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Grandma's Favorite Gospel Hymns

Steven Marking

Favorite gospel hymns from the Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist tradition. Beautifully sung just as you would hear them, straight from the hymnal. People love this CD - they always say “They don’t sing these hymns anymore!

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I spent 22 years studying and singing classical music on the east coast, much of it in New York City. I have always enjoyed guest singing in churches. As I guest sang, I asked people about what they wanted to hear I kept getting the same message. Sing us the old hymns, without jazzing them up or doing a fancy arrangement. Let us hear them the way they were meant to be sung.  And so I compiled a list of the all time classic hymns, "In The Garden, Shall We Gather at The River, How Great Thou Art, etc" and decided to record them as my grandmother would have heard them in the small country church she attended. I assembled a choir from area churches and we recorded Grandma's Favorite Gospel Hymns at Halfway Creek Lutheran Church outiside of Holmen, Wisconsin, which is pictured on the cover of the CD. We scheduled two sessions and had five rehearsals in preparation for the recording. After the first three hymns went smoothly, my recording engineer Brett Huus turned to me and said, "I wonder if they know it doesn't usually go this smoothly?" We continued on with the session and kept everything fresh and from the heart, and laid down all 18 songs in the one session, and we cancelled the second session. I truly believe that the holy spirit was with us as we sang with our hearts and voices, never considering that it was a difficult task, or even that it was a labor of any sort. When the CD was produced we did two fundraising concerts on the same day, filling Halfway Creek Lutheran Church twice, selling over 200 CD's and raising over $5000 for their building fund. This was the most positive and successful musical project I have been involved in during all my years of performance. I will always treasure this CD and the music making in that small country church.

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The February Show! with JoAnn Funk & Jeff Brueske

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The February Show!

St Mane Theater, 206 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, MN

A wonderful show of all things February (yes, including Valentine's Day! Steve is joined by jazz singer pianist JoAnn Funk and bassist vocalist Jeff Brueske. Enjoy an evening of music and humor!   St Mane Website   



The February Show!

The Dunsmore Room, 6161 Highway 65 NE, Fridley, MN

Music and laughter! In February! Jazz pianist singer JoAnn Funk brings her unique piano vocal style to this entertaining show. Her style has been compared to Blossom Dearie and Diana Krall but is very much her own. JoAnn is a Twin Cities favorite who most recently performed with Jeff Brueske for Jazz in The Lobby Bar at The Saint Paul Hotel. Her fourth and most recent CD, Jazz in The Lobby Bar, continues to receive international airplay. These days she is traveling and performing - enjoy this rare treat to hear her in the Twin Cities! Baritone Steven Marking will be performing an astonishing range of music, from Schubert, Samuel Barber and Flanders and Swann, to songs from musicals.  Steven has over 40 opera roles to his credit. Since his move to the Twin Cities in 2012, he has sung with the Minnesota Chorale, Metropolitan Symphony, performed a role with Minnesota Opera, sung many oratorios, led hymn sings and performed his popular show Our Mighty Mississippi, as well as shows with Jeff and JoAnn. His newest CD, "Holy Chestnuts", is collection of Victorian Era Anthems, recorded with organ and piano at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, where he was the bass baritone soloist for four years. Never one to take himself too seriously, Steve has a comfortable stage presence and is a marvelous storyteller.   Bassist and vocalist Jeff Brueske rounds out the talented trio, adding swing and beauty to everything, and also doing some great singing. Jeff might be the most understated musician you will ever meet. He is a choir director, educator, has a master's degree in guitar performance and is also a fine bassist. His vocals are a treat and are reminiscent of John Pizzarelli.


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