John “Joby” and his wife Miriam “Mimi” Brown are on a mission to bring the Word of God to the masses through music.
“The Lord told me that the music he gave me is not mine to keep, I must share it with the world,” Joby said.
The loving and devoted Beaver Falls couple are completing that through the revamped Christian contemporary duo Re-Konception!
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“Our music is a blend. The lyrics are from the Gospel and our musical background is set in reggae, rock, pop, R&B and jazz. My taste in music is eclectic,” said Joby who studied classical music under his mentor, Dan Henderson, a former operations manager at Word-FM. Joby sings lead on all of Re-Konception! music. “We’re the cutting edge of urban contemporary Christian music.
Joby’s wife, Mimi, writes some of the lyrics for the group’s uplifting songs and does spoken word on some cuts.
“I enjoy doing God’s work and bringing it through music. The Lord works through me when I am performing the spoken word. It’s not totally me,” explained Mimi who was married to her first husband, the late Rev. Ronald Britter, for 34 years before marrying Joby.
All of Re-Konception!’s music, lyrics, distribution, packaging, marketing and recording are handled by Joby and Mimi. In addition, the pair creates Christian and secular stationary and note cards.
“It costs a lot to run this business. We’re trying to get sponsors to help our cause. Everything we do has to do with making the CDs. We mostly do everything here in the studio in our house but we do some recording at a studio here in Beaver Falls,” Mimi said.
Joby got his musical start singing in at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Beaver Falls and has been a part of some musical group since the 1980s. He has been the front man of Sons of Thunder, a secular singing group for 18 years and spent some time as a solo artist before starting Re-Konception!!
Throughout the years, the group has gone through various trials and tribulations including changing band members and was reconstructed in 2007 around the time he met Mimi.
“The Lord directed me to rebuild the group in 2007. We’ve had members come and go over the last few years and God has shown me that there was a lot of chaos in Re-Konception! and we streamlined the group and now it’s me and Mimi,” Joby said. “We are pioneers about our music and we are trying to keep it together.”
Since its retooling, Re-Konception! has performed at various churches in Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania, including venues in Beaver Falls and Pittsburgh.
“2010 was a busy year for us,” Mimi said. “We had a lot of engagements then. We have performed some so far this year and are working to put together other places to perform this year including Midland and the Mount Calvary Chapel Apple Fest and the City Council in Baden.”
When asked where he gets inspiration for his music, Joby is quick to say the Lord.
“When God gives me a song it’s always at 6 a.m.,” said Joby, who has been writing songs since he was 19 years old. “There are so many ways you can serve the Lord and minister to the people. We have 55 songs that are directly from the scriptures, many from the book of Psalms. We’re not sure where this is going, but we’re talking to people across the country.”
Thanks to Re-Konception!’s Jango online radio station, the group is able to tap into a whole new market of listeners.
They have listeners throughout the United States and throughout the world in such faraway places as Indonesia, Africa, Asia, Australia, East Indies and South America.
“We have 76,000 listeners in over 200 countries and that blows me away,” Joby said. “God told me to streamline our ministry and I did part of it and God did the rest. When a person listens to our radio station and likes us they become a fan of the radio station and that builds your fan base.”
Listeners are treated to Re-Konception!’s latest musical project “The Best of Re-Konception!,” which is available on the group’s website with other gospel gems the group has released over the years.
“I didn’t choose to be a songwriter. I wanted to be a rock star, but once the Lord took hold of my writing, it got better. I tell people to let the Lord use you because He will,” Joby said.
(For more information on Re-Konception, visit http://www.rekonception.com or call 724-891-8215.)