Lee Holmes brings good music, good works

Good Samaritans can be Bon Jovi fans, too.

Just ask Lee Holmes, the local musician who frequently plays rock covers at venues like Houlihan’s and Picasso Pizza.

Then, right when you’ve finished rocking out to a Matchbox 20 tune, Holmes slips a worship tune into his set.

It’s a risky move, but Holmes doesn’t want to bring his passion for Christian music only to churches.

“Those people already know the message,” Holmes said.

He’s all about message.

A couple years ago, after spending time performing on the secular scene, Holmes felt a push to add a greater sense of purpose to his music.

“God really was speaking to me, calling me to do His will instead of my own,” Holmes said.

The result? A recent CD project that benefits a Good Samaritan fund at Shoal Creek Baptist Church in LaGrange.

All proceeds from the $10 “Lee Holmes Good Sam Music” CD go to the church’s Good Sam Ministry.

It’s an effort to help local families in need.

In Columbus, the CD is available at Gorilla Guitars (1038 Broadway) and Sanctuary Christian Store (2511 Airport Thruway).

Holmes hopes Good Sam Music will release annual CDs. He’s already planning a compilation CD of local Christian artists, slated for release next year.

And despite talk of genre barriers and musical rigidity, Holmes maintains it’s possible to take his message to all kinds of venues — and play it right beside Bon Jovi.

“I don’t just lead off with just praise and worship. It’s definitely not meant to go beat someone over the head with it,” he said.

“It’s just a matter of being a good entertainer.”

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