THERE'S beauty IN THE WAITING
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." 2 Corinthians 4:16
When we enter a season of waiting where answers are few and hope feels distant, how do we move through that in-between space in a way that allows us to honor our story and move toward healing? What does it look like to wait well - to not focus purely on the resolution of our circumstances, but to actually sit in that space and allow God to do something new in our hearts?
Jessi McNeal is a singer-songwriter, recording artist and worship leader from Washington state with a calling to give voice to the hard seasons in life, and to share stories of redemption that have come through her own seasons of waiting.
As a songwriter, her music is rooted in storytelling and real-life experiences, with themes of hope always at the forefront. She is now bringing those stories to churches, women's ministries and house concerts in a new event called "In Between." Watch the video below to learn more about her message.
Jessi is available to share "In Between" as an event for your church or women's ministry, as part of a women's retreat or as a house concert. She can customize the event to meet your needs so if you have another idea, please reach out! Fill out the form to start a dialogue about an event, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About JESSI & HER MUSIC
Raised in rural Washington state in the log house built by her parents, Jessi has been singing and writing songs in some shape or form for most of her life. Simple hymns and old country tunes formed the soundtrack of her childhood, and her ear for melody and passion for storytelling developed at an early age.
Jessi’s latest album “The Driveway” was produced by Ryan McAllister (Brian Doerksen, Tim Neufeld) at Five Acres Studio in B.C., Canada. Billboard premiered the album and called the collection of songs "reflective." "That's definitely how I process life: pen and guitar in hand," McNeal told Billboard.
The album encompasses stories that illustrate the idea that McNeal calls the "messy" middle. "I feel like the overarching theme of the album is really about the middle ground - the in-between, the waiting, the hope-not-yet seen," McNeal told Wide Open Country.
Americana, bluegrass, and folk traditions are present and alive in her lyrics and music, as the imagery and landscapes of country life weave their way into her songs. Her sound is comforting and inviting, though she doesn’t shy away from the difficulties and struggles of life’s journey, instead, using songwriting as a soothing balm for many wounds, creating songs rimmed in redemption.
In the premiere of album track "Out Of Reach," McNeal told The Bluegrass Situation that she is "trying to rest more in what I know to be true as opposed to getting hung up on all of the possibilities and worst-case scenarios when I’m facing a decision.” With its darker tonal palette and simple, unfussy production, the album's songs swirl with pedal and lap steel, vibe-y electric guitar, and banjo and mandolin, providing well-placed levity in some of the album’s darker corners.
Jessi plays regularly at women's retreats, churches and house concerts both locally and across the country. She makes her home in Mount Vernon, Washington on a five-acre farm with her family. She and her husband have four children, gracious evidence of God's story of redemption in her own life.
Jessi and her husband Travis attend Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon, Washington and embrace their statement of faith available at the link above.