Band Members Attend National Convention For First Time. Nashville, Tenn. March 7, 2012) - Critically-acclaimed Christian band Mosaic recently met with broadcasters and other media representatives at the 2012 National Religious Broadcasters Convention, held Feb. 18-22, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. The band was at the convention to promote its current CD, Teach Us.
"With it being our first experience at NRB, we weren't sure what to expect, but we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and spend time with others in our industry," says band member Jonathan Martin. "What we found is that as we gathered together with others at the convention, we built each other up and encouraged one another in our callings."
Thousands of Christian broadcasters, programmers, ministers and others participated in the convention, which is presented annually by the National Religious Broadcasters.
Photo caption: Members of Mosaic — Molly Lockwood, far left, Patrick Lockwood, second from left, Emily Martin, far right, and Jonathan Martin, second from right — chat with Covenant Award-winning guitarist Sean Spicer, center, during NRB 2012. (McCain & Co. Public Relations photo)
The annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their ministries. NRB 2012 was Feb. 18-21 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. The 2013 Convention is scheduled for March 2-5, 2013 in Nashville. For more Convention information go to nrbconvention.org.
Mosaic released its third CD, Teach Us, in October 2011, generating comparisons to such musical luminaries as The Civil Wars, Alison Krauss, Avalon and Selah.
Influential website ChristianityToday.com declares, "The mix of harmonies is nothing short of sublime, shifting from joyful to pensive to praise-filled, fitting just as comfortably on country radio one minute as a more straight-up CCM station the next."
Mosaic — whose lineup includes Devon Graves, vocals/piano; the husband and wife team of Patrick Lockwood, vocals/acoustic guitar and Molly Lockwood, vocals/piano; and husband and wife Jonathan Taylor Martin, vocals/acoustic guitar and Emily Martin, vocals — originally met as students at Belmont University.
Although they hailed from different parts of the country and had distinctly different musical backgrounds and tastes, they realized they shared a common desire to communicate the truth of God's Word as revealed in the Scriptures.
Their debut CD, a collection of Christmas songs called Until the Son of God Appears, originally recorded as a Christmas present for their parents, led to a month-long Christmas tour. Following the Christmas tour, Mosaic became a full-time ministry in 2009 and released As Long As It Is Day, the band's first CD of original compositions. They have toured unceasingly since, honing their lush harmonies and refining their songwriting chops, while maintaining their ministry focus to encourage and edify others with the truth of God's Word.
The band combines lyrical content relying heavily on Scripture with rich, complex harmonies to produce Mosaic's signature sound.
"We believe that God's Word empowers prayer, ignites faith, and fuels our worship," explains Patrick Lockwood. "We exist as this family called Mosaic to be musical missionaries of sorts. We exist to teach the Word of God through our music."
That mission can be clearly heard with just a cursory listen to any of the songs on Teach Us. "One," the project's energetic opener, draws heavily on Ephesians 4:4-6 for its declaration that there is "One hope, one faith, one body, one Spirit of the living God." The project's title was derived from the song "Teach Us To Love," a lovely, peace-filled prayer-song drawn from John 15:13 and 1 John 4:7-11. Mosaic slides easily between genres, evoking a gentle country vibe on "Japheth Song," light and breezy pop on "Love Will Never Fail," acoustic folk on "Trust the Lord," and lilting jazz licks on "Fear the Lord."
While the musical stylings may be diverse, the band's sparkling vocals and lyrical integrity create a consistency that unifies the project. Each song on Teach Us flows into the next, creating a seamless, worshipful experience that includes praise and adoration, supplication, worship and benediction.
For more information on Mosaic and Teach Us, visit mosaicworship.com.
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