One Spirit

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It is more than the title of Mary-Kathryn’s album. It is her calling, her mission, her passion. “We are called by One Spirit,” she says. “One Holy Spirit. We serve One Lord. We are One Body. We must come together in unity under the headship of Christ, for we are much more powerful together than when we are divided.”

 

The songs of One Spirit were birthed out of a mission calling to the Body of Christ.  It is a means of encouraging the members of the body to stir up their gifts and callings, to get busy about doing what God has called them to do, and to encourage them to be in unity with one another.”  

 

The talents of producer/arranger Roy Salmond (Layton Howerton, Carolyn Arrends) were enlisted to help capture Mary-Kathryn’s visionary music. And the inclusion of Canadian brothers Hugh Marsh (violin) and Fergus Marsh (bass, chapman stick), and African vocalists Aboubacar Camara and Yoro Noukoussi injects an authentic passion to the world music of One Spirit. A highlight of the project is Mary-Kathryn’s stirring duet with Juno Award winner, Steve Bell, on “Unto The Least of These.”

 

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Mary-Kathryn imbues One Spirit with musical influences from such faraway lands as India and Ireland, Africa and Egypt. She calls on the memory of traditional folk melodies from France, Italy and America, and even incorporates Native American rhythms to make her point. “I want the American church to think about the fact that Christianity is not just an American experience. Jesus died for the world, and ultimately, when we get to the throne, there will be people from every nation and every tongue worshiping God.”

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