SEU Presents Faith & Family Night
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About Faith & Family Night
SEU is excited to be hosting our first Faith & 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 and our step team, RDG. SEU students, faculty and staff are looking forward to attending.
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. She and Seth met for the first time backstage while Nirva was singing with Toby at a Billy Graham Crusade. They were married three years later.
In 2012, they began 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 onto the radio. “When we first heard it, we were hesitant to record it. We wondered if we could sing these lyrics with one hundred percent honesty,” said Nirva. “Could we really say that we see a brother when we look in the face of our enemy? This question was haunting and convicting.”
“With all that was going on in our nation though, we felt that this message was needed. And, even if we might not be there quite yet, it could serve as a vision caster for the kind of people we wanted to become,” said Nirva. “‘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 choose to love even when it is hard and difficult,” said Nirva. This is one of the songs they will perform at SEU Faith & Family Night.
In July of 2017, Nirva stepped down from the TobyMac Diverse Band to pursue music full time with Seth. “It’s fulfilling to do ministry as a couple,” said Seth. Since then, the two released a new song at the beginning of 2018 called “We Won’t Back Down.”
When asked about a memorable moment that sticks out over the past year, they recall attending a service at the historic St. Paul’s Cathedral in the UK. It was an international prayer service with people gathered from all over the world. During the event, about half a mile away, there was a terrorist attack on the London bridge. “Thankfully we made it safely back to our hotel,” said Nirva. “The following day we visited the memorial site and were comforted by the strength of all the people praying and bringing flowers. Shortly after this we saw a perfect double rainbow over the city, which reminded us of God’s redeeming promises to His children, even in the midst of overwhelming tragedy.”
Another memorable moment for Seth and Nirva was their trip to Cape Town, South Africa. “We could still feel the effects of apartheid,” said Seth. “There is still much work to be done in the area of reconciliation. And we were honored to be a part of a festival focused on gathering people together in unity.” Seth shared how people came up to them after their concert to share the meaning that “Brother” had in their lives.
Looking to the future
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.
Study the scriptures in depth. Continue to be faithful where you are while preparing for your future. You can the Lord with all your dreams. “God gives us the desires of our heart, He’s just not in a hurry sometimes.” said Nirva.
“Find good mentors that are in your field, and glean as much as possible from them. It is often true that more is caught than taught,” said Seth.