart, due out August 14. There are interesting stories about the recording of this project (and the many LIVE plants involved on stage!) She also shares about the timing of this release and meaningful songs from the record. I also really enjoyed hearing about the photo shoot for the album artwork, and how that ties into her other projects and childhood. As a mom, I loved hearing about Kim’s kids (and seeing her daughter here and there on screen during the interview!)
WJTL PRAISE & WORSHIP PODCAST: LAUREN LEE OF NORTH POINT WORSHIP
Episode 12 features special guest, Lauren Lee of North Point Worship! She has released a couple new songs with the group in 2020, which is a year she hoped would have "less polish and more authenticity". We talked about this season and worship leaders she's appreciating lately. Plus, the story behind "Light Breaking Through", which came out of her experience with postpartum depression. We also discussed our middles names, her obsession with punctuality and much more!
WJTL PRAISE & WORSHIP PODCAST: KIRBY KAPLE
Episode 11 features special guest, Kirby Kaple of Housefires! I’m truly thrilled to bring you our conversation. Housefires is releasing brand new singles these days, with a very special new studio version of “I’ll Give Thanks”. Kirby co-wrote and sung it while on a 7-year infertility journey, and now is talking about it from the other side. IVF is part of her story, so listen for details on her process. There are also keys here for worship leaders, leading through their own very difficult seasons. And, as Kirby and I are both quarantined at home for this interview, spoiler alert, our kids and dogs adorably interrupt!
WJTL PRAISE & WORSHIP PODCAST: MATT MAHER
Episode 10 features special guest, Matt Maher! The conversation is centered on his latest project: "Alive & Breathing", with a definite theme of singing through difficult and uncertain circumstances. Listen for the special story behind the compelling album artwork. And, Matt talks abut how he and his wife are helping kids process life in quarantine. (Bonus content, courtesy of his daughter Rowan!)