The Calling is a vocal group that began in the fall of 1994 as a result of two soloists who longed to form a ministry team. As soon as the two started singing together, they knew that not only was this going to be a successful team, but would also go on to become an enduring friendship. Donna and Chris had always felt a definite calling on their individual lives to minister the love and grace of Jesus Christ through music to the unbeliever and the church, thus the fitting name, The Calling. The mission of The Calling is to see healing and salvation in the hearts of individuals, as well as relationships in the body of Christ. Their original songs include lyrics of hope, comfort and encouragement. The goal of The Calling is to see others in the body of Christ touched and healed by God's gift of music, and to see them encouraged to draw closer to each other and to the Music Maker. The ministry of The Calling started out very quickly, as both artists already had a large following as soloists in the Northeast area of the country. They immediately released a recording project their first year, which generated more concerts, including an appearance at VisionFest, and more opportunities to see the ministry expand. There is an eclectic sound to the group - espically when performing live. This feature has also allowed The Calling to minister to a variety of individuals and communicate across many musical preferences. Their songs are a weaving of energetic, gutsy vocals, along with quiet ballads and soaring two-part harmony. A concert with the Calling will leave you breathless as you experience the energy and passion of this team. If one were to place the style of music by The Calling into a category, it would be adult contemporary with edgy blues and British rock influences. Their style would especially appeal to fans of Bonnie Raitt, Ashley Cleveland, Point of Grace, Wynonna Judd, Ashton/Becker/Dente, and even Susan Ashton. One worship leader described The Calling as 'Gut-level music from sincere hearts.' The Calling is excited to give you their second recording project entitled Passages. Passages include 13 original compositions on Open Studios Music label. The Calling has a vision that their scope of influence would continue to widen, and that they can reach greater numbers of individuals in the Christian and mainstream market with their message. Their hope is to be full time in their ministry of music, for it is what gives them most fulfillment ... it's their calling. 'He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God, may shall see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.' Psalm 40:3 THE CALLING - NEWS RELEASE An area recording artist, 'THE CALLING' is pleased to announce the release of it's second recording project Passages. One member, Christine Callahan lives in Frisco, TX the other member, Donna Stanley, is from Gillett, PA. This duo began in the fall of 1994 as a result of two established solo artists wishing to form a team with similar vision and musical preference. You might put their style of music in with those such as Wynonna Judd or Bonnie Raitt with lots of edgy blues and also a few British rock influences. Their songs are a weaving of gutsy vocals, along with quiet ballads and soaring two-part harmony... you need to hear these ladies live!! Due to the fact that both musicians grew up with very difficult childhoods, their music reflects messages of hope, encouragement, and comfort with many spiritual overtones. These spiritual overtones also reflect that both had their start singing gospel music, so the message of such music carries through in many of their compositions. All music on the CD Passages is original, with lyrics being written by one or both artists, giving this project a very personal flavor. To date, the Calling does many of it's concerts in churches, local coffeehouses, and music festivals all over the eastern United States. Fans of country, rock, gosple rock and gospel all flock to their concerts enjoying both the enthusiastic music and the message of hope. You may have even heard the Calling unaware on local radio jingles for advertisements from insurance to shopping malls as well as back-up singers lending their vocal expertise on recording projects of other musical artists! This release of Passages has been anticipated by fans for over 2 years, and the group is excited to share this great accomplishment.