Songs from the Point
Grace First Presbyterian Church, in Long Beach, CA, is a place where creative dreams come alive, no matter the size of the congregation. The band from the church, 'Grace First' is made up a rotation of extremely talented singers, musicians and song writers. This CD is a testament to what great things can come from creative people who are committed to songs of faith. The songs are written by four members of the band: Lisa Jackert, Stan DeWitt, Bruce Ford and Stephen Higa. Lisa's songs lean toward rock anthems ('Road Less Traveled', 'Peaceful Warrior'). Stan's songs are more pensive ('Alone', 'Stand on the Rock') where Stephen's addition to the CD, 'I Am Not Ashamed', reflects his love of traditional folk music. Bruce's songs ('Giving My Heart', 'Go Out and Share it With the People') have a funk and soul groove in them. Together, they paint a diverse picture of musical styles that befits a multi-cultural and multi-generational congregation. In addition to those four, the lead singers include Shar Guardabascio and Abby Bolin. Rounding out the band are Anna Ford (piano), Terry Hopper (vocals), Ryan Will (guitar) and drummers Michael Lipman and Chris Arechiga. Lending support are Will Pugh (sax) and string section: Lucy Ford, Jaclyn Kim, Jimmy Ford and David Pugh. Everyone of the performers on the CD are members of the church. Whether you listen to this CD for your own enjoyment or if you are looking for praise songs for your church, this collection of songs will move you and thrill you.