Many of the songs of Jim Strathdee (b. 1941) represent an important part of this genre. Mr. Strathdee and his wife, Jean, are performing artists whose concerts reach thousands of people each year. They say their songs "are a musical offering of hope and encouragement for all people, bringing a message of compassion, justice and healing."
The Strathdees' ministry was centered for many years at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Sacramento, Calif., where they were directors of music. Since August 2006 they have been "in ministry to the church-at-large."
The congregational nature of many of their songs springs from their connection with this church. Their concert attendees are invited to participate as singers, not just observers. T… Go to person page >
Arranger: Jean Strathdee
Jean and Jim Strathdee have a special gift for encouraging folks to sing with them. Much of the music they write and perform is designed for congregational singing. They also love to work with local singers to create a choir for their events.
Their music spans a diversity of sound and style and includes use of guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica, African drums and Native American flute. They see their music as an agent of personal and social transformation and are involved with fund- and consciousness-raising events where ecumenical and inter-faith communities come together to make a stand for positive change.
Jim and Jean have served on the staff of United Methodist churches in southern and northern California and Hawaii and are curre… Go to person page >