To begin the evening, a pre-recorded video from Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes welcomed the crowd at Grace Church and the pair also encouraged attendees to also enjoy the visual elements intentionally crafted to accompany their music performance. As a concert attendee, I enjoyed the retro-tech vibe for Carnes and the nature mystique for Jobe, but it definitely made for a wild night of fighting bright and colored lights shooting the pair.
I haven't had much of a chance to sit down with Carnes' debut solo effort The Darker the Night / The Brighter the Morning but the songs that night sounded promising enough that I'm sure I'll make my way to it. As well, if you're interested in going deeper into its creation, feel free to check out this episode of the Reverse Podcast.
As for Kari Jobe's latest offering, The Garden, I have to admit that it took me a while to warm up to it but I've come to appreciate the ethereal slow burn of her new material and was happy to pick up a vinyl copy on the way out for the collection.
For anyone really wanting to do a deep dive into the backstory of each song (and have nearly an hour to spare), check out this storyteller interview.
Being unsure of the shooting conditions, I went with an odd choice of a Sigma 35mm F1.4 and Nikon 70-200mm F2.8. While it ended up being well used, the 35mm always felt either just a tad too close for entire-stage shots up front or not close enough to quite reach the performers. If I had a redo, I would have probably tossed in a combo of the 14-24mm and 50mm instead.