WHY HOST A CONCERT?
music. truth. community. TOGETHER.
Some say music is a universal language. If that's true, then what a perfect way for the church to have a conversation with the world.
Jesus drew people to himself by speaking in parables. He told stories that invite us to search for deeper meaning. He used metaphors and images that everyone listening was familiar with and could understand.
Good songwriting can do the same, and Wild Harbors aims to follow Christ's example in how they write songs. They craft their lyrics and stories in ways that help people find a soul connection, whether the listener is part of a church or has never set foot through the doors. Doing so makes a Wild Harbors concert a great community-building event, and also an excellent outreach event - there are many people who will not accept an invite to a church service or a worship night or even a "Christian concert" designed for those already in church culture, but they would be interested in a singer-songwriter concert. In the band's stories and songs, they champion ideas of making the most of time, taking risks, and fighting for deeper relationships in marriage and friendship. They endeavor to set communities up well to engage in a night of art and beauty and then continue conversations about those themes after the night is over and the band has gone.
Additionally, band members Chris and Jenna lead musical worship for church services, which can often be a fitting added event to a storytelling concert. They also love to have conversations about creativity and God's hopes for humanity. In all of these offerings, they endeavor to serve your community well.
Wild Harbors is comprised of husband and wife singer-songwriters Chris and Jenna Badeker. Formed in 2017, the alternative pop outfit creates gutsy, lyric-driven songs laced with intricate vocal harmonies. Confronted with the knowledge that each person is given one short life to live, they put their previous careers aside to step into the adventure of music and invite other people to live their own adventures.
Their debut album, Monument, was produced by Andrew Osenga (Caedmon's Call, Andrew Peterson) in Nashville, TN and released March 15, 2019.
For fans of: Johnnyswim, Ellie Holcomb, Andrew Peterson, Needtobreathe, The Civil Wars, Joseph, Sara Bareilles, Colony House, Ben Rector, Sandra McCracken, Jon Foreman
Songwriting, the arts and the church, worship, marriage, creativity - ask about your idea.
Performances of original music. Instrumentation includes guitar, keyboard, and percussion tracks where appropriate.
A range of modern corporate songs to hymns for conferences, retreats, camps, and individual worship services.
"It really sounds like [they] enjoy arranging vocals... [they] never settle for obvious harmonies with the vocal arrangements! And I’m a big fan of that."
DREW MILLER / THE RABBIT ROOM
"...Passionate lyrics and pristine harmonies."
DAVE TROUT / UTR MEDIA
"...a strong debut from a band bursting with promise."
MARK GEIL, CCM MAGAZINE
"Wild Harbors shines with lyrics that feel more like poetry and not just words in a song... Monument is a near-perfect album."
- JOHN UNDERDOWN, JESUS FREAK HIDEOUT
"This is a couple that has a brilliant dynamic together... this album made me sit up and listen and pay attention."
ROB ALLWRIGHT, ONE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
World Video Premiere
"Best Songs of 2018" ("Abigail" and "House on Fire") - UTR Media
"Monument named in Best Albums of 2019" - UTR Media
"CCM Album Review, 4/5 Stars" - CCM Magazine
"Jesus Freak Hideout Album Review" - Jesus Freak Hideout
"Album Review, 8.9/10 Stars" - One Man In The Middle
"Wild Harbors Build 'Monument' with Poignant, Personal Stories" - Turning Point Media
Wild Harbors Talk About the Making of 'Monument' - Hallels exclusive interview
Wild Harbors Opens Up About Storytelling Style - TCB Exclusive
"Making a Monument (Feat. Wild Harbors)" - JFH Podcast Interview
"A Conversation with Wild Harbors, Parts 1 and 2" - Rabbit Room Interview
Previous performances with:
Jars of Clay
The Gray Havens
Jenny & Tyler
Burlap to Cashmere
Monument Part One - EP
Remixes - EP