CD/DVD: Pilgrims and Prodigals(2012)
New TV Special, Pilgrims and Prodigals, Over 1000 hours on PBS
Annie: Graduate, Juilliard School of Music
Winner of multiple concerto competitions
Has performed with numerous symphony orchestras
Top Ten Bill Board Classical Crossover Album
Alex: Graduate, Juilliard Pre-College division
Principal, Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra
Performed on Good Morning America with Charlotte Church
Benjamin: Graduate, Juilliard Pre-College division
Winner, Young Artist Auditions
Camille: Award winning pianist
Studied at Manhattan School for Strings
Gretchen: Studied violin, Manhattan School for Strings & Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music
The Annie Moses Band: Pilgrims and Prodigals
The 700 Club
CBN.com -YOUNG PERFORMERS
The Annie Moses Band (AMB) was formed in 2002 but that wasn’t the beginning of the group. These Nashville natives are sibling performers who began their musical instruction at early ages (each began around 4 years old). They played their first performance as an ensemble when Annie (vocalist/violinist) was 9, Alex (violinist/singer) was 7, and Benjamin (cellist) was 5. Their father, Bill, is a professional songwriter/arranger/pianist and their mother, Robin, a professional lyricist/singer and have 25 years of experience in the Christian music industry. Bill and Robin composed Make His Praise Glorious in 1988. Sandi Patti recorded the song and it was number 1 on the Christian radio charts for 7 weeks straight. Success of the song jump-started the Wolavers’ writing careers.
When Annie was 15, the family moved to New York City where Annie, Alex and Benjamin were accepted into the pre-college division of the Julliard School. Juilliard was thrilling and challenging, and despite the fact that their long-term goal had been to establish careers in classical music, the children felt God’s call in a different direction. They wanted to begin a music group that would combine a spiritual message with musical excellence. They continued their studies while writing, praying and performing. They considered the name for their band. They wanted to choose a name that would honor and remember their great-grandmother, Annie Moses. “Annie was a hard-working woman,” says Annie. “Her life was one of daily toil and hardship but God blessed her because of her faithfulness.” Annie gave birth to 3 children and the middle child, Jane, married a missionary who had 4 children. (Robin is Jane’s daughter.)
THE ANNIE MOSES BAND
After 3 years of study at Juilliard, the family moved back to Nashville to pursue the AMB as a full-time ministry. They are in their tenth year as a music group and focus on ministering to families. “We are a generation who has forgotten to blush,” says Annie, referring to Jeremiah 6:15, Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. Today AMB performs their unique sound of pop, country and jazz in over 100 concerts each year. Their passion: to reclaim the world of the arts by musically educating the very young. They are dedicated to the vision of Psalm 150. “The important thing is that the concept of music is not an afterthought of God,” says Annie. AMB is taping a music video of the song, Blush, with Regent student Sarah Stone. Sarah contacted AMB and were excited to be involved in the production. “We want to raise a new generation in the arts and want to encourage people to become involved in the arts,” says Annie. They started the Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville. For more information, please visit www.anniemosesband.com or www.fineartssummeracademy.com
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