Ric Sharette was raised in Michigan in a very musical family and began performing professionally with his parents and siblings at age 16 singing jazz, pop and traditional standards at public and private events, touring the midwest and Europe. Ric studied music performance, theory and composition in college. At night he led a dance band at local clubs, singing and playing trumpet and guitar.
Ric moved to Utah in 1980. He joined the LDS church and served as a Stake Music Chairman for many years. He started a professional a cappella vocal jazz quartet that performed many of his arrangements over a dozen years. He is an accomplished songwriter, inspired by a wide spectrum of styles and a broad experience in musical theater, professional choirs, dance bands, a cappella groups and conducting. He has served as the Music Director at the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living for 24+ years.
Ric says, "I believe that music is a powerful, buoyant, evocative and healing energy, and I'm driven to play in that energy every way I can".
DelAnne Jessop Haslam is a native Utahn, born the youngest of five and at age 3 began performing with the family band The Jessop Family Singers. She hasn’t stopped performing since. She loves to sing all genres of music and has sung in children’s groups, choirs, commercials, operas, plays, sporting events, and bands. But her favorite gig is singing with The Center for Spiritual Living Band every Sunday morning.
DelAnne was introduced to the Center For Spiritual Living in 2014 when she and her sister were looking to add some spiritual community into their lives. Ric and the band kept them coming back long enough to hear the Science of Mind message and she was hooked. She took the foundations class and a few other courses and then began singing with Kopo on Sundays in 2015. She even spent a few months as music director before she took a much-needed hiatus in 2016. In 2017 Ric invited her back as special music and then invited her to stay on with the band.
"I was ecstatic and feel so blessed to sing with my community of spiritual friends each week."
Drew Binkerd started with a love of surf rock as a young child, Beach Boys, The Ventures, etc... As well as a love of classical music that was nurtured by his parents and Grandparents. His mother introduced him to the Cello when he was 8 years old, which he picked up quickly. He had the honor of playing as a member of the Utah Youth Symphony from age 9 to 15. During his teen years he found Heavy Metal. Booyah!
He has performed with groups doing rock, bluegrass, country, funk and even a little rap.
"I found the Center in 2009 after searching for a place to call my spiritual home. Getting to know so many wonderful people, I knew that I had found my spiritual community."
Rory Norseth, aka, the No Account Drifter, enjoys putting story to song and performing them for anyone who wants to listen.
Lezlee Monroe was born in Logan, Utah. She has been songwriting since she was 6 years old, has had ten years of classical piano training, ten years of voice study with celebrity vocal coach Brad Chapman, over ten years experience playing in bands and music groups and has created ten + albums of mostly her own music from 1982 through 2018.
Her preferred subject matter of songwriting has been of things of a spiritual nature and personal evolution.
She became acquainted with Science of Mind studies in 2017 and was the Satya Center for Conscious Living Music Director until they went virtual in 2019. She has had 2 years of Science of Mind study. She has had a passion for writing transformative and affirmative songs, discovering (to her delight) that there is a genre and community for these kinds of positive songs.
She has played off and on with the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living music team since 2017.
Ricardo Romero was born and raised in Salt Lake City where he started playing music in restaurants at the age of 15. He studied music in Elementary, Junior High, and High School and with many great drummers and percussionists.
While performing at a concert with Jen Hajj over ten years ago, he met Ric Sharette and began to play at the Salt Lake Center.
Ricardo says, “The Center for Spiritual Living has changed my life in so many ways. I'm so honored to play with so many great and wonderful musicians that inspire me. I love the message of CSL and the many inspiring Speakers."
This recording would not have come to fruition if not for the these dear people; their belief in my potential and their consistent encouragement (nagging!) and support:
First, to Missy Jolley, for introducing me to Science of Mind in 1991, being patient with me and my initial arguments against it, for our wild and beautiful rollercoaster marriage, and for giving me the wonderful lyric, “Dance to the rhythm of the universe”. Thank you, Missy.
Secondly, to Rev. Donald Graves, for appointing me Music Director of the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living (formerly the Church of Religious Science) in July of 1998; for his kudos and critiques, his trust in me and giving me the autonomy in my position to explore and create. Thank you, Rev. Donald Graves!
Thirdly, to my dear friend, Delaine Croonenborgh, for generously gifting me the funds to start recording (years ago!). It was a great learning process, even though I only got 5 songs down. Thank you, Delaine!
Although these Thank You’s are chronological, I cannot emphasize enough the gratitude and ever-expanding love for my wife, Chamaigne. She is a treasure-trove of inspiration, talent and multifaceted Beauty. I’m so grateful for all of our common interests, for her patience, love and support. Thank you, my Love!
Thank you to the SLCSL Band for donating their time and talents to this project! Thank you, DelAnne, for your wonderful, soulful, emotive and skillful singing! Thank you, Chamaigne, for your beautiful, soaring and evocative vocals and your phenomenal songwriting! Thank you, Lezlee, for your amazing singing and songwriting; for your commanding, yet never over-played keys, your sensitivity and musical insights! Thank you, Drew, for your great bass-playing, your attention to the music and your persistent sense of humor! Thank you, Ricardo, for planting the seed for this project, for your awesome percussion skills, your kindness, generosity and attentive musicianship. Thank you, Rory! As the newest member of the band, you have certainly made yourself indispensable! Your skillful licks and shreds, adjusting the timbre of your electric guitar to fit the tune, and your bold, bluesy harmonica provide much of the brilliant ornaments in our music! Thanks, man!
Thanks to AV engineer Raj Harrous, the Wizard of Raj, and his team for making us look and sound good for our live and livestream presentations every Sunday morning!
Thanks, Ken Kruckenberg of Sonic Pathways for your stellar musicianship, recording skills and patience producing this album. It was such a pleasure working with you to create something beyond our expectations!
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