The church is holding a single release party for a song that’s already making the rounds on music download sites like iTunes and MySpace.
The song, as you hear on our "What's On Your Mind" podcast to the right of this story, is called “Turn Us Into Miracles”, and it was written by four church members on a mission trip to Joplin, Missouri last August- Maddy Albers, Andi McCombs, Anna Ferguson and Holden Jones.
The party is a chance for anyone in Jacksonville to stop by and hear the song, meet the composers and performers.
Ferguson says the quartet worked with First Presbyterian youth coordinator Tim Chipmanto put the song together in Joplin.
“Tim played a little chord on the piano, he started playing some licks, and we were like, ‘this is great,’” says Ferguson. “And so, one by one, we would add stuff to it. We just would make a little poem. It was just amazing.”
The song was recorded at the church, produced in Nashville and features guitar work from Jacksonville musician Robert Sampson. Everyone from the mission trip sings backup as the chorus.
McCombs says she enjoyed the song-writing process.
“It was a really cool experience, just writing it, and then being able to have the chance to sing it and record it,” says McCombs. “It was really crazy, because we were sitting there listening to the music track that had been made, and we were like, ‘We wrote the lyrics in this song.’ It was just crazy to think that we actually wrote this song.”
Marcy Jones, the mother of Holden Jones, was one of the chorus singers. She also designed the cover art for the single, which depicts everyone from the trip standing in front of a sign for Joplin High School.
“Joplin High School was hit right after graduation, and the sign just had the ‘O’ and the ‘P’ left from ‘Joplin,’ and some people came and duck-taped ‘H’ and ‘E’ on the sign, and it said ‘HOPE’ on it,” explains Jones. “And that was just pretty meaningful for our youth.”
The song debuted this past week and is also available on Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and iHeartRadio, along with several other sites. All proceeds go directly to the ongoing Joplin tornado relief effort.
Albers says the people of Joplin still need all the help they can get.
“We went there two years after it had happened, and you’d think there wouldn’t be much to do or much to help with, but it was just as terrible as the day it happened, I’m sure, for the people, and rebuilding was just as necessary then as it is now,” says Albers.
“It was a terrible experience. But, at the same time, it was such a blessing, and it really opened our eyes to how blessed we are and what we can do to help others.”
Doors open for tomorrow night’s party at 6:30.