Saturday, March 19, 2016

Camp Musician Of The Month: S. Martin

Our featured camp musician for the month of March is S. Martin. He started attending Young Life in high school and has been hooked ever since. As a middle school student in WyldLife, he attended Timber Wolf Lake and he remembers Jon McLaughlin was his camp musician. While watching Jon use music to connect with people and share his story, he left dreaming of one day being in those shoes on that same stage.

Some eight years later he was invited to perform at Timber Wolf Lake and the rest is history. Since then, he has done fall and winter weekends, banquets, benefit concerts, and summer assignments all over the United States.

"My music is intentionally rooted in a common theme: You matter.You're worth it. And you are loved so much more than you'll ever know."

He loves how the Young Life family never fails in bringing the energy to every single club. He is looking forward to heading back to Timber Wolf Lake for Session 3 this Summer!

  • S. Martin's newest album, Cicatrix, is available here on iTunes.
  • Visit S. Martin’s website here.
  • Follow S. Martin on Twitter here: @_Spener
  • Listen to music from S. Martin here.
  • Email S. Martin to play at your Young Life camp or banquet.

What other Area Directors are saying about S. Martin:

"Spencer is one of us. As a Young Life musician, he is first and foremost a volunteer Young Life leader and has been for years. He loves Christ and kids. Spencer gets rave reviews from his weekend and summer camp special music assignments, and he has played for many other local Young Life events around the country. I encourage you to take a listen." -Chris Theule-VanDam Regional Director, Young Life

"S. Martin (aka Spencer) is truly a gift to this ministry. I had the pleasure of serving on assignment with him this past Summer. Spencer is a very talented musician, and, even more so, a talented story teller. His songs and presence on stage draw teenagers in. His lyrics beautifully set up the Gospel, too. He made himself available to staff and campers in a way that I've never seen from a musician. Spencer is the ultimate team player as well. He gave generously of his time outside of his musical 'commitments.' (Just ask him about the time he had a heat stroke from wearing a panda costume). And, my favorite thing about Spencer is his desire to live life to the full. His passion for the Lord and for others is infectious!" -Tyler Mallory, Young Life Area Director, Hinsdale, IL

Spencer is a gem within the Midwest. Spencer is a genuine person whom I had the privilege of serving with at Michindoh last summer. His original songs, ability to lead club music, willingness to help with program, and personality are all noteworthy, but the fact that he sat where many of these students at camp sat when he was younger, keeps him grounded in what a camp musician can offer to a camp (presenting the Gospel, loving students & leaders well, remembering names, and giving students a soundtrack to remember their week by). His music speaks for itself, but the things I love most about Spencer are those moments I saw where he engaged with students & leaders throughout the week. Spencer lives a good story. He travels the world and on top of it all, brings his music into the lives of many. -Ryan Soderberg, Area Director, Young Life Wauwatosa (WI)


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