Then, Dwayne asked some young Celtic musicians from Nashville-the Willis Clan to come and play on the song, "Amazed." They played Irish whistles, button accordion, fiddle, Irish bagpipes (called ullilean pipes) on this song. They made up the intro and the background instrumental parts to the song that made it sound so much better. I was surprised to find out that they have 10 children in their family like I have in mine. They even have 7 girls and 3 boys which is EXACTLY like my family that I grew up in. All of the children in the Willis clann are very talented and either all play musical instruments or dance or do both. Beautiful Irish family!!! Their website is: www.thewillisclan.com
Dwayne has another friend named Mike Stephens who played a 1948 Strata verus mandolin on the song called, "Precious Blood.” He is a very talented musician and has a couple of CD's out. He also plays classical guitar and I have a few of his CD's. I love the classical guitar and also the mandolin.
Another "amazing" thing that happened is that God supernaturally re-connected me with my niece Erin. She moved back home to New Mexico about 10 yrs. ago and my family and I had lost touch with her. My sister in law found her on Facebook and she called me out of the blue and I was so delighted hearing her voice again after almost 15 yrs. She lives right here in Orange County about 10 minutes from the studio. Then, two days after I talked to her, I was at the studio and Dwayne asked if I knew anyone who played the cello. I said that my niece Erin plays the cello. It was so amazing that he never asked me before this time. Erin played her cello and sang background and harmony on the songs, "Rain On Me Holy Spirit," and "This Is My Cry." It was such a huge blessing to me to have her be a part of this with me. It was so much fun to see her and also my other friends, Cindy, Cassie, and Ernie come to the studio and do some background vocals. It was great to watch them in the studio recording on a CD for the first time. It brought so much joy to me.... As a matter of fact, the song "Amazed" was written in the process of this last year that I began recording. It just came out of my heart from all the JOY I was experiencing with all that GOD had done for me personally....
Then, God spoke to me to ask some friends of mine named Stephen and Elizabeth Osi to come and play the drums and sing and do some background music for the songs, "Call To War" and also the song, "Hungry Heart." They are from Nigeria and I was so delighted that they could be a part along with their 4 children. They have 3 boys and 1 girl like my husband and I. They are a real blessing to me and were so happy to be a part to share in my joy...
Lastly, I want to thank you for reading this long blog and to always remember that God's timing is perfect in your life. I had a few doubts that this CD was not going to happen. I NEVER gave up on the dream so if God has put a dream in your heart, don't ever give up, don't ever give up on the fulfillment of that dream no matter how long it takes. God is in complete control and will release the dream at the right time.
God bless you,