The Top 10 LDS Musicians You’ve Never Heard Of, No. 8

Last time I told you all about the kicking classical composer Jennifer Thomas, who both plays and teaches violin and piano but also composes music for short films, television, and lullabies. This time, I’m moving you to the South that I love, where this next artist, to me, represents the best of the chilling and spiritual tradition of Southern Gothic music.

The American South is a beautiful and mystical place that is near to my heart. Readers who are familiar with the beginnings of the LDS Church might notice a strain of folk mysticism that Joseph Smith grew up with, and I believe that in many ways those traditions were carried over in the American South. It gives the whole South a spiritual feeling that can only be experienced here. Some of you might listen to the more “traditional” LDS musician Michael R. Hicks, who writes lots of faith-based music, but fewer of you might be aware of his brother-in-law, Jeff Zentner, who, after a time in Nashville playing with Creech Holler, has been living and writing music near the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

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