A few years ago, I had the privilege of seeing the Foto Sisters perform at the Creation Museum. I enjoyed their classical and inspirational music, and I knew right then that I wanted them to be worship leaders for our Answers for Women conference. They are very talented young ladies who have a passion for music and God. I asked them to share about their journey in music and ministry.
People often ask us, “How did this music thing all start?” Truth be told, we never sought out a music ministry and, in fact, have at times fought it as we wished for different life scenarios. When we were very young, Dad and Mom decided that soccer, music, and ballet would be good additions to our homeschool education. With both our parents having very athletic backgrounds, athletics was definitely going to be on the list of extra curricular activities, and since music supposedly strengthens the left side of the brain, well, hey, it was a no-brainer to add! Though not musicians, Dad and Mom both love music, so they wanted to offer us the opportunity to pursue it.
After emotional breakdowns (when Addie had to play against Katie on the soccer field) and a minor injury, before long, piano lessons were the only activity left in our schedule. At that time, the Lord brought us to a wonderful church where most of the families sang together and played multiple instruments. As young, impressionable girls aspiring to be like the older girls in the church, we all added violin to the routine and, before we knew it, music took up hours of our day as we balanced piano and violin practice.
One morning in a local newspaper, Mom saw an ad from a nearby assisted living home that said, “Baby grand piano that needs to be played.” Mom has always had a love for the elderly, so it wasn’t long before we answered the ad and she had us all packed up in the car heading to play for the senior citizens there! One thing we know for sure, no matter how squeaky and bad we sounded, senior citizens were always some of the most encouraging and kind audiences we performed for! If it weren’t for them, we would not be here today!
Word of mouth and referrals kept us busy in our local (Baton Rouge, LA) area for many years, playing for weddings, nursing homes, senior citizen church groups, churches, and even a prison. When we look back over the years, it seems like a whirlwind of events and opportunities God has brought. Amazement sets in as we recall all the wonderful mentors and coaches God has provided us with for counsel and training when needed most! Life is a journey that often leads us through hills and valleys, and we’d be lying to say that music ministry has been 100% blissful, but the Lord has faithfully guided us through each endeavor and shown us each step to take.
After applying to multiple universities in 2014, the agreed consensus was to say “no” to college for this season and instead continue producing sacred music for the purpose of leading ourselves and others into worship. It has been so much fun, and the memories made as a family have been priceless! “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33)” is what has held us together and given us the strength to continue on in our worst and best days. Dad and Mom have constantly reminded us that music is not our identity but that it is a tool to share our true identity in Christ!
We are so excited to be at the AiG Women’s Conference this year and look forward to worshipping in person very soon! God bless each and every one of you.
To find out more about the Foto Sisters and hear and buy their music, I encourage you to visit their website.
It’s hard to believe we are less than one month away from the conference! But it’s not too late to register. And until March 31, you can get 20% off when you enter the code FOTO at registration. Sign up now and don’t miss out!