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Oh, The Impact Of A Song

January 24th, 2012

It never ceases to amaze me how music impacts us. At the core it seems so simple. Nothing complicated, no studying or tests are involved. Music truly touches us at our core. I love that those little melodies and lyric phrases soak into our core and stick with us. And I do mean stick to us. Just yesterday, I was sitting at my church after a meeting and randomly an old Sunday School song was playing in my head and I started singing it. Now, this is a song I’ve known for over twenty years. It’s not a song I’ve sang in years and yet in the middle of my Monday afternoon it’s melody and it’s lyric came back to remind me of God’s truth. I know what you’re thinking….sure, Yancy but you’re really into music so it’s easy for you to remember old songs from long ago. Oh c’mon, you’re in the same boat. My husband who isn’t a musician and is no professional music database can start rapping inappropriate raps that he learned as a kid, at school, over twenty years ago. Music takes hold of us and plants itself deep within. That’s why I feel so incredibly blessed to make music not like the latter but that is filled with life, truth and promise that kids can learn now, to help them in their walk with Christ…but the cool part is the songs and truths will stay with them way into their adulthood. Ah, goosebumps!

So, as you probably (hopefully) know I’ve released a new “Little Praise Party” album named “Happy Day Everyday” for preschoolers. Just yesterday I was at a friend’s house and something came up about the CD/DVD they only got a week or so ago and immediately the child started singing one of the songs “Bye, bye, bye to fear. I don’t have to be afraid. Bye, goodbye to fear. God is always with me.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) Inside my heart was jumping because yay…the song is sinking in. The truth is sinking in. The promise that we can hold to and cling to whenever the storms of life come our way to remind us “Do not fear. God is with us” was sinking in. The Bible has promised God’s word will not return void. (Isaiah 55:11) The seed that’s planted in that child through that song is God’s word and it’s not going anywhere. Yippee! Hallelujah! Our God is so awesome and cool and the fact that I get to teach kids His word and what He’s done for us through these songs and through these videos is AMAZING!

Yesterday, I also read a message on Facebook from a preteen who was at an event I led worship at last weekend. I signed something to her and put Romans 8:31. She went home looked it up and then wrote me to say. “That’s cool. I remember that being in one of the songs we sang.” Yep, the songs can help her remember God’s word! Oh, the impact of a song + the Jesus factor is pretty wonderful I do believe.

Go VOTE For Yancy

January 20th, 2012

The nominations for the About.com‘s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards (Christian/Gospel Category) are now open and live:

http://christianmusic.about.com/od/ReadersChoice/tp/2012-Readers-Choice-Awards-Nomination.htm

Nominations will be open January 18th through February 15th. Voting will run from February 22nd through March 21st. Winners will be announced on March 30, 2012.

Please go vote for Yancy as “Best Female Vocalist”, “Best Unsigned Christian Artist”, “Best Inspirational/Praise & Worship Artist”, “Best Band To See In Concert”.

Thanks in advance for your votes!
http://christianmusic.about.com/od/ReadersChoice/tp/2012-Readers-Choice-Awards-Nomination.htm

 

IF you serve in Children’s or Youth Ministry

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IF you are on a limited budget…read this.

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It includes some really great stuff:

-Preteen Curriculum

-Worship Videos

-Small Group Stuff

-Games

-Illustration Videos

-Countdown Videos

-Skits

-Conference Tickets

-Ministry Logos

 

What’s the deal:

-Only $97 for nearly $2,000 worth of resources

-Stuff from 15+ different producers

-Only available for 144 hours (ends on Thursday, January 19 at NOON!)

 

So, what’s my suggestions for making 2012 a great year?

Step 1: Grab this deal

Step 2: Stretch your budget x15+

Step 3: Get the stuff and get stocked for the year on Children’s and Preteen resources.

Step 4: BAM!  You’re off to a great start!

Visit http://www.only144.com before it’s too late.  Only a few hours remain!

Sincerely,
Yancy

 

P.S. Know someone who serves in Children’s or Youth Ministry?  Send them this deal!
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Over the past couple years I’ve had what felt like non-stop requests for more preschool music in the LIttle Praise Party series. I’ve been working on the project now for some time so it’s so exciting to me that this week “Little Praise Party-Happy Day Everyday” is finally available. Check it out here at: http://yancynotnancy.com/store/ministry-resources/#left_column

There are fifteen new songs plus a bonus lullaby mix of one of the songs. I’m thrilled that there are songs to help kids celebrate some of the most special days/seasons of the year including Easter, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, and Christmas. Not to mention there’s songs that talk about not being afraid and the great commission encouraging them to “Go into all the world and teach the good news.” The DVD option will not disappoint either. There are dancing turkeys and pigs playing guitar, disco balls and of course animated Yancy with all her lil’ friends and family. So if you have preschool kids or if you have friends who do please check out this new CD and DVD. I really am excited it’s finally here and available ready to rock minivans, SUVS and living rooms. And also ready to help churches and nurseries teach kids how to worship (Psalm 8:1&2). I’d appreciate any facebook, blog and twitter posts to help me spread the word. Thanks for your help and support.

Blessings,
YANCY

P.S. When you order be sure to get free shipping with code: yancylovesme

I hope you and yours had a fantastic Christmas and New Years. Mine was especially fun and filled with new memories made as it was Sparrow’s first Christmas. Now, ten months, he was full of smiles, hugs and had fun playing with some of his new toys. Our home was definitely with much joy this Christmas, with some extra thanks for the blessings we’ve been given this past year. Last week we had family in town and then friends from out of state. We helped with our church’s high school lock-in and then celebrated the New Year with family and friends. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. I hope special memories were made for you and yours. I’m expecting 2012 to be an awesome year. 2011 was pretty great but I believe 2012 is gonna rock!

Next week is the official release of “Little Praise Party-Happy Day Everyday”. I’ve been working on this project for some time so it’s release finally being here is truly answered prayer. My heart is full of expectation as people, families and churches experience the new songs and videos. I can’t wait to hear testimonies of how the music makes an impact on individuals and families. Tuesday, January 10th is the official release. Help me spread the word to your family and friends that have preschool aged children. Next week, I’ll be at the Children’s Pastors Conference in Orlando. It will be a huge opportunity to get the word out to churches about this new resource. Help me pray for open doors and new relationships and connections for me and the music. It’s only January, the first month of our new year. I’m off to a great start and I hope your year is too.

More to come,
YANCY

A Happy Day Everyday

January 5th, 2012

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Unlike many recording artists, Yancy has never been accused of releasing projects that begin to sound the same. That’s because with over a decade under her belt, Christian music’s most diverse artist has managed to successfully record and release projects for the family – the entire family. On January 10th, Yancy returns with Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday (Elevate Entertainment), a CD and companion DVD designed specifically for preschool age kids.

The latest in her Little Praise Party series, Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday provides sing-along fun and worship for the youngest generation as well as Mom’s and Dad’s, with a companion DVD of animated videos for each song.

“A few years ago a Bible verse popped out at me and has become my verse for leading kids in worship,” says Yancy. “It’s Psalm 8:1&2. ‘God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name. Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you; toddlers shout the songs that drown out enemy talk, and silence atheist babble.’ (MSG) That means that when a two year-old sings ‘Everybody praise the Lord,’ miracles happen. When a four year old shouts ‘Jesus loves me,’ the words they sing are taking root in their life and their spiritual development. I love this collection of songs because it helps moms, dads, sisters, brothers and the youngest of tikes celebrate and sing about Jesus in their life.”

For more than a decade, Yancy has released radio friendly pop/rock albums and multiple projects for kids and young adults, all while sharing the stage with such artists as Mute Math, Newsboys, 4Him and Nichole Nordeman. As a writer, Yancy has teamed up with Third Day’s Mac Powell, wrote Avalon’s #1 hit “I Don’t Want To Go” and Jaci Velasquez’s “Something Beautiful,” and still found the time to compose two devotional books for worship leaders and musicians and a devotional book for pre-teens. In 2011, Yancy teamed up with Standard Publishing for an exclusive partnership to write and produce content for Standard Publishing’s 2012 Vacation Bible School.

For more information, visit the official website at www.yancynotnancy.com.