I will walk by Faith even when I cannot see
2 CORINTHIANS 5:7
Lyn & David first crossed paths in Stuttgart, Germany in 1996. David had auditioned for the German production of Miss Saigon in Washington, DC, and Lyn auditioned for the same show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Neither of them knew what they would find when they were each offered main roles in the production (David would take the role of John, and Lyn the role of Ellen) and found themselves being flown to a foreign country to begin a show in another language (that neither of them knew), but as is the mark of true professionals driven to follow their dreams, they each grabbed the opportunity and dove into the work.
The instant friendship between David and Lyn was profound and has remained so ever since. Although they each had leading roles in Miss Saigon, they only had one brief scene together on stage, and that was the extent of them actually working together in the show. They had always wanted to rectify that and work together again, but their paths took them in different directions, as is the case most of the time in the entertainment world. After Miss Saigon, Lyn went on to do leading roles in European and world premiere shows such as Roman Polanski & Jim Steinman's "Tanz Der Vampire," Frank Wildhorn's "Jekyll & Hyde" and Frank Wildhorn's Austrian premiere of "Dracula." Lyn also branched out into the pop and rock world, hitting the charts with duets such as "L'Eternita" with Pierro Mozzochetti and "Here In My Heart" with the world-renowned rock group the Scorpions.
David stayed with Miss Saigon a little longer than Lyn did, but then he went on to do many other regional theater stage productions throughout Germany in Mannheim, Augsburg, Bremerhaven, and others. Along with a myriad of gospel and spiritual albums along the way, David also gained huge acclaim for his appearances on The Voice in Germany. The hit TV show was an amazing success and David's performances were highly celebrated. The two have each had amazing careers individually, but they still had not had the chance to really work together...Until now.
More Than Wonderful
The Journey- David's side
This song has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I recall being amazed with the message of hope. This song was beautifully sung by Sandi Patty & Larnelle Harris and has been a classic for decades.
Lyn and I have worked together for years but had never recorded together. It’s something that we always thought would happen one day but we had never gotten around to it. If I’ve learned anything from this whole pandemic ordeal, it’s that the time is NOW. If you have a desire in your heart or a goal; act on it. It was so effortless. I asked Lyn to record the song with me, I sent it to her and she agreed immediately. She asked Lendell to orchestrate it. I flew to her home in New York to record. We were equally blessed to have Lyn’s husband Ron on board. He has an incredible ear and is an accomplished musician whom we both trust with our lives and our gifts. It was all so effortless that we knew this project was bigger than either of us. Divine Intervention.
The thing I love most about this song is the message of encouragement. “He’s more than my heart ever longed for, everything He promised and so much more”.
I love how simple and pure it begins with Lyn’s voice setting the stage for the journey we are about to take you on.
This is not just a song, it’s an experience and an invitation for you to experience the same joy we have found in our own private relationships with God.
More Than Wonderful
The Journey- Lyn's side
“I will walk by faith, and not by sight”...those words explain this journey better than any others. The story behind the making of this recording with David is a true testament to what can happen when you step out on Faith, and follow God’s direction, even if you don’t understand it, or it seems impossible. I was in the middle of a huge life change. Having lived in New York for over twelve years, I was at the point where I could no longer ignore the push I had been feeling that it was time to leave. Moving is not easy, especially when you are looking at moving out of a three-story home complete with a full professional recording studio. It’s an overwhelming task, but when the message coming through is that it’s time to make a change, then that’s what you do. I was just weeks away from this huge undertaking when David called me. He had been listening to the song “More Than Wonderful,”and told me he was quietly moved to ask me to record it with him. I’ve always wanted to record with David. He is such a tremendous talent, but the timing! It would have been so easy for me to say no because of what I was up against with my move. It still baffles me that saying no was not my first reaction. The irony is, even with all the stress and chaos that was overtaking me with selling my home, buying a new one, and packing up my entire life, I felt the same, quiet blanket of ease fold around me when he asked me, and a voice just said to me, “you should do this.”
I discussed it with my co-producer & husband Ron Ponella, and we decided to reach out to Lendell Black, just to see if he might have the time to do the arrangements. Neither of us thought it would be possible given the time constraints we were facing. Lendell is an Emmy Award-winning arranger, working with top artists all over the world, but we called him anyway. It’s simply amazing to me...as is the wonderful mystery of God’s timing, Lendell just happened to have that week free, and he jumped into the project with us, creating one of the most powerful arrangements I have ever heard. It was perfect. It was breathtaking and it fell exactly into the incredibly tight timeline we had to get the project done.
Within weeks of David’s phone call to me, David and I found ourselves in my recording studio (just days before it was to be taken down), about to finally record together after years of our profound friendship. We took a moment in the studio, alone; just the two of us, to quietly sit together with God and feel how we should do this. The funny thing is, I don’t even remember mapping it out with David, and neither does he. It was as if we both just gave it over to God and He told us what to do and we just did it. Then we listened back after we had recorded it...I remember being astounded by what we heard. It wove together perfectly, and the song just kept building on top of itself many times over. It was remarkable to hear. I truly feel like the Holy Spirit came alive in our recording, and the credit for all the power behind it belongs to God alone. David and I were simply the vehicles God used to express what is felt through this recording. I’m so humbled and grateful to be part of this with my incredibly talented friend David. To me, this recording is not just a song...it’s an experience..