Drawn together by what seemed to be life destroying incidents in both singer/songwriters lives, Wil Rivera and JB Kablack say that what they have now is an order from God to “Go out and teach through your Music”. Wil and JB met at a little community...
Drawn together by what seemed to be life destroying incidents in both singer/songwriters lives, Wil Rivera and JB Kablack say that what they have now is an order from God to “Go out and teach through your Music”. Wil and JB met at a little community church tucked away in the Rego Park area of Queens, NY. While Wil was dealing with his wife of ten years battling cancer for the third time, and JB dealing with trying to support a wife and two children after loosing his career job with the U.S. Military due to a broken back, both men were brought together for the first time to praise and worship the lord in the church music group. This was a battle in itself for JB seeing how he was coming to grips with the confusion of what God was doing to him and his family and why. Several months later, Wil’s wife left him on earth to be with our Lord and Savior. This seemed to have brought Wil and JB closer as friends and the two seemed inseparable. Remembering that Wil's wife made him promise never to stop singing, they decided that they were going to start writing and recording their own material. With this new endeavor in their lives, which seemed only to have the support of their immediate families, the two started praying and writing? Each day realizing that this is what God wants us to do. “This is a way to show the world that everyone goes through trials and tribulations but can be saved from frustration and anger which can ruin you, by praying and trusting in God”. After completing their first 13 track cd, they realized God may have paths and voyages for you to take, but it won’t be easy. And that life in itself would be one big project. Now, they are focused on pushing forward, trying to reach as many people as they can, through music to let them know……God loves us and its as simple as saying we love him too
Queens Man Has Unique Project by Nick Darienzo, (Queens Ledger) Dateline : Thursday, November 29, 2007 Thanksgiving, 2007 - John Kablack, a Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol member, and Will Rivera certainly know a thing or two about gratitude and giving...
Queens Man Has Unique Project by Nick Darienzo, (Queens Ledger) Dateline : Thursday, November 29, 2007
Thanksgiving, 2007 - John Kablack, a Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol member, and Will Rivera certainly know a thing or two about gratitude and giving thanks. Like so many people, life unfortunately dealt them some incredibly painful and debilitating blows. In 2001, Kablack suffered a broken back that nearly left him crippled, and it was while on his gradual road to recovery that he and his family first befriended Rivera, only to have to share Rivera’s grief with him just a few years later, when he lost his young wife Karen to cancer.
And yet the two somehow managed not just to get up again, but to move forward, to create, to share, to inspire. And what was it that helped do that? It was friendship, faith, and the mutual endeavor that combines the best of both for them: Their music.
Indeed, Kablack plays the drums and Rivera the guitars and keyboard for THE PROJECT, a Queens-based group that includes Ronald Small on bass. The music they write and perform is of a more spiritual nature, in a genre called Christian Contemporary. For those not familiar with the genre, it is a style far more accessible than one might expect, and one with a decidedly up-beat R&B flavor to it. Nevertheless, it is music with a message, and that message is quite simple: “No one is perfect but Jesus still loves you...” It’s an idea that is certainly applicable 365 days a year, but one that is especially appropriate come holiday time, when our charity and generosity are invariably brought to the forefront, and the end of the calendar gives us time to reflect on that for which we should be truly grateful.
Because THE PROJECT’S message is one that is best shared, the trio spend a great deal of the year travelling - to churches, coffee houses, music festivals, etc. - mostly throughout the Tri-State Area and Pennsylvania. They have been as far north as Buffalo, NY and just recently hit their furthest southerly mark when they visited Dallas, TX in October to participate in the “2007 Gospel and Contemporary Christian Artist Talent Search” for which thirty artists throughout the country had been selected. During their stay in Dallas, THE PROJECT performed in front of a panel made up of various music industry insiders - record label executives, A&R representatives, etc. - culminating in a live concert performance in front of the entire weekend’s attendees, a performance for an audience of about 7000.
As the group travels from venue to venue, the testimonials that pour in on their behalf are as varied as the diversity of enthusiastic fans they meet wherever they go... “I saw the three guys up on stage, and could not believe the power and fullness of sound that I was hearing from only three people!” said Bill, who saw them in Utica, NY.
Meanwhile, a woman named Sue, who saw the group in a Pennsylvania coffee house, raved:“I am a recovering alcoholic and after hearing the song ‘Thank You’, I knew it was time to get spiritually saved so that I could save myself physically.”
Just in time for this Christmas season, THE PROJECT have put together a new song, one which will be featured throughout the coming weeks on 570 AM here in New York City. It’s called “You Showed Me (The Christmas Story)” and chronicles the inspiration that arises from the events surrounding the birth of Christ. For those eager to have a listen, the song can actually be downloaded for $.49 on www.myspace.com/weRtheproject, and in a few weeks on iTunes, Napster, and Amazon.mp3.
Then, on Saturday, December 15th, THE PROJECT will be performing a Christmas show at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Flushing, located at 220-16 Union Turnpike in Flushing. For future area concerts and to purchase CDs, please visit their website.