I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. My parents are Portuguese, and so I speak Portuguese fluently. I was raised in a Christian home where we listened to a lot of worship music. I've loved worship from a very young age. I’ve been attending and singing in church for many years.
Jesus + Family + People = Love of Life
I’ve been happily married for 11 years and have two beautiful daughters. My love for worship drew me to record this new album. My hope is that the album will be meaningful, life-changing and will inspire a closer relationship with Jesus. I’ve recorded the worship album in Nashville with Daniel Ornellas and it’s titled “Into Your Heart”. It was a wonderful experience to work on this album with Daniel, who has become a good friend. Daniel is South African and has been living in Nashville for the past 14 years. He is an accomplished bass player, performing artist and producer, and an absolute pleasure to work with.
I wrote my single “Into Your Heart” with Daniel Ornellas and Josh Varnadore. The song was inspired by a dream that I had. In that dream, I saw God’s heart as it fed and gave life to a tree which signified His people. The people that accepted Him flourished and grew, and in the dream the branches extended as this happened. We as the body of Christ, are all connected to each other as branches in the tree. It doesn’t matter what state our life is in we can always be restored by God, just as a tree blossoms after a long winter.
We had a blessed time writing “I’ll Never Leave You” with Garner Macgregor as well as my dad, Amadeu Lourenco. We connected immediately with Garner as he shared that his parents are South African missionaries that moved to the US. We shared our love for simple worship. We really felt in our hearts to write a song coming from God’s heart, speaking to us as His children. The message is that no matter the trials and pains we experience, Jesus never leaves us. The message of hope and faith is that no matter what we’ve done or how we feel He is always carrying us. “He will walk the waters to where we are”
I covered Kari Jobe’s “Forever”, Bethel’s “Ever be” and Lauren Daigle’s “How can it be” and translated these songs to Portuguese. I also covered a Brazilian song from Nivea Soares tilted “O Senhor e’ bom”, which was translated to English “The Lord is Good”. I chose to cover these songs as I identified with the message and meaning it will have for people.
I would like to thank God for inspiring us and for allowing us to make this album. I would also like to thank my family for their continued love and support, as well as all the wonderful people that were involved in the production. I pray that people will be touched and inspired, that God’s word will shine through and that people may have a deeper connection with Him.
"Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong." Ephesians 3:17