All I Need
Chuck and Linda Sylvester are a husband and wife duo in the Southern New Jersey area. Chuck became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1974. He became interested in contemporary Christian music and began leading worship soon after he became a Christian. He spent over 8 years as a church music and worship director. Chuck has been immersed in music and recording since junior high school, when he was experimenting with multi-track recording by 'bouncing' tracks from one stereo tape recorder to another. He wrote his first brass arrangement in 1969 for a high school talent show, and worked as a professional bassist up until the mid '90's. A published arranger and MIDI programmer, Chuck has scored and produced music for dramatic presentations and video media. He has won awards in national songwriting contests, and continues to write contemporary Christian music. Linda was raised in a pastor's home. She has been singing since she was a toddler. Neighbors used to pay her a quarter to sing a song, so she was a professional vocalist at a very early age! On the CD, 'All I Need', there is a recording of Linda when she was only four from a gospel radio broadcast hosted by her dad. (Track 11, 'For God So Loved the World') Linda had to stand on a box to reach the microphone. More recently, Linda has taught many women's bible studies and is an avid reader. She especially enjoys singing with a worship team and filling in the alto part. People have said Linda's solo voice reminds them of Karen Carpenter. Linda: 'I'll take that as a compliment!' Chuck and Linda have led youth singing groups, mentoring kids and helping them get involved in ministry. They have also helped with the planting of two churches. Chuck and Linda Sylvester minister together in 'worship concerts' at local churches. They have also provided worship music for many banquets and weekend retreats. 'God has blessed us with a strong marriage, and we're glad to be able to work together in ministry.' One of Chuck and Linda's shared passions is to encourage God-focused, 24/7 worship. Chuck: 'So much of what we see in church today is focused on things other than spirit-and-truth worship of God. We want to be seeker-friendly, culturally relevant, and to perform with excellence. All of those things are great, but sometimes they can distract us from the primary reason we gather: to humble and yield ourselves to God, and bring Him our worship, praise, and yes- our very lives. So by the definition in Romans 12:1, real worship isn't just confined to that hour on Sunday morning; it goes on 24/7, wherever we are. As we live in recognition of God's presence and His sovereignty, people around us will see Jesus, not us.' Their CD entitled 'All I Need' focuses on the preeminence and sufficiency of Jesus Christ (see Colossians 2:6-10). Chuck and Linda live in Cinnaminson, NJ. They have three sons, one of whom is married.