and Debbie Carothers, a husband-and-wife singing-and-songwriting
duo and Church of God members, have just released a compact disc
of music titled Glimpse of the Future.
Mr. and Mrs. Carothers
composed and produced 13 songs for the CD they say express emotions
and beliefs shared by many people with a Church of God background.
our music," said Mrs. Carothers, "we draw upon our understanding
of the Scriptures as they relate to our life experiences."
For example, they
wrote "Glimpse of the Future," the song with the same
name as the CD, in response to the onset of doctrinal changes in
the Worldwide Church of God in the 1990s.
They wrote "A
Spirit That Comforts" after the death of Mrs. Carothers' cousin.
Loving Care" came after the illness and prayed-for healing
of a friend.
plays most of the instruments on the recordings: electric, acoustic
and bass guitar, piano, saxophone and flute.
Helping out is
Bob's brother Chris on drums and friend Mark Huff on percussion.
Chuck Wilkey and Greg Bovit are friends who helped behind the scenes.
Before their baptism
and church attendance in the Cleveland area beginning in 1980 with
the Worldwide Church of God, the Carotherses performed regularly
with the Chris Michael Band and opened in concert for national recording
After they began
attending church and Friday-night gigs were no longer an option
for them, Mr. Carothers went back to school to earn a bachelor's
degree in music production and engineering from Berklee College
of Music, Boston, Mass.
In 1989 Bob and
Debbie started Harvesting Recording, a professional studio in northeastern
Ohio they continue to operate.
Since last year
Mr. Carothers is a voting member of the National Recording Academy,
the group that hands out the Grammy awards.
is an attorney with a law practice that offers legal counsel to
have performed special music for Sabbath and feast services many
times, except during a 10-year ban from special music during their
WCG days because someone, in Mr. Carothers' words, said their music
"had too much rock influence."
have changed, he said. "Some people in the church began to
consider that maybe a little bit of that rock beat in the Carothers
music wasn't so bad after all."
Nowadays Mr. and
Mrs. Carothers meet on the Sabbath with friends and family in private
residences. "We try to have a peaceful life," he said.
The Glimpse of the Future CD is available for $15 from P.O. Box 2161, Streetsboro, Ohio 44241, U.S.A., or
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