Internationally acclaimed recording artist, author, and radio host Jean Watson shared the stage with guitar virtuoso and Gospel Music Hall of Famer Phil Keaggy during a recent concert at Morehead State University (MSU) in Morehead, Kentucky.
Sponsored by the Methodist Student Center in conjunction with the Morehead Music Industry Club, the concert also featured an opening performance by recording artists Glenn and Lisa Ginn. Glenn Ginn also serves as Morehead State University's Associate Professor of Guitar and Electric Bass in the Department of Music, Theatre & Dance.
"Performing with Phil Keaggy was definitely one of the highlights of my musical career," says Watson. "We were able to be creative and spontaneous onstage, and the atmosphere was electric! I was honored to make music with such a talented, yet humble, man."
"I¹ve been privileged to play on several of Jean Watson's recordings, so getting to join her on stage was a real treat," notes Keaggy. "Jean is an accomplished, classically trained pianist, violinist and vocalist. Her skill and level of musicianship is undeniable. The way she connected with the audience was amazing! Sincerity also was an added blessing as she shared her heart. The music she produces is of a timeless nature. Here¹s hoping more people will discover her talent."
"The music quality and caliber was excellent--5 out of 5 stars!" says Rev. Drew McNeill, MSU Wesley Foundation Campus Minister. "The impromptu jam session between Phil, Jean, and Glenn was a highlight of the night. A really, really good night for those in attendance!"
|Pictured (L to R): Classically trained violinist Jean Watson and guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy trade musical riffs during their recent performance at Morehead State University's Button Arena. (Jean Watson photo)|
In addition to performing songs from her latest music CD, SACRED, which was produced by multi-Grammy & Dove Award-nominated contemporary Christian music pioneer Billy Smiley (White Heart, Union of Sinners & Saints, Margaret Becker) for Northern Shore Productions, Watson also had the opportunity to speak to the students at an additional event on campus, where she shared thoughts from her debut devotional book, Everything Can Change in 40 Days.
"Jean & her husband Mark Roberts were kind enough to host our final Thursday Night S.M.A.S.H. (Students Ministering and Studying Him) Bible study experience of the semester," says Rev. McNeill. "Jesus says in John 13:20, 'I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes My messenger is welcoming Me....' If you'd like to experience welcoming JESUS, then make sure and host Jean Watson for an event!"
"I am learning more and more to surrender to the simplicity of the gospel," Watson muses. "And getting to share with young people about embracing the transformative power of Christ is just an added blessing." For more information on Watson, Everything Can Change in 40 Days, SACRED, and her daily radio show, Jean Watson, which airs on United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) Ireland, visit jeanwatson.com.