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    James Cheesman of Cuero will come out with his first studio EP in January. Pre-orders are being taken now at www.jamescheesman. com. He will also have an album release show in Cuero.

Making a joyful noise

Cheesman to record EP this month

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

 

A love for the Lord combined with a knack for music made for no surprise when James Cheesman chose to enter church music ministry. Raised in Baptist churches in Seminole and Cuero and with his father, Larry Cheesman, as the worship pastor, James was always around music. He started playing piano at seven then guitar at 12. Now, 18 years since he started strumming a guitar and many miles from home, James will have his first EP (Extended Play) recorded this month in Nashville.

“My musical and faith journey are intertwined from growing up in the church,” James said. “I’m thankful for my parents (Larry and Brenda Cheesman) serving the Lord. I’ve always seen my dad leading worship. They both cultivated a love for music and the Lord at an early age.”

His journey into music started to present itself even more once reaching Cuero High School in the fall of 2004. James was part of the school’s band and choir while also being involved in church choir. It wasn’t until a youth worship service called Live It Out was formed by James and Colton White in 2006, though, that things really started to take off.

“I didn’t know I wanted to do vocational ministry until Live It Out started,” James recalled.

At the time, James had simply dabbled in making music with several close friends: Mac McClung, Michael Anzaldua and Gary Binder.

Live It Out provided an audience for feedback. In those two years of leading worship, James wrote about 15 songs and even recorded an album with the help of former First Baptist Church youth pastor, Lonnie Holcombe.

A love for the Lord combined with a knack for music made for no surprise when James Cheesman chose to enter church music ministry. Raised in Baptist churches in Seminole and Cuero and with his father, Larry Cheesman, as the worship pastor, James was always around music. He started playing piano at seven then guitar at 12. Now, 18 years since he started strumming a guitar and many miles from home, James will have his first EP (Extended Play) recorded this month in Nashville.

“My musical and faith journey are intertwined from growing up in the church,” James said. “I’m thankful for my parents (Larry and Brenda Cheesman) serving the Lord. I’ve always seen my dad leading worship. They both cultivated a love for music and the Lord at an early age.”

His journey into music started to present itself even more once reaching Cuero High School in the fall of 2004. James was part of the school’s band and choir while also being involved in church choir. It wasn’t until a youth worship service called Live It Out was formed by James and Colton White in 2006, though, that things really started to take off.

“I didn’t know I wanted to do vocational ministry until Live It Out started,” James recalled.

At the time, James had simply dabbled in making music with several close friends: Mac McClung, Michael Anzaldua and Gary Binder.

Live It Out provided an audience for feedback. In those two years of leading worship, James wrote about 15 songs and even recorded an album with the help of former First Baptist Church youth pastor, Lonnie Holcombe.

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