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Gabriel's Harp was started in 1996. Founding members
met in church and just started playing Contemporary
Christian music together. They have performed at a
number of teen and youth events throughout the United
States, Canada and Europe. They were part of Word
Entertainment's [one] CD project, which also featured
Rachael Lampa, Sixpence None the Richer, the
Ragamuffins and Aaron Neville, among others.
Gabriel's Harp has participated in
music ministry for a number of World Youth Day events,
beginning with Journeť Mondiale de la Jeunesse in 1997
through 2005 World Youth Day Events in Germany.
The band performed for opening and closing ceremonies
at World Youth Day events in Rome in 2000, toured with
the Ragamuffins, opened for Michael W. Smith at Dodger
Stadium and co-wrote the international version of the
Official World Youth Day 2000 song, Emmanuel, with
Italian friends Marco Mammoli, Marco Brusati, Massimo
Versaci and Mauro Labellarte.
Gabriel's Harp recently re-recorded Emmanuel for a
CD being sold in France called Compil'
INXL6, featuring Christian musicians
from both the States and Europe.
They were honored to perform at Severance Hall
"When we become true
servants I feel that God calls us to a certain path.
Usually, we are lead to adventures we would never have
Harper, a native Clevelander, attended Kent State
University with a double major in piano performance
and composition. Rebecca is currently serving in
Music Ministry at St. Francis of Assisi in Gates
Mills, St. Clare in Lyndhurst and St. Joseph in
Mantua. She's the only "married, with children" member
of the band.
I truly feel blessed, like I have the best of both
worlds. I am able to work in music, and serve the
church. Since coming to work St. Joseph, I have met so
many wonderful people of faith. It truly inspires me
to see such a community." So says Liam Davies,
also a native Northeast Ohioan, who attended Kent
State University, receiving his degree in music in
2001. In January, 2004, Bill began a Master's program
at Cleveland State. He's currently the Music Director
at St. Joseph Church in Mantua.
Other band members inlude bassist Chris Lopez and
drummer Zach Fierman, both seniors at Hudson High
School. Zach's first love is jazz, and he's been
playing the drums since he was small. Chris has been
active in Youth Ministry in Hudson for a number of
Previous Gabriel's Harp member Chris Telzerow, has
gone on to accomplish other musical projects. He's
currently the Music Director at St. Francis of Assisi
and says Rebecca, "We talk nearly every day and still
collaborate on a few music projects."
Gabriel's Harp's backup singers are James Burrington
and Jessica Hammond.