Akoustic Collective is a musical ensemble directed by Alan OW Barnes, fronted by Kathryn Webster, and held together by Kim Barnes. The basic idea behind the group is an exploration of the “ancient future” concept of worship. Their first recording, “The Wesley Project” is made up of 9 new hymns utilizing text by Charles Wesley in a folk/progressive bluegrass” setting (Alan prefers the term “New Acoustic Music”). The Wesley Project received positive press at jazzmando.com. Their next recording, due out later this year, will develop hymns in a modern Irish context.
Kathryn Webster holds a degree in Music Performance from the University of Georgia and she served as the worship leader for Duluth First UMC from 2012-2014. Currently she is the Worship Arts Associate at Mount Pisgah UMC where she helps lead worship, prepare the choir, as well as many other worship related tasks.
She loves to be a song bird for the Lord and also performs in a folk duo called The Listening Wall. In her spare time Kathryn enjoys reading, watching movies, and good food. Anything Muppets related makes her smile, and she recently began to collect comic books.
Kathryn is married to Jake Webster who serves on staff at Duluth First UMC as the Youth Pastor and preaches at the Contemporary service. They have a dog named Obi Wan and two turtles.
Alan O.W. Barnes is a musician and sequential artist from Damascus, Virginia who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Kim and their daughter Keira.
A professional musician since 1992, Alan has worked with artists in a diverse range of styles, serving as a bassist, mandolinist, mandocellist, arranger, composer, audio engineer, and musical director. In addition to freelance work, Alan has served as a staff musician for Mount Pisgah UMC since 2002. In 2014 he became the Music Director for Mount Pisgah UMC.
Notable original music projects include Revisionist History (containing two long form works for modern chamber ensembles) and Gestures (a collection of short jazz tunes).
Alan taught at the Atlanta Institute of Music from 1997-2005. He taught at the Art Institute of Atlanta from 2006-2014. He held an adjunct position at Vanderbilt University from 2006-2008. During that time he taught a wide array of music, audio, animation, and video courses. Alan holds a BM and an MM from Belmont University in music composing and arranging, and an MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Kim Barnes is a violinist and fiddler. Kim studied at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and received her Masters in Music performance from Belmont University where she also served as the “Adjunct Instructor of Celtic Fiddle” for 2 years. Kim taught music theory at the Art Institute of Atlanta for 7 years and continues to teach privately at North Atlanta Talent Education in Roswell GA.
Kim has performed with many recognizable names including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Phil Keaggy. She was a long time member of the Celts, whose PBS special “Christmas with the Celts” runs regularly and a preview can be seen at video.pbs.org.[/fusion_text]