It’s 6:30 A.M. The perpetual road trip continues. Five friends, armed with strong coffee, are once again loading up their trailer, leaving Nashville to share their songs and stories in another new town. Their vision is clear, their hope is alive, and they can’t keep quiet.
Two years ago, God brought Mosaic together under this united vision: to teach God’s Word through music (Colossians 3:16). As songwriters, friends, and followers of Christ, we seek to write worshipful, Scripture-infused songs that feature rich harmonies and musical creativity. Our newest album, Teach Us, is a collection of lessons that the Holy Spirit has taught us individually from the Word of God. We see Its power transforming our lives, and our desire is that God would use these songs to encourage a love for His Word in the hearts of those who listen.
As five individuals with various gifts and personalities, we desire to exemplify the beauty of the Body of Christ as we join together for one common purpose (Eph 4:1). In the same way, our different musical backgrounds and songwriting styles blend together to form one sound. Our albums feature hints of several genres, such a bluegrass, folk, pop and rock.
“Each song carries the personal flair of the writer,” explains Molly Lockwood, “but because we arrange as a group, there is a consistency to our music.”
Songs like “Love Will Never Fail,” “One” and “Teach Us to Love” feature Mosaic’s signature vocal harmonies.
“People always ask how we come up with our arrangements,” says Emily Martin. “We’ve got a lot of musical minds at work within the group. Basically, we just sit in a living room and sing for hours. The person that wrote the song usually guides the vision for the arrangement, but we all contribute our ideas until the song feels complete.”
It was through this songwriting and arranging process that Mosaic formed in 2008, during a living room jam-session of “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”
“We thought we were just making a Christmas CD to give to our parents,” says Patrick Lockwood. “God had other plans.”
A night of creative fellowship spiraled into a full-length Christmas album, which grew into a month-long Christmas tour, topped off with an album review by Christianity Today and radio play of Mosaic’s signature “O Come All Ye Faithful” on Chicago’s Shine FM.
“We saw God working through our music and blessing it, and we realized that this was a greater calling than we had expected,” says Devon Graves.
In 2009, Mosaic became a full-time ministry.
“We realized that, in order to be good stewards of this calling, we would need to commit all of our time to writing, recording our music and organizing our ministry in order to get this thing off the ground,” says Jonathan Martin.
After five busy months, Mosaic released their first original album, As Long as it is Day, in May of 2009. After hitting the road in June, God unfolded their route as invitations to minister came – from Chicago to Florida to California – and the group has been traveling and ministering nationally ever since.
“Mosaic is willing to go wherever God opens a door,” says Molly. “We just long to serve with our music, whether that is sharing concerts of our original songs, joining a church for worship on Sundays, or playing at a specialized event like a women’s conference or a youth camp.”
Mosaic enjoys sharing music in all types of settings. From large to small groups, or from older to younger audiences, this desire to encourage and edify others with the truth of God’s Word remains our foundation.