After a lengthy search process, we have hired Anni Coyle (they/she) as our new Musician at Spirit Garage! They will be responsible for leading bands/groups of musicians, coordinating rehearsals with musicians, working with Holly to curate song choices to support worship themes, and ministering our community through music and presence.
Anni lives in South Minneapolis, and has been working on an EP of original songs for the last year. You can hear a sample here, though the full EP is not quite complete. Of course you’ll hear much more of them in the weeks and months to come.
Anni studied social work at Augsburg College (and also spent a little bit of time at Gustavus, for you Gusties out there). Anni’s primary instrument is acoustic guitar, but they also play piano. They occasionally sing backup with a local band, and do solo shows at local coffee shops.
Anni’s been making music in a couple different churches in various ways for some years. The Search Team (Wade Barry, Ryan Currens, Erin Arndt, Jason Eldridge and Pastor Holly Johnson) are excited about the new music they will bring, their songwriting, along with gorgeous vocals, a welcoming presence and a youthfulness that we believe will inject (even more) vitality and energy into our faith community.
Here’s Anni’s greeting to you:
Hi Spirit Garage! I am so thrilled to be a part of this awesome community! I am a local singer / songwriter with deep roots in the Lutheran church (can you say “pastor’s kid?!”) I resonate very strongly with the core values of your church, especially “God meets you where you are, and so do we, so come as you are”. I plan to come as I am, and hope to meet you exactly where you are as we do life and make music together at Spirit Garage.
Anni starts April 3rd! I’m sure they’ll be present at Holy Week services and Easter Sunday, so make sure you come to welcome them!