Jules and Marty Rotella recognize the intense power of music in prayer and worship. Since releasing their first album in 1983, they have traveled the globe helping people encounter Christ in a unique way. Their contemporary songs, peaceful harmonies, and relevant words aim to point every soul toward a deeper communion with the Lord.
Marty knows that the music of Spirit Power, at its most basic element, is an expression of love and gratitude to God, who is the author and creator of life. “All good things come from God, including music. Music is the key to the soul. When we hear music it fills us. When we are involved with other people in community and we worship together, we can offer that to God in thanksgiving,” Marty explains.
The Rotella brothers have earned many awards and substantial recognition for their work in Spirit Power, but they earnestly view writing and playing the music itself as the best reward of all. When performing at conferences, retreats, youth groups, or other parish gatherings, Spirit Power is as much involved in the worship at the crowd. When an audience sees the genuine love of God coming from Spirit Power on stage, they realize they are there to worship with Spirit Power, not merely to be entertained by them.
Although we often forget, as Catholics we ought to participate in the Mass, not simply attend it. In a similar way, the Rotella brothers create a space where audience members participate in the worship of God in an active and sincere way.
For the Rotella brothers, it all comes down to gratitude. “Even just singing the words ‘thank you’ is really the greatest praise because it reminds us that God is the one who provides everything,” says Marty.
Perhaps this Thanksgiving, a new dining room table tradition should come in the form of a song.