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Live @ the Lighthouse Official Bootleg

by Big D & the Good News Blues

Contemporary Christian Blues...Bringing the 'Good News' to the Blues.
Genre: Blues: Funky Blues
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Denise AKA Big D was born in Michigan in the late 60s. She, and her two older siblings were brought up in an unstable home for the first 3 years of her life. Then, through her father’s divorce and remarriage, lived the next 7 years in a normal, middle class home. During this seven years, she sang…a lot…with the radio. The seventies music was piped in throughout her comfortable, two story home. Her musical influences would be shaped during this time by groups like: The Eagles, James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, and anyone on the popular radio stations of the 70s. Denise sang a couple of solos in elementary school: ‘Snoopy Come Home,’ and ‘M.O.T.H.E.R.’ These songs were sung as solos before the entire school…. Denise recalls how she actually enjoyed practicing for her gigs;). No other ‘gigs’ were pursued at that time, and Denise’s singing career was halted for the next several years.
By the time Denise was 11, she (along with her sister and brother) was thrown back into chaos when her Father divorced again.
The next few years of Denise’s life would be characterized by drinking, drugs, depression, staying out late at night, poor school attendance and bad grades. Because Denise was ‘out of control’ her Father decided to send her to Florida where she would live with her grandmother (her dad’s mother).
A new State, a new school, a new home…none of it comfortable, and none of it easy. While living with her Grandmother, Denise became even more depressed. Every day after school, she would go to her bedroom and listen to the saddest music she could find. The songs that had been a comfort in the ‘stable home,’ were now the songs she would pick out to feed into her depression. She also added a few other “artists,” like Ozzy Osborne, Black Sabbath, and a whole host of other heavy rock groups of the day. By the time Denise was 14, she began to have daily thoughts of suicide, and was drinking and doing drugs on a regular basis. At 17 years old, she was placed in an Adolescent Treatment Center for attempted suicide. While there, her Psychiatrist introduced her to Gregg Allman (from the Allman Brother’s Band.) Nothing musically however, came from that meeting. Having spent only 3 months in the center, she was released with flying colors. But she was not cured. She continued to deteriorate, graduating to cocaine and more attempts at suicide. She spent another 30 days in the Adult Unit for alcohol abuse. Again, she was not well. After many more poor choices and ‘real’ suicide attempts, she had a dream. In the dream she saw the form of a man who told her that she had one week to live. She interpreted the form as being God, and that if she didn’t accept Jesus as her Savior within the week, God would never try to reach her with His salvation again.
She drank heavily for the next 3 days, and finally surrendered her life to Christ on Feb. 13, 1986. Immediately, Denise says that her whole mind-set changed. No longer did she want to kill herself…in fact, now she wanted to live! Now, because of Jesus, she had a purpose to live, and a reason to sing! It was indeed a miracle of God!
After a few months, Denise began to attend a local Church where she sang her first solo on a Wednesday night. The song was, “My Father’s Eyes” by Amy Grant.
Since that time Denise has done numerous concert tours across America, has had several bands, written nearly 60 songs, has led worship for over 15 years, has recorded 4 projects; two of which have been released nationally, and have received some radio play, ‘Big Time,’ and ‘Live @ the Lighthouse, Official Bootleg.’ By her group called Big D & the Good News Blues. You can find the song “My Story” on the CD ‘Big Time’ which tells Denise’s story in song.
She sings and writes exclusively Christian music now, and says that there is simply no meaning in anything else. Jesus saved her, and she will serve Him all the days of her life, with everything she is, and with all she has been given.

Denise AKA Big D is currently serving as Minister of Music at Kingdom Life Christian Church in Bradenton, Florida. She has been married to husband / manager, Curt, for 18 years, and has two sons, Levi (17) and Jonathan (14).

As a result of her childhood and trials, Denise has all the ingredients of a bona fide blues singer, minus of course, the depressing message:) Now she can't help but sing the "Good News Blues!"
And it’s only going to get better! Romans 1:16



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Melissa Simmons

Music that ministers to a generation of x-partiers,breaking the generational cu
This music is familiar but with a message hope and an obvious testimony of a transformed life through the message of the Cross. Giving glory to Jesus

Maureen Hird

I could listen 24/7 to Big D's music. When you truly listen to the words in every song, you cannot help but feel the Holy Spirit. Big D's music tells it like it is, just as Christ revealed how life on earth can be difficult, but through the Holy Spirit we are promised Eternal Life. Thanks Big D!!

Jessie Gardner

Awsome toe tapping fun!
I'm not big into most Christian music, but this one really gets me to tap my foot and sing along! Big D has a great voice and a talent for music to our prayers!

Burt Wizeman

Rejoice!! There is great music out there!
Come on man: It has organ punctuating the undercurrent of the best of songs since the Lord bara Rhythm and Blues. Snap crisp and clear guitars that puts the fun in funk. A bass that harkens back to the days of the best riffs from outside the loop in Chi town Those vocals, that can't possibly be emanating from a petite white girl's soul, but are - all of it packaged in a well produced and engineered recording that is so catchy that it could be illegal. Bootleg is not a bad name for something as addictive as reading scripture.

When first accepting Christ one thing I wondered about was my musical tastes. I knew that much of it was not glorifying to my Lord at all. What was I to do? I prayed and spent more than a few moments of sorrow with that part of my walk. Most of what was offered in the "Christian Market" was worldly pop riffs and licks, production styles straight from MTV and lyrics with the word ‘Jesus’ inserted where any secular reference could have been added as a "baby", "honey" or another term of endearment. Where was the substance that I had from my Lord reflected in music? Where was the originality?

I place Big D and The Good News Blues up there with some of the most heartfelt and sincere writers and performers for the Lord today. D's live performances are not just a series of tunes peppered with some well rehearsed exoneration. With her Bible in her hand, rich with pages scribed in a rainbow of mark up from an untold number of inductive studies, she speaks the Word of God, lays it on an honest line and then plays a tune that not only fits the verse, but enhances the understanding to those that maybe don't get it in reading alone or maybe never got it before until now.
You will feel what good music makes you feel, you will move, goodness, you will dance like David!
Big D and The Good News Blues are The Real Thing, they walk that line that so many others try to justify. She is doing it for the Lord and the Lord has laid down some great stuff through this lady and her band. With a huge BC appreciation for some of our cultures most self destructive bluesman and woman, it was such a God praising relief to hear Big D for the first time. I had found the substance, the honesty, the soul and the stand for our Lord in 12 bars and more!

Fred & Kathy Packwood

Toss the humnal pal!!! "We’ve found it here"
Wow!!! the truth of the Gospel crashes into a higher quality of down home blues. The result! Jesus and his word come through in a big way. Theses guys have got it. I’ve seen them live, their just as good. You need to add this one to your list.

Nancy Bivens

Powerfull and Encouraging!
Wow! This CD is packed with the love of Christ! You can not help but to be uplifited and encouraged when you listen to this CD. Fabulous music and powerful truth filled lyrics will move your heart! This is a must have for your CD collection!

Wendy Priest

This CD reaches out to the heart of real people who are hurting and offers real hope. Heartfelt and passionate; this CD will move your heart and spirit!

Sandra Jones

Music that speaks to your heart
This is indeed another God inspired CD from "Big D" It not only speaks to your heart but witnesses to your soul and sets your heart on fire for the works of CHRIST.
Can't wait for the next one to come out!

Susan Arnold

Music that boldy proclaims the TRUTH.
First off I say "Ditto" to what Burt said. Live at the Lighthouse was a blessing to attend as well as to listen to over and over again.It's an awesome blend of the Truth of God's Word ( which sets us free ) with anointed music. It's refreshing to hear Christian music that BOLDLY proclaims God's Word. It's clear that "Big D's" music is not about her or the band, but all about Jesus.

Bill Straitwell

Great music!
This music is beautiful! You can hear the love that Denise and her group have for Christ in the words. The blend of music and words are professional quality and truly help you to become closer to Jesus as you listen.