The Word is powerful and clear, it is the cornerstone of our Faith. The Scripture illuminates our path, guides us closer to Christ, and it’s such a joyful noise when the Word is spoken in song! Now, BEREA, the brainchild ministry of Brad Davis and Scott Mitchell, brings the Scriptures to life in lyrics and music, reaching out to a whole new audience, while heartily joined by those already musically and spiritually converted. BEREA is releasing its new album, After the Fall, on the iTunes Store today, March 23 through Planer Mill Records (itms://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playlistId= 362637008).
Founded in 2000, BEREA (buh-RAY-ah) derives its name from the city of Beroea in ancient Greece where St. Paul the Apostle preached. Adopting the model set by the noble Bereans, Mitchell (guitar) and Davis (guitar), joined by Sandi Mitchell (vocals), create songs and music that encourages their listeners to actively search through them for the light of the Word.
The album’s title track, “After the Fall”, carries a vintage 70’s sound, while still displaying the rocker’s mission to reach out to those most in need of hearing the Lord. Written by Scott Mitchell, this lead single speaks to the troubled soul, the one hanging on to their pain or pride, whatever is keeping him from trusting in Christ. “Thou Art My Praise” closes the LP’s powerful track list with Sandi’s sweet song of praise to the Healer, Creator and Savior of mankind. Scott Mitchell states that he just lifted the lyrics directly out of the Bible’s Book of Jeremiah, a true inspiration, and nothing praises the Lord better than His own truth! About BEREA and their music as a whole, Mitchell says “Berea’s music is different than other projects I have done because it proclaims the love of the Lord Jesus Christ through direct message, rather than a more vague or ambiguous approach.” Davis adds the, “music is a bit different, it’s a blend of Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan and the Eagles…but not just with any gospel lyrics, but lyrics about the Word of God rightly divided.”
BEREA is Brad Davis, who has been lead guitarist for Marty Stuart, Sam Bush, Billy Bob Thornton, as well as playing on the Grammy Award-winning Warren Zevon record The Wind. Scott Mitchell, also on lead guitar, has added his talent to the sounds of Louise Mandrel and Ty Herndon, and recorded and performed with the late Dee Murray, from Elton John’s band. He also currently resides in Seguin, Texas, where he pastors Grace Family Bible Church and writes and produces Berea music with Brad Davis. Sandi Mitchell is a formally trained singer from Nashville and graduate of Belmont University. She directs children’s productions at the Time Travelers Theatre and the Seguin Performing Arts Company.