Music ministry is not rocket science. However, if you were to ask award-winning former NASA rocket scientist Brad Perry, it is no less important and warrants just as much thought, focus, and precision. While he used to train astronauts for their shuttle missions and was on the design team for the International Space Station, today his focus revolves around worship. Brad and his wife Joanie, an educator-together known professionally as Alabaster Grace - have committed their creativity, intellect, and passion to create worship music that is thoughtful, insightful, and reverent.
The duo's latest single release, "Word of God," is impacting Christian radio now.
The couple called on the talents of multiple Dove Award-winning producer Chris Bevins (producer and keyboards for Selah, Salvador, Jaci Velasquez), to bring the song to life. In addition to serving as keyboardist, Bevins, in turn, brought in some of Nashville's other finest studio musicians for the recording, including drummer Dan Needham (Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Michael McDonald, Sting), guitarist Mike Payne (Casting Crowns, Francesca Battistelli, Mandisa, Lauren Daigle, Natalie Grant), and bassist Jacob Lowery (Gaither Vocal Band, Seth & Nirva).
Joanie, Alabaster Grace's primary songwriter, penned the song, while Brad wrote the guitar parts. Together, Joanie and Brad further developed the song and crafted the arrangement along with Bevins.
The eclectic “Word of God” is as musically intricate as it is lyrically intriguing. Exploring Messianic rhythms as it extols Yeshua (Jesus Christ) as Messiah, Redeemer, and King, the song is thoughtfully crafted and meticulously executed.
“Word of God” was birthed out of a time of Bible study, employing rich, acoustic Middle Eastern-style chord progressions that connect listeners to the Holy Land, where Christ was born, served, and eventually laid down his life for the sins of the world. Drawn from the first chapter of the Gospel of John, it reflects the awesome concept that the Word was with God in the beginning, and the Word was God.
“As I moved through the writing process, I expanded on the names of God,” says Joanie. “That ultimately led to examining what our Lord has done for us. He laid down His life for us all as the Lamb of God! The Gospel of John is just so rich. Our prayer is that people will hear the song and want to delve deeper into the Word of God. We think the Gospel of John is a great place to start.”
With its beautiful vocals, acoustic flavors, and world-infused rhythms, “Word of God” is sure to strike a resounding chord with a world that is hungry for answers.
Already, the single is resonating with radio and industry professionals.
"'Word of God' by Alabaster Grace incorporates a unique style of music that makes it stand out from other songs, and ties it to the Holy Land," says Kathryn Livingston of Westar Media Group. "The lyrics shine a light on the first Chapter of John and that God is the creator of Earth. This is a must-hear song!"
Colleen Dick, General Manager, The Word in Praise: Contemporary Christian Music WWIP 89.1 FM, echoes the sentiment, saying, "'Word of God' by Alabaster Grace is a timeless reminder of who God is and what He did for us. I appreciate the use of scripture and love the musical style."