BIO – Delray Agnes, Singer-Songwriter
Delray was born in South Africa on October 9th, 1963, to Noel and Merle Cromhout, a loving couple in pastoral ministry. Taking after her dad musically, Delray was found to have a musical ear at an early age! At 5 years old, she wrote a little 8-line chorus that the kids at Sunday school sang, about loving Jesus. Then for years she didn’t write anything , focusing instead on piano for leading worship. After a defining moment* (write in for an account of this) at age 20, songs began to flow again, and to date Delray has written several hundred songs and 11 musicals. These often express her personal journey of faith, with its struggles and triumphs, and reflect a reverence and love for a God Who reveals Himself to people at the crossroads of “real-life”. Biblical truth and Scriptural integrity are an essential foundation to each of her works, and she researches a subject fully, using her father and husband as sounding board for doctrinal verification.
Musically, some songs pulse with the rhythms of Africa, her birthplace and home for 30-something years; others create moments of reflection through ballad-style simplicity. Her songs all point to God as the Way of hope.
Delray has an album called Work In Progress, a project with producer Gary Tash. Gary is renowned for many aspects of musical excellence, and his warm encouraging approach brings out the best in even a nervous beginner. Key themes are: living life with God – authenticity, and how ordinary humans are made significant by an extra-ordinary God.
A debut Christmas single, Hope That is Real, gives a preview of the variety of style evident in the Work In Progress album.
As worship ministry leader at Calvary Tabernacle since 1998, Delray places devotion to God at the center of her musical activities, and always desires to draw people to Him. Here are some pivotal highlights that have been a huge privilege in her musical ministry:
• Itinerant worship training ministry in South Africa in her twenties
• Jabulani, a reconciliation-though-music ministry team in the apartheid era: black and white South African Christians working through and singing about their own relational healing for the example and benefit of others
• Multiple TV appearances with Jabulani
• A solo appearance on Christian TV as songwriter for a song feature for Christmas song, The Shadow of A Cross
• Music-directing the first Pentecostal service broadcast live on South African television
• Coordinating/leading a large multi-racial choir, Whisper of Hope (2 years)
• Worship ministry director in Boston (2 years)
• Worship Ministry and Creative Arts director at Calvary Tabernacle (13 years)
• Designing and leading “CLAY” [Create, Learn, Apply, Yearn] to nurture and train kids, pre-teens and teens in various creative arts ministry.
• Training various internships in Worship Ministry
Europe /Middle East
• Playing anchor keyboard at the Feast of the Tabernacles in Jerusalem, orchestra and band
• Worship ministry training of teams in Bulgaria
• Training worship ministry in Uganda, teaching congregation and ministry team, learning local indigenous music
• Training worship ministry in Bangladesh, teaching young ministry team, long-term plan for learning
Wedding / Love song
Dedication /surrender /prayer
Whisper of Hope – reconciliation
Jesus Knows Your Name – kids
Everyman’s Easter – Easter
The Invitation - Gospel
The Bethlehem Encounter
Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?
Blame It On the Christmas Cards!
Angels On Assignment
Come Home For Christmas
Christmas Star (music only)
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* (write in to the email address above for an account of this)