Music Faculty

Nancy "Honeytree" Henigbaum

Nancy "Honeytree" Henigbaum, born April 11, 1952 in Davenport, Iowa is an American Christian musician and one of the leaders in what was known as Jesus music.

Nancy Henigbaum ("Honeytree" being a translation of her family's German name) was born into a family of professional classical musicians.  As a teen Nancy Honeytree was drawn toward the hippie kids at her school, University of Iowa High School, eventually drifting into the drug culture.  In 1970 she met some Jesus People at her sister's art school, and became one herself. After graduating, she worked at a youth ministry in Ft. Wayne, Indiana called Adams Apple, a part of the Jesus movement, and it was during these years that she began to write songs about her new-found faith, recording her self-titled first album in 1973.

 

“Billed simply as 'Honeytree' most of her career, the singer's folk rock-soprano style was influenced by mainstream artists such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Judy Collins, but her lyrics were largely dealing with one's personal relationship with Jesus Christ",

Still, she was somewhat unusual in that some of the songs on her albums were not just dealing with Jesus, but with friends and relationships, the loss of a friend, family memories and, increasingly, the solitary life of an unmarried Christian adult woman.  Her songs were intricate and at times, playful. "Hummer, Bummer, Bashmobile" recalled the trials and joys of her first car, using her blue Valiant as a metaphor for friendship, or, some said, Christ. Some of her fans fondly recall the pivotal line, "Sometimes the friends who give the strongest love/are the ones other people don't think much of... but that's the kind of love you need to get you by."

She continued recording throughout the 1970s and toured as a solo artist and with some of the best-known names of the Jesus Movement, such as Phil Keaggy, Mike Johnson, and Mike Warnke.  Her third album, Evergreen, is often considered among her best. As her career progressed, Honeytree's style shifted to a classical/bluegrass mix.

On October 30, 1983, Honeytree was formally ordained by her church, Calvary Temple, in Ft. Wayne, In.  During the 1980s she developed a ministry to single adults, a focus she maintains to this day.

In June 1990, Honeytree married John Richard Miller, also an ordained minister.  In 1995 the couple gave birth to their first child; however, he died less than three hours after birth.  After the loss, a song entitled "Up To Something Good" became a song of her faith. Three months later, the Millers were able to adopt another child, named William.

In the 1990s Honeytree recorded several Spanish-language albums and took her show on the road to Spanish-speaking countries.  In recognition of the fact that she was one of the few women pioneering the then-new field of contemporary Christian music, she is often affectionately referred to as the "First Lady of Jesus Music".

Discography Honeytree: The First Album 1973, Myrrh Records The Way I Feel 1974, Myrrh Records Evergreen 1975, Myrrh Records Me & My Old Guitar (live, double-LP) 1977, Myrrh Records Melodies In Me 1978, Myrrh Records Maranatha Marathon 1979, Myrrh Records Merry Christmas, Love Honeytree 1981, Sparrow Records Best of Growing Up 1981, Myrrh Records Single Heart 1985, Benson Music Every Single Day 1987, Milk & Honey Records Best of Honeytree Classics. 1989, Milk & Honey Records.   Resurrection Sunday 1991, Milk & Honey Records Pioneer (20th Anniversary Recording) 1993, OakTable Publishing, Inc. Dios Ha Abierto la Puerta 1994, OakTable Publishing, Inc. Change You Made in Me. 2000, OakTable Publishing, Inc. Call of the Harvest (in English and Spanish). 2005, OakTable Publishing, Inc.

Anne Schmidt

Anne Schmidt, singer, songwriter, worship leader, speaker and musician has been writing as well as performing Christian music for over three decades.  Anne writes worship music and together with her husband performs their original works in music ministry primarily to the church.

Anne Schmidt was raised in Waupun, Wisconsin, where from an early age she began expressing her love for music through musicals, swing choir, and her family’s local church.  After her father’s death at age 16, Anne found Christ in a deeper way when asked to do back-up vocals on a gospel album. The music she sang about didn’t match her life; it was here that her transformation began.

Anne’s love for the Lord and music followed her into North Central College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she sang in a group called “Heaven’s Praise “.  The group toured on behalf of the college in the U.S. and Canada. Upon returning home to Wisconsin, she married the songwriter who touched her soul and heart, Gene Schmidt, together they have been doing music ministry for as long as they have been married, 35 years.  Anne’s passion is leading in worship, she delights in taking people to that place where their Spirit finds peace and rest; she’s mastered the ability to develop intimacy with God through learning to soak in the secret place of His presence. From workshops, conventions, women’s retreats, to your Sunday Worship Service; Anne brings an intimate expression of worship that brings comfort and hope.

Anne and her Husband Gene Schmidt, singer, songwriter; were founding members of the Contemporary Christian Band “Rapture”, then years later, “Remnant “.

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Both Anne and Gene formed a community of Christian Artisans by founding (Christian Songwriters and Musician’s International), CSMI csminetwork.com, where they network, mentor, and facilitate the connections of songwriters with artists, producers, and musicians. Their passion is to mentor and equip the next generation of songwriters and musicians on their artistic journey. CSMI exists to equip the songwriter and musician with tools for their music ministry as well as network them with people in their craft.  From producers to venues, CSMI is a community and mentorship that will take you the artist and the projects you promote, higher.


Together Anne and Gene Schmidt collaborate in writing, evangelism, and missions.. They both have worked for Hand of Help Ministries, an outreach to Romania’s orphans. (handofhelp.com) for three decades. Together they have three grown sons and reside in southeastern Wisconsin.

Gene Schmidt

Gene Schmidt, singer, songwriter, and musician has been writing as well as performing Christian music for over three decades. His genre-diverse original music has been heard on an International level as well as sung in different languages. His acoustic ability complements the numerous melodies which he has composed. His songwriting demands a cultivated palate to fully appreciate the burst of diverse flavors at play in his music.  Although his style is acoustic=based, the arrangements go much deeper, culling from ballad, folk, slapstick country, rock and contemporary.


Gene has composed hundreds of songs to include worship, various causes from homelessness, missions, right-to-life, human trafficking, political campaigns and songs for the persecuted church.(schmidtsongs.com).  Gene has traveled extensively sharing his music and ministry in Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, and a country most dear to his heart, Romania.


Gene is founder of Christian Songwriters and Musician’s International), csminetwork.com, where he networks, mentors, and facilitates the connections of songwriters with artists, producers, and musicians. His passion is to mentor and equip the next generation of songwriters and musicians on their artistic journey. CSMI exists to equip the songwriter and musician with tools for their music ministry as well as network them with people in their craft.  From producers to venues, CSMI is a community and mentorship that will take you the artist and the projects you promote, higher.


For over 35 years Gene and his wife Anne Schmidt, singer, songwriter, and worship leader, have traveled sharing music ministry and working for Hand of Help, an outreach to Romania’s orphans.(handofhelp.com). Together they have been married for 35 years and have three grown sons and reside in southeastern Wisconsin.

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