Originally created 08/20/05

Singer puts God first in music, workshops



When singer Jeff Deyo and his band perform, they want to balance reverence with freedom of expression.

Some people tend to be buddy-buddy with Jesus, forgetting that he is Lord, but Jesus is both friend and king, said Mr. Deyo, the former lead singer of Sonicflood, whose hits include I Could Sing of Your Love Forever and In the Secret.

He will lead a worship concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road in Martinez.

The next day, he will participate in a workshop on creative worship at the church for behind-the-scenes artists and church leaders.

Many people identify Mr. Deyo's musical style with the under-30 set, he said, but worship music transcends a style.

He and the band have played Sunday services at which some people over 30 came by to say they loved the music, even though they wouldn't normally have listened, he said.

During concerts, Mr. Deyo has earned a reputation as a Christian rocker.

"We will have some songs that are rocking, where we are even jumping up and down to a fast beat, we are so excited about God. But we aren't getting crazy. There is no moshing, no crowd-surfing," he said.

Worship also demands harmony between what a person professes in a song and how he or she lives life, he said; otherwise, their musical offerings are just noise to God, according to the prophet Amos.

"The focus should be on God, instead of 'look at me, I am a talented artist.' That is part of the redeeming of the arts, giving it back to him for his purpose," Mr. Deyo said.

Reach Virginia Norton at 823-3336 or virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com.

Concert, Conference



Who: Jeff Deyo, his band and various speakers



Where: Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road in Martinez



When: Worship conference 7 p.m. Friday; conference begins 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27


Conference topics: Videography, Web page design and MediaShout software; also, stage craft, such as lighting, sound, drama, vocals, music and dance



Cost: $40, discounts available; Friday concert only, $10 in advance, $12 at the door; tickets available at Family Christian Bookstore and the church



Phone: 863-7002