That next step in his lifelong journey of music and ministry has been to join forces with worship leader Brooke Voland to form a new duo, Brooke & Boggs, for the purpose of empowering and resourcing the Church with their original songs.
Brooke & Boggs’ introduction happened as the unexpected answer to a question Boggs had posed to a friend: “Who’s the best worship leader in Nashville?” To his surprise, the answer wasn’t a name familiar to him; it was Voland’s. He reached out, and was able to see her in her element.
“When she led, I was like, ‘Wow, I get it,’” Boggs recalled. “As a worship leader, she comes across so effortless, and yet so vulnerable; it’s very difficult to balance that.”
That authenticity and vulnerability comes from Voland’s story, one that saw her embarking upon a career in country music after having been discovered at age 18. She said the seven years of singing, recording and touring nearly destroyed her life. It nearly claimed her marriage, too, as she and her husband separated.
Voland ultimately left her country music career, and the healing began. The Lord intervened and brought about radical transformation with her and her husband, ending their separation. Healing came to Voland’s music, too, as she began serving at her church, Longhollow Baptist Church.
“When I first started leading worship, I had just come out of that atmosphere where you’re graded on how well you perform, and in the first year or two I really struggled with that,” Voland said. “But now I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter if I don’t do this perfectly. It’s about my heart being in the right place. It’s about reflecting God’s glory and goodness, creating an atmosphere where Christ can woo his bride.”
Starting in the summer of 2015, Boggs and Voland’s initial mutual respect turned into worship partnership, as they started co-leading worship regularly at Kairos, a ministry of Brentwood Baptist Church where Boggs had been leading since 2008. It didn’t take long for them to realize there was something special when they’d team up.
“When we lead worship together, there’s just something significant that happens,” Boggs said. “There’s something that’s just, other.”
After a couple of years leading together, they and their spouses felt led to start dreaming of how they could take their spiritual synergy to new places.
“We could probably both be on the same path that we had been on and be fine,” Boggs said, “but this holy curiosity I think just grabbed ahold of me, thinking, ‘I wonder what’s possible.’”
The first churches they’d share the music with, naturally, would be their own. The congregations at Kairos and Longhollow not only were enjoying the duo’s new original songs, but were responding powerfully.
“As we saw the response, we thought maybe these songs are something God has given us to help congregations all over the world be able to express their hearts to the Lord,” Boggs said.
That realization has led them to where they are now, readying their first nationwide recording as Brooke & Boggs, an EP called Wildfire.