Thanks for visiting us! Somerset for Christ is a new band; or, for a better term, a new Christian music –based ministry that was created in 2009. We are different in that we don’t tour. We can’t due to personal constraints and it’s not our calling. Our purpose is to spread the word of Christ through our music and related activities.
Our music is a combination of Christian country and pop and the overriding objective is a focus on the eternal. This is not our home and all of our trials and tribulations here become blessings as we reach out to and shift our focus to our true eternal home that awaits us in Heaven. So, our music is less about praise and more focused on the struggles of being human and on the hope that our Lord and Savior brings to carry us through to Him.
Our music strategy is primarily to get our music and messages therein heard on the radio and internet. Even though we are new to the scene, we have some contacts and have gotten some play and done well so far from a charting standpoint. Our music is also played weekly on several stations that reach most of Kentucky and Tennessee and part of Virginia via band member Larry Ford’s radio program. We are also providing easy downloads of lead sheets and instrumental tracks for all of our songs to enable churches to perform them.
From a ministry standpoint, each of the band members is active in their local churches and other charitable and ministry activities in their communities and, in some cases, around the globe. In doing so, we have gained experience in several specific ministry areas, including parts of Africa, geographically, and, from a demographic standpoint, the isolation of many people with disabilities and the aged, among other things. Our hope is to leverage our website and music activities to enhance our efforts in these ministries.
We hope that you enjoy our music and would appreciate your prayers for our efforts to serve our Lord and Savior.
Somerset for Christ
Cammy DeBord (band member & lead vocal)
Cammy grew up with a love of music. She began singing at church and performed her first solo at the age of eleven. While attending high school, Cammy was an active member of the choral program and participated in several All-State choral festivals. Singing has become an integral part of her life and she enjoys using her talent at small, local events and in her church choir. Through the years, she has used her voice on several church music projects. Cammy is an elementary school teacher and currently lives on a small farm with her husband, Lucas, and their new baby, Sidney.
Larry Ford (band member, producer, and primary musical arranger)
As founder of Ford music, Larry has been teaching music to students ages 4 and up for over 40 years. He has taught on the campuses of the University of Kentucky Community College system, Eastern Kentucky University, June Buchanan School — Alice Lloyd College, Cumberland College in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Roane State College in Harriman, Tennessee. He is recommended by several elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges. Most of his services are promoted through the local school system. Larry has produced approximately 40 CD projects for students and friends. He currently schedules lessons for about 100 – 110 students per week, and offers instruction in the following: piano, keyboard, guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, drums, bass guitar, harmonica, clarinet, flute, sax, and trumpet. Voice (singing) lessons are also available.
Jack Dennis (band member, executive producer, and primary composer)
Jack was a trumpet major and played in several rock and soul bands during the ‘60’s. Jack then moved on to a successful career in business and returned to music about 8 years ago, composing and working in his personal studio in his spare time. Jack has been active for many years in the international ministry of Athletes In Action, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ, especially in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and also his church’s outreach ministries that include Nigeria, Mexico, and India. Jack has also held volunteer leadership positions for over 30 years in advocacy for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
Marty VanHook (former member)
Marty was our male vocal lead and guitarist for our first album and was called to come home to the Lord as that album was being released. Marty worked or played with a lot of great musicians, including Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Steve Sturm of Travis Tritt, Terry Wariner of Steve Wariner, Jeff Gernsey of Vince Gill, Ron Halloway of Steve Wariner, Kevin Williams of The Gaithers, and the late great Beck Collins of Steve Wariner. He also opened for artists such as T.G. Shepard, Ronnie McDowell, Wendy Bagwell, and Riders Of The Sky. We miss Marty so much, but look forward to seeing him again in our eternal home.