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“Gather in the Rambler” is Lisa and Spencer harmonizing to Spencer’s original acoustic songs. They harmonize about relationship, lessons learned, and the dust and dirt of real life.
Lisa and Spencer have been musical and life partners for a long time. Their first performance as a duo was at the Minnesota State Fair talent contest in 1981. Lisa sang one of Spencer’s songs, and they won their night, splitting the $100 prize.
They both performed in various bands throughout the 80’s, sometimes separately and sometimes together. In 1986, they both caught the eye of Star producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Spencer was signed as a writer, and placed a song on Janet Jackson’s multi platinum “Control” album. Lisa sang background vocals on most of their recordings during the 80’s and early 90’s.
In 1993, Lisa released a pop album with Spencer helping out with production. She scored the top ten hit “Better Than You” and the two traveled the country promoting her record “Walking in the Sun”. Here they are on the Jay Leno show:
Here they are performing together on “Friday Night Videos.”
As Lisa’s career was gaining momentum, she unexpectedly came down with a case of viral hepatitis. Her career was sidelined for several months as she recovered.
Spencer and Lisa have always loved country and folk music. In 1996, they relocated to Nashville where Spencer emerged himself in the songwriting community and Lisa sang on recording sessions. Spencer co wrote “Ooh Aah Crazy Love Thing” (with Tim Norton) and it was recorded by the Kinleys. Lisa sang on sessions for Michael Bolton, Amy Grant, and others. They also became regular performers at the Bluebird Cafe, performing Spencer’s country-folk songs.
In 1996, they were featured on the “Best of the Nest” feature on Nashville TV:
In 1998, they decided it was time to back away from their music careers and focus on raising their kids. They returned home to Minneapolis to be near friends and family. Lisa devoted herself whole heartedly to homeschooling, and Spencer became music director and pastor at Evergreen church in Bloomington.
Recently Spencer has started writing again, and they’ve started performing his songs again. “Gather in the Rambler” (or GITR) features the two singing in harmony, because that’s what they love to do.
Today Lisa also leads a choir and teaches voice lessons. Spencer teaches guitar privately and serves as a pastor at Evergreen church in Bloomington.
Where does the name “Gather in the Rambler” come from? It’s from their song “Traditions”. It evokes family and relationship, in the context of an ordinary, humble home. Lisa and Spencer even grew up in Rambler style homes. In fact, they still live in a rambler home.