our mission

The Psalms Project is a band setting all 150 Psalms to music in their entirety, including the essential meaning of every verse, a marriage of King David’s vision with modern worship music.

The Psalms Project is led by singer/songwriter/producer Shane Heilman, who has collaborated with over 70 musicians thus far, including Grammy nominees Phil Keaggy and Jeff Deyo and Dove Award nominee Jaye Thomas, to produce The Psalms Project’s first four albums.

Shane Heilman

Shane Heilman

Lead Songwriter & Producer

Is a worship leader, vocalist, songwriter, and music producer originally from Madison, SD. Before writing and producing Volume 1: Psalms 1-10 in 2012, he studied music performance at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and wrote and recorded five independent albums. He has performed all over the U.S. with various artists as a guitarist, vocalist, and worship leader.

Phil Keaggy

Phil Keaggy

Guitar on Psalms 22 & 26

Is a world-renowned guitarist who has been performing worldwide for over 50 years and has released over 50 albums. He frequently appears on guitar publications’ lists of the world’s greatest guitarists. He is a two-time Grammy nominee and a seven-time Dove Award winner.

Jeff Deyo

Jeff Deyo

Lead vocals Psalm 21

Jeff burst on to the worldwide music scene in 1999 as the lead singer of Sonicflood, whose self-titled, gold-selling album changed the trajectory of the Christian music industry. His live album with Sonicflood,  Sonicpraise, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2000. After leaving Sonicflood, Deyo released three solo albums on Gotee Records, including the #1 radio singles “More Love, More Power” 

Jaye Thomas

Jaye Thomas

Piano Psalm 6

Is a Dove Award-nominated artist and a full-time worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO. He travels the world leading, teaching, training and raising up a company of worshipers. He has recorded or been featured on more than 20 albums on the Forerunner Music Group record label.

Nick Engbers

Nick Engbers

Lead Vocals Psalm 12

Is passionate about preserving ancient hymn texts and enjoys dusting off and re-tuning hundred-year-old songs with new and folk-y tunes. Nick also plays in the indie-rock band Amos Slade, with whom he has released a couple of records, including their debut LP called Hungry Earth, which he used to jumpstart his own record label, SoDak Media Group. He recently had one of his original songs, “Bearers,” featured on the CBS show God Friended Me.

Ben Ady

Ben Ady

Lead vocals Psalm 28 & 33

He is a worship pastor and songwriter based out of Christ’s Church of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ. Ben is a graduate of North Central University, where he toured with many of their bands and was a writer on their worship albums Hearts of Fire and Always Remain. Currently, Ben is a member of CCV Music in Phoenix where he contributes as a songwriter and worship leader. Recent album projects include the Light and Shadow and Desert Sessions.

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Aubrey Dale

Aubrey Dale

Lead vocals Psalm 20

She studied vocal performance at the University of Sioux Falls from 2008-2010 and then left the University to pursue her role as co-founder/lead singer-songwriter of the Christian rock band, Scarlet Letter. The band toured extensively throughout the U.S. from 2009-2011 including multiple trips to Haiti after releasing their EP titled “I’m Alive.” In January of 2011, Aubrey accepted a part-time position as worship leader at Embrace Church and then later accepted the Worship Director position in January of 2012. She just released her first ever solo project called “Holes.” 

Jon DeGroot

Jon DeGroot

Lead vocals Psalms 10, 17, 22, & 35

He works as the superintendent of Central Minnesota Christian School. He previously worked as a Campus Ministries Coordinator at Dordt College, training students in the art of prayer, worship and small group leadership.  Previously he helped with The Crossing church plant in Sioux Falls, SD, in the area of worship.  It was here that he met Shane Heilman and numerous other musical friends with whom he participated in worship, prayer and various recording projects.  He has knack for making people believe he is better at things than he really is, and God likes him an awful lot.

Daniel Heier

Daniel Heier

Drums/percussion Volumes 3 & 4

Is a passionate drummer and teacher based out of Sioux Falls, SD. As an accomplished musician in jazz and commercial music, his talents have taken him on regional, national, and international tours. He is a member of the JAS Quintet who just released their second album, Bird Ritual Interrupted, and the Jazz Curators. Daniel has also shared the stage or studio with the Hegg BrothersJami LynnGeoff GundersonPhil Mattson, The South Dakota Symphony, The Diamonds, and many more.

Matthew Tims

Matthew Tims

Bass, strings, & keys, Volumes 2-4

Is the owner of Coming Hour: Worship & Music in Sioux Falls, SD, where he and his team equip worshipers across the globe with equipment, lessons, and resources to move in excellence in worship. He’s also a worship leader, a skilled multi-instrumentalist, and a passionate teacher. His greatest desire is to see musicians raised up into their fullest potential as a worshiper of Christ. 

John Kelly

John Kelly

Keys Volumes 2-4

Is a Sioux Falls native with a passion for worship.  He has received a degree in music performance from Black Hills State University and attended graduate courses in music theory and composition at the University of South Dakota.  John is currently occupied as the Music Director and Office Admin at The Point Is to Serve Church in Sioux Falls. John is married with two wonderful  girls. John believes that God has given him the talent of music for God’s glory, not his own.

Luke Lynass

Luke Lynass

Lead vocals Psalms 27 and 121

Is a pastor, songwriter, and aspiring videographer from Sioux Falls, SD. Growing up in the Black Hills, he writes with diversity of influences and genres. He’s played and produced with Tin Man Revival, led worship locally for years, and is set to release his first solo EP Arrivals // Departures in summer 2020. Luke loves a great story, good coffee, and can’t understand why he doesn’t live closer to the mountains.

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Melissa Breems

Melissa Breems

Lead vocals Psalm 4

She leads worship at James River Church in Huron, SD, as well as prayer gatherings throughout the state in conjunction with Awaken South Dakota.  She is a wife and mother of two beautiful daughters.  A prophetic singer and piano player, Melissa has a passion for ministering to the Lord and releasing His heartbeat through song.  

Darin Kaihoi

Darin Kaihoi

Lead vocals Psalm 9

Is a singer/songwriter from Sioux Falls, SD. He has been writing, performing, and recording since 2008. He has released two albums with his band, Fly Away Sparrow, and a solo EP titled Love Will Set You Free. His songs are influenced by nature, Scripture, and people.

Daniel Brunz

Daniel Brunz

Lead vocals Psalm 3 & 34

Is a singer/songwriter and worship leader from Sioux Falls, SD. He released his first full-length album, Formation, in 2011, and released his first album with his band, Tin Man Revival, in 2014. He is currently the pastor of City Church in Sioux Falls.

Ben Loper

Ben Loper

Lead vocals Psalm 31

He lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with his wife Carly and their 3 children. He serves as the Worship Pastor at First Assembly of God Church in Rapid City, SD. He started leading worship for his youth group in high school after having his life transformed by God’s love. Ben has played with many different musicians and worship teams and loves co-writing music with other musicians and worship leaders. He desires to see people draw closer to Christ through music and experience the same love and forgiveness that changed his life.  

Bethany John

Bethany John

Lead vocals Psalms 13, 23, and 34

She has been leading worship since 2006. She is also a passionate wife to Francis and mother to Judah. Her passion for worshipping Jesus was ignited when she was just a little girl singing her heart out at the small church her parents pastored.  She currently leads worship with various communities including Underground House of Prayer, Gate House of Prayer, and from time to time, Sioux Falls Regional Outpouring. In addition to worship, Bethany is also passionate about discipling youth in the Lord.

Lance Edwards

Lance Edwards

Lead vocals Psalm 1

He has been a professional recording artist for over 15 years. Recently he founded the Ministry Arts Academy, helping people grow in their music ministries. Also, Lance comes from a broken family and has had to overcome many difficulties in his life and now spends his time trying to help families and individuals heal through a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Matt Fjerkenstad

Matt Fjerkenstad

Lead vocals Psalm 24; background vocals Volume 2 & 3

He is a worship leader based out of Sioux Falls, SD. He has the desire to lead people into the presence of God through song. Matt and the worship team First Alive Worship released an EP in December 2016. Matt is married to his beautiful wife Gretchen and has three sons.

Joel Shotwell

Joel Shotwell

Saxophone Psalm 33

He is an active freelance saxophone player and educator based in Sioux Falls, SD. As an artist he regularly composes, arranges and performs with many groups in the region, as well as groups of his own creation. As an educator he has a large private studio and teaches at various camps and clinics around the area.

Judd Albrecht

Judd Albrecht

Bass guitar Volume 1

He likes to play bass, guitar and write songs. In addition, Judd also likes playing on the worship team at Arise Church in Sioux Falls. Judd’s favorite music that inspires him is funkadelic grooving tunes and epic movie soundtracks. He is very excited about where the Lord has taken him in his musical journey and will continue to trust the Lord as his journey continues.

Rachelle Hope

Rachelle Hope

Lead vocals Psalm 16

She is a singer, songwriter, and worship leader. Tour dates and music can be found here. She shares her faith through word and song and recently released her first album including “Bring You Glory” and “He Cries.” She serves Christ alongside her husband as God guides them in ministry together. They both have a passion for reaching the lost and ministering to young people by challenging them to be servants for Christ and to walk out their faith. Her passion is to serve Christ wholeheartedly through music and word and be obedient to His call (Acts 20:24).

Seth Dekkenga

Seth Dekkenga

Lead vocals Psalm 14

He is the founder and director of \’shift\115 worship collective, a worship ministry in the Sioux Falls area with a mission to build unity in the Church through Christ-centered worship to serve as a launching pad for outreach and evangelism. He has been leading worship for over twelve years with a passion for connecting with and encouraging people involved in various aspects of worship leadership. He and his wife of ten years have two boys, Jude and Levi. He enjoys spending time with his family, various outdoor activities, music, computers and technology.

Nick Poppens

Nick Poppens

Lead vocals Psalms 7, 11, & 29

He is the Media Center Director and Media Studies/Graphic Design Professor at the University of Sioux Falls, and recently finished his doctoral degree. He has always had a passion for singing and currently performs around the Sioux Falls area. He has collaborated with many artists, including Flame On Gospel (F.O.G.) on their track “Addicted” from their 2013 album Childlike Faith. He has been married to his wife Ronna for two years and enjoys photography, cooking, and traveling.

Setting all 150 Psalms to music in their entirety, including the essential meaning of every verse!

Chris Heesch

Chris Heesch

Lead vocals Psalms 5 & 19

He is a worship leader and songwriter based out of Sioux Falls, SD. He has just over a decade of experience leading worship, and has recorded a studio album, Change My Mind. Prior to full-time ministry, Chris was (and still is) a registered nurse. Chris is married to his amazingly beautiful and supportive wife, Nicole. As a worship leader, Chris’s passion is uniting excellent music with a genuine, honest presence from stage. Find out more at www.chrisheesch.com.

Deryck Box

Deryck Box

Lead vocals Psalm 6

Raised in Africa now in the United States, Deryck Box uses the depth of his cultural influences and experience to minister. His percussive acoustic guitar and power vocals give him a style all his own. His love to worship propels him into deeper places of music that have attracted and moved both the believer and nobeliever alike. Deryck says, “Worship is an expression of who we are. Music is the gift God has given me to share His heart with others.”

Emily Heilman

Emily Heilman

Lead vocals Psalms 8 & 15

She is married to Shane and the proud mother to Kaleah, Elijah, Jonas, and Ezra. When she’s not busy putting out fires, she enjoys homeschooling, sewing, having coffee with her girlfriends, and beating Shane at board games. When she needs a break from all the chaos, she enjoys working as an RN, teaching birth classes and taking care of new moms and babies.

Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell

Drums and Percussion Volume 1

He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He played for years with the worship band at The River as well as Church at the Gate in Sioux Falls, SD. He and his wife Maggie have a son, Noah, and currently reside in Ottertail, MN, where he plays with Firestarter Ministries.

Jordan Loftis

Jordan Loftis

Drums and Percussion Volume 2

He is a bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur, Bible teacher, podcast host, father of three, lucky husband of one, and certified health coach.His writing, resources, and videos focus on Christian living, self-improvement, and storytelling. His work has appeared in publications like Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, Adweek, and The Gospel Coalition.

Nathan Friend

Nathan Friend

Cello Volume 2

He is a software developer and cellist based out Des Moines, IA. He began playing the cello at age 11 and has been actively involved in music ever since. Nathan attended Dordt College and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Computer Science and Cello Performance.

Elizabeth Enalls

Elizabeth Enalls

Lead Vocals Psalm 30

Born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, Elizabeth has been leading worship for over 50% of her life. Her main passions are to see the name of Jesus lifted up in every way through music and to drink good coffee! She is available to guest lead worship or teach on the subject as well. Contact her at elizabeth.enalls@gmail.com.

We are always updating the bios on this page. If you don’t see someone that has participated in The Psalms Project we appreciate your understanding as we are working on it!

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Setting all 150 Psalms to music, including the essential meaning of every verse

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