Raleigh, NC (PressExposure) October 30, 2008 -- St. Johnâs Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Raleigh, a church for all people founded on the âwhosoeverâ principal in 1976, announces today that it is hosting a free concert and a musical worship service as part of its 2008 commitment to reach people for whom traditional religious practices, settings and messages have been off-putting.
âWeâve had to work hard at clarifying that although we are both gay men of faith, our music is not religious, nor gay,â says Jason Warner, of the music duo Jason and deMarco. âOur music has a message and if I had to call it anything it would be uplifting. We want to speak to everyone not only people of a particular faith.â
The weekend marks the 7th anniversary for Reverend Belva Y. Boone as senior pastor of St. Johnâs MCC. The church is offering these performances as a gift to her in support of her message that: âAll people are Godâs beloved, deeply loved, richly gifted, highly favored and abundantly blessed.â
âThis will be the second time we have had the fortune of performing at St. Johnâs in Raleigh,â says deMarco DeCiccio. âThe attendance and reception we received last year was overwhelming. We are looking forward to reaching even more people with our music this time.â
Jason and deMarco are pop-music recording artists who have attained international recognition as: Abercrombie and Fitch play-list favorite, 2006 MTVâs LOGO âVideo of the Yearâ winners and featured in the Showtime documentary âWeâre All Anglesâ from director Robert Nunez.
âThese two young men have done an incredible job sharing the grace of God through music,â says Rev. Belva Y. Boone, senior pastor of St. Johnâs MCC. âI have known them for more than 5 years and have witnessed first hand the power behind their music.â
Performances: Saturday, November 8, 2008, 7 p.m. - Free Concert Fellowship Hall, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh, NC 2760
Saturday, November 8, 2008, 11 a.m. - Musical Worship Service St. Johnâs MCC, 805 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27605
About St Johnâs MCC: St. John's Metropolitan Community Church began as a small group of individuals who came together on the last Sunday in February, 1976, to study the Gospel of John. Facilitated by South Eastern Baptist Seminary graduate, Rev. Willie White and his partner Robert Pace by June of 1976, they voted to affiliate with Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Churches. In July of 2001, St. John's called The Rev. Belva Y. Boone to serve as its fourth Pastor. Committed to "find them, bring them in, grow them up and send them out," Rev. Boone is leading St. Johns into a new vision for ministry in, with and among God's people. For more information, visit http://www.stjohnsmcc.org, or call (919) 834-2611.
About Jason and Demarco: As Jason & deMarcoâs new album SAFE was released earlier this year, the documentary-film, We're All Angels, from director Robert Nunez, turned the spotlight on how they integrate their sexuality and spirituality within their relationship and professional careers. We're All Angels premiered on the SHOWTIME network in June 2008. Jason and deMarco are founders of RJN MUSIC and Letthead Productions. Their single, "This Is Love" became an Abercrombie and Fitch play-list favorite as well as "Music Video of the Year 2006" on MTV's LOGO. Jason & deMarco tour internationally in various venues, and continue sharing their music and message with the community of faith around the world. The duo performs over one hundred concerts per year. For more information about Jason and deMarco visit [http://www.jasonanddemarco.com] or call 1-888-RJN-MUSIC (756-6874)
About Jason Warner: Jason Warner is the oldest son in an entertainment family. He grew up on the eastern shore of Maryland and began singing at an early age, traveling with his mother in music ministry. His grandmother often called him 'lungs' because she could hear him coming down the street as a baby. In 1996, Jason toured with the professional contemporary Christian recording group, Truth, and then in 1997 and 1998, with the group The Sound. On the road and in the studio with these groups, he learned about music management, direction, production and booking. Jason graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN in 1997 with a BA degree in Music and Sociology. The following year, he founded his own independent recording label, RJN MUSIC, originally based in Nashville, TN. Says Jason, "although the foundation of my morals, spirituality, and ideals were a result of my strict Pentecostal upbringing, my spiritual beliefs have broadened along with my musical style. I've always pushed myself to break down barriers and cross boundaries in order to reach people from all walks of life, because I believe that music is the universal language of the soul and has the ability to bring people together."
About deMarco DeCiccio: deMarco DeCiccio's earliest memories of music take him back to nursery school where he was taught to sing nursery rhymes by Catholic nuns. He later furthered his love for music and theater by studying at the Etobicoke School for the Performing Arts, and in 1999 he graduated with a B.A. degree in Music and Languages from York University in Canada. deMarco's debut album was a series of love songs, sung in Italian, called "Melodie." Since relocating to Los Angeles in 1999, deMarco has performed in a number of theatrical productions, and has appeared in several national commercials.