Gospeltour i Sverige 2013

I mitten av Juli kommer Leslie Michele och Robert Cager från Chicago till Sverige!
Ihop med Thomas Simonsson och Angelica Bengts kommer de åka på en gospelturné runtom i landet och sjunga och prata om vad gospelmusiken har fått betyda för dem och hur musiken och budskapet har fått bära genom livets många skeden!
Missa inte dessa tillfällen att få njuta av skön musik, inspirerande livshistorier och spännande möten! 
6:e Juli - Södra Härene kl 18:00
7:e Juli - Apelvikshöjds Kyrka, Varberg kl 11!
7:e Juli - Ängelholm, kl 18!
10:e Juli - Långserud kl 20!
12:e Juli - Hönökonferensen, Nimbus kl: 00:30
13:e Juli - Hedemora
14:e Juli - Krylbo kl 11!
14:e Juli - Horndal kl 17!
16:e Juli - Grängesberg kl 19!
17:e Juli - Leksand 20:00
18:e Juli - Stala, Orust 19:00
19:e Juli - Domkyrkan, Göteborg kl 12!
19:e Juli Credo Familjeläger, Hjälmareds folkhögskola.
21:a Juli Mossebo kl 15:00
21:a Juli Tranemo kl. 17:00
21:a Juli Sjötofta kl. 19:00
Leslie Michele, and Robert Cager from Chicago will tour Sweden together with Thomas Simonsson and Angelica Bengts during July 2013! With their tour "A Gospel Journey" they will sing and share the message of the gospel music! Don't miss out on this unique moment to enjoy some good music, inspiring life testimonies and have a great time!
Leslie  Michele is a multi-faceted singer with musical roots in Chicago. Her voice reaches from tenor to high soprano and with this range she lends her voice to Jazz, Gospel, and Classical to name a few. She has been featured on the works of upcoming local artists and been among the cast of Torn The Musical and many others. She has sung in various settings from church to Jazz and R& B in Chicago and around the country. She is an upcoming Jazz artist on the Chicago music scene, a solo singer of North Park Gospel Choir and she is currently the lead vocalist of Common Thread, a Jazz fusion band based in Chicago. Among her international experiences, she led a worship team on a mission trip to India.

Robert Alexander Cager: "I have been sining Gospel music ever since I was born. Gospel music has been apart of my life actually, since before I was born. Gospel Music is a mantle that has been passed down from generation to generation in my family. This music has body, mind, soul, & spirit. It has life. Gospel music has the ability to encourage, uplift, resurrect the dead, heal the broken, fight for you, and take you to a higher place in God. It's all in the message of the music, The Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been apart of my life since before I wanted to accept it. Its been years since I gave my life to Christ and I am still in love with the work Gospel music has done in me and in others. It transforms lives and it preaches life in the midst of deadly situations. One thing I know is, there is hope in this music even when hope has left. I know in Gospel music I can find the hope I need to make it to my next destination in life.I am also a musician. I sing, play the organ, keyboard, direct choirs, and lead worship teams. God has given me experience already as a young man on what it means to have Gospel music transform who you are.I have journeyed with this music to the point that I don't see me ever leaving Gospel music and I don't see it leaving me. We're inseparable".

Angelica Bengts, 26, from Hedemora, Dalarna (Sweden). Graduating vocal/piano teacher from Ingesund School of Music in June 2013. Active mainly as a singer, teacher and arranger within different contexts and genres, such as e.g. musical theater, traditional Swedish folk music, classical music, jazz and of course gospel, which lies particularly close to her heart since many years ago! Besides her exchange studies at North Park University, Chicago, she studied theology in the UK for a year and been on many other exciting journeys abroad due to her great interest in different languages and cultures! Her passion is to spread God's love to people through creative arts and especially through songs and music from different cultures!

summer .... what to do?

Hi ya'll! 


Sooo... this is summer ey? 

I'm trying to keep calm, not being stressed by not being stressed by anything. But that stresses me out.. 

So, instead of relaxing I try to keep myself occupied. But it turned out that I can only do so much before I reach a point of forced relaxation. 


I'm planning for the tour... but I can’t sit and practice every hour every day.. 

I'm planning for the Sunday services, but it's the same thing there.. 

I'm looking forward to go to work, planning in my head how successful I will be... but I can't do that forever without end. 

I’m planning for several events and happenings for the next year…but I can’t make anything more happen right now..


I'm trying to relax, laying around, enjoying the sun... But I get bored after a while... 


I do have a sickness... it's called the "life-is-to-short" disease.

“Life-is-to-short” hits you when your life turns upside down and what seem to be many years ahead of you turn into gratitude for each day you wake up. I know it is important to relax…to allow your self to not do anything… I know that the spiritual life will benefit from that… I know my soul needs it… but it is like a flame, or a thirst that cannot be satisfied. I need to live. I need to make the most out of my life. Why should I just lie around when I could actually do something?


I need to find my answer to this question. It seems like I can’t accept other peoples good advice.. I need to find my way.


What if you know that you need to practice and develop the “you” time cut of from everything, but your mind and body scream “Go on, do more stuff, don’t waste your life!”…


I know I’m not wasting my life… I know the time when I can’t do anything is good for me.. but why can’t I accept it?


A person at my school said: Thomas, you are always on the run, always have something to do, somewhere to be. How do you keep up?


I know it’s not a waste to sit down and relax… But it is so boring.. and I can’t help it but it seems to me that it is not the best way I can spend my time in life..


My dream and goal and motivation this summer is to find the way to combine “life-is-to-short” with “keep-calm-you-are-just-fine”. I want to be able to control this part of me. To control when to turn on all my 100% and just do the great job that I know I always do, and control so that I can slow down with a good conscience.


I want to spend more time with God, with my bible. Understand more, and shut my own thoughts and conclusions off for a while and let God have His ways.


Finally, I’m looking forward to august like a child longs for Christmas day. So many good things in my life right now, and the silver ring on my right hand reminds me every day of what joy I have experienced the last semester and what joy this next semester will bring.


Because after all… I’m a very lucky and happy man :)  

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