Cring and Clazzy to perform at Stephens City church

Duo to perform their own genre of "enterspiration."
Jonathan Cring and Janet Clazzy will bring their musical show “567: Go Tell It from the Mount,” a modern day musical depiction of Jesus Christ’s sermon from the Temple, to the United Methodist Church in Stephens City on June 12. Courtesy photo

Jonathan Cring and Janet Clazzy will bring their musical show “567: Go Tell It from the Mount,” a modern day musical depiction of Jesus Christ’s sermon from the Temple, to the United Methodist Church in Stephens City on June 12. Courtesy photo

STEPHENS CITY — A musical duo is coming to Stephens City’s United Methodist Church on June 12 to perform their own genre of “enterspiration” – where entertainment meets inspiration.

Cring and Clazzy have been performing their unique stylings for 20 years now and will keep the show on the road with their performance of “567: Go Tell It From the Mount,” a modern day musical depiction of Jesus Christ’s sermon from the Temple Mount.

Janet Clazzy plays a special horn called a wind machine, which works like a synthesizer in that it can create sounds from different instruments like guitars, horns and woodwinds to accompany Jonathan Cring singing and playing the piano.

Speaking of the story the two will tell, Clazzy said she likes it because it epitomizes many of the main tenants of modern Christianity.

“The common sense aspects of the New Testament are all contained in sermon on the mount,” she said. “That’s why we like it and that’s why we’re doing it.”

In their performance, Clazzy said the two will alternate between music and story telling as they explain Christ’s manifesto. She said their musical style is fluid, ranging from southern Gospel, rock and roll, and a bit of rap peppered here and there.

The two came together 20 years ago to serve as a musical accompaniment to Cring reading excerpts of his first book. They kept touring until things took off recently.

According to a press release from the duo, they have played 42 states, 362 cities and 518 performances in the last three years.

Speaking highly of her counterpart’s talent, Clazzy said she isn’t surprised by the band’s success.

“His [Cring’s] voice is like a cross between John Denver and John Mayer,” she said. “It’s more like John Mayer, except he can hit two extra octaves.”

As they tour, Clazzy said she’s enjoying the road and seeing history in the first person as they cruise from city to city.

“Doing what we have done, getting to see things you might only get to see in the history books is really awesome,” she said.

IF YOU GO:

• When: The show will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 12. It will last about an hour.

• Where: United Methodist Church, 5291 Main St., Stephens City.

 

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com

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