'Be anxious for nothing..." ~Philippians 4:6

Saturday, January 15, 2011

"Trust Me": A musical offering from the pen of Richard Smallwood

For a little over 16 years I have been favored to be a part of a singing aggregation called "Vision". One of the wonderful things about singing the songs penned by my friend, composer and pianist Richard Smallwood, is that, at the heart of each and every one of them, is the Holy Bible. The songs are like a map, directing the listener on a straight path to God. The only motive within the lines is to point others to God's love, grace, mercy, and saving plan; to encourage and inspire others to accept, know, and love Him, and to, as Richard consistently tells every audience and congregation, "Lift up the name of Jesus".
Knowing that Richard communes with God faithfully and diligently, not just before and during his sometimes difficult writing process, but daily, gives added meaning and substance to the music he shares with the world. There is no hurry or urgency to just produce music, or sell records. His is a careful process, characterized by strategic collaborations, long productive hours, and thoughtful preparation. God has consistently enabled him to birth melodies even in the face of challenging and potentially devastating times. Through periods of loss and pain that would understandably sap the creativity and energy out of anyone, God has once again, anointed this modern day David, made His promises known, and provided reassurance and instructions--"Tell them to trust Me".

Richard finally decided on the single for the long-awaited "Promises"--a musical reminder of the faithfulness, strength, presence, honesty, and impeccable character of God. There are other beautiful melodies, from which he could have chosen, that are equally as fitting and timely. His choice, however, is simply titled, "Trust Me". (The entire offering is scheduled to be released early in March 2011. To read more about Richard, click on the blog title "TRUST ME". It will take you to his page at verityrecords.com )

Perhaps I'm a little biased--okay---maybe more than a little...alright...Maybe a lot...but I sincerely believe the music will be comforting and encouraging to you. Meditate on these passages of scripture as you listen.

"God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you." ~Exodus 3:14

"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." ~Deuteronomy 31:8

"You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you." ~2 Chronicles 20:17

"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." ~Psalm 28:7

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life." ~Psalm 143:8

6 comments:

  1. What a BEAUTIFULLY ENCOURAGING ministry in song! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Vanessa. "Trust Me" is just another example of why Richard Smallwood has always been my favorite gospel composer. Looking forward to purchasing this project in March.

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  2. This song is AMAZING!!! I can't wait for the album release!!!

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  3. This is a beautiful song.. Richard Smallwood has done it again of course

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  4. "Trust Me" is available today, a beautiful Spring day, on apple itunes...: ) http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/trust-me-with-vision-extended/id425707628

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  5. what a beautiful song that speaks of God's promise if only we would trust Him. I could listen to his music all day.

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  6. Wow, this is so intriguing!!

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