“It’s not really “about us” but about what God has done for us and is doing through us.” – Jason Yancey
Jason has always had a love for music, a gift instilled in him by God from the beginning. At an early age, Jason was drawn to music, especially playing different musical instruments. He received his first banjo, which was a toy, at age two and can remember sitting in front of the TV on Saturday night just waiting for the Hee Haw show to come on so he could play along with Buck Owens and Roy Clark (or at least pretend he was!). Jason grew up in the town of Greenlawn just outside the small rural Missouri town of Perry. Before long, Jason was playing banjo and guitar and by age twelve was playing in a local band. By the time Jason was in his teens he was picked up by a band from the St. Louis area and began to play for bigger events, opening for acts such as Ricky Skaggs, The Allman Brothers Band, Willie Nelson, BJ Thomas, Marie Osmond, Lee Greenwood, Tom T. Hall and many others.
Jason still lives in Greenlawn with his wife Kristy, and their two daughters Elizabeth and Victoria. Jason, along with his mother, Frances, and brother, Dean, own and operate the family business Yancey Auto Parts. Jason also pastors at Living Water Ministries in Perry.
Recording an album has always been a dream and God began to put the pieces together a few years ago. While attending Adam & Megan Chowning’s Flatpick Camp in Nashville, Jason met a wonderful couple by the name of Kenny and Amanda Smith. While a great friendship was formed, the idea of recording an album did not. While talking with Kenny one day, the idea came up and Kenny & Amanda were all in with them offering to produce the album.
In the mean time, Victoria had been taking fiddle lessons from Megan Lynch Chowning. Megan joined in on the recording of the album which really made it come to life. After Kenny called Adam Steffey to play mandolin and Mark Fain to play bass, we had an all star line up! Kenny set the dates to record in Nashville at Digital Underground Studio with Scott Vestal to engineer and things really started to happen. SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction DJ Ned Luberecki and Noam Pikenly, winner of the Steve Martin Excellence in Banjo Award, agreed to come in and do a trio, but the highlight of the entire album was having my daughter, Victoria, sing and play her fiddle.
I guess this was what God had been waiting on for all these years. Yes, I had always dreamed of cutting a record but the time wasn’t right. If there is one thing that I have learned out of all of this it is, “if it doesn’t happen in God’s timing, it’s just not time.” God was waiting on Victoria (now 14 years old) who sings beautifully as well as plays the fiddle on this album. Plans are already in the making for her own solo album in the future.
After the recording was finished in Nashville, we moved on to Charlotte, NC, to GAT3 Studios for the final mix and mastering by Glen and Susan Tabor. It was a long process but well worth all the hard work. Now here’s the final result and we hope you enjoy listening to this CD as much as we enjoyed recording it.