Seth & Nirva Ready to Perform at SEU Faith and Family Night
SEU Faith and Family Night
SEU is excited to be hosting our first Faith and Family Night on Tuesday, January 23. The Lakeland Magic will be taking on the Greensboro Swarm at 7:00 p.m. in the Jenkins Arena in the RP Funding Center. As a special event for game attendees, Seth Ready, an SEU alum, and his wife Nirva will be performing a post-game concert. The concert will be free of charge to ticket holders and will begin immediately following the game.
SEU will be featured throughout the evening with a student singing the national anthem and students from Pathways School of Excellence greeting the team as they come onto the court. There will also be a performance by the SEU drumline. SEU students, faculty and staff are looking forward to attending.
The community is invited to purchase tickets here.
About Seth and Nirva Ready
Seth and Nirva Ready’s home in Lakeland might be hard to miss. Parked in their driveway is a tour bus — something familiar to musicians. The Readys are a vocal duo whose music is a blend of genres in contemporary Christian, gospel and Christian pop. As residents of Lakeland, the couple spends a majority of their time traveling in the bus across the nation or flying overseas to perform in concerts. In the next few weeks, they are looking forward to being able to perform at home in Lakeland.
“We’re excited for a public setting to do ministry,” said Seth, an alumnus of Southeastern University.
Born and raised in Polk County, Seth decided to attend Southeastern after hearing about it from one of his youth pastors. “Southeastern was a fun and lively campus with a spiritual focus,” he said.
While earning his degree in mathematics, Seth started to pursue a career in the music industry. In his junior year, he was hired to sing backup vocals for Grammy award-winning artist Kirk Franklin. He took a break from school for a year to travel with Franklin and then returned to SEU to finish his degree. Following graduation in 2004, he continued to flourish as a background vocalist singing for a variety of Christian artists including Chris Tomlin, Donnie McClurkin and Cece Winans.
Nirva followed a similar career path. Born and raised in Chicago, she joined Grammy award-winning TobyMac’s Diverse City band after graduating from Fisk University. Seth and Nirva met backstage at a Billy Graham Crusade. They were singing background for artists — Seth for Kirk Franklin and Nirva for TobyMac — when a friend introduced them.
In 2012, they transitioned to serve as pastors to the young adults at The Crossing Church in Tampa. At that time, Seth and Nirva also started to record songs on the side and released an EP titled “I Need You.” They were soon contacted by Integrity Music, who offered them a contract. Their first album, “Never Alone,” with Integrity was released in 2016.
One of their songs, “Brother,” — a song they almost didn’t record — quickly made it to the radio. “When I first heard it, I didn’t want to record it. It was haunting and convicting. It was so relevant to what was going on in our country,” said Nirva.
The song shares the message of looking at your enemy and seeing your brother. “‘Brother’ is a reminder that everyone is created in the image of God. It’s good to forgive and not to harbor bitterness. We have to love when it is hard and difficult,” said Nirva. This is one of the songs they will perform at the Faith and Family Night.
In July of 2017, Nirva stepped down from the TobyMac Band to pursue music full time with Seth. “It is fulfilling to do ministry as a couple,” said Seth. Since then, the two released a new song at the beginning of 2018 with an album to follow.
Two highlights of their career together include performing in the UK and in Cape Town, South Africa.
“The UK had a post-Christian feel, but we could feel that God was on the move. It’s a location that we could see the nations represented,” said Seth.
The day that Seth and Nirva performed in the UK there was a terrorist attack on the London bridge. While they were initially hesitant to go outside the next day, they decided to walk around. At the location of the attack, Seth and Nirva saw a perfect double rainbow. “It was God’s promise over the city,” said Nirva.
Another city that made an impact on Seth and Nirva was Cape Town, South Africa. “In Cape Town, we could still feel the effects of apartheid,” said Seth. Seth shared how people came up to them after their concert to share the meaning that “Brother” had in their lives.
As the Readys look forward to the future and the release of a new album, they share advice for those wanting to pursue a similar career.
“Dig into scripture. Prepare and trust the Lord with your dreams. He will mold your heart,” said Nirva.
“Find good mentors that are in your field, glean as much as possible from them. More is caught than taught,” said Seth.
To learn more about Seth and Nirva Ready, visit their website.