- Artist: Christine Sevec-Johnson
- Format: CD
- Release Date:5/3/2005
'This Bond,' the title track of this strong debut CD with an amazing array of musical variety, is all about the bond between a mother and her child. The song speaks to the love they share, but also the acknowledgement that one day the mother must 'breathe and set (the child) free.' With this heartfelt coming-of-age message, for both the mother and the child, Christine Sevec-Johnson sets the stage for the spiritual journey she takes us on through her CD This Bond. After listening to This Bond we are left anticipating our next trip with Christine Sevec-Johnson and look forward to her second CD which she will record this summer. With her lyric voice, Christine Sevec-Johnson performs her original contemporary Christian songs that are hauntingly beautiful with styles ranging from Jazz to Blues to Country to Broadway Musical to Traditional Ballad on her debut CD This Bond. Christine has been compared to Anne Murray, Amy Grant and Ginny Owens, not only in the sound of her voice, but stylistically in her music. While Christine might be a newcomer to the Christian music scene, she is no stranger to singing and performing on stage since she is a professionally trained singer and actor. She originated the role of Cindy in the off-Broadway hit 'Suds, The Rockin' 60s Musical Soap Opera.' Christine also earned an MFA in acting from the world renown American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. With This Bond, her debut CD, she uses all that training and talent to reach soaring heights and deepest depths of emotion and meaning. Her message will be immediately grasped by long-time Christians, but speaks loud and clear to those just starting their walk with God. The 14 tracks on This Bond reach out a loving hand to everyone who listens to it with it's message of love, hope, joy, forgiveness and redemption. One need not be a Christian, though, to understand Christine Sevec-Johnson's This Bond. From the joyful spirit in 'Hosanna to the King,' to the Country inspired drums and pedal steel guitar in title track 'This Bond,' to the sweet ballad 'Give Us Wings' to the Jazz/Blues tones in 'Livin' the Dash,' to the Broadway feel of 'Jesus Comes for Everyone,' there is something for every musical taste on This Bond. 'Healing Prayers' is a moving song about those times that we all need God to reach out a comforting hand to reassure us. 'Reach Out' is in honor of Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana, Illinois, and reminds us to 'reach out with hope.' 'Shake It Down for Jesus' and 'He's Comin' for You' are on the lighter side of fun and the latter song features Christine's husband Brian rapping to raise money and awareness for Jesus. The upbeat songs 'I Will Walk With You,' 'God Song' and 'He Is Risen' joyfully proclaim love for God and all that we have because of God. 'Thank You,' the last song on the disk, wraps up this musical gift with a bow and a heartfelt, Jazz/Blues finishing touch. Just as the song says, 'Thank you Lord for all your love, and cradling us in your hands with velvet gloves,' Christine Sevec-Johnson deserves a round of applause for This Bond cradling us with it's velvet tones and deep, meaningful yet fun and joyful lyrics. A value added feature of This Bond is the Enhanced CD content on the disk. Not only are all the lyrics available, but video interviews with Christine Sevec-Johnson where she explains the origin of each song and what was behind the songs creation. Each musician: Chrissy Corson, Dyke Corson, Ray Dandurand, Matthias Helmbold and Mark Rubel has a page in the People section where Christine gives a video tribute about each performer. There is also a music video of title track This Bond, as well as a wonderful piece on the making of the CD. There are email and Web links and even a few video outtakes that make the Exit page fun. If you are careful moving your mouse around the People page you are also likely to find a hidden page with another fun music video. The Enhanced Content is playable by popping the disk in a Macintosh or PC. The computer must have Quicktime version 6 or higher installed to view this content. Christine lives in Champaign, Illinois with her husband Brian K. Johnson and two sons: Alex, 9, and 5-year-old Andrew. For the past five years she has been on the staff at Wesley United Methodist Church and Foundation in Urbana, Illinois, serving as director of the drama ministry and most recently as the coordinator of contemporary worship. In this recent role she was also the director of Wesley's praise band. The CD was recorded at Champaign's Pogo Studio, owned and operated by Mark Rubel who is known to local music fans because of his band 'Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets.' Brian, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, designed the CD and inserts, the enhanced content and the posters and postcards. He also is responsible for all the photography and video. Christine is available for interviews, appearances and performances and would love to discuss your needs. For booking, please contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the web: voicesofthespirit.com.