in the Central African nation, The Democratic Republic of Congo,
Nancy Bilonda has been singing since she could talk. Raised with
strong oral and musical traditions, it's no wonder that she feels
at home the most when surrounded by rhythms and smoot harmonies.
Her cultural heritage coupled with the God-loving upbringing she's
received make Nancy a self described "Presence of God Junky"
daughter of Pastors, Herold and Rose Aubourg, Nancy is a fourth
generation minister of the message of Jesus Christ. From an early
age, Nancy has been involved in ministry. Like most PKs she's done
it all: Singing in the choir, playing drums, teaching Sunday school,
leading the youth ministry team and organizing the Christmas and
Easter programs. These days, however, she's finally where she belongs,
serving as the Lead Worshipper at her parent's church, The Evangelical
Charismatic Center in Boston Ma. She also, serves in this same capacity
for the Reverence Gospel Ensemble, under the direction of Minister
Dennis Montgomery III, at the Berklee College of Music, where Nancy
is a member of the graduating class of 2003. She will receive her
B.A. in Music Business/Management.
up in ministry and knowing first hand it's sometimes harsh realities
has not deterred Nancy from heading in that same direction with
her own life. Her debut album, Fall Deep, which has been released
in March 2003 is a clear indication of this choice. Along with extraordinaire
Boston based producer, Pierre Huberson, Nancy co-produced her album.
Her songs are written from a very non-artificial place, with honest
lyrics that speak of a real walk with God. You won't find any played
out, feel good cliches on this project. It's full of spiritual reality
that is packaged with the intention of honoring God and speaking
to his heart of the masses.
project seeks to unashamedly draw the listener into the presence
of God and to encourage a tangible personal experience with Him.
"Fall Deep", the albums title track is definitely one
for radio. The danceable track is laced with raw lyrics that speak
of pursuing the heart of God for the sole purpose of simply falling
deeper in love with him. There's also, "We cry holy",
a previously released single that put Nancy on the map. A simple
song of adoration to God, birthed in a quiet moment of worship during
a church service, "We cry holy" will bring you to your
knees before the throne. Reminiscent of Gregorion sacred music,
this song instantly bringst the listener to envision themselves
in the serenity of a great Cathedral. One of the Album's many pleasant
surprises comes on track 6, "Rodney: A prodigal story".
Accompanied by famed guitarist, Tyrone Chase, Nancy tells the story
of the prodigal son in a today's generation voice. Her vocal rendering
is completely uninhibited and shows off her beautiful tone as there
are no other instruments on the track. This is a song you'll have
on replay for sure.
album's great songs, all of which are written by Nancy herself,
except for two of the songs, and the tremendous production work,
make this independently released project a great accomplishment.
Pierre Hubberson (Freda Battle and the Temple Worshippers), Roger
Ryan (Wynona Judd, Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winan) and Alvin Speights
(India.arie, TLC) are all the crème of the crop in the music
industry today. Each one brings a high level of experience and expertise
that place this project at the forefront. There's also musicians
involved, whom are all amazingly anointed instrumentalist. They
provide a notable edge to "Fall Deep". Chris Loftlin (Brian
McKnight), Thomas Pridgen (Destiny's Child, James Hall and Spirit
of Praise, India.arie) Tyrone Chase (Brian McKnight, Walter Beasley)
and Jesse Bond (FreeStyle) just to name a few, bring so much to
the release of "Fall Deep", Nancy anticipates continuing
to keep doing what she's always done: loving people and creating
an environment through worship where they can touch God and be touched
by Him. Though she's young, 22 to be exact, Nancy is no rookie.
She's traveled extensivly throughout the country and has a strong
desire to take her ministry to the nations of the world. She's ministered
with her parents and with Youth With a Mission for years, not only
singing, but also dancing and bringing forth the word. She's been
blessed to also minister with great men and women of God from all
over the world. However impresive her resume might be, Nancy delights
most in knowing that she's walking in her calling and fulfilling
the purpose for which she was created; to praise and worship God.