Musicians and Artists
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and that which is impossible to keep silent.” ~Victor Hugo
Music and art are used to express a deeply rooted, hard to explain passion and you have access to that power. Whether it is a song or a canvas, sharing your passion through something so intimate and revealing stays with people. Think about a song you heard for the first time. If you liked it, you told everyone you saw that they should listen; you may have even played it for them. That’s the great thing about sharing a passion: it’s contagious.
You have the amazing ability to share the things you are passionate about with other people and that is something JMI wants to part of. You can influence change through your music or your art. Tell everyone you are passionate about the orphans in Moldova or ministering to HIV/AIDS patients in South Africa—and do it through your art. If you talk about your passion for a JMI project, then other people are going to talk about it too. Other people are going to want to get involved.
It starts with you.
Since the inception of Clemency, it has been our desire to make a difference in the world by sharing the good news of Christ. So when we learned of Justice and Mercy International, it was inevitable that we would be drawn to the organization. After hearing from friends who have been on mission trips to New Orleans, Ecuador, and Brazil, meeting people whose lives have been forever impacted for the better, and seeing our church reach out to orphans in Moldova and those affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa, one thing has become very evident to us: JMI is faith in action. And we want to be a part of the work they are doing! We are inspired by the vision, heart, and passion of JMI’s leadership, and can see that this is an organization that is not only committed to meeting the needs of those who are suffering through the injustices of this world, but also to shining the light of hope, love, and salvation through Christ; a light which transcends even the darkest of circumstances. We believe in and support the cause of JMI and it is a great honor to partner with them in taking Justice and Mercy to the world.
Gulfport, Mississippi is home to singer-songwriter Natalie Creel, a musician with a lot of accomplishments in a short amount of time. In the past two years, she has won an online vote for a spot on Atlanta Fest ’09, embarked on a tour with Compassion International, was a finalist in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition, has received tons of radio airplay across the United States, and even with Australia’s largest Christian music network, and recorded her first full-length album at Integrity Music Studios with producer Jeff Quimby (Kari Jobe, Big Daddy Weave, Paul Baloche). Natalie is a 21 year old musician and songwriter who seeks to break outside of the box and use music to ask the questions and state the things we’re all thinking, but are sometimes too afraid to say. Natalie has a true passion for music and an “open book” attitude that lets you take a peek inside of her heart. You can’t help but walk away feeling connected to her after listening to her songs. Natalie’s music captivates you through lyrics that are thought-provoking, often brutally honest, and transparent.
Natalie on why she wants to partner with JMI:
Justice & Mercy International is an organization that I fully support and urge people to get involved with. They truly live up to their name and I have seen this first hand. I first visited the country of Moldova with JMI in December 2010. I had a burden for orphans, as well as ending the heinous sex-traffic trade there, for a few years before the trip. But once I went to Moldova for myself and started putting faces, little hands, sweet smiles, and warm hugs with the issues, it changed everything. These children and young adults don’t only need education and resources to grow and learn, they desperately need love, affection, and encouragement in the Lord. JMI provides these things for the children. And I can tell you this, I befriended many young adults in Moldova who grew up in the orphanges, were sponsored by families through JMI, and they are now amazing witnesses of Christ in their country. It’s my prayer that when I’m on any stage or platform, that the audience will not only hear the songs I sing, but will hear the stories I share about the people of Moldova, and will be compelled to get involved and make an eternal difference!