MARYVILLE, Mo. — The First United Methodist Church is bringing some extra Yuletide cheer to Maryville this year by hosting a Christmas concert by Nashville Christian recording artist and songwriter, Jennie Williamson.
Northwest Missouri State University alumna, Williamson moved to Nashville in 2000 to follow her dream of being an artist in the music industry. She started her career by writing the song, “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled” for a scripture-based CD series. Her songwriting, along with her vocal recordings and performances contributed significantly to the project which resulted in successful corporate partnerships and nationwide distribution, according to a press release from the church.
“I first became aware of Jennie Williamson, not for her work as a performing artist, but as a leader of music workshops for youth,” FUMC Pastor Scott Moon told The Forum. “So, when the opportunity to have her appear in concert at First United Methodist on Dec. 8, I jumped at the chance.”
He also said there are tentative plans to have her return to Northwest Missouri in 2019 to lead an area-wide youth music workshop.
Vanessa Parsons, Choral Director at FUMC Maryville and Director of Vocal Music at Maryville High School, was instrumental in arranging the Williamson concert.
“Jennie and I were in many of the same music classes at Northwest and I’ve followed her career for years,” she said. “When we were on tour with Spectrum in Nashville last spring, Jennie came to our hotel to meet the kids and we started talking about a concert in Maryville. I’m thrilled that it worked out, and can’t wait for our community to hear Jennie’s music.”
Williamson will present the Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Maryville FUMC Sanctuary. The concert is free and open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.