The Rebecca St. James File:
by Tracy & C.J. Darlington
St. James & Vicky Beeching
June 9, 2007
Put on by The Salvation Army, this concert was aptly titled a Kaleidoscope of Praise as Rebecca St. James concerts have always included worship songs (some original, some traditional). Newcomer Vicky Beeching hales from across the pond in England, but she's making it clear her passion is for worship, too.
Strumming her guitar, back-up band supporting, Vicky seemed calm and at ease in front of the massive crowd, and she soon had us in a worshipful spirit as the night's opener. Performing songs off her first album as well as her sophomore release Painting the Invisible, including "Join the Song" with its catchy chorus, "Praise God from whom all blessing flow..." she also showed her playful side, telling humorous stories from her life. Ending at the piano (after using her harmonica), she paved the way for Rebecca and her band.
Taking the stage, Rebecca immediately had the crowd excited and on their feet with her song "Alive". She performed many more of our favorites, including "Thank You", "Blessed Be Your Name", "Wait for Me", "Forgive Me", and the acoustic "You Are Loved". In between songs she took time to share what's been on her heart. In particular, the revelation God's given her about his love for us. Midway during the concert Rebecca gave the stage to her backup singer Charmaine (an artist in her own right) who sang her song "Save the Day".
Always encouraging and uplifting, Rebecca St. James & Co. are worth listening to, and seeing, whenever they come into your town.
Interesting note: the stage this night was a round one in the center of
the room, giving concert goers the chance to see Rebecca and the band from
many different angles.
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Tracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.
C.J. Darlington is the award-winning authof of Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt, and Ties that Bind. She is a regular contributor to Family Fiction Digital Magazine and NovelCrossing.com. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs, a cat, and a paint horse named Sky. Visit her online at her author website. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.