The music at the Center for Spiritual Living – Olympia is as diverse as our members. We lift our spirits and voices with contemporary, engaging music that helps the presence of spirit come alive during services. Music Director, Brent Pendleton and Vocal Leader, Amy Shephard support our weekly Sunday Celebration messages with music that touches the heart and makes you want to tap your feet.
BRENT PENDLETON, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND ACCOMPANIST
A native of Texas, the focus of Brent Pendleton’s life and career has been on music. He was writing songs on his grandfather’s piano at the age of four. In the late 1970’s he played in a band that included his father and sister.
He subsequently toured the country with bands playing fairs and opening for such acts as the Beach Boys, Shelly West, and Louise Mandrel. Brent was also active in the recording circuit, producing over 150 sessions in Dallas recording studios. In 1994 he was the bandleader for 12-year-old LeAnn Rimes, and returned to work for her in 1998, performing in all her concerts and television appearances. He later worked as a writer and producer.
Brent worked for TVW for several sessions before going to work in the Lieutenant Governor’s office in June 2009. He was nominated for an Emmy award in 2007 for a musical interview show he produced titled “Northwest Notes.” Brent lives in Olympia with his wife, Mary, and three children, Breanna, Cierra and Miles.
AMY SHEPHARD, SONG LEADER/GUEST VOCALIST
Amy Shephard is a professionally trained actor, dancer, and singer. She is trained in several techniques including, Viewpoints, Shakespearean, Physical Theatre, Voice, and Film Acting.
She received her Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts with a focus in performance from The Evergreen State College in Olympia in 2009. During 2011-2012 Amy attended graduate school in England at the University of Exeter and graduated with honors receiving a Master’s degree in Applied Drama. Favorite roles include The Mouse in Olympia Family Theater’s production of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Maria in Animal Fire’s production of Twelfth Night or What you Will, and Nell Gwynne in Harlequin Productions production of Or. Amy loves working in the theatre that encourages community development and educational enrichment.
She spends her free time hiking and researching whales.