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Union University sophomore Kelsie Leaf, along with other Union students, participated in City Fellowship Baptist Church’s Aug. 31 concert and live recording of its first live worship album, “City Songs, Vol. 1.”
Leaf opened the concert, singing songs by artists such as Chris Rice, Curtis Mayfield, Nickel Creek and a song she wrote herself.
“[The] four of five songs hold tremendous personal meaning for me, and that’s one reason I chose them,” Leaf said. … “I’ve noticed that the deeper I am affected by the songs I sing, the more the audience and I both enjoy them,” Leaf said.
The recording is led by Pastor Russ Pflasterer and the City Fellowship band; the idea for the album came from requests by past members of City Fellowship who now live elsewhere.
“This concert [and] live recording event allowed us to kill two birds with one stone: First, to raise money for our new Community Development Fund, and, second, to make an album available for those who have been asking for one for a long time,” Pflasterer said.
Profits from the album help support local ministries and contribute to the church’s community development fund.
The list of songs on the album includes modern arrangements of old hymns such as Blind Willie Johnson’s “God Don’t Ever Change” and Charles A. Tindley’s “We Will Overcome Someday.”
“[These songs] are like living, breathing things to me. They speak,” Pflasterer said. “They command your attention.”
The possibility of a “City Songs Vol. 2” is in the process of coming together,with a collaboration with City Fellowship’s sister church, Inspiring Ministries International, Pflasterer said.
After the album is completed, it will be available through bandcamp.com.