Each extraordinary artists in their own right, Nirva Ready—a Chicago native and daughter of Haitian immigrants—is familiar to fans around the world as a singer and dancer in TobyMac’s Diverse City Band. Joining the group shortly after her graduation from Nashville’s historic Fisk University, where she was a member of the renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, Nirva has traveled with the iconic GRAMMY®-winning artist for more than a decade, and it’s an honor she doesn’t take lightly.
“It means a lot to be a part of such a huge team that influences so many through the art of music for the Kingdom of God,” she says. “I've learned so much musically as well as spiritually, and I'm humbled to share the stage with one of the most popular Christian artists in the field. It far exceeds anything I could have dreamed.”
Traveling a similar path, Seth Ready’s resume also boasts a who’s who of top Christian and gospel artists. Growing up in central Florida, the self-described “gospel music fanatic” spent hours alone in his room singing, emulating influences like Andrae Crouch, The Winans, and Fred Hammond. Such dedication to his passion afforded Seth a series of opportunities in college that ultimately landed him at the doorstep of one of urban gospel’s most groundbreaking talents, Kirk Franklin. Following a tenure with the multi-platinum artist’s Hopeville Tour, Seth has also been a background vocalist for such names as Chris Tomlin, Donnie McClurkin, and CeCe Winans, to name a few.
While Seth & Nirva began their journeys in different musical circles, it wasn’t long before their paths began to cross. “Nirva doesn’t remember the first two times we met, so I obviously made a big impression,” Seth says with a laugh. “I first met Seth in San Diego at a Billy Graham Crusade,” Nirva recounts. “We were each singing background for artists that evening—me for TobyMac and Seth for Kirk Franklin—and a mutual friend introduced us.”
Never Alone, Seth & Nirva’s faith-empowering debut full-length album set for release on Integrity Music. Produced by Bryan Fowler (TobyMac, Aaron Shust) and featuring songwriting collaborations with Michael Farren (“Let It Rain”), Mia Fields (“Savior King”), Jacob Sooter, Israel Houghton, TobyMac, Victor Oquendo and BJ Putnam, Never Alone picks up where their 2014 EP I Need You left off.
Sonically, Never Alone explores the veteran background vocalists’ unique styles, with even more diversity than before. From the solid R&B groove of “Pour It Out” to the modern pop anthem of “Unconditional,” to the ballads and calls to worship on the album, Seth & Nirva carve out a distinctive blend all their own. “Our sound—much like us as a couple and as individuals—doesn’t fit any traditional genre category very well,” says Seth.“It’s a bit more diverse stylistically than a lot of artists and difficult to categorize, but this is who we are.”
In these, as in all the songs on Never Alone, Seth & Nirva drive home the eternal truth that God is present, on the move and that as believers, we are part of God’s story as He is part of ours. What theologian Dallas Willard calls ‘playing to an Audience of One,’ where He becomes our safe place, a refuge from lesser things, a place wherein our reverence for Him and dependence on Him becomes wisdom by which He empowers us to become all we are created to be.
“We want to be part of helping our brothers and sisters recover their courage,” Seth adds, “develop their character, grow in their understanding of the biblical worldview and connect with God on a daily basis through study and worship.”
“We want to use the gifts and tools God has given us—in the context of singing and making music—to serve and encourage the Church, as well as to take part in the renewal He is bringing about that will enable us to stand firm and impact our spheres of influence with the Gospel in a day when culture is set against us.”
Episode | September 21st, 2020 | Season 2 | 57 mins 19 secs
We continue our God and Government series with special guest Dr. Carol Swain.
Episode | September 8th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 10 mins
Special guest Lawrence W. Reed is President Emeritus; Humphreys Family Senior Fellow and Ron Manners Global Ambassador for Liberty. We discuss socialism, whether or not it is tenable as a form of government, and how it relates to theology.
Episode | August 31st, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 10 mins
Special Guest Doug Van Dorn joins Seth & Nirva for an episode on conspiracies, plandemic, and current events. You can hear our bonus episode where Doug discusses 9/11 and other topics by supporting us on Patreon!
Episode | July 20th, 2020 | Season 2 | 2 hrs 21 mins
Join us for an incredible Q&A session with Dr. Neil Shenvi and Samuel Sey as we discuss Critical Race Theory in the church, racial reconciliation, slavery, reparations, and much more.
Episode | July 13th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 27 mins
Dr. Dan Eichenberger returns to the show to give us an update on the current surges in COVID-19 cases, masks, and what we see in the news headlines.
Episode | June 29th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 51 mins
Join us for the next installment of our Open Forum on Race with special guest Ryan Bomberger.
Episode | June 22nd, 2020 | Season 2 | 2 hrs 59 secs
Our second week of the Open Forum on Race. On this episode we have Samuel Sey, writer and speaker who addresses social justice, systemic racism, and white privilege.
Episode | June 15th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 50 mins
Join us for a special open forum with special guest Dr. Neil Shenvi on Critical Race Theory, current events, and a Q&A with the audience.
Episode | June 8th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 9 mins
Seth & Nirva discuss recent events and the church's response to the murder of George Floyd.
Episode | May 25th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 37 secs
Founders of the Radiance Foundation, Ryan and Bethany Bomberger join Seth and Nirva on the podcast to discuss the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
Episode | May 18th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 7 mins
Our hosts begin the episode with a tribute to Ravi Zacharias, then discuss how we should approach the news media in seeking truth.
Episode | May 15th, 2020 | Season 2 | 48 mins 37 secs
Clay Jones is an associate professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot Seminary, Biola University. Seth and Nirva interview Dr. Jones on his book, “Why Does God Allow Evil?”
Episode | April 28th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 10 mins
CEO and Founder of Charisma Media, Stephen Strang joins us on Freemind to discuss his experiences in journalism, ministry, and his latest book: God, Trump and the 2020 Election.
Episode | April 21st, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 17 mins
Dr. Craig Keener, author of the two volume set documenting modern-day miracles joins us on Freemind with inspiring stories of healing and much more.
Episode | March 30th, 2020 | Season 2 | 34 mins 4 secs
Now that America has become the number one country in positive Coronavirus cases, Dr. Dan return to Freemind giving some perspective on what that means and what we can expect going forward.
Episode | March 24th, 2020 | Season 2 | 42 mins 14 secs
We interview Dr. Daniel J. Eichenberger, an internal medicine/pediatric specialist in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. Dr. Daniel has recently treated a coronavirus patient and offers great insight into the current pandemic.