KIDS 2: SONG OF THE KING Jumpin' Joy - SotK starts off with a unique rock/electronic/big band combination that'll have you jumping! Psalm 23 - A electric guitar and brass-driven version of the famous Psalm by King David, with solos by Ben and Zac! Be-Bop Bible Bookin' Boogie - Drawing on 3-part Andrews Sisters-esque harmony, jazz and swing, Be-Bop is a fantastic way to remember the books of the Bible! Song of the King - With melodic piano and flute solos backgrounding a duet between Wendy and Dave, this song is the namesake of Wendy and the James Gang's second show released in 2003! So Ya Wanna Be a Millionaire? - A rock/indie-roots song based on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire show theme show. Truth - Combining swing with a Disney-inspired sound, Truth is a fun 'snap your fingers' kind of song. Armor of God - A rhythmic, drum-driven song featuring organ, pad and brass solos throughout! FROG - Electronic/techno, ribbiting frogs and drum machines drive this surprising and fun song using the acronym 'Fully Rely On God' (FROG)! Noah - A sea chanty duet with Wendy and Dave telling the story of Noah, featuring accordion, acoustic bass, timpani and strings! Do You Believe? - With a driving rock beat, electric guitar and brass solos, this one of the rockier songs on the album, and is a great jumping song! Celebration City - An orchestral song featuring piano and a building rhythm to a dramatic and epic conclusion. We Will Pray for You - A piano ballad with two melodic parts and four-part harmony from the James family, WWPFY is a benediction and blessing for all who listen to it. Wendy and the James Gang is a family reaching out to families for the cause of Christ. We believe that the key to reaching our culture ?for the kingdom of God is to touch ?the lives of our children with His message of love We have children of our own. We know how important it is to let them know about Jesus' love while they're young. We also know how overlooked children's evangelism can be. We recognize that the world is clamoring to gain control our children in every imaginable way. We want to help kids accept Christ and instill Biblical values at a young age, when their hearts are the most receptive. Compelling, fun, exciting songs. We use professional-quality music to communicate the Gospel message in powerful, exciting ways... TO REACH KIDS WHERE THEY ARE... ...the ageless message presented in fresh new ways. Every song has a powerful Biblical base, so every time we sing one-and every time YOU sing one-we proclaim the message of Jesus Christ. Then we use drama and humor to help the message find it's home in any person's heart - regardless of age. ...resources you can use to reach others. We have music on CD and soundtrax you can use to present the music to others, clothing items that proclaim the Truth, and much more! (Be sure to visit our Resources page.) ...fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, 'Let the children come to Me.' We make it our mission to do just that-lead the children to Him. We believe there's no better or more exciting way to reach a lost and hurting world for our Lord and God! Who are the James Gang? Wendy James is the lead singer and songwriter for Wendy & the James Gang. She received her calling into music ministry at age 17. Born and raised near Saginaw, Michigan, she graduated from Huntington College (Huntington, IN) with a BA in Vocal Performance and her music teaching certification. After teaching elementary music for 2½ years, she decided to devote her time to her family, music ministry and songwriting. In 1989, she recorded "Proclaim His Power", which contained five songs she wrote or co-wrote. In 1996, she released Wendy James, a project of all original, adult-oriented, contemporary Christian songs, which features 'The Lord Reigns', "Jonah", "God is Faithful", "You Are the Heart", and "For God So Loved the World". Blessed with a 4-octave range, she started performing concerts in churches for Youth For Christ while in high school. After college and marriage, she continued in part-time adult concert ministry. Her husband David joined her by running sound and in singing the occasional duet, while continuing his career as a CPA. During this time, they had two children, Zac & Ben, who as they grew, also became part of the concerts. Inspired by feedback from "Jonah" and her work on a children's television show, Wendy felt the Lord directing her to write a collection of songs for kids. In early 2000, she completed the project, titled Wendy & the James Gang - KIDS I - God Loves You, which features 11 exciting pop/rock/swing songs written to appeal not only to kids 2-12, but also their parents and grandparents, including fan favorite 'Run devil Run'. The music is the soundtrack for 'Secret Agent Man'. During this time, the family felt God calling them to full-time ministry, but it wasn't until Dave went through two corporate restructurings in two years that he really got the hint. The family became Wendy & the James Gang, focused on full-time evangelism to kids and families. In order to present the songs in an outreach/concert format, Wendy & Dave created an exciting, fast-paced live production involving the whole family. This original production, called 'God Loves You' was designed to be an outreach event for kids and a means to bring the gospel message to entire families. Since March of 2000, they have toured coast to coast, and in 2002 they completed a 6 week, 41 show missions tour in South Africa. This show was retired in 2004. In 2003, she completed and released "Kids II - Song of the King", which is the soundtrack for the show of the same name. The photo above is her character 'Serena' from the show. She also plays 'Agent Samantha (Sam) Book' in 'Secret Agent Man'. They have been off the road since 2007, but are still involved in full-time ministry. Wendy's background as a recording artist, performer, songwriter and composer includes piano and guitar, numerous radio & television appearances and jingles. She was the featured singer at an event honoring a former U.S. Vice-President. She also has experience as an actress, and was a songwriter and performer for a children's television show. In addition to all this, Wendy has continued writing, speaking, and performing at adult contemporary concerts and other special events, including leading worship at Women's retreats. Dave James (aka Mr. Wendy) is the husband and dad. He grew up near Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Huntington University with a BS in Business and Accounting. His career as a CPA included seven years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and positions as the Corporate Controller or Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for various companies, after which he formed his own consulting practice of providing CFO services to entrepreneurial companies. During this time, he assisted Wendy with her part-time ministry as manager and sound technician. In 1999, God led Dave out of the corporate world to join his family in full-time ministry as Wendy & the James Gang he founded Living Rock Family Outreach. He handles the business stuff and learned to drive a 39' RV while pulling a 25' trailer by driving to Traverse City, Mi (450 miles) the first day. His main claim to fame is his ability to play songs on his hands. Ask him to play a song for you. World-class virtuoso. He grew up in Indiana, played Hoosier basketball (go Pacers and IU), played college baseball and has been a fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals for as long as he can remember (which is getting to be pretty long!) He has hung up the cleats but still plays golf - sometimes to a 3 handicap. Zac James is 19, and has been performing and playing music full-time with WJG's inception in 2000. Zac is an accomplished musician and songwriter, and plays acoustic, electric and bass guitar, drums and piano. He loves playing and singing on the Worship Team at church, computers, reading, video game playing and design, sports (especially golf and sandlot football) and friends. He has been homeschooled since after the 4th grade and loves it. He is now a sophomore at Cedarville University with a double major in Church Music Ministries (piano) and Pastoral Studies. He plans to be a worship leader and songwriter, and has been leading a campus-wide worship service called Encounter Worship there at Cedarville. Ben James is 16 and a sophomore in High School. He's best buddies with Zac, he's great on piano and electric guitar and has a voice that can knock you over (we won't talk about his breath!). Ben loves to talk politics, mow, play golf, read, computers, video games, movies and friends. His claim to fame is he's ranked in the top 2500 in the world on Guitar Hero 4, and top 6000 in Guitar Hero 2 (for Xbox 360).