A red carpet will lead up to the Chick-fil-A at 1626 Madison Street on Saturday, Nov. 19 as local teen singer Lydia Walker unveils her latest work.
The building is being transformed for the release of Walker's new album, "Beloved," along with the premiere of her music video "When I Dance."
The gala event is set to kick off at 7 p.m., and while Walker will dress up formally - and invites others to do so as well - casual wear is perfectly appropriate. The event is free and open to the public.
"Since it's more of a formal red carpet event, I will be wearing a dress," Walker said. "But we want it to be formal or casual for fans who come so people who just come in to buy chicken won't be out of place. But we're making a big deal of it!"
Walker hopes to see a lot of fans turn out. She chose Chick-fil-a as a venue because the cafe has been one of her longtime supporters. She performs for a 2-hour music night there every month.
But, she said, it's not going to look like the Chick-fil-a people are used to seeing. "They're decking it out like a music video premiere," she said, noting that there will be a balloon arch over the front door and fun decorations on the interior.
"It will have a good party atmosphere," she added.
The video premiere will also have a home turf twist. The song "When I Dance" was filmed at the historic Smith-Trahern mansion.
"That was incredible!" Walker said of the filming. "When we got there it was almost overwhelming how beautiful it was. There were chandeliers in every room and hardwood floors."
The video tells a tale about a ballerina stuck in a music box. She dreams of the freedom to dance and to be her true self. After the video's premiere the night of the party, it will be available for viewing at Youtube.com.
Walker said her music on "Beloved," her first professionally produced album, has matured. She wrote two songs alone and co-wrote eight with local producer Curt Ryle. The theme is one of encouragment to those who have been wounded by the disappointments of life.
"The whole album is very inspirational," Walker said. "Even though it talks about some hard issues, it comes back to that message of hope."
Karen Parr-Moody, 245-0203
Lydia Walker is a singer/songwriter with a contemporary Christian folk sound. Her acoustic guitar and mellow voice blend an eclectic, organic style. Lydias contagious energy flows through thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies. Since 2004 she has performed at colleges, coffeehouses, church events and festivals. During that time she has written over 80 songs and recorded six independant albums. The title track of her recent album, Statistics, fits well with my personal convictions for the Church. (I urge you to listen to it in the player below after reading this article.)
When I was writing Statistics, I had an inward desire to be a part of something bigger than myself, and to make a difference in the world. I believe that through Jesus, we can all be a part of His bigger plan.
- Lydia Walker
So often, we get wrapped up in not being good enough or important enough to make a difference. We so easily fall into the lie that we are too insignificant to matter. We talk ourselves into defeat before we even take that first step. The result we sit around and watch life go on without so much as even participating. We often let ourselves be afraid of failing, or embarrassing ourselves. Were afraid to stand up and be the first to take a chance. Were afraid that well walk alone and be scoffed at and mocked. The twisted irony of this mentality is this Its not about you! Its about Him!
I firmly believe, and many theologians and Christian scholars will agree, that there is truly only onesin selfishness. How? Think about it. If you steal, youre doing it out of selfish desire. If you cheat on your spouse, you do it out of selfish desire. Lie? Selfish desire. Even murder selfish desire. Selfishness is the one true sin because it is the very foundation of all other sin. The Bible talks about the love of money selfish desire. There is not a single sin that stems from anything more or anything less. Its selfishness. Selfishness and self-centered-ness are the exact reasons we dont take action in ministry. Were concerned with how people will view US, how much it will cost US, how under-qualified WE are. Again, its not about you, its about Him! If He is the one calling you to take action, He is the one behind it and He is the one in control of it. Your part in it, is to do what He has asked.
Lydia has taken this approach in her music. Its not about her, its about God. Its not her music, shes just playing it. Theyre not her lyrics, she just sings them. Its God who writes the music and lyrics Lydia is humbly the medium through which the music and lyrics reach His children.TobyMac is another prime example of this attitude. Hes successful because he gives it all to God. He doesnt work his own agenda into his music or his performances, He lets God work HIS agenda into it instead.
The most successful pastors in the world are not successful for their own merits, theyre successful because they step aside and let God speak through them, and not spilling their own agenda from the pulpit. Brian and Bobbie Houston of Hillsong Church, for example, are sold out to God. They give Him the glory for everything. In fact, I bet you never even knew the names of Hillsong Churchs pastors until today. Unless you follow Hillsong on a deep level, youd never know it. They dont take the glory for themselves, they give it to God. Theyre ministry is not about them .its about Him. Hillsong church is one of the largest churches in the world today because of this mentality.
During my tenure at Asbury University, I often attended Quest Community Church, in Lexington Kentucky. Pete Hise, the pastor, is a man after Gods own heart. He was called about ten years ago to start a church for people who cant stand church. Ten years later, Quest has seen over 11,000 people cross from death to life and has been named the 44th Fastest-Growing Church in the U.S. with over 3,500 in attendance. Statistics like that arent the result of a selfish desire theyre the result of total commitment to the life, death, resurrection, and ministry of Jesus Christ! Its the Passion of the Christ that drives them.
These men and women have not reaped such bountiful rewards from their own fields of selfishness they have done so because they have completely sold their souls out to Jesus. They breath, eat, drink, and live Gods call on their lives. Its not about them its about being part of something bigger a part of the big picture a part of the salvation story of the children of God!
God has called us to be active, not passive. He charges us to make a difference, to fulfill our purpose. Yes, He has created each of us with a PURPOSE a MEANING a JOB a MISSION. Are you fulfilling yours? When you stand before Him one day, will you honestly be able to look God in the eye and say you did everything you could do to fulfill your mission?
People who enjoy folk and Christian tunes have musical options this weekend and next. You can catch the international Sweet Adelines at 4 p.m. Sunday or check out the Feb. 27 CD release party of teen vocalist Lydia Walker or drop by for a coffeehouse performance by youth pastor Jason Ellis Feb. 28.
Grace Lutheran Church continues its community concert series this weekend with the sweet harmonies of the Sweet Adelines.
These ladies are sure to warm your heart and soul, said Susan McAfee with Grace Lutheran.
The Metro Nashville Chorus was chartered as a Sweet Adelines International chorus in 1971 and has performed in Middle Tennessee for almost 40 years. About 30,000 women participate in Sweet Adelines as part of more than 600 choruses around the world. Most of their members live in the Nashville area, but there are a few who travel from Columbia, Knoxville, Huntsville and Birmingham.
The group is under the direction of Master Kim Wonders.
Clarksville teen Lydia Walker has a passion for music. She loves to write it, and she loves to sing it.
Apparently, a lot of people are fans of the final product because Lydia is releasing her sixth CD, "Statistics."
Lydia and her backup band will perform several selections of her newest musical venture at 7 p.m. Feb. 27. The concert will be staged at Clarksville First Baptist Church on the third floor of the activities building.
"There will be snacks and giveaways. Admission is free and fun for the whole family," said Lydia, who has performed at numerous venues around Clarksville.
First United Methodist Church continues to host its monthly free community coffeehouse concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 28.
Jason Ellis, the singing youth pastor, takes the spotlight corner.
Ellis mustered his first performance as a wee lad of 7.
But he didn't come back to the microphone for another 15 years.
When he returned, he came back with a fervor for contemporary Christian music.
Now, he describes his musical style as a blend of contemporary Christian and folk music.
Along the way he has been influenced by Bebo Norman, James Taylor, Andrew Peterson, Warren Barfield and Emmy Lou Harris, among others.
Admission to the coffeehouse is free but a love offering will be taken.
Ann Wallace covers education and religion. She can be reached at 245-0287 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.