Matt & Debbie met and were married in 2004. In early 2005, they were at church and met a group that was looking for a tenor singer. Matt, who has sang since he was 4, was excited for the opportunity. He joined the group, Ambassadors of Grace, and sang with them off & on for a couple of years. During this time, our first daughter, Ryleigh Jean, was born. Trying to raise a baby, work and being in the group was stressful on the family--and the other members of the group were feeling the call to become a full time ministry--so Matt decided to step away from the group. In June 2009, we added another daughter, Emmalee Jane, to our family. After taking a little break from singing, we felt called in early 2011 to start our own ministry. We had several engagements during 2011, so we purchased our sound equipment. God has blessed us since we have started this ministry and we are truly excited and looking forward to the future. We can't wait to see what God has in store for us and how He is going use this ministry for His honor and glory as we continue to grow in Him.
Joshua 24:15...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord
Like alot of people who sing, whether it be country, pop, gospel or otherwise, I started out singing in church. And I am glad to say I still sing in church. While growing up, music was a big part of my life. My dad would play the guitar and piano, and we would gather around and sing. Nothing fancy, some old country songs, but mostly gospel and hymns. I learned to sing harmony sitting beside him at church. Our church also had a Christian school where we attended and music was always a big part of school life as well. I have three younger sisters and as we grew up we discovered a family harmony and have sung together at churches and family gatherings through the years. Looking back I can now see how God has been preparing me for this time in my life, with a family of my own and the desire to sing and testify as to what He has done in my life, and to share the gospel wherever He may lead us to go.
While I can sing, I have what is commonly known as STAGE FRIGHT so I work quietly behind the scenes. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration (major in accounting) so I take care of the family & ministry finances (which Matt says "is a tremendous blessing considering his ignorance in these matters"). Before Emmalee (Emma) was born, I worked as an accountant but I am now a full time mom and housewife, as well as a teacher for our girls now that we are homeschooling. I never would have imagined my life being this way, always thought I'd have a job outside the home, but that was my plan. I've learned numerous times that God's plan is ALWAYS better. I've been amazed, shocked and at times, brought to tears by the things that have transpired since we started this ministry and I know things are only going to be getting better as long as we are doing God's will.
Well it's official. As of March (2016), Matt has gotten me ON STAGE to join him and the girls for a song. Ryleigh has taken on a harmony part and Emma needs help to stay with the melody so Mommy gets to join Emma singing the melody part. Daddy sure looks forward to the 3 part harmony they will be able to do :)
Ryleigh started singing with her daddy on her 5th Birthday--she sang with him, for the first time, at a concert in Bucklin, MO the evening of April 29, 2012. Since January 2013, she has really blossomed and seems to really enjoy being on stage. She enjoys practicing the songs with her dad and learns them fairly quickly.
Ryleigh likes to play with play dough, color/draw, read, play outside (especially enjoyed the snow in Feb/Mar 2013), and spend time with her family watching movies.
Emmalee (Emma) started singing with her daddy when she was 2 years old and has been singing a little bit longer than her sister Ryleigh. Emma's first time to sing with daddy was September 24, 2011 at a concert in Neal, KS. She was a little easier to get up on-stage back then and actually is going through a phase now where she doesn't want to go up there and sing at all. We know that it is all in God's hands and that when she is ready she will let us know. For now, we just provide the opportunity and if she wants to, yea, and if not, that's okay too! During 2015, Emma started doing much better at going up to sing with her Dad and sister. She has become more comfortable on stage and has become quite the "stage manager".
Emma likes to run, play with her sister, watch movies with her family, play with play dough and color.
Dalton is Matt's son, Debbie's stepson. Although Dalton doesn't do any singing, he is always willing to help carry in the sound equipment when he gets to be with us for concerts.
Dalton likes old tractors/cars, and spending time outdoors.