After nearly six years of taking time to heal spiritually, emotionally and physically, Wilmington native Danny Harp will be performing in concert on Sunday, March 5.
Harp, having served in ministry for 23 years and performed contemporary Christian concerts for over 35 years, voluntarily stepped out of both in 2012 when forced to deal the consequences of decisions that had put his health and marriage in jeopardy. The concert, scheduled to take place at the Crossroads Christian Church in Washington C.H., will put into song his story of redemption and will celebrate his five-year journey of getting back on his feet to enjoy a life of joy. A resident of Sabina, remarried to his wife, Melissa, and emotionally ready to help others through his message in song, Harp is excited to share his story.
As a teenager, Harp started his singing career in southwest Ohio as he accepted invitations to perform for churches, clubs and organizations. While performing primarily as a soloist throughout the United States as a young adult, it was while performing with a group from Johnson University in Knoxville, Tenn. that he received invitations to perform in Europe and in Africa, which led to recording and additional concert tour opportunities. His message has always been one of hope and encouragement and now he shares his own personal story of trusting God and maintaining joy even in the midst of heartache.
Harp says, “While flawed and struggling with a personal battle, I clung to God tighter than anyone could imagine. My relationship with God was real. I prayed daily, but did not fully understand the importance of being still and listening. As I look back there is no doubt that God was guiding me, but my heart was too distracted to listen. My message to people now is different than what it was 20 years ago. I want people to know that there is nothing that can separate them from God’s mercy and grace – nothing.”
His concert will include music that spans nearly 40 years of contemporary Christian music and will feature friends and musicians from the area. The concert is free to the public and starts at 6 p.m.
Submitted by Daniel Harp, assistant director of admission, Wilmington College.