Catherine and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage this year. Incidentally that is also how long we have been sharing music together – whether it is leading worship in the church or just playing a fun show at a coffee shop.
Thought for the day: “You are outrageously loved by an outrageously loving God!”
Here is what people are saying as they experience our newest album, “I Will Bring You Peace”:
“Enter the process of transparent heart cries, letting go, the gentle wooing of God’s love, biblical and personal declarations of faith and the delight of receiving God’s love all in one CD! Musically gentle and delightful yet deep calling unto deep. A treasure to be shared.” ~ Jane Wojta
“The band Reflect has such a unique dynamic because of their duo between husband and wife. With their music you can be assured that before talent, character and relationship come first which is where the depth of their music really begins. This music is meant to uplift the spirit and that’s what it does for me. When I am hitting lows in my walk with God I have found that sitting still and letting God work in me through the lyrics and the peaceful music, is what my spirit needs during hard times. Thank you Reflect for the depth and care of your hearts!” ~ Christopher Peanosky – focus.one Support Staff
I have submitted our songs to a few independent A&R companies in Nashville and received some really encouraging responses.
Here is what Taxi, the largest independant A&R Company had to say about our song, Take Me Away:
“This lovely song features a well-crafted arrangement and an emotionally captivating vocal performance… I love how the arrangement builds as the performance unfolds. In terms of emotion, the bridge seems the most potent aspect of the arrangement. The production sounds very professional.” – Taxi, The World’s Leading A&R Company.
Here is what an independent A&R rep Austin Cook from Nashville had to say after hearing a few of our songs:
“You See Me” – Good song, I like the hook in the chorus, its pretty good. What I like about this song is that its short and sweet and doesn’t linger on too long.
“Erased” – Good message. Pretty good hook, I do like it.
“Take Me Away” – I love this song, good job. Good chorus. You both have good voices.
We have a new album out called “I Will Bring You Peace“. We love this album and we think you will love it as well! This album has been five years in the making and reflects the best of our songwriting to date and we are so grateful to God that he brought this project about.
One listener of the album sent us this review:
“Enter the process of transparent heart cries, letting go, the gentle wooing of God’s love, biblical and personal declarations of faith and the delight of receiving God’s love all in one CD! Musically gentle and delightful yet deep calling unto deep. A treasure to be shared.” ~ Jane Wojta, Manitowoc, WI (more reviews here)
If you would like our new album, we want to make it simple for you, so here is the new deal:
Simply contact us and send us your mailing address. We will send you the CD along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for you to put a check in and drop in the mail.
2 – Ellie’s current age in years. Ellie spends a good portion of every day singing around the house. Songs we sing at church, songs from our concerts, and songs she makes up. She also loves to read books, on someone’s lap or by herself. I think listening to her repeat the stories we’ve read to her stuffed animals is one of my favorite past times lately.
28 – The number of weeks the newest member of our family has been growing inside my belly! We are so excited to be welcoming another little girl to our family next March. Ellie is excited to be a big sister and I am so excited to have two little girls who can grow up to be close friends.
475 – The number of nursing home concerts Daniel will have done in 2012. (He’s tired). His ministry to the elderly grows every year. Every year he plays at more places, reaches more people, and travels farther. It continues to be a blessing that he can devote his time to music and ministry.
56 – The number of concerts, services, or other events we played together this year.
Infinity – The amount of love and gratitude in our hearts to all of our family and friends who love, support, and pray for us. Thanks for being a blessing to our family. We pray that you are surrounded by peace and joy this Christmas.
Daniel, Catherine, and Elisabeth Lovett
Next Concert: Feb 1st @ 7:30 in Green Bay, WI @ the Cup O’ Joy (232 S. Broadway)
Please read this amazing true story behind the song:
“Tiny Hands” was inspired by the amazing story of our sister-in-law Stacy and her little girl Ava.
Stacy had, in her younger years, suffered from a rare form of cancer of the blood that had been for many years in remission. Not long ago she had been feeling quite ill and went to see the doctor. After many thorough tests it was confirmed. The cancer was back… and with a vengeance. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the blood. A few weeks passed and Stacy learned that she was pregnant. She was advised by her doctor to abort her child in order to receive the treatment that would prolong her life. She refused and expected, for all practical purposes, to deliver her child and die soon after; leaving her husband with two young children to raise on his own.
All of her family and friends began praying for her situation and asked that the Lord would heal her. We prayed and we prayed. I can still remember the day that we received the phone call that the cancer was gone! The Lord had answered our prayers and healed her!
Stacy gave birth to a happy and healthy daughter named Ava Grace. Ava is truly the happiest baby I have ever met and has just celebrated her first birthday. What a tragic thing to think that Ava would have been killed had Stacy listened to her doctor.
We don’t live in the dark ages. We all should know by now that a baby inside the womb is still a baby. That means abortion is murder. This has been going on for far too long. Yet so many of us are silent on this issue. There is no overwhelming outcry against abortion. So what are our leaders to think? They represent us don’t they?
They represent the fact that we care more for our wealth, our individuality, and our precious freedom of choice, then we do about the rights of the unborn.
Will you help me change this? Give an unborn child the right to live?
I believe that if we all continue to stand for truth and justice that we can make a difference. Much like William Wilberforce stood against the profitable and despicable practice of the slave trade in England (watch the movie “Amazing Grace”), we must stand against the murder of children in “God blessed” America.
Please pray with me and fight with me for the unborn! Do what you can while God lends us breath to pursue justice and truth and most of all, love.
I was thinking this morning about the emotional scars that women carry the rest of their lives after an abortion. Many of us are trying to be sensitive to them and not raise such a painful issue. But future pain can be avoided, and present pain can be healed.
My wife and I recently watched a movie that “lit a candle in our heart” and spoiled us by showing us what a good movie is all about. The movie is called Bella. Make it the next one you rent and be blessed.
I used to live near a planned parenthood. I would drive by and be visually assaulted by these protesters who would stand out on the street with pictures of babies found in dumpsters. Like most people I hated having to be being offended day after day by these shocking photos, but then my heart changed about it. How much more shocking that murder is legal in America? How much more shocking that places exist where would-be mothers can dispose of their “inconvenient” child?
What does God think of abortion? How does it make him feel? I know that He is heartbroken. I know that He is deeply wounded that his “babies” are killing their own babies. At points during the recording of this song “tiny hands” I had to stop because of the emotion that came as God showed me his heart for the little ones. Jesus loves all his little children and we would all do well to become more like them. We have a lot to learn from the children as Jesus frequently pointed out.
This is a human rights issue. A human being has a right to live!
I honestly don’t know if we will ever be able to legally defend the life of the unborn. I don’t know if the laws will ever change. Be we can and ought to do what we can, reaching one person at a time with the message that each new life is precious, a gift from God to be cherished and loved.
This is why I am offering my song “tiny hands” as a free download. I asking you to please share this with your friends. Send them a link to this page. Just please pass it on. If even just one woman decides to keep and cherish her child. It will be worth it.
Thanks for listening,
Tiny hands, tiny feet,
She’s the cutest little girl you have ever seen
First thing she learns is how to smile
You see the joy of God, in the face of this sweet child
What a precious gift, is this new life,
So full of innocence and wonder, with her eyes so wide
She takes it in, all this love you give,
How could it ever be a question that you let her live?
That you let her live…
Her first steps, her first words
The sweetest little sounds you have ever heard
You watch her grow and feel such love
And every day you spend with her, just never seems enough
“It’s time for bed, now go to sleep,”
“Just one more story mama, please read to me”
So you read to her and all the while,
You’re looking at your princess and how she makes you smile
It has been two years since the release of our album, “I Will Bring You Peace”, in 2010. We chose to release this album on September 11th as a way of reminding people that, though we live in a world at war with itself in so many ways, Jesus offers us and invites us into a peace that truly passes all understanding. The album (and title track) is themed around Jesus words found in Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
To celebrate this CD release anniversary of our defining album, we are offering it for a “pay what you want” to download this album. If you like what you hear, download it and decide how much you’d like to bless our ministry. (I’ve also included an option that allows an immediate download, plus a physical CD for $10.)
I was so blessed to walk into a nursing home facility today to find a lady sitting next to a CD player humming along to “Come Thou Fount” from our Reflect Hymn album. At first I thought, “I know that song, but that doesn’t sound like us.” And then I realized it was because she was singing along with it. The nurse said that they play our Reflect Hymn CD at least once if not twice a day and that the residents really enjoy it.
It reminded me of who our main ministry is to. As many of you know, we don’t have a thriving ministry to our generation (as much as we may want to connect with and bless those in our generation). Instead God has blessed our ministry to the elderly in nursing homes.
It’s because of reminders like these that I’d like the next album we make for them. But we need your prayers. The honest truth is, we feel worn down and often uninspired. It’s been awhile since we even wrote a song or did much of anything creative. I believe we under attack from the enemy (yes, we have an enemy) and we need your prayers. If you are a Christian brother or sister, would you just say a prayer for us right now? I trust God will bless you for the love you show by lifting us up in prayer (that’s “Christianeze” for talking to God and suggesting he get us out of our funk).
We really desire to be used mightily for the growing of God’s kingdom.
Catherine and I chose Center of the Angels Songs as one of our free downloads because it is such a beautiful reflection on who Jesus is. Jesus is the perfect representation of all that God is. Why? Because Jesus is, in fact, God in the flesh.
Isaiah 9:6 prophecies about the coming Messiah, Jesus, and gives us some of his royal titles:
Surrender can be tough, but surrendering to God is precisely where our salvation and freedom are found. Surrender really is a matter of trust and it becomes so much easier when we focus on Who we are surrendering to.
When we really come to know the character of God and that this God is bursting with love and kindness toward us, it makes surrender a joyous thing. We come to count it a privilege that we get to surrender to this God of infinite unfailing love! We come to see how blessed we are that the only Sovereign God of the universe loves us desperately! When you surrender to God, you surrender to love, for God is Love! (1 John 4) Yes, we can indeed fully trust our Savior Jesus and our loving Heavenly Father. And when we keep the loving heart of our “blessed Savior” in our view we can easily say, “I surrender all.”
We hope your enjoy our updated version of “I Surrender All”. This month’s free song. Download it here.
We are busy getting ready for our summer gigs. We’ll be playing with a full band three weeks in a row. Plus at each show there will be other fabulous artists sharing their music for you to enjoy. Come out and hear some great music this summer!
Mark your calenders, bring some friends, and enjoy some inspiring events full of worship and reflection (no pun intended). We’d especially love to see you at our Cup O Joy show!
SAT June 30th @ 10 am to 10 pm – Harmony by the Bay – all day free music festival in Menominee, MI (We play at noon!)
SAT July 7th @ 7:30 – Cup O Joy – Reflect Worship full length concert with full band (Special Guest: our dear friend, Kate Marshall!)
FRI July 13th – LIFEST! – Performing twice. At 4:30 – a more intimate acoustic worship set and then later @ 7:30 sharing some of our best original songs.
Thanks for listening,
Daniel & Catherine
More about the music to this song:
We have been listening to a new band called Civil Wars recently and were musically inspired to take the music of their song “Poison & Wine” and put it to “I Surrender All”.
I wrote the song Redeemed after being comforted in my severe depression by the Psalm the song is based on. Psalm 107 describes some difficult situations people find or get themselves in and in each instance the people would cry out to God for help and God would answer them. In fact God says in his word that everyone who calls on him will be saved! That’s pretty awesome!