Deeper - The New EP From Naima

Last year I found myself in a place where I was so desperate to discover God's perfect will for my life that I determined that the only way to find it was to get so close to Him that we were face to face. It seemed to me that if I could get that close to the Lord I could actually get past all my fears, frustrations and issues and live in the center of His will. And if I could live in the center of His will, I could accomplish anything and everything He had created me to do. I wanted to get past the surface and get as deep into the Lord as I could. And in the midst of that moment I started to sing the song that became, Deeper () the title track of my new EP releasing winter 2014.

As a songwriter I express myself best through lyrics and music. In the melody, meter and rhyme I craft the things I want to say but often don't, share the secret desires of my heart and present it to the world in hopes that they will understand. I want to sing to the world in hopes that they will see that in the middle of all the messiness of life, there is a God who can heal, restore, give hope, love and keep them. I want them to meet the beautiful Savior who died on a cross so we could have a true relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ.

Jon and I decided to start recording this project two years ago, as artists and ministers we don't often have extra money, and although sometimes it's difficult, we would not trade the life we live for anything. We found things came to a standstill as we transitioned back to and had to find a new producer. But the scripture that tells us that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8 Verse 28) is so true. In what first seemed like a delay, I wrote new songs that were much more suited to the current place I was in "“ a place where I was learning joy, to overcome fear, to see the Lord work his marvelous wonders in my life.

I now have a collection of songs I humbly ask for your assistance in recording. Although we'd love to do a full length album at this time, we are starting with an EP of 5 or 6 songs that both Jon and I truly believe will encourage all who hear them. We've tried to come up with some fun gifts to give back to you for believing in us so much that you would donate to this new project and any donation of any amount you make is more then appreciated.

We face some possible challenges, anytime you set off on a journey; you can do nothing but your best to get to where you are trying to go. And I promise to do my best. There may be delays in the recording process and other administrative hold ups and life moments we may need to pause for. But we go forward trusting the Lord and relying on Him to get this new project into your hands.

I'm working with a dynamic producer, Evan Sieling who has seen past my insecurities and musically pulled out the best in me. Between Evan and the constant encouragement from Jon, I am facing my fears head on, singing with a new found freedom and from a perspective that truly understands who I am and whose I am. Before I sang because I was compelled to, now I sing for joy!

Our plan is use the money raised to record 5 to 6 songs, duplicate the project, shoot a video and do some basic promotions. If we exceed our goal we will record more music then we originally planned. I always have more songs then I have resources to record.

Thank you for taking the time to consider donating to the Deeper EP. Words can't express my excitement about sharing these new songs with the world. I hope that you will partner with Jesus, Jon and I so that we can encourage the world to go deeper and explore the riches of our matchless God. And together we will live fearlessly, singing for joy, in the center of His will.
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Naima Johnston-Bush 
Nashville, TN
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