We are very excited to feature a variety of musicians from all around the globe during VISTA 2019. Each General Session will feature top-notch musicians from the region that is hosting the session. You may recognize some of your favorites but also will be introduced to some new voices in New Thought as we expand our reach with our virtual convention!
Our VISTA 2019 Music Director, Gary Lynn Floyd will be working with the Music Directors at each location to put together a week FULL of inspirational music that will open our hearts and connect us together.
Thank you to the following Music Directors for your support of our General Sessions:
Amy Bishop (Centre for Spiritual Living Calgary)
Penelope Williams (Atlanta Center for Spiritual Living)
Gary lynn floyd
VISTA 2019 Music Director
Gary Lynn Floyd is an American singer-songwriter who connects straight to the heart and lifts up a room with his inspirational lyrics and soulful style.
A native of Houston, Gary began picking out melodies on a piano at four years old, and he’s been making music ever since. Today he writes and records deep and meaningful music, and shares these songs like a gift to audiences across the country. His style is a mix of pop, rhythm, and blues, combining silky vocals with powerful lyrics.
It is Gary’s openness to divine inspiration that fuels his endless supply of musical ideas, creates his heart-opening lyrics, and is the light that shines through his performances. With his piano and microphone, Gary is a catalyst for positive change and raises the collective vibration not only through his music but also through his welcoming presence on stage.
Gary brings to his musical performances the culmination of a life’s work. From early roots in gospel and jazz to stage and screen acting to his recent one-man show “When Gary Met Harry: The Music of Harry Warren,” Gary draws from a deep and eclectic well of talent and experience.
Critics and fans alike respond to Gary with open arms. The Global Women’s Empowerment Network selected Gary’s “Unbound” as its theme song; the CW Network Television Series, TroubadorTX, featured Gary among celebrated Texan singer-songwriters; and Gary’s critically acclaimed EP, The Gospel of Zen, was nominated for three 2010 OutMusic Awards, including Album of the Year.
With a unique ability to tune into truth and translate it into music, Gary also has written and recorded various film scores including “Music in the Meaning” for the Noetic Films’ documentary, Viktor & I.
In his newest album My88keys Vol. 1, Gary goes unplugged and invites fans to lean in close for an intimate session with simply the artist and his piano. The first single, “Love Cover Me,” sets the tone with its inspirational and poetic message of love and light. “Kindness wash over me / Make me a symphony / Play every note you can find.”
Penelope williams, RScP
Music Director, Atlanta Center for Spiritual Living
At home in the world of performance, Penelope has studied with the masters, honed her technical abilities through countless hours of dedicated work and developed a strong experience-based, live performance presence. This commitment has led to opportunities for Penelope working as a performer in in countless venues across the globe. (Centers For Spiritual Living, The Kennedy Center, International Assoc. for Jazz Education). At home performing as a soloist as well as a member of a large ensemble, Penelope delivers her music at the highest standards.
Not all who perform can or want to teach. Penelope has a deep desire to bring out the inner talents of students, young and old. The patience to nurture the natural gifts of others so they emerge and grow comes from the desire to help others develop and grow as artists. For 10 years she has maintained a studio of students many whom discover the importance of creativity, theory, and repertoire as ingredients for success in academics and the arts.
Penelope has developed and led many music and arts programs. She has taken them from infancy and grown them to become top-quality performance organizations bringing joy to performers and audiences alike. Leading a program of diverse, individuals passionate about their craft is a challenging and intricate process. Creating an inclusive music and arts program requires the same skills as making any complex, multi-faceted organization thrive. Penelope has a stellar track record of developing and leading high performing music and arts programs many times over.
Penelope is currently Director of Creative Art s, Spiritual Living Center Atlanta. Freelance in-demand musician, piano and vocal teacher.
Music Director, Centre for Spiritual Living Calgary
Amy Bishop’s voice is a combination of smooth pavement and rough gravel, with the ability to charm listeners with her sweet tones; yet stun audiences with the ability to hit any high note. Hailing from Calgary, Amy began her music career around campfires, at block parties, and in church choir. Knowing a career in music is no guarantee, Amy decided to practice other trades, but her passion for music prevailed, leading her to collaborations with Moby and opening for April Wine, Farmer’s Daughter, and Chris Cummings. Most recently you may have seen her as a finalist on CTV’s “The Launch” where she wowed the panel and won over the hearts of Canadians across the nation. Amy has an instinctive ability to craft stories into song and deliver them with sincerity and passion, all qualities that make her an undeniable Canadian talent.