March 3, 2019

Debra Lynn Rodriguez

My name is Debra Lynn Rodriguez and I am a singer, a storyteller, and a worship leader. I am tattooed, often barefoot, and was raised singing in the hills of Appalachia. As a singer, I draw from a deep well of musical tradition. My earliest memories are ...


My name is Debra Lynn Rodriguez and I am a singer, a storyteller, and a worship leader. I am tattooed, often barefoot, and was raised singing in the hills of Appalachia. As a singer, I draw from a deep well of musical tradition. My earliest memories are of singing at my mama’s piano, tambourine in hand. I am heavily influenced by gospel, country, and bluegrass music. It’s those roots along with my personal experiences and life within my community which most inspire my songwriting. 

 

As a worship leader, I believe deeply that worship is about more than a routine visit to temple or synagogue or church, but is a lifestyle which employs and influences every aspect of our human experience. I intentionally engage diverse communities to explore how faith and worship intersect everyday life. I love to witness as people discover faith and spirituality through authentic and personal experiences and I work to help facilitate the opportunity for those discoveries. Since 2011, I've served as Pastor of Worship and Director of Arts at The Gathering Place Atlanta (lgbtchurch.com) and you can find me leading worship in all kinds of places - people's homes, on a sidewalk, in the woods, even live on Facebook!  Making music and making friends, I want to connect with folks inside and outside the Church to consider and re-envision our ideas and approaches to worship and community, embarking on a journey together to learn and teach the art of living worship.

 

I released my first full-length album of original music in 2015 and am currently cozying up to a batch of folk/soul tunes, gearing up for a new recording project- yippee!