“I play music as a means for me to find communion with God. I want my music to be a means that invites others to have communion with God too.” Meet Ed Chilungu. Ed is one of the most talented and interesting people that we’ve ever worked with. When you sit in a room with him while he’s composing and sharing music – two things become very evident. One – he’s a gift to music lovers. Two – his main goal through his music and life is for people to have encounters with Jesus.
In a recent conversation that we had with Ed about developing a tour schedule, Ed said “sure, being on the road will be fun due to the fellowship we’ll have within the label’s community, but for me it’s about praying with people and creating an atmosphere where people will meet Jesus and find healing.” The beauty of this statement is that he genuinely means it. Many years ago, music and prayer were the agents that led Ed on a journey of faith; now he’ll get to be a part of using his gifts of music and prayer to inspire others in their faith.
Early on in his life, Ed was on his way towards being a professional concert pianist when a set of circumstances changed the trajectory of his life and was ultimately diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. During the process of readjustment and finding a new direction – Ed was exposed to hearing a friend and fellow student playing piano in a way that Ed describes as “so fluid and different that he had to know what the difference was.” His friend happened to be a Christian, and the fluidity of his playing was attributing to something that would be self-described as a playing that was inspired by a personal worship and prayer that came through the melodies he played. Ed had yet to experience this type of playing that he now calls “a flow,” but knew it was something he longed to incorporate into his own playing and experience for himself.
Through the years Ed has taken his jazz and classical training and combined them with modern worship to create a hybrid of musical expression that begins through his own personal worship through music that leads to him seeking the heart of the Father and translating it through compositions that he believes has inherent qualities of blessing, and healing that make up the DNA of the compositions he creates. In many ways – it’s how he prays and how he hears the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit impart more of God into every area of his life and the lives of his listeners.
Ed has recently finished recording his debut album at Old Bear Studios made up of original songs that are a beautiful mixture of jazz, classical, and church music that is presented with a powerful thematic aesthetic. Ed has also recorded a series of one take live performance videos called the Solo Sessions that will be released through Old Bear Records along with his album. The first Solo Session video, is out now and can be viewed at the Old Bear Records social media pages.
We’re excited to have Ed as part of our community. We think you will be too!