- Produced by legendary Nashville producer Brown Bannister
- Arends wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs
- Featured guest artist: Rich Mullins on hammered dulcimer
- Contains enduring classics like “Seize the Day” and “Reaching”
- Earned a Dove Award nomination for “New Artist of the Year”
- Currently Out of Print, several cuts can be found on the SEIZE THE DAY AND OTHER STORIES best-of CD.
**** An uplifitng and potentially world-beating debut … Arends has a heartbreaking voice and the crack band serves up a variety of rootsy settings.” – The Record
Thanks to… Brown Bannister — hero and friend… we got “the thing with the thing!” Debbie Bannister — for believing in this project. Steve Bishir — for a job exceedingly well done and for not “fixing” it later. Traci Sterling Bishir — for administration miracles and friendship… now if we can just get you on the world hunger problem… Leanne Ellis (Miss You), Martin Woodlee, and Joey Grinstead. Enormous gratitude to all the players and singers who appear on this record… I’m in awe of your talents. Special thanks to Gordon Kennedy for being strong (weak in no way) and to Chris McHugh for the laughing gas.
More thanks to… Terry Hemmings and my Reunion family, including Rob Birkhead, Ben “Buddy” Howard, Michelle Fink, Melinda Scruggs-Gales and Linda Bourne. Special thanks to Richard Headen (the hardest working man in show business) for getting the ball rolling, Chris Smith for approaching your job with principle and passion, and Carrie Jones and Elizabeth Simmons (the hardest working women in show business). Dan Raines, David Huffman, Pete Fisher, Melissa Banek, and everyone at Creative Trust for your sense of adventure, and to David Maddox and (Sir) James Chessir for Wise Counsel. Thanks to Andrea Tucker for believing in me long before it was rational to do so.
For various acts of kindness, thank you… Jonathan Watkins, Darrell Harris and everyone at Star Song, Peter York, Benson Publishing, Word Canada, Terry and Blanche Dawes, Tamara Reynolds, Gina Binkley, Anna Hutto, Dan Keen, Carol and Mark Maxwell, Tom Harrison, Ellie O’Day, John Braheny, Karen and Brian Pothecary, Gayle Salmond, Steve Abma, Bill Buckingham, Sandy Scofield, Fleming and John, The Road Scholars — including Chris Jonat, David Plenkovich, and Karl Kantola, The Lori Barnson Band, Ian Tarasoff and The Bullfrogs, Andrew and Jackie Taylor, Woodsong concerts, Tom and Daryl at Magic Lab, Lynn McCain, Tony Chamberlist, Phil Nelson, Shain Chisholm, Jon Ochsendorf, Ron and Sue Irving, Greg Strom, Katie MacColl, Regent Coffeehouse, Dirk Van Stralen, Peter Wistoff, Patsy Moore, Tommy Sims, Phil Madeira, Joe Beck, Danny Duncan, Mak Kaylor, Nils Borup, Mark Comden, Jonathan and Diana Beach, Amy and Rodney Lewis, Rick and Pam Mitchell, Rich Mullins, Chris Harris, Shawn and Silver Gommer, Dwight and Denise Liles, Debra Holt and Kikine Bringsli, Troy and Donna VanLiere, Pastor Lee and Ellen Nelson, my Blue Mountain Baptist Church family, and everyone at Pregnancy Concerns (including Donna, Hilary, Pam, Liz and Pearl) — your limitless giving has taught me so much about ministry.
Immeasurable thanks to… Nicole Udzenija (thanks for introducing me to the Beatles… where would I be without you?), Sally Jones (the “ugly sister” I never had), Chris Jones, Connie Harrington (what does it take to change the essence of a pig?), Nicole and Jon Horodyski, Scott and Laurie Webb, Ray Salmond for generous gifts of talent and time, and for the Muggeridge quote. My Partners in Crime: Tim Holt, Spencer Capier and David Olson. Mark Heard and Frederick Buechner for life-changing inspiration. Love and thanks to Nana Bernice, Nana Jonat, Uncle Terry, Auntie Gail, Lee and Kim, and especially Uncle Doug (for inspiring me to pick up a guitar in the first place)… and to my wonderful Arends family.
Inexpressible thanks to… Chris, Cam, Dad and my crazy dreamer of a Mom… for bearing, hoping, enduring and believing all things — even that this record would one day be made. I love you guys.
And to Mark… Thank you for co-writing this whole adventure with me. Every day I am more amazed by who you are. You will always be the song my heart sings.
Above all, thanks to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for life, redemption and Your tireless pursuit of my heart. Psalm 37:4.