28 – Rock of Ages Cleft for Me: Interview with Jesse and Leah of Poor Bishop Hooper

Psalm 28

Special Guest Poor Bishop Hooper

This week, we have Poor Bishop Hooper in the virtual studio to talk about their music and especially their latest project, EveryPsalm.

Both hailing from small towns in central Kansas, we began writing, recording, and performing together after our marriage in 2013. What began as a duo, weaving together a patchwork of melodies atop an upright bass and a guitar, has since blossomed into numerous, multi-faceted expressions of the technicolor story we call life. Though we still often perform classic covers and simple tunes in simple places, we’ve been blessed to develop a vibrant musical ministry – ranging from full band, heavy mood moments like that in The Golgotha Experience, to the string and vocal laden scores of Firstborn. Our most recent project is our most ambitious yet. EveryPsalm began January 1, 2020, and releases a psalm-based song each week… until all the psalms are sung again.

From PoorBishopHooper.com

In the EveryPsalm project, Poor Bishop Hooper is working through putting the Psalms to music, releasing a new one each week. Starting out, they questioned if they would even be able to do so. Throughout, the couple cites their reliance on God for giving them what’s needed to continue. Here, they talk about the challenges and joys they’ve experienced during this time and take us behind the scenes to talk about their approach, how they maintain their Psalm-a-week pace, and much more.

Extras and Errata

Poor Bishop Hooper is named for Anglican Bishop John Hooper who was martyred under Queen “Bloody” Mary.

Jesse and Leah mention artist Thomas Hart Benton.

Today’s closing music is Psalm 28 from the EveryPsalm project.

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