“Awake My Soul and Sing!”

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Featured on this recording, Mae Thomas sings her own style, often using her own arrangement of traditional hymns and African-American Spirituals, often unaccompanied.

Mae sings at Regional events of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has sung at most churches in the Kansas City Region.

“I sing because I'm so happy!”

Mae Thomas sings her style - Click for enlargement

Bill Laursen is a bandleader, singer, piano player, songwriter and arranger performing primarily in Kansas City Area clubs and hotels. He plays for benefits, shows and special events. He began piano with his mother as teacher and went from high school to the Mutual Musician’s Foundation to study jazz, later to study with the legendary pianist George Salisbury. His band The Right Time performs all varieties of jazz for all situations. Bill brings vocal and piano spiritual music to many churches including his own, Community Christian Church. Bill Laursen on piano - Click for enlargement
This is really fun!
Andy Sherwood plays clarinet and saxophone as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Band. He performs an annual benefit concert for his church family, the First Baptist Church, New London, CT, and does gigs in and around that area. In 1956 Andy began church life in the baby nursery with a Baptist/Disciple congregation at United Church, Milwaukee, WI, where the editor of the Chalice Hymnal, Daniel Merrick, was the minister.  Check out Andy’s web site at:
Andy Sherwood on clarinet - Click for enlargement

Cynthia Egger on guitar - Click for enlargement

Cynthia Egger, recognized classical guitar artist, plays and sings all varieties of music and performs throughout the Kansas City area and has recorded with her own band. Cindy also plays electric bass. She teaches at Rockhurst University and at Johnson County Community College. She is Guitarist and Music Director at St. Andrew Christian Church.

“A Musician's Musician!”

Percussionist Mark Lowry performs with the Kansas City Symphony, the State Ballet of Missouri, and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. He is on the faculty of Central Methodist College and the International Music Camp. Mark enjoys a wide variety of music. He is co-founder of newEar, a professional contemporary chamber group and has many soundtrack recordings for Missouri Repertory Theater. Mark is a member of Community Christian Church.

Mark Lowry on drums - Click for enlargement

Eli Heng Chamberlain sings “I Say Yes My Lord” - Click for enlargement

Eli Heng Chamberlain is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and learned Spanish first. She is a graduate of William Jewell College with bachelor’s degrees in both English and music. She is a past member of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and the Fine Arts Choral of Kansas City. Eli is a charter member St. Andrew Christian Church.

She sings the unforgettable
“Digo Si Senor”
(I Say Yes My Lord)


Thom Greathouse is the organist at Community Christian Church where he leads and participates in musical presentations. With his own accompaniment on piano, his vocal style lends itself to the spirituality of traditional hymns.

My appreciation to Producer Bill Laursen for his musical sense, enthusiasm and organizational skills in producing this CD. Bill created many of the musical arrangements, called the rehearsals, juggled schedules, and did his best to coordinate my wishes with the musicians’ abilities. What a blessing he is!  My appreciation to these musicians who took time from busy schedules, sacrificing other commitments, to bring this gift of music. Rehearsals and studio time especially for Mark and Cynthia add up to many hours. May this be a gift that keeps on giving by bringing joy to all who hear it .

Beverly Sherwood,.
Executive Producer

Beverly Sherwood, Executive Producer - Click for enlargement

This CD is dedicated to Del,
my husband of 49 ˝ years
whose encouragement and financial
support made this dream possible.

Singing Young People, receiving direction - Click for enlargement Singing Young People - Now they can “handle it!” - Click for enlargement

Singing Young People

Directed by Gabe Combs, Former Music Director & Youth Minister
Shawnee Park Christian Church