Yes, a teeny bit of blatant promotion. I had a fantastic time at Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention in Charlotte catching whomever I could for interviews for the new YMX podcast. Episode 2 of the podcast features a fun segment I did with some of the guys from the now-Grammy-nominated band Leeland.
I first heard Leeland at SoulFest just before their debut album, Sound of Melodies, was released in August 2006. Their sound is fresh and soulful, lead singer Leeland Mooring’s lyrics are deep and his vocals soar. I’m looking forward to seeing how their work fares at the Grammys, seeing as they’re nominated for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album alongside Chris Tomlin’s See the Morning, Third Day’s Wherever You Are, and Mercy Me’s Coming Up to Breathe. See all the nominations here.
Yep, I’m captivated by these guys. They’re a youth minister’s dream in that, they get Jesus and can use their gifts to communicate his truth and their faith. They’re all pastors’ kids, too, which makes it even more precious that they’re not even a little disillusioned with faith because of the fish-bowl lives they’ve lived. In fact, it seems to have prepared them for the public ministry they now have through music. I was blessed to have the opportunity to talk with them, and have fun with them. If they ever need a tour pastor, I volunteer.
I have one other podcast interview with Starfield from the NYWC ready to edit for a future YMX podcast. If you’re a youth worker, this little production is both quirky and useful, and I encourage you to subscribe. All the links to do that – through iTunes and other feeds – are available at the link to episode above.