Raymore worship leader fulfills musical dream

Stephen Rew and Decided produce CD, launch music ministry

July 26, 2012 

Passionate worship is the purpose behind Stephen Rew’s band, Decided.

In the last year, four musically-inspired friends who lead worship together each Sunday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Raymore decided put their passion for music into developing their first album, Come Home, released July 7.

The band plans to perform locally in coming months, including at Freedom Fest at the Harrisonville Park Amphitheatre Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m., and on Friday, Sept. 21, at Rockbrook Church in Belton at 7 p.m.

Musician and teacher by trade, it had always been the dream of 31-year-old Rew who has served as the music director at St. Paul’s and as a teacher in the Raymore-Peculiar School District, to produce an album.

Over the course of time, inspiration for new songs kept coming to Rew but he had no means to record them professionally.

The Peculiar resident was taken by surprise last July for his 30th birthday, his wife, Cindy solicited funds from family and friends and raised nearly $3,000 in donations to help him fulfill his musical dream.

“My wife knows me and that I wouldn’t spend the money to record an album,” Rew said.

In honor of turning 30, he was presented with a check and the opportunity to fulfill his musical goal.

A year later, reality approached, and Come Home was released on Rew’s 31st birthday after he and his friends, Nathan Richard, 30, Lee’s Summit, Mark Thompson, 48, Peculiar, and Mike Medsker, 33, spent the course of a year producing a 12-track album.

“For me, it’s been a dream come true,” Rew said. “The purpose of our music is that it’s all about praising God. We want to find the conduit for people to get closer to Him.”

The CD was released at a concert in the theatre of Raymore-Peculiar High School. About 275 people attended the event.

“We put on a show,” Rew said. “We had video presentation - the whole nine yards.”

The band recorded their work with Chapman Recording Studio and Mastering, the same studio used by popular artists including Tech Nine and Chris Calico.

On the Christian music circuit, their tunes are influenced by the styles of Matthew West, Mercy Me, and Skillet.

Now that their album has been released, Rew and the other band members to use their collective as a ministry.

The track, “There is a Hope,” was originally arranged by the musicians before officially becoming a band, for those affected by the 2011 aftermath of the Joplin tornado.

“I felt compelled and sat down to right that song right away,” Rew said. “I had a student who was actually in the Pizza Hut during the tornado and he was very fortunate to survive. I think of the name of the song, ‘There is a Hope,’ and I believe that’s kind of the purpose of the album –- to give some sense of hope to anybody who is hurting.”

Rew is open to performing in churches and other venues around the metropolitan area throughout the year. The band is hoping to start traveling next summer to take their music around the country.

To bring Decided to your event, contact the band via Facebook.

The Band:

Drums – Nathan Richardson

Bass – Mark Thompson

Electric Guitar – Mike Medsker

Acoustic, piano, keyboards, vocals – Stephen Rew

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