Live Life in Christ
Ned Tonner's newest CD 'Live Life in Christ' captures the interest of the listener with it's driving folk-rock acoustical guitar strumming and soulful lyrics and is reminiscent of Ned's two prior contemporary Christian CD's 'As You Are' and 'Take Time'. 'Live Life in Christ' was a 2005 Unity Award finalist in the Pop/Contemporary Album of the year category and Ned was also a finalist in two other Unity Award categories, Male Vocalist of the year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year. 'It was honor to simply be at the awards ceremony in St. Paul, to be a presenter and to sing live with Tony Melendez' band,' shares Ned. A gifted songwriter, Ned's songs have also been sung by CCM artists and have appeared on CCM releases. 'I try to take a simple melody and develop themes that honor God the Father, Jesus his Son and the Holy Spirit and then layer it with uplifting harmonies and chords,' says Ned. The song 'Holy Spirit Come' joins the gentleness of a dove and the fire of the Spirit with a 70's flashback sound of a Dan Fogelberg ballad or a driving Styx track. 'Without You' then brings the listener from the wonder of God's creation to the edge of a Paul McCartney/Beatles or Badfinger shore---with a salsa flavor. The title track, 'Live Life in Christ' is an acoustic jammin' foot stompin' tune that is reminiscent of your favorite Supertramp, America, Bread, CSN or John Denver melody and harmonies. 'Cry Alone' which stylistically resembles a George Winston or Billy Joel ballad, then showcases Ned's piano playing and is a reminder of our dependence on God. The CD then takes an intense journey into the trilogy of Easter songs 'They Killed the Son, Rainy Saturday and He's Messiah to Me,' which represent Good Friday, the Saturday before Easter and the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. In the intense 'They Killed the Son' Peter sings of his betrayal of Jesus and of the horror of Jesus' crucifixion and death. The haunting orchestration and driving strings depict Jesus' fall into hell for 3 days. The intricate but lovely piano instrumental 'Rainy Saturday' represents God's gentle rain, which washed away the blood on Mount Calvary. Finally in the wonderfully melodic 'He's Messiah to Me'-a duet between Peter and Mary Magdalene---we're reminded that Jesus is our personal savior and of His call to share his love. This song is sung by female christian artist Teri Smith of Crossed Hearts, whose husband David Smith, of Creative Sounds Music studios in Nappanee, Indiana, produced and arranged the album. Ned is an attorney by day and a songwriter by night. He has previously practiced in Chicago and Los Angeles and worked for a Federal Judge for the Northern District of Indiana. He has represented entertainment law clients throughout the country including record labels as well as distribution and video/production companies. 'My experience as an entertainment lawyer has only heightened my understanding of the music industry and has helped me understand the art of songwriting," says Ned. 'Often, I write of my own trials and struggles and hopefully I connect with what a listener is going through as well.' The album also features the down to earth home-spun original, 'My Indiana Home Sweet Home,' which highlights family and the charm of Indiana's warmth and hospitality. 'Although the song mentions spring rivers, cornfields and bakin' biscuits, it's really about the love we have for each other as a family and how we all long to return home, says Ned.' This song could easily become the new theme song for Indiana's sports facitlites and convention centers. This multi-dimensional guitarist/pianist and singer songwriter calls Indiana his home. He and his wife Shari have 4 children.