Psalms Reborn features musical artists who offer their talents to the glory of God.
Chuck Marohnic's career spans more than four decades as a respected pianist, educator, author, director, composer and arranger. His numerous recordings, instructional books and collections of arrangements have taken him from the classroom as Emeritus Director of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University to Music Serving the Word Ministries, where Chuck serves as Composer in Residence..
Chuck's current work for MSW is the creation Psalms Reborn (formerly known as the Jazz Psalms Project). His practice of the ancient meditation technique of Lectio Divina has led him to share the beauty of God's Word through the Book of Psalms composed, arranged and performed in the language of modern music. In the true spirit of Music Serving the Word, Psalms Reborn has become a resource for not only today's church but the church of tomorrow.
Carol Rogers is the featured vocalst on the CD album, "Psalms Reborn with Carol Rogers" (formerly Jazz Psalms), released in 2013. Carol believes this project to be her most melodious, drawing upon her roots of gospel, jazz and blues. Carol states, "I was initially asked to sing a five song demo for Chuck through MSW, and now it's become a full solo album, video, and tours! Working with Chuck places me in the tutelage of a Maestro again. He is such a gifted composer and friend. His challenges for me are my opportunities to grow, and his compliments mean that God has blessed something!" Read Carol's in-depth biography here...
Tom Booth began composing music in the 8th grade, expressing his grief concerning the tragic death of his friend. At the age of seventeen he experienced the powerful and lfe-changing love of God, which led him on a spiritual quest that continues today. He studied music, philosophy and religion in college, and upon graduation, began a career in music and youth ministry.
Christian artists Amy Grant, Rich Mullins, Kathy Troccoli, John MIchael Talbot and countless others have performed and recorded Tom's songs through the years. He has composed and performed for Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II, and has also been honored with many Unity Awards and a prestigious Dove Award nomination.
His own recordings, produced by SpiritandSong.com, can be downloaded through iTunes or purchased at TomBoothMusic.com. Tom continues to tour, teach, preach parish missions, and do workshops in the area of prayer, spirituality, youth and music ministry.
Chris was one of the first principal vocalists with the Phoenix Vocal Jazz since 1992. He received a master's degree in Choral Music from Arizona State University, and his bachelor's degree from DePaul University. Born and raised in Chicago, music was a huge part of Chris’ life. As a kid, he remembers seeing groups like the Benny Goodman Orchestra, Count Basie, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, and many others. Chris started working with Music Serving the Word on the Psalms Project about 5 years ago. He is currently the music director at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Gilbert Arizona, and works as a high school guidance counselor at Gilbert High School. Chris has two boys and enjoys his time spent with his family. He is grateful to his wife for being his biggest fan, and his Mom and Dad for the best upbringing a kid could ask for! Chris feels he has been blessed beyond measure and thanks God for all things good.
Anthony Payton, a native of Leesville, Louisiana, was raised in the church sitting next to his mother while she sang and played the piano. Following in his mother's footsteps Anthony would bang on the piano as often as he could. He quickly developed a love for music. Anthony continued to play the songs he loved and since there was no one to sing the songs he started singing them himself. Wanting to show his accomplishments to band mates, he would play the songs he learned. Anthony wasn't versed in playing melodies of the songs therefore he had to sing the songs for the songs to recognizable. Friends and classmates would compliment him on his vocal ability which encouraged Anthony to sing more.
At age 19 Carl went to ASU and studied jazz piano with Chuck Marohnic. In many ways, this CD is the fruit of that relationship which began over 20 years ago.
At the age of 26, like many aspiring musicians, Nashville would be the next move for Carl. It was in Nashville where Carl met another successful artist, producer Chris Rodriguez, known then for his work with Amy Grant. It would be Chris who eventually recommended Carl for a position in Kenny Loggin’s band. Along with Kenny, Carl has been given many opportunities to work with an array of talented artists including Chris Rodriguez, Tommy Sims, Craig Young, Twila Paris, Kathy Troccoli, Dan Needham, Chris McHugh, David Meade, Elton John, LeAnn Rimes, Nicole C. Mullen, Todd Collins, DC Talk, Peter Collins, Israel Houghton, the Ragamuffins, Michael McDonald, Maurice White, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Aaron Smith.
Lesley McFerron is featured in Psalms Reborn's latest video release "Our Stronghold" inspired by Psalm 94.
Lesley started working professionally at age 16, when she was cast in two productions at a Paramount theme park. Then she had the honor of being cast as a soloist in a production at the world renowned Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Her 25-year career as a professional singer has taken many directions. She started formal training at the Youth Performing Arts High School in Louisville, Kentucky where she was a Theatre and Vocal Performance major. During her four years there, she performed leading roles in show choir, musical theatre, and drama productions.
After studying Theatre at Northern Kentucky University, many of her fellow performers went on to pursue work in theatre. However, Lesley decided to pursue a career in Country music. She had some amazing experiences working as a demo singer for big-time Nashville songwriters and as a professional back-up singer in the studio, on the road, and at special events.
Lesley formed award-winning gospel trio SoulReal in 2002. She recorded three cd’s with the group. They scored a top 10 hit on gospel radio and were featured performers for several nationwide arena events. SoulReal was invited to sing the National Anthem at a special event with President George W. Bush. Lesley says, "It's a surreal moment meeting and shaking hands with a United States President!”
Carol Rogers was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Central High School in 1972 and afterwards attended UNL. Her mother, Jeanne Rogers, also a CHS alumnus, Educator, and Administrator, had always been a prominent musician in the Omaha jazz scene. Affected by her influence, Carol's career is an eclectic display of genres, styles, and cultures as it has afforded her world tours, television appearances in numerous countries, and recording experiences with the world's greatest musicians. Her first recording contract in 1973 was for Steak City Records, an Omaha based company, wherein she performed her original songs in R&B and Country (using the name Carla Proud - honoring Charlie Pride).
Growing up in Omaha in a musical home provided the perfect surrounding to develop and showcase Carol's young talent. Besides appearances in CHS's Roadshows during her high school career, Carol and her talented brothers often performed for the Omaha Parks and Recreation summer mini-festivals called Show Wagons, and Beverly Blackburn's Talent Shows at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, and numerous appearances at North Omaha's Allen's Showcase. At fourteen, her first television appearance was on a weekly show on KETV called "Black on Black". Eventually, even in Omaha, Carol found her way into the world-celebrated company of Grammy Award Winner Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller, C.W. McCall), providing background vocals for Davis's innumerable recording live shows, sessions, and including his local and national commercials.
Destined to continue to be in the best of musical company, in the mid-seventies, Carol Rogers, left Omaha to begin touring the world with Brazilian superstar Sergio Mendes, appearing in lead and background capacity for 25 years and in a total of twelve of his releases, including Mendes's 1994 Grammy Award winning "Brasileiro". Per his introduction, Carol has worked for the stars: Stevie Wonder, Oscar Castro Neves, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Grusin, Dionne Warwick, Lee Ritenour, Djavan, Japanese saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, Brazilian composer Eumir Deodato (2001 Space Odyssey, Kool and the Gang). She has performed alongside Brazilian Grammy Award Winners Gilberto Gil (she's credited with English translations for two of his songs) and DoriCaymmi. She recorded for Ivan Lins and Grammy Award winning producer Antonio "Moogie"Canazio for whom she still arranges and performs background vocals. Carol's voice was featured in three songs in the movie entitled "Bossa Nova" starring Amy Irving. She has also recorded for Don Davis (music producer of "The Matrix"), specifically, the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio entitled "Antitrust". Carol has also worked alongside the young Brazilian superstar team Sandy&Junior, and mega-popular Mexican girl-group Flans (Hadas). Carol Rogers's jazz 1999 release with Swedish star/pianist Monica Dominique entitled So Nice continues to draw favorable reviews throughout all of Scandinavia, garnering a consistent four or five star rating.
In 2011, while visiting her Omaha hometown, Carol was introduced to pianist-composer, Chuck Marohnic. This eventually led to her becoming the featured vocalst on the CD album, "The Jazz Psalms", released in 2013. Carol believes this project to be her most melodious, drawing upon her roots of gospel, jazz and blues. Carol states, "I was initially asked to sing a five song demo for Chuck through MSW, and now it's become a full solo album, video, and tours! Working with Chuck places me in the tutelage of a Maestro again. He is such a gifted composer and friend. His challenges for me are my opportunities to grow, and his compliments mean that God has blessed something!"
Also, these days Carol Rogers is reconnecting with her extensive international network, preparing to tour and teach in Europe, Asia, and South America. She has added to her music outreach her coveted vocal technique lessons. Among her growing roster of star students: Cheryl Chase, Angelica of the "Rugrats", TC Carson of "Living Single", and American Idol sensation Latoya London, K.C. Musmecci of the rock group Korn, and Q'Orianka Kilcher who played Pocahantas in the film "The New World." Superstars Natalia Kukulska (Poland) , In Soon Yi (Korea), Pin Ying Chen (Taiwan), and fashion designer Alishar (Russia) literally sing Carol's praises!
(above) Watch Carol in the music video inspired by Psalm 14, "What's Left, When You're Always Right?"