I recently came across hearing about a singer named Yancy through one of my favorite blogs that I follow. I’m always looking for great tools to build my boys’ faith in The Lord, and I have come across just that with Yancy and her album and app called “Roots for the Journey”.
Here is a little bio on Yancy…
With over a decade under her belt in creative circles, Yancy’s fingerprints have found their way onto a variety of projects that suggests she has an insatiable appetite to explore, while serving as an ingenious study in contrasts along the way. From her high-energy worship projects for kids and her new adult-focused worship album, Yancy’s musical influence is inspiring the entire family to worship, learn and rejoice in the Lord.
Comb through Yancy’s credits and you will find her exploring a variety of projects and genres, including a series of pop/rock releases, a Christmas collection and multiple CD and DVD releases. She has toured with acts like Newsboys, Mute Math and Nichole Nordeman; while on the writing side of the coin, she’s teamed up with Third Day’s Mac Powell, co-penned Avalon’s chart topping “I Don’t Want To Go” (off the Grammy nominated Oxygen album) and Jaci Velesquez’s acclaimed “Something Beautiful,” while still finding the time to compose devotional books for worship leaders and musicians as well as one for her pre-teen audience. She even launched a father/daughter-speaking event with her dad and veteran minister, Jim Wideman. Add in five years as a staff worship leader conducting services for every age group imaginable, and Yancy has literally run the entire gamut of enthusiastic diversification.
“I knew from a very young age that God had called me to make music with my life. Although I was very confident of that calling growing up, I couldn’t imagine the amazing journey God has taken me on that would be a part of fulfilling that calling,” reflects Yancy.
Her latest project, “Roots For The Journey,” is coming to stores on May 21st via distribution partner Elevate Entertainment. “Roots for the Journey is incredibly different musically from what I’ve done these past few years,” says Yancy about the album. “I’m so excited about this music that is unplugged, organic and simple. The songs are all based on scripture and the outcome is a really nice chilled-out worship experience that I know adults are going to really enjoy. There will be a companion app that helps parents teach these scriptures and Biblical truths to their children which will be a cool resource for the family.”
Inspired to extend her musical influence to the parents and church leaders her children focused-music has equipped over the years, Yancy’s adult-focused album, “Roots For The Journey” was born out of an organic process that caught her by surprise.
Yancy explains, “I started off making this a lullaby CD. Taking key scriptures and truths that I wanted to pass on to my son and make sure he knew and understood the direction and answer these scriptures provide us. As I worked in the studio, I realized that the music was shaping up to be way more than lullabies. Already, when I meet people in my life that are facing big mountains, fears or need answers I’ve been able to use these songs as a way to help strengthen their faith and help them meditate on what God’s Word says. I can’t wait to see how God uses these songs to strengthen the faith of those young and old.”
First, I have to say that not only is Yancy’s album ear catching for my kids, but for me as well. I’m always looking for female vocalists that I can sing along with. The lyrics are great as they are based on scripture, so you are able to meditate and sing out God’s word back to Him. And what a great way to follow God’s following command to PARENTS in Deuteronomy…
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”(Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV)
What is WONDERFUL is that this album has a F.R.E.E. app that helps parents take charge of this commandment as well. The app helps parents teach each song’s scriptures and Biblical truths to their children through devotions, conversations, prayers, and activities. Here is a link (click on the following picture) to the tutorial for the app to explain all the different parts included within the app ~
The app is very user friendly, and I have immensely enjoyed using it with my boys so far. What I love about it is that it allows you to incorporate the scriptures from the songs throughout the day (as repetition is key to hiding His Word in our hearts) as a lot of us have our phones by us during the day anyway, right? One of my favorite parts about this app is the Think, Talk, and Do sections, which are great tools for helping the scriptures sink into little hearts.
For example, for the song “Creator” we listened to the song together after I read the lyrics to the song to them, which are included for each song on the app as well. Some of the lyrics are,
“Before I was born
In my mother’s womb
You knit me together
You’re a perfect Creator
You numbered my days
You counted my hairs
You whispered my name
You’re a perfect Creator
I am fearfully and wonderfully
made in the image of God
There is a plan beyond
What I can see
And it’s all for the glory of God”
We read Psalm 139:13-14 together, which is the scripture that this song is based on.
For the think part it suggests to make creations with play dough, so we went one step further and made it together first. Here is a picture of the recipe, which makes a good bit of play dough and is better quality than the store stuff.
After we made our play dough, the boys made their creations. Some of these creations were a rocket ship, an inch worm, a big man, a woman, a bird, and a puppet theater.
The think part of the app has you talk to them about their creations. We talked about the creations being their own because they created it. That led us to talk about how God created us, and so we belong to Him. Here is an excerpt of what I read/talked to them about ~
“One of the reasons we need to understand Jesus as our Creator is because He created us, so we belong to Him. We are His. Since God made us and we belong to Him, we will never be happy or completely fulfilled in life if we are living for someone or something other than God. We were created to glorify God and to find our fulfillment and joy in Him alone.”
We also looked at Ephesians 2:10~ “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Judah and Landon’s Nana was listening in and suggested we look at this verse as it goes wonderfully with this lesson. When they looked at their creations, the app suggests that you ask them, “Why did you make it?” and “What did you want it to do?” Also from the app, we talked about how when you create a rocket ship you want it to fly. God did the same thing for us. He created us for a purpose. He wants us to use the gifts and the abilities He has given us to glorify Him, and to tell the whole world how great He is. All of this was from the think part on the app, and I think it is an insightful way to help children learn about God as the Creator. Now, I do have to say that it was hard for my little ones to listen well when we were making our creations, so I talked to them more after we were all done with that!
Here is a link to get the “Roots for the Journey” app (Did I mention it is FREE and will REMAIN FREE) Just click on the picture to get the FREE App~
Iphone~ Ipad~ Android~
Here is a link below to download her CD on ITunes (just click on the picture)~
If you are old school and love to get CDs to collect the fun cases as well, here is a link to Yancy’s site to get her new album, Roots for the Journey, where you get free shipping also. Use the code YANCYLOVESME.
Just click on the picture below* ~
*I am an affiliate of Yancy for “Roots for the Journey”. Anything I’m affiliated with I am a fan of and really LOVE. I would never be affiliated with anything I did not recommend.
So, are you excited to hear Yancy’s music and try out the app yet? Want to win the CD? This is what you can do to enter in the contest…
Tweet or post the link of my blog post to your Facebook or get the “Roots for the Journey” app yourself and try it out. Of course you’re welcome to do both. :)
Important ~ Leave me a comment on this post with your name and what you did. Let me know what you think about the app if you gave it a try!
I will pick a winner next Friday, June 28th. Come back to see who the lucky winner is!