If you drop by Sneaky Beans on any given afternoon, you may find 28 year old Casey Combest sitting at one of the tables, drinking a coffee and mixing a track on his Mac Book. This Sunday night, you’ll hear his work firsthand – and the work of local worship leaders – as a CD release party is held for Jackson Restoration Project.
The CD, which Combest recorded, mixed and mastered in his home studio, is a gathering of local worship leaders like Ronnie Dennis, Jay Johns, Candice Thomley, Jennifer Smith, Josh Brister and Tom Edwards, among others, who have written original songs to benefit a local charity. The event is set for 7pm at Fondren Church which meets at Duling Hall. Mission First in West Jackson is the benefactor and all proceeds will benefit the group that provides a holistic approach to community care. Combest said “I really appreciate Fondren Church for getting behind this.”
Combest, an MC sociology graduate, says the project is the biggest he’s ever undertaken. “It’s definitely, from a work standpoint,” he said, “the biggest, coordinating so many people and all the logistics that entails.” Recording is a passion Combest cultivated in high school and college, whether playing in bands or laying down tracks for the likes of Furrows and his own band, Captain & Company. And the the technical side is something he picked up from being an avid reader. ” I like to figure things out.”
He also said that he took on recording to care about people. “I’ve seen so many folks taken advantage of, so it’s my mission to help take that person to the next level. I want to help foster their vision from start to finish.”
When he’s not in the recording studio, Combest is a youth ministry associate who writes curriculum and mentors young bands at Ridgecrest Baptist Church.