Pop vocalist and songwriter David Phelps has been given
such a talent. Credited by many as having one of today's most spectacular
voices, David has seen countless thousands rise to their feet for his
inspiring, powerhouse performances.
Raised in a Christian home, David grew up in Tomball,
Texas singing in church with his family. Through the years, he cultivated
his love for music by performing as a solo artist at churches and conventions.
The music of David Phelps is honest and uplifting. His
gifts of singing and songwriting combine to tell of the grace that provides,
encourages, comforts, and saves. Through this music, David leads people
in worship and inspires them to seek Christ. His powerful songs and
humble spirit have been well received across the country.
His audiences have included George W. Bush, massive crowds
at Billy Graham Crusades, and millions of "ABC News" viewers, and his
voice has brought him multiple Grammy and Dove awards. And with the
release of his new solo debut for Word Records, Revelation, Phelps is
poised to reach an even greater audience of fans around the globe.
Recognized from an early age for his unusual talent, David
knew from the beginning that he wanted to perform music for the glory
of God. Not everyone understood his commitment to faith, however. "I
had several teachers who felt that I should be singing opera, or performing
somewhere on Broadway," he recalls. "In college particularly, I had
a teacher who kept pushing me strongly toward classical music, but when
she finally accepted that Christian music was what God was calling me
to do, that became the turning point for me."
From there, as a teenager, David Phelps went on to become
the winner of the 1988 Seminar In the Rockies held in Estes Park, Colorado,
the youngest winner of the contest at that time.
"It is my prayer that as people attend my concerts, they
are filled with the courage and hope to claim the grace that Jesus freely
gives us. My goal is not only to entertain, but to encourage and challenge
my listeners to live joyfully and abundantly in the solace of the grace
of Jesus Christ." Without Grace, this life is the end, our daily struggles
have no eternal value, and eternal death is our destination. With Grace,
this life is the beginning, our struggles become an incentive to know
God, and eternal life is our destination.
His career after graduation with a stint as Artist In
Residence for First Baptist Church in Hurst, Texas. Though for a time
it appeared that family commitments might prevent David from realizing
his dream, he and Lori packed their bags for Nashville, Tennessee, in
1996 with the hope of landing a record deal for David.
Once again, however, Phelps faced a challenge. After six
heartbreaking months, David had not found an opportunity, and since
he had given up his job back in Texas, the young couple was running
out of funds.
While visiting his family one weekend back in Texas, David
told them, "We really feel like God was calling us to Nashville, but
it's just not happening." Instantly, his family gathered around David
and Lori and began to pray for a miracle.
A miracle is what God had in mind. The very next day,
back in Nashville, David met with executives from Word Records and found
out about an opportunity with best-selling vocal foursome Gaither Vocal
Two weeks later, he officially joined the group that has
brought David Phelps four Dove Awards, two Grammy Awards, and over 13
gold and 15 platinum-selling projects.
Throughout the phenomenal success he has experienced with
Gaither Vocal Band, David has cherished the dream of releasing a solo
album expressing his own style and songcrafting. With the release of
Revelation, David has finally fully realized the calling he first felt
so many years before.
Although David is still an active member of the Gaither
Vocal Band, Revelation is not of Southern Gospel roots. It is a welcomed
change for David and his music; a high-energy pop album with David's
compelling vocals and uplifting lyrics.
Outstanding talent always speaks for itself. It stands
out from crowds of gimmicks, flashy clothes and pretty faces, and rises
above odds, obstacles, and any lesser contenders. Great talent cannot
be learned or created - it is simply given to a special few. And when
that talent is dedicated to a higher purpose, there's no telling where
it may take the one who possesses it.
Lori, his wife of eleven years, helps David Phelps balance
his dual roles as acclaimed vocalist and down-to-earth husband and father
of four. "Most of us don't get the chance to have even one standing
ovation or round of applause in our lives, so working on a stage of
any kind can give you a really unrealistic view of life if you're not
careful," David reveals. "In her own loving way, Lori won't let me live
in that place of applause, and I'm very thankful for that."
Though not a musician herself, Lori has walked with David
all along the long, challenging road as he has pursued his calling to
music. Hailing originally from the Houston area, the couple met at Texas'
Baylor University over a decade ago, where Phelps earned a degree in
line with his passion - music.
Featuring songs primarily written or co-written by Phelps,
Revelation is a showcase for the impressive vocal and musical training
that have shaped Phelps as a performer, swirled into a beautiful sonic
blend that reflects the best of 21st century pop.
From dramatic ballads to R&B-influenced groove and
rock-tinged, energetic pop, Revelation reveals the musical passion and
substantive message behind this exceptional singer/songwriter.
"The foundation of this album lies in knowing who Christ
really is," explains David. "There's a line at the beginning of the
song 'Break Free' that sums it up well - 'Forget what you've heard about
Jesus, if it doesn't begin and end with love.' "
"As a culture, both churched and unchurched, we carry
around so many ideas of who Jesus is that are not true," David continues.
"We relate Christ to the idea of being judged or compared against an
impossible standard. I want people to hear about a God who isn't standing
there with His finger in their faces, but is simply there with His arms
open wide saying, 'I just want to know you. Come to me, and I'll help
you through this journey.'"
Every song on Revelation reveals God's mercy and compassion
for His people.
"Just As I Am," penned by David and award-winning songwriter
Cindy Morgan, expresses Christ's loving acceptance of the broken, while
"Arms Open Wide," a cut written by Rita Baloche [wife of Paul Baloche
("Above All," "Open the Eyes of My Heart")], praises the Savior for
coming to redeem us. From the story of God's loving care as He shapes
our lives and the universe in "Virtuoso" to the promise that "God Will
Take Care Of You" and the tender ballad "Love Goes On"
Revelation paints a portrait of who God really is, all
superbly communicated through the expressive artistry of one of Christian
music's finest vocalists.
Producers Regie Hamm (Bob Carlisle, Jaci Velasquez, Clay
Crosse) and Chris Harris (Avalon, Anointed, Allen Asbury) had the task
of guiding David's musical vision and wide tastes into the cohesive
and compelling Revelation.
The album's title cut is a dramatic, rock opera-styled
song that provides a centerpiece, both musically and vocally, for David's
talent. "I'm thrilled about this song, because it's a piece that I've
spent a lot of time and effort to write," David says of "Revelation."
"It represents so much of what I love about music." The song, which
tells the story of a man much like David on the morning of Christ's
return, reveals David's imaginative story-telling ability, and combines
a myriad of his favorite influences, from rock to classical to Bohemian
David is making sure that his kids have the same musical
opportunities he had by taking them on the road with him and Lori to
his concerts. Lori homeschools their two daughters - eight-year-old
Callie and six-year-old Maggie Beth - both at home and on tour in order
to let them and three-year-old Grant spend more time with Dad. The couple
are preparing for the arrival of a fourth little one, due to arrive
just in time for the release of Revelation.
For an artist who makes nearly 150 concert appearances
every year, the decision to educate their kids themselves was the only
right one for them. "I'm gone pretty much every weekend, so I would
never get to see my children!" says David. "Homeschooling allows us
to pick up and go when we need to, and as a result, our kids have been
able to see some wonderful things around the country."
And though one of the things his kids often see are the
thousands of people who flock to hear him sing, David Phelps is careful
to remind them that the walk of Christian faith, even when it's lived
out before a national audience, is one of humble obedience.
In the regal ballad "Live Like a King," written by Bob
Halligan, Jr. (Kathy Mattea, Michael Bolton, Rebecca St. James), David
beautifully conveys the paradox that marked Christ's reign here on earth,
and that he hopes will always prove to be the example for his own life.
The words also reveal the purpose behind the tremendous
talent God has placed in David's own life. Despite being given such
great ability and opportunity, David Phelps is a man who will forever
invest that gift in honor of its Giver.
David's concert and songwriting ministries have been expanding
to reach more and more people. Phelps' has thrilled audiences at conventions,
conferences, countless churches, and arenas across the United States
both as a solo artist and with the Vocal Band.
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