Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tamrah Aeryn-Alexander Interview

Today I had the privilege to speak with Tamrah Aeryn-Alexander!  Tamrah is a classically trained pianist, self-taught guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist who has been composing music as long as she can remember. Aside from releasing her own Messianic debut album, "A Place in Him," she is the co-writer and producer for Natasha Kraus-Reynold's albums, "In the Beginning," "Children of the Light" and the single "Mikamocha." She is currently the praise and worship leader at Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue in Pensacola, Fla., where she continues to compose new music and produce music by other artists.

Today's show featured her music and it was a fun interview in spite of some technical difficulties with the phone.  For more info about her music please visit, or Echad Records (

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ted Pearce Interview

It was great to have Ted back on Bagels and Blessings!   Not only do I love his music and passion for the Lord but he's just such a sweet man.   What a fun interview!   Today's program featured Ted's music and a wonderful chat about the March for Remembrance.

Ted's newest album, his first studio release from Moshav Records, was "Emergency," which was released in November 2011. "Emergency" is all new Messianic worship music with a klezmer influence. Klezmer music is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe. Played by professional musicians called klezmorim, the genre originally consisted of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations. The genre has its origins in Eastern Europe.

Ted decided to take a more traditional approach on this new album. It brings one back to authentic roots of Jewish music, while incorporating Messianic themes.  Ted was blessed to have Phil York produce this CD. York is one of the best known producers in Dallas, Texas and has won three Grammy awards, including one for "Red Headed Stranger" by Willie Nelson.  To learn more about Ted Pearce, visit

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Brian Samuel Interview

It's always good to talk to my buddy Brian Samuel.   You'll enjoy great music, including songs from Sue Samuel (of course!).   Brian gets us up to date on what's happening in Haiti.

Brian Samuel, along with his wife Sue Samuel, has been in the Messianic movement since 1997 when he first accepted Yeshua as his Messiah. Brian served at Beth Zion Messianic Synagogue in New Jersey as elder and worship director until 2007, when he and Sue moved to Rhode Island. Since then, he has served at Mishkahn David Messianic Synagogue in Rhode Island. In the summer of 2013, Brian and Sue were ordained as Rabbi and Rebbetzin of Mishkahn David, and they have served in this capacity since September 2013. Brian has been and continues to be blessed to minister, along with Sue, in support of the music ministry that Adonai has entrusted to her.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Karol Joseph Interview

Happy New Year!   This was the first show of 2014.   Great music from Jonathan Settel, Craig Taubman, Deborah Kline Iantorno, Paul Wilbur, Misha and Marty Goetz!

I had a delightful conversation with my dear friend Karol Joseph.  Karol leads the branch in Brooklyn, N.Y. of Jews for Jesus (J4J) and heads their new missionary training program. Karol grew up in a conservative Jewish home in the Boston area and became a believer in Jesus in 1988. At the time she was working in the health care industry and studying health care policy at Brandeis University. She left Brandeis to join the J4J staff in 1990 and has since served in New York City, Boston, Toronto and Los Angeles before returning to New York City in 1998. In 2007 Karol opened the branch in Brooklyn, the borough with the fastest-growing and most concentrated Jewish population in New York City.