David Yonker releases second CD

NEW RELEASE: David Yonker shows off a copy of his latest CD, "Rock Stories," which is now available for purchase. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

NEW RELEASE: David Yonker shows off a copy of his latest CD, “Rock Stories,” which is now available for purchase. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

WHITE CLOUD — When David Yonker chose to release his second CD, he named it after an inanimate object — but that object has a “powerful story.”

The CD cover shows a rock with Sharpie-inscribed words and numbers.

“This is the thing that makes the CD what it is,” Yonker said, tapping the photo. “That rock has a powerful story behind it. There are 12 dates and 12 initials on that rock, and they’re all times when God has done measurable miracles in my life. These are events that are so big, so huge, that there’s no other explanation than a miracle.”

For example, one of the inscriptions reads, “Colin Iraq.” Those two words serve to remind Yonker of July, 2007, when his eldest son, Colin, was serving in the military and riding in the back of a Humvee which hit an improvised explosive device, or IED. While his captain, who was driving the vehicle, sustained major injuries and lost several limbs, and the other passengers also were seriously hurt, Colin didn’t seem to be injured.

PERFORMING: David Yonker sings on stage during one of his band's shows. (Courtesy photo)

PERFORMING: David Yonker sings on stage during one of his band’s shows. (Courtesy photo)

“However, he had hit his head very hard when the IED went off, and even though he was wearing his helmet, later his brain began to swell and he was flown to the Baghdad hospital,” Yonker said. “After a while, the swelling just went down on its own.”

Colin escaped with a concussion and a bruised knee, while others in the vehicle were not so lucky. Yonker learned of the explosion on a Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, when he went to church, an older woman rushed up to him.

“She said, ‘What happened to Colin?! God woke me up at 3:15 in the morning and told me to pray for your son,’” Yonker said. “She was a prayer warrior, who had pledged to pray for his protection. I told her what happened and we both wept and praised at the same time.”

Later, Yonker said he calculated for the time difference and the woman woke up at the same time the IED exploded.

The inscriptions on the rock are to remind Yonker of these and other miracles in his life, and were the inspiration for the title track, “Rock Stories.”

IN CONCERT: The David Yonker Band performs in Pocket Park in this 2015 photo. (Pioneer file photo)

IN CONCERT: The David Yonker Band performs in Pocket Park in this 2015 photo. (Pioneer file photo)

“The goal of what I was trying to do with this project, and what I intend to do when we play it live, is to challenge people to think about when has God moved in your life?” Yonker said. “I know as a believer in Christ God that He can do great things in our lives — all we have to do is get out the way and let Him.”

Yonker wrote all 12 songs on the CD and recorded them with his bandmates. Since the recording sessions and before the CD came out, however, two of his band members moved to Ohio after getting new jobs. He’s currently looking for new musicians to join the David Yonker Band.

“I would love to talk to people with the same heart, same focus with music that we’re trying to do,” Yonker said. “We’re making music to share the gospel message, through music as well as personal testimony.”

The CD is available by contacting Yonker through his website, davidyonkerband.com, the band Facebook page, and from Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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