He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
CANOPY is ragtag group of musical missionaries (or musicianaries) uniquely gifted through music, performance and service to spread the message of God’s unavoidable love for all people through His son Jesus.Composed of identical twins Cynthia and Alicia and their spouses Kevin and Buddy, we have been called to join together as a musical ensemble and unite with other Christian entities through a variety of services like backyard Bible clubs, mission trips, conventions, youth events, worship services, camps, revivals, and festivals. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the psaltry, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
What exactly do we sound like? Well, we each have our own favorite comparison (handed to us from fans) from “Second Chapter Of Acts” to “Keith Green” to “Jethro Tull” to “Antonio Carlos Jobim”; and in some of our songs we may indeed sound a little like some of these great artists. However, as we try to tailor our music to specific situations (traditional worship service, Renaissance wedding, rock concert, etc) we have a plethora of styles that we juggle. So YOU decide for yourself, noble listener, what we sound like by enjoying some selections of our music…
We have no set fees. We do not charge for concert tickets, nor do we require a minimum amount from your church or organization for our services. Our CDs are available for a donation of any amount.
A love offering or an honorarium is helpful and is always appreciated but it is simply one of many ways that God provides for our needs. We recognize that we subsist solely by the hand of the Lord. In the words of a fellow Christian musician, “We will give our best effort and only ask that you give your best.” We simply want to open ourselves up to whatever ministry opportunities the Lord may send us without regard to monetary concerns.
Luke 16:13“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
Matthew 10:8Freely you have received, freely give.
Matthew 6:31-33 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
What kind of music do you play?
Our normal repertoire includes original music with an eclectic folk-pop sound. You can hear some of our songs on this website by going to the listen page.
Because we perform in a variety of venues, there are many other types of music we play whenever the occasion arises. These include: children’s music, Renaissance music, old standards, Christmas music, praise songs and hymns. We also have a few Spanish songs.
We usually perform Christian music, although we do include secular music in our sets from time to time. Whatever we play, though, whether or not it is blatantly spiritual, we play to the glory of God.
What is your availability?
If you have a question about a specific date please call us at 832-493-5965 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What church are you from?
Canopy is a singing group that travels and sings at many churches of various denominations. We are not tied to any one congregation. However, when Canopy is not occupied elsewhere, Buddy & Alicia enjoy fellowship at Ecclesia Clear Lake located in Clear Lake, TX, and Kevin & Cynthia are blessed to lead worship at First Baptist Jewett in Jewett, TX.
Who do you play for?
We play for people of all ages, denominations, and lifestyles. We play for our Christian brothers and sisters, as well as for those who may not expect the gospel. We play in churches, under overpasses, in parks, at renaissance faires, in coffee houses, and anywhere else we can bring our message of hope through our music.
Where does the name CANOPY come from?
The girls picked the name from a verse in Isaiah 40:22 they really liked, which reads “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.”
As an interesting (but totally unrelated) sidenote, recently we’ve learned there are some Creation Scientists who propose The Canopy Theory, which concerns the possible existance of a pre-flood atmospheric layer which somehow affected and altered life on our planet. We aren’t scientists or anything but it sure sounds pretty cool!
Why does your guitarist wear a skirt?
Buddy is a proponent of unbifurcated men’s garments and unafraid to show a little leg.
Reviews of Canopy
Ed and Alicia are great musicians, teachers and people! They strive to cultivate the love of music in their students. They run their music center professionally and are very caring and encouraging to their students!
Beth Brooks Birmingham
Really great people & wonderful teachers….for ANY age group.
My son was scared of starting music lessons, after his first lesson with Ed he is always ready to go and always has fun. Ed is Great in helping him figure out what ever music he wants to learn on his bass even if it’s a local garage band
It may not have been a long time, but the lessons I got from you were highly influential in my development as a musician. I still remember how excited I was to finally find someone who could teach me Irish fiddle and I truly believe I wouldn’t have come this far without that encouragement and experience.
Great group of instructors with extensive knowledge. My extremely shy 7 year old loves her piano teachers! They have been patient and she has blossomed! Thank you!!!!!
Alicia has taught Giselle so much!!! She has blossomed tremendously since starting voice and piano lessons. Alicia works well with kids, and it is amazing to see my child eager to learn more and more. She is truly molding Giselle to fulfill her dream of being a top notch performer!!
I cannot recommend Ed highly enough. My son always looked forward to his sessions and he always took something useful away from his violin lessons. Some of it was music related, some of it was advice on how to be a good person. I didn’t witness the sessions but I could hear some of the conversations. Ed would ask my son how things were going, how was school that week – stuff his own father never bothers to ask about. It’s obvious that Ed cares about his students and I feel blessed to count him and his lovely wife, Alicia, as my friends!!! We moved away from Clear Lake and one of the things my son misses the most is his music sessions with Ed. I know that I’m not the only parent who feels this way about them because I’ve spoken to other parents numerous times and, to a person, they ALL feel the same way I do!
As a mother of a young child taking ukulele lessons, I am amazed at Ed’s patience and his ability to keep my child engaged in the lesson. He is able to strike a perfect balance between allowing my child to explore his musical interests yet keep his attention on the task at hand. As a teacher, I admire Ed’s wealth of musical knowledge and his ability to use a variety of teaching techniques to keep my son interested. My son thoroughly enjoys going to music lessons because Ed is able to make learning fun.
Great people! Even better music teachers. I grew up getting bass lessons from Ed at 13 and saw him a few years later when I was about 24 and got with him to do more lessons, on a few different instruments I wanted to learn. Hes a great teacher and really pushes you to become a better musician.
Fantastic teachers! My child loves spending time with them and I feel completely comfortable with the instructors. They have lots of experience and are very accomplished. If you’re looking for children’s music lessons in Clear Lake, you couldn’t do better than Ed & Alicia!
My wife Carmen and I think the world of Ed, but more importantly, our teenage son does too. We were extremely blessed to find him as a guitar teacher approximately 3 years ago, both from a professional and personal standpoint. Ed has not only allowed our son to focus on his blues guitar abilities but also has given him the opportunity to explore other genres of music, on electric, acoustic, and even ukulele at one point. He has a unique way of introducing and teaching the underlying theory without the student really being aware of it.
The guitar sessions with Ed are so much more than your traditional music lessons. It’s impressive the way he personally interacts with our son, asking him about high school and other things going on in his life. We can honestly say that music night is the definite highlight of our son’s week. Moreover, we now believe that Ed has inspired our son to pursue music in college.
Ed is energetic, extremely knowledgeable, obviously talented, and just has a cool way of dealing with students and their parents. He and his wife Alicia are really good people with outstanding character. My wife and I would highly recommend Ed to any aspiring guitarists, or musicians for that matter, and this is done without any hesitation.
My 9 year old daughter was taking cello lessons with Ed for a little over a year. Ed was always encouraging and positive. My daughter was eager to play for family relatives. Ed is very talented and has a lot of experience to share. He was able to get my daughter to focus during the lessons. I wish that she still wanted to play. Unfortunately, she stopped because she wanted to play a different instrument, but hasn’t decided what to play yet. Hopefully she’ll come around and we’ll be able to continue taking lessons with Ed. On a side note, she took a voice lesson with Alicia and with that one 30-minute session, my daughter picked up some very useful information that she still talks about and applies when she’s singing on the her karaoke machine. So the two of them (Ed and Alicia) make a great team all-around when it comes to music ability. My experience has been a very positive one with both of them and I plan on introducing my 5 year old, once she’s ready… thanks to both of them for their hard work…
Juan Carlos Figueroa
Our family had the pleasure of learning Ukulele under Ed. He is very patient, understanding, and has a great sense of humor. I recommend him 100% as I know he will be awesome with you as well. Juan Carlos Figueroa