Church Music

Donna Reed wanted to continue to provide music lessons even after retiring from teaching in a traditional school setting. After 30 years as a music education teacher in the public schools, Donna retired and turned to providing private lessons at Mississippi Music. Growing up in the church and in a...
Richie Jones Jr. began playing drums professionally when he was 12 years old for teen clubs and skating rinks. While gigging, he developed skills in production and worked for Morris Brothers Music in Jackson, Mississippi, which led to his interest in music retail. He was hired by Mississippi Music...
Willie Bam Bam Parker’s mother has said that at birth, her son came out swinging and she knew even then that he was going to be a drummer. At age 3 his love of drums was rewarded his with his first kit, a Smurf drum set. By age ten Willie was playing in a variety of different church groups,...
Bob Brumley was the owner of Albert E. Brumley & Sons, a music publishing company established by his father in 1944. Albert E. Brumley was a gifted songwriter who often penned religious themed songs such as the classic “I’ll Fly Away.” Bob joined the company with one goal in mind, to preserve...
Barbara Gensmer established herself as one of the top church organ dealers in the United States, having sold and installed over 1,200 units since the 1970s. She focused on Minnesota and Wisconsin, and stayed loyal to the Rodgers Instrument Company for most of her career. In 1991, when Rodgers...
Lloyd Larson has been a prolific composer and arranger for a number of music publishers since the early 1980s. While focusing on church music, Lloyd has also composed for school music programs. Among his most noted works are those for choral and keyboard, some 1,500 publications so far! Over the...
Jozef Nuyens founded The Castle recording studios in 1982. The Castle is one of the best known recording facilities in the world. About 450 gold and platinum artists from all genres of the music industry have recorded there over the years. It was one of the first digital recording facilities in the...
Walton Smith has toured and recorded with the Christian artist Jeremy Camp since the early 2000s.  While he grew up in the church, his musical style has been a balanced blend of contemporary Christian music along with rock, making his contributions to Jeremy Camp a perfect fit.  Walton has also...
Misty Browning loved to watch the smile on the faces of those in her church as a child when they began to sing.  She noticed their mannerisms and expressions completely changed once the music started.  She knew then that hers would be a life in music!  She toured and recorded and taught, and all...
Reiff Lorenz grew up in the music publishing business and, like his father and grandfather, Reiff is happy and proud to carry on the family tradition.  The company was established back in 1890 with a focus on choral, keyboard, hand-bell, and instrumental music in support of church worship programs...

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