A bus stop at the corner. Or a train whistle. You see Danielle Bielby, lost in thought, gazing off into space, hearing music in her head: a hammond B3, a drum groove that is pounding, a guitar lick that weaves like a vine up an old house in the historic district of anytown, West Michigan. Marembas, maybe. Or the scatting rhythms wafting from a Chicago blues club mixing with the bass thump of a hoopty car stereo in Gary, Indiana. The din of a triangle in a kindergarten classroom mixed with the sound of homemade beats using a pencil on a graffiti-worn desk or the lumbering trains nearby or the rhythmic sound of factory machinery. And a scripture that is becoming more compelling by the minute as it becomes increasingly more...singable!
Danielle Bielby dreamed --at bus stops, train stations, in waiting rooms, and classrooms -- of making this CD ever since childhood when she began writing and learning piano and singing in gospel choirs. But there is a right time, a right place and a right season. Eventually one feels the nudge to move from a holding pattern into an action pattern.
From singing in churches, camp meetings, workshops (like, for example, Bishop Freddy Washington's Music Ministry Workshop), and community events, as well as everyday life and experiences, Danielle developed the diverse, eclectic music and the message that uniquely present themselves in "Patiently." This is gratefully dedicated especially to those brothers and sisters of the Great Lakes region whose beats and waves and nuances have influenced these songs, and also those friends and family in North America and around the world whose relationships with God have influenced her message. Most of all thanks be to God for the Bible, and for the Psalms, from which much encouragement and material have been gleaned for these songs.