The Voice of the Master's Michael Fletcher interview
(Wisconsin) - An appealing, Celtic-influenced folk/pop sound, with a touch of rock. That's how one writer describes the music ministry of harpist and vocalist Amy Shreve.
During a recent phone interview in the midst of their Northwest tour of Alaska, Washington and Oregon, producer/musician Gary Wixtrom said their music can't really be pigeon-holed into one music genre or another, stating the music he and his wife perform is for all ages. We want to appeal musically to the young and the old alike. We've always felt it was really important that grandmothers and granddaughters and grandfathers and grandsons as well as parents can sit in the same room, and not walk away going 'well, that wasn't for me' said Wixtrom, who plays an assortment of instruments as varied as their musical styles.
In the midst of that variety one thing remains constant. Amy and Gary have a deep commitment to the hymns. Their latest CD God of All Grace is an all hymns project. When asked why the hymns are so important to them, Gary replied, When we play for people, we want them to hear the Gospel. The Gospel is written so well into the hymns.
Amy has been working with The Voice of the Martyrs ministry, serving as worship leaders at VOM conferences across the country. The 2012 release God of All Joy contains a song that speaks to the suffering many endure around the world because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Amy Shreve has met a number of people from other countries who have been jailed and tortured for their faith. She said she has been encouraged by their bravery. She referred to Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison and in bonds as if you were bound with them - because you yourselves are in the Body. This songwriter said she has to remember to pray for them, and to be aware that when they suffer she suffers. Hence the refrain, And I cry when you have been wounded, and I die when your blood is shed. I am a part of you, and I can see Jesus through the beautiful scars you wear. Lyrics are from her song Beautiful Scars
Michael Fletcher - WRVM