All Sons & Daughters

A Night of Worship With

Sold Out: All Sons & Daughters

Robbie Seay

Tue, August 25, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$15.00 - $18.00

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All Sons & Daughters
All Sons & Daughters
“We believe God is transcendent in His nature... so He takes something that is ancient and plants it in the present to wake us up.”

Shhh. Come in a little closer. Crack open an ancient door and give ear to the songs and hymns of ages past, words upon which the faith was built. For in these truths lie the rub, the crux of history past, present and future: that God never changes, but God changes everything. His Spirit moves among those who seek Him—forged in fires of suffering and brokenness—poets and saints continually redeemed and restored by His grace.

Set for release this September, All Sons & Daughters’ fourth full-length album, Poets & Saints (Integrity Music), along with a companion book penned by Jamie George, curriculum and a study guide (David C Cook), take you on an epic journey into the lives and stories of a handful of Christ-followers God used to wake up the world.

What began as a simple study of these two groups of people—poets (writers) and saints—soon morphed into a barrage of ‘What ifs.’ All Sons & Daughters’ Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, who are based at Franklin, Tennessee’s Journey Church, spoke to their pastor, Jamie George, about the idea. Unbeknownst to them, Jamie had been considering a teaching series on church history. When the discussion began, the individual ideas burst into a thousand Technicolor possibilities.

Within months, David, Leslie, their spouses, Jamie and his family, a film crew and others ventured to Europe to trace the lives of C.S. Lewis, John Newton, Saint Thérèse, Saint Francis, William Cowper, Saint Augustine and George MacDonald, mining for undiscovered gems, something God could use to connect these individuals to modern believers. The result was far more than the Journey team could ever have imagined.

Produced by Chad Copelin (Crowder, Gungor) and mixed by Shane Wilson (Brandon Heath,Vertical Church Band) and Sean Moffitt (Newsboys, Jordan Feliz), the Poets & Saints album does what few modern worship projects even attempt—reimagining ancient-future truths that have shaped generations of God-chasers.
Alongside the album is Jamie’s book, Poets and Saints: Eternal Insight, Extravagant Love, Ordinary People. In addition, Jamie, David and Leslie collaborated to create “Poets & Saints” video-based curriculum and a study guide— resources that together form an interactive worship experience that introduce important influencers in Christendom, while making a very human connection between their lives and ours.

“These songs and stories stirred up all kinds of questions,” says Jamie who crafted the Poets & Saints book to be a unique blend of biography, travel memoir and spiritual insight, taking readers from a pub in Oxford to a cathedral in the Italian hills and beyond. “One of the most beautiful ways to know God better is to learn from those who served Him in other times and cultures... these saints and writers are not abstract, hopeful representations of what we should be,” he says. “They were actually really broken people who chose to feel through their suffering. That takes a lot of courage, and that’s why, years later, we call them poets and saints.”

What David, Leslie and Jamie didn’t anticipate was the creative and spiritual wakeup call God had in mind for them. “We knew God was doing something we could never have imagined,” David says, a year after the trip. “It was only after we got back and began seeing the video footage, the lyrics come to life, and reading sections of Jamie’s book, did we begin to experience the life-changing nature of the process. We’ve gone into projects with great conviction before, but this is a whole different level.”

“The more we uncovered the truth about their lives and how they communicated with God, the more important it became to us to show how they’re still influencing our lives today,” says Leslie. “We believe God is transcendent in His nature... so He takes something that is ancient and plants it in the present to wake us up.”

“We are all poets and saints, we all have something to say, and whatever we have to say comes from our places of brokenness.”
“They actually allowed themselves to suffer,” adds Jamie. “Most of us have shame about the past or anxiety about the future... ultimately, the deepest part of our soul wants to give glory to God and carry this love story forward. We are all poets and saints, we all have something to say, and whatever we have to say comes from our places of brokenness.”

Creating the “soundtrack” for the experience, the Poets & Saints album draws from a theological well as deep as its humanity is wide. From the ambient opening of “Heaven Meets Earth” to the benediction of “Creation Sings,” each song testifies to the limitless creativity and mercy God has for His creation. The album’s first single, “I Surrender,” which was co-written by Jason Ingram and inspired by the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, sets the tone for the collection.

The riches of this world will fade / The treasures of our God remain Here I empty myself to owe this world / Nothing and find everything in You

Songs “Path of Sorrow,” inspired by William Cowper, and “My Roving Heart,” inspired by John Newton, continue the paradoxical themes of God’s steadfast mercy and presence as His beloved wanders, inconstant.

“You Are Love and Love Alone,” a contagious melody with stripped-bare instrumentation that mirrors the earnest simplicity of the lyric pays homage to Saint Thérèse, a French Catholic nun who often referred to her spiritual devotion as “the little way.” The words for the song were adapted from a 19th century hymn penned by English writer and Westminster Abbey Cannon Frederic William Farrar. Honoring both Thérèse and Farrar, the song is simply a message to “love in a simple, meaningful way,” says Leslie. “It’s the little moments in life that make a huge impact.”

This track, as with every turn on the album, explores new sonic territory for AS&D. “From jazz, bluegrass, country influences and Americana, we really stretched our legs creatively, as far as sound goes,” David says. “We sampled sounds all over Europe, from the sound of clapping under a bridge, to the hairbrushes in William Cowper’s house, to waves crashing on the beach... and we used those as percussion in the album. We threw everything out and started taking more chances, still mindful of serving the church, but diving into the opportunity to expand our creative fences.”
“I Wait,” inspired by Scottish author, poet and minister George McDonald, whose literary fantasy inspired such greats as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Madeline L’Engle, cuts to the heart of hopefulness, even in weakness. A pastor who was edged out of leadership in his church, McDonald spent most of his time at home, with his wife and children. “He wasn’t a prolific writer, and he didn’t get to see the significance of his life, but he made a tremendous impact,” explains Leslie.

Oh restless heart, do not grow weary / Hold on to faith and wait The God of love He will not tarry / He is never late
Inspired by St. Augustine’s Confessions, “Rest In You” was prompted by cellist Cara Fox, who traveled to Europe with the team. Written in an hour, Leslie and David ran with Cara’s inspiration for the chorus: ‘This is where my hope lies, this is where my soul sighs, I will always find my rest in you...’

“Culturally we live in a place of hurry and distraction, fast paced... do more, get more, produce more,” Leslie offers. “Augustine had a similar life. He was very intelligent, wanted to be challenged, chased a lot of fame and money, and found himself sitting on a bench where he met Jesus. It’s a beautiful story and a lot of people resonate with the need for rest.”

This resonance plays out through the end of the song, in an unforgettable, momentous way, repeating Augustine’s mantra: ‘You cannot change and yet You change everything.’

Expanding on the connection between the songs and the poets and saints who inspired them, Jamie’s book deepens the experience, as he examines the lives of these extraordinary people. Each chapter illuminates the life of the individual, less from an academic approach and more from an intimate look at their humanity. The corresponding video curriculum and small group study guide dig even deeper, asking questions that shine light on our own journeys.

“Our hope is that in this music, book and curriculum, people will find connection, with one another and connection with God. A place of vulnerability and discovery where there is freedom and forgiveness... conversations that generate spiritual health, a ripple effect that changes people’s lives.”
Robbie Seay
Robbie Seay
Houston’s Ecclesia Church sits on the edge of downtown like a frontier outpost. During the week, it’s a community outreach center, art gallery, coffee house, and recording studio. But on Sunday, its space becomes sanctuary to the homeless and drug addicted, as well as to the high profile attorney and suburb-dweller who fill its seats.

The church is also home base for the Robbie Seay Band, forming as much of their identity as the music they play. Pastored by Robbie’s brother Chris, Ecclesia’s services are a mix of the liturgical (weekly communion, communal prayer) and experiential (an artist painting on stage during the service. The Band can be found leading worship for the church most Sundays, except when touring takes them away from home.

Long before the release of their critically acclaimed 2005 Sparrow Records debut, Better Days, the Robbie Seay Band began developing a reputation for their unique style of worship music, grounded in community and in the life journeys of each of its members. In addition to Robbie, who serves as the group’s voice and principal songwriter, the Band consists of long-time friends Dan Hamilton and Ryan Owens. Dan has played with Robbie for a decade, dating back to the Metro Bible Study for which they, Caedmon’s Call, and Watermark led worship. Ryan approached Robbie eight years ago at a Bebo Norman concert to ask if they needed a bass player and has been with them ever since. “We have grown up together,” Robbie says of the Band. “We have walked side-by-side for nearly a decade, in the context of our community and living a normal life together. That makes the music more meaningful.”

Known for an alternative worship style that features raw, insightful lyrics coupled with an equally edgy and engaging sound, the Robbie Seay Band’s much-anticipated sophomore Sparrow release, Give Yourself Away, finds them pushing their musical craft to new limits under the guiding hand of producer Tedd T. (Mutemath, delirious). The sound of “Give Yourself Away” carries a new energy and relevance, an aggressive step forward from “Better Days.” The album bears the influence of British rock (Travis, Keane) as well as modern worshippers such as David Crowder Band and Tim Hughes.

“Give Yourself Away” also marks the first time the group has turned over production reins to a sole producer. “Tedd’s imprint is all over this project,” explains Robbie. “Crafting this project with Tedd has been a natural growth process for the Band; he stretched us and challenged us. It’s been the best experience I’ve had in music.”

But it has always been the poetic, vulnerable and honest lyrics that have set Robbie Seay Band apart. “This project contains a lot of the stories of our lives from the past year,” said Robbie. “It is a missional record, almost a rebirth of how we’re seeing our faith and how we’re seeing a lot of young Christians respond to the need around them,” explains Robbie. “As believers, we are being awakened to the call to give of ourselves, to live out life together honestly, in community. As we find hope together, it pushes us to be proactive in our faith.”

The project begins with the anthemic call to action “Rise,” which charges “Rise, rise, people of love, rise/Give yourself away.” “If you choose the life of God,” says Robbie, “it’s not going to be easy, but it’s an amazing life to lead.”

“New Day” is a pop hit-in-waiting written to Seay’s wife, Liz. “It’s saying that the world around us is pretty messed up, with war and injustice, but in this brief moment, there’s still the hope of God that’s always surrounding us.” The equally upbeat “Song Of Hope” is an invitation to engage with the living God, the Source of that Hope.

If these selections represent a new direction, “Shine Your Light On Us” is vintage Robbie Seay Band, a part of their repertoire that Robbie says people really connect with. “It’s identifying our pain and our sorrow”, the things I’ve gone through, the band’s gone through, the community’s gone through, they’re the same,” he says. “The lyric says, I’ve been broken down. I’ve been holding on, but there’s hope . . . God shine your light on us.”

Seay has seen the larger church community in Houston tested by the influx of Hurricane Katrina refugees, and has been encouraged by the response. “For the first time in a long time, I’ve been proud to say I was part of this bigger picture”, a bigger church. Looking at churches responding to people in need . . . that’s what Jesus did. In my city and around the country, that’s happening.”

This experience and Ecclesia’s efforts in Africa inspired the song “Go Outside.” “We really just became more aware of the need in the world and of how materialistic and selfish we are. That’s kind of where the record began to go outward. We’ve received hope and grace, and “Go Outside” is about sharing that.

“Faith is fairly stale if we’re not active and aware of the need around us,” Robbie says, returning again to the theme of Give Yourself Away. “When we go back to Scripture, it’s full of loving the orphans, the widows and the poor, and you look at Jesus and who He was and come away with that.”

To this end, the Band is taking steps to raise awareness of the tragedy affecting many children in Uganda. Inspired by the film “Invisible Children,” and the book “Girl Soldier” by Grace Akallo, the group hopes to help educate others about the plight of the Ugandan people, especially the children. The band encourages its audiences to support Compassion International, or another outreach of their choosing, during its shows. The key, Robbie says, is to do something.

“I hope my music and life somehow may serve to encourage other believers to be proactive in their faith,” concludes Robbie. “For it is only as we bless others and offer grace that faith goes beyond words, and truly comes alive.”
Venue Information:
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Waco, TX, 76706
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