FOCUS Collective

Who we are

The FOCUS Collective began in 2010 as a worship team of missionaries serving at FOCUS events. Since then, the Lord has brought together a diverse mixture of musicians from both within and outside of FOCUS. Though we serve together, we are a collective because each of us is pursuing our individual callings to serve God in music through various avenues.

The FOCUS Collective logo is a sketch of a stained glass window, which represents the many different parts and facets of the Body of Christ coming together, reflecting the light of Christ in unique but unified ways.

This ministry of music is connected to our work with “A Beauty Initiative within FOCUS,” which is exploring ways to evangelize through the power of beauty.

“FOCUS Collective is bursting with talented musicians and singers but, more importantly, with authentic piety and devotion. During our Mount 2000 retreat for high school students, they kept the retreatants engaged with upbeat songs during concert time and they also helped the teens maintain a spirit of prayer during the Sacred Liturgy. They are easy to work with, show great reverence for the Blessed Sacrament and know how to use music to encounter God.”
Msgr. Andrew Baker, Rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland

SHAUN GARRISON is a worship leader and missionary in FOCUS. As a song writer and recording artist he released his debut album "Exceeding" in 2015 and co-produced/recorded the "Origin" album by the FOCUS Collective released in 2016, writing two of the original songs. Learn more at shaungarrison.com. He has led music for FOCUS events since 2010, and has played for various retreats and conferences across the United States and Europe, including World Youth Day 2016 in Kraków, Poland. Shaun works at the FOCUS National Office with Leah Sedlacek and Gina Koshute, spearheading “A Beauty Initiative Within FOCUS” which explores how true beauty can evangelize the culture and inspire people to know Jesus Christ. Shaun and his wife, Joy, have five amazing children and live in Denver, CO.

Leah Sedlacek has co-led worship as a violinist and vocalist at FOCUS national conferences, has co-produced the FOCUS Collective’s first album “Origin” and has played at numerous events, including World Youth Day 2016 in Kraków, Poland. Leah is also an accomplished classical violinist and studio musician, having tracked violin on numerous albums and performed at world-renowned venues. Leah holds an undergraduate degree in violin performance from The Catholic University of America and a graduate certificate in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy from the University of Denver. She serves at the FOCUS National Office with Shaun Garrison and Gina Koshute, spearheading “A Beauty Initiative within FOCUS,” which explores how true beauty can evangelize the culture and inspire people to know Jesus Christ.

JohnMarc Skoch is an avid singer/guitar player that writes both Christian and Singer/Songwriter type music.  In 2016, he collaborated with FOCUS to release the "Origin" album, where his song ‘Help My Unbelief’ made its debut.  In 2017, JohnMarc released an EP of all original work that can be found by searching ‘JohnMarc Skoch’ on iTunes, Spotify, and other major music outlets.

Adam Bartlett is a composer and conductor of Catholic sacred music and serves as the president and editor of Illuminare Publications. His publications for parish liturgy include Simple English Propers, the Lumen Christi Missal, Lumen Christi Simple Gradual and Lumen Christi Hymnal. Active as a speaker, teacher, writer and clinician, Adam speaks and presents on topics of liturgy, music and the new evangelization throughout the United States and English-speaking world. He has served as a collaborator in the FOCUS Collective since 2015, conducting student sacred music choirs at SEEK and SLS and offering leadership, training and formation to FOCUS students and staff. He resides in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and two daughters.

Kenny Kohlhaas is a professional recording artist, guitarist and vocalist from the Washington DC area. He has traveled the world playing large festivals as guitarist for world famous Gospel Artist BeBe Winans, and has played live and recorded in the studio for many other national and local artists. Kenny has performed at many of the main DC area venues and toured internationally. He has played guitar in front of major world leaders, including President Obama, and most recently performed with Marie Miller on a main stage performance for Pope Francis and 750,000 people in Philadelphia. He also played guitar in the house band for the historic 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the Lincoln Memorial steps in Washington DC.

Kenny released his debut self-titled album in 2012. It is available on iTunes. He is currently working on a follow-up album, so stay tuned! Find out more at http://kenny.band.

Sarah Kroger is a worship leader, singer-songwriter currently based out of Atlanta, GA. She travels the country full time leading music on retreats, conferences and parish missions. Sarah has served as a part of the FOCUS worship team for the past 7 years of conferences. You can find out more information about her ministry and music at sarahkroger.com.

Luke Roman is the Worship Associate Minister for Brentwood Baptist Church in Nashville Tennessee.  He is a graduate of Belmont University where he studied Commercial Piano with an emphasis in Music Technologies.  Luke is married to Erica Elizabeth who is pursing her calling as a pharmacist in Nashville. Luke and Erica love running together, going to St. Louis Cardinal baseball games, and enjoying pizza night every Thursday evening with friends.

James Rosenbloom is a renowned musician and composer of sacred music. His works have been performed in twenty-one states, and in five countries. His debut album, “Small Things With Great Love” reached the top ten on the iTunes ‘instrumental music’ charts, and has been heralded as being, “a breath of fresh air” and one that “speaks to the love of the artist.” James is currently based in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he continues to pursue both composing and performing. To learn more, check out Jamesrosenbloom.com.

Richard Scott Since graduating Belmont University, Richard has been actively touring and recording in the Christian music industry since 2010. He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Matt Maher, Francesca Batistelli, Chris Tomlin, Brandon Heath, Aaron Shust, Laura Story, Bart Millard, John Guerra, and Apollo LTD. When he is home, Richard is actively composing for Music Bed and Soundstripe publishers.

Edwin Trahan has been leading and participating in praise and worship at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally for 20 years. With a Bachelors of Arts in Music Media from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he has played on, produced and recorded CDs with various artists. Edwin has an intense passion and love of worshipping our Lord through music. He derives his inspiration and creativity from the love of the Father, the gift of his beautiful family, and living in the foothills of the majestic state of Colorado.

Shawn Williams is a violinist, composer, and producer from Nashville, Tennessee, working with some of the biggest names in Christian and country music, performing and recording with artists including Martina McBride, Housefires, Colton Dixon, Sidewalk Prophets, The Vigil Project, Danielle Noonan, Shaun Garrison, the FOCUS Collective, and many more.  In 2015, he founded a Catholic music production company, Papercastle Records.  Shawn loves investing in artists, musicians, and songwriters all over the world. Whether in the studio or on the road, he is dedicated to pouring out every ounce of his heart and gifts into each project.

Shawn had the privilege of producing and engineering the first full-length record released under the FOCUS Collective titled ‘Origins’.

Find out more about recording / supporting Catholic artists: www.papercastlerecords.com.

Learn more about Shawn: www.musicbyshawnwilliams.com.

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