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Songs from the Heart
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Catholic Music Spotlight Interview with Nancy Krebs
by Lisa M. Hendey
If you’re looking for variety
and inspiration in your Catholic music choices, you’ll want to check out
Songs from the Heart, the latest CD
from talented Catholic musician Nancy Krebs. With twelve eclectic and
original compositions, Krebs’ most recent project features everything from
Marian hymns to upbeat Reggae praise.
Along with writing and
recording her own projects, Nancy maintains an active touring schedule and
consults with other organizations as a music producer and vocal coach. For
more information on her upcoming concert and performance dates, visit
Nancy’s website at
Following the recent release
Songs from the Heart, I had a chance
to catch up with Nancy Krebs and am pleased to share her comments on her
music, her creative process, and this latest project.
Q: Hello Nancy Krebs and congratulations
on your new CD! We last spoke after the release of your Advent and
Christmas CD, Come to the Stable. You've been busy since then! Can you
tell us what you've been up to personally and professionally in the last few
A: Since Come to the
Stable, I have released two more CDs for general distribution--Simple
Gifts and the new baby--Songs
from the Heart. Also, several
organizations have contacted me to produce personalized CDs for them--like
the Society of Catholic Apostolate (otherwise known as the Pallottine
Priests, Sisters and Brothers); The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, the
Oblate Sisters of Providence, the Crysalis House and the Hezekiah Movement.
Each one of these groups was looking for a special CD for fund-raising and
to promote their particular charisms. My husband, Pete and I are busy
traveling with my music ministry, going farther and farther afield, it
seems; which is good!
Q: What is the message behind
Songs from the Heart?
A: This new CD is filled
with very personal songs, very 'You-me' between us and God. I am hoping
that those who listen use the songs as starting places for conversing with
the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.
Q: The CD is so incredibly diverse,
filled with many different musical styles! What would you describe as your
own personal musical "style"?
A: Oh....I don't think I
have a style anymore. Although if anyone were to hold me to it, I'd
probably say that I'm most known for the quiet acoustic ballad style. It's
the best way for me to share the concepts embodied in songs that I really
want people to listen to--in order for their hearts to be touched. But I've
been experimenting with Country, Reggae, and other contemporary genres.
Q: As a writer, what fuels your creative
A: I read many, many books
and articles with spiritual themes. It all starts with the Gospels, or some
other Book of the new or Old Testament; then I move or have moved to
writings of the saints, and modern authors as well. When a phrase I've read
strikes me--the germ of an idea begins to percolate, and then I sit down at
my computer, if it's handy, and begin to write the lyrics. The melodies
usually come after writing the lyrics. They are the most important, because
the story is told through them. Often I hear good homilies that give me
ideas, or even conversations with friends can be the springboard for a new
Q: My personal favorite on this CD is
'Rejoice and Be Glad', which is just such a fun and wonderful song! Do you
have a favorite song from this project?
A: Now you're asking me to
choose my favorite from among my ‘children’! I have so many favorites on
this CD. I'm glad that you like 'Rejoice and Be Glad'. I had fun with that
one. I am, however, particularly fond of "Humility" and "Waiting for Me"
(don't tell the other songs)
Q: I noted that you're also a guitarist,
violinist and mandolin player on this project. Would you tell us about the
other talented musicians who play with you on this project?
A: I'd be glad to....Michael
Salacuse is the force behind the percussion and lead guitar--he's just
phenomenal! He has a studio outside Nashville, where he does all his
work. He also arranged all the percussion songs. Pete Baden is the pedal
steel guitar player--and is also my husband. That's how we met--playing
music! Marty Canelli played all the keyboards and live percussion. And I
can't forget Dave Nachodsky--the engineer who has the greatest ear in the
music biz--and he also mixed and mastered my last 4 albums.
Q: I know you're just back from Catholic
Familyland. Please tell us about your time there and when we can see the
shows you recorded.
That was a great experience.
I can't say enough about the work they are doing in this lovely part of the
country--outside Stuebenville, Ohio. They are a great organization--with a
fabulous TV studio, as well as housing facilities (camping and small
cottages) for families to come and share some quality time together. I
taped 3 shows, two with Marty Rotella, who hosts his show His Love,
and a 60 minute Christmas special that was a solo show! I don't know
exactly when they'll be shown, but they will be aired sometime in the Fall,
and Winter on SkyAngel Network--which features programming strictly for
families--and all the shows are good, solid, upstanding programs. Their
Sky Angel: 1-800-SKY-ANGEL: Sky Angel Television (TV) Channels and Familyland
Q: What's next Nancy? Do
you have new projects or appearances in the works?
A: I'm gearing up for Fall
concerts and retreats; several out of state (Maryland). If anyone in this
reading audience lives in Syracuse, NY, I'll be doing a concert on Saturday,
October 15 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cato. I'll also be giving a
youth retreat that same morning into the afternoon. It’ll be a busy day!
I'll also be in Boonville, Indiana on November 13 for a concert celebrating
St. Clement's 150 year anniversary!
Q: Are there any closing thoughts you'd
like to share?
I'm just so glad to be able
to be doing this work. All my life, I've been a professional actor, singer
and musician. It's so rewarding to be writing, singing, performing and
recording songs to the honor and glory of God--and the best part is getting
to share the music that God has given me with others. Thank you, Lisa, for
giving me an opportunity to share this time with your audience!
For more information on Nancy Krebs and her CD Songs
from the Heart visit Nancy’s web site at
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