In 1992 Bonnie arrived to her University music class 10 minutes early where Curtis had been using the vacant recital hall to practice. A spontaneous introduction in the middle of an interrupted rehearsal, and they have been singing and playing music together ever since.
Three years later, a group of friends from Minneapolis, funded and arranged a solo-recording project for Curtis entitled Living Waters. Bonnie was invited to contribute as songwriter and vocalist. This was a God-directed experience that would launch these two on a life-long journey together.
Curtis and Bonnie both graduated from Brandon University in 1996, were engaged during their graduation party, and got married later on that year. After teaching for two years, they sensed God directing them to devote their lives to sharing the Love of Jesus through their music. In November, 1998 they set out on their first music tour in a station wagon loaded with sound equipment, luggage, their baby daughter Heidi, and Bonnie’s sister as nanny. They would travel 2300 miles across Canada to reach their first concert destination in Nova Scotia. This first tour made a positive impact on the couple, and since then their love for the people of the Maritime Provinces has taken them back every 2-3 years. To date, they have done 8 extensive maritime tours.
The family received a huge confirmation of God’s Call upon their lives in 2003 when singer/songwriter Trevor Baker and his wife Jenny donated their 33’ motor home to Curtis and Bonnie in order to make music and ministry with a growing young family possible. The couple was expecting their fourth child at the time. Today eight precious children take a major role in concert and on their six recordings. Each child has been welcomed to the family (and on stage) with joy and excitement. Heidi plays violin; Meka plays violin and bass guitar; Alonzo plays guitar; Peter plays percussion, Sunny, Amy, Davidson, and Isaac take part through dancing; all the children contribute with singing.
Their music is ear-tagged for its diversity – as they love to write in various styles – such as Celtic, Blues, Jazz, Children’s, Contemporary, and even Rap/Hip-hop. The children have also started to write, and some of their music is featured on the latest CD, “Doncha Know?” which received two nominations for the 2012 GMA Covenant Awards.
Since the beginning, the couple has incorporated an element for children into every concert, so that there is something for the whole family. The response to this has been very positive, fine-tuning the direction of their ministry. Today, at least half of their music and ministry appearances throughout the year are directly to children, at summer camps, vacation Bible school programs, or children’s concerts. This has been an amazing fit for this family who ministers together.
“We feel so blessed to be the parents of these amazing children. God desires family to thrive and flourish. I believe this is why we have been called to do travel across Canada with our family. We desire to see people walk close to God – to be in close communion with Him.”
Psalm 8 begins with the words,
“Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth. You have set Your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise, because of Your enemies to silence the foe and the avenger.”
God is so big, yet He has such a high regard for the praises of children and infants. For this reason Curtis and Bonnie love to include their whole family, regardless of age, in praises to the Lord God while ministering to people all across this great nation.