"The Three Jims" was an idea conceived by Jim Bell, a worship leader at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (home of Pastor Chuck Smith and "The Word for Today" radio broadcast). Jim connected with the second Jim, Jim Pittman, a member of the Calvary worship team, in order to prepare a special offertory number for Sunday morning. They found a harmonious blend of rich vocal talent which was only enhanced when the third Jim, Jim White, on staff at Calvary, joined in. The rest, as they say, is history. The three formed a vibrant trio that has warmed many a heart during worship at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
"The Three Jims" are accompanied by the skilled keyboarding of Marilyn Bell, who has played for the Los Angeles Symphony and is the main pianist of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. She added her own special magic in the arrangements of these songs, many of which are her own personal selections for the album.
"A New Thanksgiving" features a wide assortment of music, including soulful hymns and worship choruses, toe-tapping jazzy numbers and contemporary ballads, as well as solo performances backed by none other than the London Symphony! The entire album is a testament of praise and worship to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, lavishing the listener with a peaceful journey that never grows old! Heralded by many, it is a favorite among pastors at Calvary, including Pastor Chuck himself, whose hearty endorsement marks the reverse side of the CD case: "This is my kind of music!" With something for everyone, we trust that it will be your kind of music, too!