​Tonight, Paisley Yankolovich's Final PHX:fringe 2012 Performance

You should know that the pleated, bejeweled part of Paisley Yankolovich's costume in this photo is a vibrant, mother-of-the-groom royal blue. The rest of his clothing is black. This combo, in the manner of Proust's madeleines, will recall the ubiquitous leggings, baggy sweaters, and big hair of 1985 for anyone old enough to have been saturated with those images.

Like Madonna, as well as all the girls debarking the R train to go to Greek Orthodox high school, Paisley blends punk and glam in his public style, which, like his Christian faith, is omnipresent and undeniable, and both of which, like his singing voice, are deliberate, strong, and almost immediately comforting.

It's because he's achieving exactly what he wants, and wherever he stands emotionally and/or spiritually at any given moment, he's compelled to share what he has available and grateful for the opportunity. That's a very cool attribute for a performing artist of any stripe.

The Liberal Soul, the song cycle Paisley's currently presenting at PHX:fringe (and other places), differs from much of his work up until now, in case you're familiar with any of it, in that it's performed without instrumental accompaniment and he didn't write most of the songs himself. Most of the songs are from the historic Negro spiritual genre and, as Paisley noted last night during his performance, the lyrics are intentionally repetitive. Returning to some of the roots of American Christian music with these songs is a challenge he set himself to keep growing as an artist.

Though Paisley spends occasional brief moments in the show witnessing and expressing his desire that all humankind practice love and be saved, I don't see anything here that should particularly bother the non-churched. (I'm 99.88% non-churched, myself, but I believe in the marketplace of ideas and choose to find other people interesting.)

Paisley's ministry (which, ideally, comprises his every moment) is about acceptance and outreach to marginalized and alternative communities and individuals, so even if you're avidly, strictly atheist, his message contains useful information if you're at all motivated to co-exist with your fellow beings. He knows none of us is flawless, but he's not fond of hypocritical self-proclaimed Christians, either, so you'll have that in common. And the serene confidence of his posture, his eye contact, and his guileless smile will soon dispel any fears you have of a crafty agenda.

Though the music is powerful and moving, the effect of sitting through Paisley's performance can feel like the aftermath of a meditation or massage. Analysis may be counterproductive.

The sad news is that you have only one more chance to see him at this year's PHX:fringe. The good news (independent of the Good News) is that Paisley Yankolovich is a Valley institution and if you want to find him in the future, he's pretty easy to find.

Julie Peterson
Phoenix New Times


Paisley Yanklovich’s perspective is Christian-based, his music is nothing near what you'd hear in the halls of the Trinity Broadcast Network. 

Rather, Yankolovich delves deep into his personal life to bring to light stories of personal redemption and weathering rejection, even from those claiming the same beliefs. 

With a showman's stage presence, Yankolovich’s Rocky Horror-style calls out to the masses, mainstream and outcasts alike, with a message of acceptance and love beyond mere tolerance

Nia Maxwell
Fiddler's Dream 
Phoenix, Arizona


On November 4, 2006, I did a piano/vocal performance of a song cycle developed just for the occasion, "Psychotic."

The concert was recorded for a CD release that has taken almost five years to come to fruition.

Despite its spotted history and inherent flaws, I am beyond proud of this work. It changed the course of my musical journey forever. 

"Psychotic" is now available for FREE download on my website,www.paisleyyankolovich.com.

Click on Lyrics/Music and consume...


Sunday Funday: Burt Bacharach meets Mildred Pierce on the north side Leslie Barton, Phoenix New Times

 Weve got a serious case of the Sundays. Head still pounding from New Years Eve, its Sunday, January 2, and we need the soulful twilight ministrations of Paisley Yankolovichs The Liberal Soul.

 Pastor Paisley is a disciple of God and devotee of Burt Bacharach, but we also sense a costuming collision of Mildred Pierce and Liza Minnelli. Delighting in catty metaphor while twitching his dark eyebrows, Yankolovichs YouTube sermons have the allure of public access television. When he transforms that into his one-man show, he preaches the word of Yahweh wearing clunky steampunk boots and glittery cocktail dresses.

 I concentrate on the audience-to-be, says Yankolovich about his preaching preparations. [I] pray for them, keep in mind that each person is different, each person matters, so that the show is always unique to the evening.

 Sundays, 7 p.m., 2011

 http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2010-12-30/calendar/sunday-funday/


Weird Christian Science
Jose Gonzalez, Phoenix New Times

While James Brown gave up the mantle of The Hardest Working Man in Show Business long ago (rest his soul), it seems that Valley performer Paisley Yankolovich is eager to be in the running for the title. One visit to his Web site and you'll see it riddled with show dates and appearances for nearly every evening. Plus, this year saw the release of the audio works Burn in Hell and Love Me Forever.

While Yankolovichs perspective is Christian-based, his music is nothing near what you'd hear in the halls of the Trinity Broadcast Network. Rather, Yankolovich delves deep into his personal life to bring to light stories of personal redemption and weathering rejection, even from those claiming the same beliefs. With a showman's stage presence, Yankolovichs Rocky Horror-style calls out to the masses, mainstream and outcasts alike, with a message of acceptance and love beyond mere tolerance.


.from www.myspace.com/azlocalreview 5/14/2009

The performing arts are those forms of art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artist's own body, face and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some physical art objects.

Paisley definately met the definition of performing artist! He was absolutly brilliant in ways he doesn't even realize. He stated that he does the work he does to get people to hear and see a different side of Christianity, however, he touched on a much deeper subject than that...individualism. We will be honest...we did not plan on staying for the entire show and we actually discussed how we would leave because "religious" music is not a forte of ours, except once we started to listen to his soundtrack (samples for the most part of various punk and industrial musicians) combined with his own lyrics we found a deeper message of having to struggle with being what society considers "different" and "unacceptable". He strongly vocalized a deep need to be acknowledged for his individualism and for the individualism of others who are in the same struggle within not only the Christian community but regular society. He also had a softer voice pleading for understanding and possibly even begging his God for comfort for the way he is and for being brave enough to openly admit his indifference against the norm of society.

If you read the first paragraph, which i figure you did, my only question is how much of Paisley is "Paisley" and how much is plastic that he has formed into his art form? There is so much going on: There is pro Christianity in its raw love all, forgive all, smile, and be happy form; pro gay; pro drag; a almost crazed schitzophrenic song delivery; and a almost blatant "something to shock" everyone and more with a very masculine overtone that throws you for a loop... I want to know where Pasiley starts and ends and where the performance art starts and ends...but again I dont because that would destroy the beauty of this show...my only comparison, as cliched as it is, is...David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, Aladin Sane, or The Diamond Dog. We now know where he and the alter egos started and stopped but it ruined the magic of what was a Bowie show.

We are planning to go and see Paisley again in the near future and highly recommend others to to go see what i would call a ground breaking artist


Jesus In Black Tights
By Cory Daniels, Masque Media

Gospel Recording Artist Paisley Yankolovich shocked fans and skeptics alike when he threw in the towel of conformity and followed his heart-and fashion cravings.

Dismissed as everything from a heretic to transvestite, Paisley has actually dedicated his complex art to the ministry of healing the misconceptions society has about all walks of life- specially the alternative vs. the religious communities.

By melding post-punk, industrial, techno stylings with showtunes about abuse, neglect, and the alienated majority, Paisley explodes in a one-man performance to rival the likes of David Bowie and Marilyn Manson. This is clearly a singular talent with an obvious calling.

He will be performing Fridays at Fetish Alive beginning at 7pm.

Admission is free.

Unless Paisley Yankolovich requires your soul.

Fetish Alive
1323 W. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
(602) 281-6040

"Outrageous"  Phoenix New Times (Best Of... 2007 & 2008)

"Our most charismatic performer since Jim Morrison"  L.A. Weekly


The Gospel According to Paisley
Christian p-artist offers "notorious" carols and other holiday fun By Benjamin Leatherman Phoenix New Times 12/24/08

It's a Christmas Eve tradition to spend time in the presence of the divine. If you're Christian, it's congregating with holy men spreading the blessed word of the birth of Yeshua (his Hebrew name, you dig?). If your soul seeks a more entertaining form of enlightenment, try hanging out with Paisley Yankolovich. The gonzo, cross-dressing Christian performance artist (and ordained minister, to boot) is offering a program of unplugged music consisting of acoustic versions of his glammy, non-traditional religious songs, "notorious versions" of Christmas carols, discussions of faith, and other holiday surprises.

Fellow strummer Larry Jensen also performs, and food and drink will be provided.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 7pm
Church Diverse @ The Secret Place
1527 W. Briles Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85085
(602) 318-2968
(There will be a special FREE Christmas Eve feast that begins at 6pm. All are welcome.)


Who's The Leader Of The Club?
Paul Landkamer
FaithWriters. com
11/23/08

In "Ready Or Not" on her Before the Daylight's Shot album, Ashley Cleveland sings about all of us going somewhere. Who is leading you there?Without Jesus' guidance, we're just like horses wandering aimlessly with a "That looks good; I think I'll eat it" mentality. Again, Paisley Yankolovich made a thinker's album with Leading Horses.

 Aimless lives often have us horses "Drowning in dirty water; splashing evil everywhere. We just love that dirty water. Hell's bells ring. We don't care." So many days I find those lyrics stuck in my head. The title track, "Leading Horses" jumps right into an intense industrial beat loop.My first impression was "Wow! This music's got some power!" Nobody'd accuse it of being a wimpy album either musically or lyrically. I call it "Industrial-Strength Paisley."

With a child's jeering rhyme, "Nyeah nyeah" sound, "Leading Horses" goes into a line, "We just joined the [sneered] cho-ir, we just joined the cho-ir," as if going through the motions was a great virtue. Joining the choir only so you can flaunt it is "splashing evil".

The second song, "Ticket to Ride" starts and I flinch. It's a re-inclusion from other Paisley albums with a message asking where is our culture going? We're going or being led places without our knowing it. The band, after whom the song, "Ticket to Ride" is named, didn't even know that Beatles' song, "Ticket to Ride." You're probably wondering why I flinch at "Ticket to Ride". Paisley uses expletives in the song in a way I can't quite go along with. Maybe I'm just an old curmudgeon, but I don't think the question, "Where has our culture gone?" needs to be worded, "Where the Hell has our culture gone." So I called Mr. Yankolovich on it. Paisley answered to the effect of 'That's the way it happened, so that's the way I wrote it.' Then, like he almost always does, he got me thinking again.

Paisley Yankolovich ministers to a completely different culture than my sheltered small-town Midwest culture. He's reaching out to the outcasts, prostitutes, homosexuals, cross-dressers, victims of abuse and others. I got to thinking about Dick Staub's book, Too Christian, Too Pagan, where he tells of missionaries getting off a plane, home on furlough, only to sneer and fuss about a group of people talking, "dropping the F-bomb" all over the place. Staub pointed out they just came from a culture totally different from the one they started from, and are now coming in contact with yet another culture. How can they accept one culture and condemn the other? It's really something to think about –as is, by the way, Staub's book. I guess I can see why Paisley did what he did, but like I told him, I can't play that song for people because of the words. I like Paisley's music, but he ministers to a very different culture from mine. I really like the way Yankolovich uses the line from the Beatles's "Ticket to Ride" in his version: "I think I'm gonna be sad."

When I first met Paisley Yankolovich and began studying his work, I asked around at some of the venues he's performed at, and asked some of the pastors with whom he's worked what they thought of Yankolovich's ministry.I only get assurances that despite Paisley's bizarre appearance and musical style, his heart's in the right place and his theology is sound and uncompromised.

 Track three jumps into an eerie minor mood with a very interesting version of "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands." He adds, to emphasize Jesus really has the "whole" world in His hands, that He's got the gamblin' man, the lyin' man, the craps-shootin' man in His hand. I'd like to hear Paisley's version of the song on the radio! And Paisley, who's your female back-up vocalist? She adds a neat touch to the song.

 "The Sex Song" came across at first as a song about how our culture pulls us in different directions. It has likes like "I like sex. I know you do too," and "Good girls don't. Good boys don't either". The song ends with "Let's hold hands" and goes into "Put your hand in the hand of the Man who stilled the water…" So I got that we're led in different directions, but that everything will be OK providing we let "the Man who stilled the water" have control of us. I asked Paisley if I got the song OK. I didn't.Paisley told me "The Sex Song" is about friends who had another friend die of AIDS. I may not have hit the nail on the head, but I my interpretation even goes along with Paisley's intent. I may or may not have hit on Paisley's intended meaning on the rest of these songs, but I hope he'll let us know where I went astray.

 The "Spirit of a Man" is an awesome creation, and it doesn't need Satan's temptation hanging around is the meaning I gleaned from track five. The temptation theme can even be heard in the beat loop which has (and I'll confess, I heard it) a bit of seductive breathiness in the recording. Suffice it to say, don't let everything that sounds good be embraced in your life. Satan is the great deceiver!

Track six is fairly obvious in its meaning. Still sticking with the heavy, industrial loops with crunching guitars and yes, even cowbell, "This World is Not My Home" expresses how "I can't feel at home in this world anymore"and "If heaven's not my home then Lord what will I do?" He clears up the doubt with "I know He'll take me home."

Like Mercy Me's "I Can Only Imagine", "Majestic Solid Rock" ponders how insignificant we can feel at times, yet we can know He cares for us. God's creation is so magnificent we can really feel tiny, but we're still loved.God IS the awesome God! By the way, "Majestic Solid Rock" doesn't sound a thing like "I Can Only Imagine".Both lyrically and musically, it's an original!

Track eight, "This is My Love (Kisses)" reminded me of "This little Light of Mine". When you've got the Truth, and love Jesus, you can't hide it.You've got to let it out in the open! Hide it under a bushel? No!

"The Vanity Song" attacks our vanity culture! Vanity or outward appearance is all lies. Don't get caught in that web. Then Paisley prays "Please call us by Your name."

Fences is a fairly common theme. Don't ride on the fence. Likewise, don't try to travel down the middle of the road. It's about the most dangerous place to be. "Right or left, who will be the master of our eternal destiny?" We might try to look pious, but too often it's "Jesus let me try Your way, until my flesh steps in today." Yes, "the fields are white with harvest."

Then comes that intriguing beat again as "Spirit of a Man (part 2)". "Man is wearing thin without You. Could we start again please?" Track twelve goes into the reprise of "Leading Horses". It's quite a catchy theme and beat –really easy to get it stuck in your head.

 Track thirteen is prayerful. It reminds us that when the Jews laughed at Jesus at His crucifixion, we were there, too. He paid for all our sins there. And another theme comes in where we like to get praise and pats on the back for the fruit of our wonderful talents. We can't forget the source of those talents. Give Jesus the credit! After all, He gave so much for us.

 And now, I'll slip that CD back into the player for yet another listen.Keep on ministering Paisley!


By Jose Gonzales
Phoenix New Times
Best Of Phoenix, 2008

There's a sly smile that highlights Paisley Yankolovich's face. It's the kind of bemused calm of knowing that the Christian performance artist's journey with Jesus is less a sunset-showered walk on the beach than an adrenaline-pumping roller coaster that invites people to hop on and throw up their hands at each hairpin turn.

Yankolovich's own life has never been a straight line between points A and B: "I had no intention of doing gospel music," he says. "I went to bed one night realizing I was going to quit my job." Once he was all in, it was all about pursuing his mission from God in a way that was as passionate and exciting as the bands and artists of his formative years in the Hollywood underground scene — a sharp contrast to the sterility of most Christian music. "If we're dealing with the creator of the universe," he ponders, "why is our creative process so boring and derivative?"

Yankolovich's music is indie-electro-pop with solid dashes of industrial influence. His unique singing voice — more affable, growl-tinged Muppet than Marilyn Manson — carves out his complex spiritual life in words. With his DIY ethic, he's gone freebie platinum, figuring that he's distributed over a million albums between handing them to folks and having them downloaded from his Web site (www.paisleyyankolovich.com). He casts his net even wider, constantly reaching out to fans and potential listeners on MySpace via his page,www.myspace.com/paisleyyankolovich.

Noting that he probably wasn't the only black sheep looking to flock with others, he created his Church Diverse ministry to reach out.

Yankolovich understands the ups and downs of a Christian life a little less ordinary. At Church Diverse services, held at the Alternative Health & Wellness Center in central Phoenix, Yankolovich isn't a fire-and-brimstone preacher as much as he's an evangelistic Eddie Izzard with the charm, sidebar humor, energy, and fashion sense that implies. The church regulars are a devoted bunch who warmly praise Pais' ability to weave his knowledge of scripture (he's studied extensively with some of the best-regarded Biblical scholars) into sermons that move beyond parroting straight-from-Jesus'-mouth red letters.

Yankolovich has proclaimed himself the most controversial Christian musician in the world, but it's not a matter of being on the fringe as much as it is just being himself. Simply, he says, "I have found the most effective way for me to make Jesus relatable to people."


CHRISTIAN SINGER/SONGWRITER PAISLEY YANKOLOVICH BEGINS WEEKLY "CHURCH DIVERSE"

"With over 200 concerts and appearances per year it's becoming evident that while it's awesome that so many people are coming to know Jesus through this ministry, there is a need for some follow-through." So begins Paisley when asked what inspired him to begin what he calls the "new church project," Church Diverse.

"What happens to these wonderful souls after the concert? It's great to get people excited about Jesus but everyone needs friendship, fellowship, and discipleship as well. That is my vision for First Night. There will be worship, Bible study, prayer, and hopefully, munchies. These meetings will be open to anyone and everyone regardless of religious background, age, or cultural/sexual orientation. The focus will be entirely on the Lord: getting to know Him, His Word, and His people."

Paisley says it is his prayer that not only new believers but seasoned soldiers will participate in this exciting new venture in his ministry life. "There has been so much support over the past three years, I'd really like to see that channeled toward the people my ministry is about reaching: people that for whatever reason don't feel they are getting what they need in the mainstream churches, people that are struggling with issues and need a smaller environment, or people who have yet to experience the love, joy, and safety that comes with knowing our beloved Jesus."

Sundays at 9:30am
Church Diverse @ Soul Invictus
1022 Grand Ave
Phoenix, Arizona
(602) 318-2968

Wednesdays at 7p0m
Church Diverse @ Trinity Lutheran
9424 N. 7th. Ave, Parish Hall
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
(602) 318-2968


Mass Appeal: A Midinght Mass w/ Paisley Yankolovich

Lotsa folks spend their Christmas Eve going to Midnight Mass. But we're betting the service offered up my your garden-variety preacher has nothing on the kinda glamtastic, gender-bending extravaganza that will be presented by Paisley Yankolovich.

The alternative Christian musician (who performs in women's clothing and describes his sound as "part glam rock, part punk rock, and part Eurotrash"), will present a special set of music from his album, "Zombies" as well as his upcoming disc, "When Love Dies"

re: The Ruby Room Xmas Eve 2007

Benjamin Leatherman
New Times
Phoenix, Arizona


Displaced

Controversial Modern Gospel Recording / PerformanceArtist Paisley Yankolovich releases 3-song EP inspired by and dedicated to the humanitarian efforts of Habitat For Humanity

Paisley states, "I decided to do this record to draw attention to the ongoing need for assistance to our displaced brothers and sisters. From the start, my ministry has not only been about global evangelism, but about real people taking real steps to battle indifference and intolerance and bring about social change."

The first song, "Sugar In the Water" (from the CD, ITCH), is a choir-backed Gospel effort dealing with one man's struggles to embrace the love promised to him in Christ. The "sugar" is the good from on high that meets us in our circumstance- the "water" in which we choose to drown.

The second, "Stand Around & Watch" (a rare, previously unavailable live recording), is a scathing but passionate cry for outreach towards people with AIDS. In this recording, Paisley asks how long some Christians can turn their backs on others who are living and dying in agony merely because of disagreement over life choices.

Finally, "Place 4 My Heart" (inspired by Habitat For Humanity), a song that is written from the perspective of a homeless person, a man frightfully aware not only of his circumstance ("winter's coming and I'm not sure where I'll rest my head") but of his Divine right to know love and compassion in this life ("I need a place for my heart to call home. A roof over my head with love to spare")

"I'm grateful that my life has room at this stage to purposefully create art and music that reflect the immediacy of the current human condition." Says Paisley, "I believe that there are wonderful people working endlessly not only to save souls, but save hearts and minds as well. They need our help: our prayers, our money, our talent, and our time and energy"


How I Eat Quiche 
By Paul Landkamer
FaithWriters.com

 Are YOU a real man or woman? What's "real"? Is it the TV or movie image?

Paisley Yankolovich tackles subjects in his Real Man album not often approached in Christian music. Like the last of his CDs I heard, Does God Sleep, Real Man is a thinker's album. Yankolovich raises questions on image, betrayal, deception, human frailty, inadequacy and failure, and hints at the obvious answer in Christ, but doesn't rub the listener's noses in it.

Quoted from his MySpace site:

Paisley performs alone in a VERY theatrical style. Imagine "Jesus Christ Superstar" done (successfully) as a one-man-act, add some Billy Graham and Rocky Horror and you've scratched the surface on the force of nature that is Paisley!

On hearing his music, and seeing his performance schedule, then pondering the above, about all I can say is, "Wow! I would love to see how he puts all that together!"

There are eight tracks on the CD and the lyrics (even after reading) beg for the album to be listened to over and over. Without God, life is a gamble. We're given dreams, time, gifts, relationships and so much. This first track, "Gambling Dreams" seems to ask that we embrace God and not just poke him to see if we can figure Him out. Track two explores our putting up false fronts. The third track attacks faddishness. We try to follow all the rules, and often lose track of where our sights should really be.

In "Mistakes", the fourth track, Paisley ponders old mistakes of his. I can't help but think of Jaci Velasquez's song, "Show You Love" and its, "I don't want to be the one to push you out of reach." Paisley admits his own errors in young-Christian zealousness. But Steve Taylor sings in, "I Want to be a Clone" when the young Christian wants to tell his friends, "What!? He's still a babe. He has to grow. Give it twenty years or so" It's a fine line to walk, but God's Word has to get out. (You didn't do wrong, Paisley, you may well have planted a seed somewhere.) Track five sings of so many people who know there's right and wrong, but are spiritually asleep in the Light. Often evil lurks where people try to avoid the light, and as in the song, it can erupt into abusiveness. The line, "Do you believe in Hell?  -- 'Cause Hell believes in you" is strong. It always makes me flinch for others. I pray the flinch isn't a self-righteous one.

"Take a Bow", track six, gives an analogy that at first, I thought was a bit irreverent, but on subsequent listenings, it's true. Buying a car is a commitment, as is giving your life to Jesus. And being reborn isn't as complicated as lots of people want to make it.

You have the right to be saved. It's like buying a car. You can walk right in -- Say, "It's my turn now" -- Lay down your sin and in the Throne Room bow -- Now Take A Bow

The title track contrasts living like a real man against the false images we're constantly barraged with. The question dances around all over the song, "What's a real man?" I hear only one Answer, though it remained unwritten in the song. The final track, "Die in My Arms" is on abusive relationships where one wallows in another's muck. The message is don't be pulled down into the muck. Rise above it.

Paisley Yankolovich's unpretentious electronic one-man-band style is refreshingly different, to say the least. He doesn't try to sound like anyone but Paisley Yankolovich. Listen to his work, and read his lyrics. You might acquire the taste. I know I did. Mr. Yankolovich, if you're reading this, I may not make it down to the Southwest to see you in concert, so when's your DVD coming out?


PAISLEY YANKOLOVICH - Real Man 
By Kevin Wierzbicki 
Rocknworld.com

Paisley is a one man band who sings over programmed beats and synth music, he loves God and writes Him into a lot of his songs, and he's, well, a little wacky. On "Stop Smoking" Yankolovich is quite serious about tuning into the Almighty to slough off the vice but he delivers the song as if he's Devo; it's easy to imagine a campy stage show that might go along with the song---a bevy of dancing cigarettes that burn out, their last puff rising skyward in the shape of a halo. Yankolovich actually has the voice of a bluesman---a bluesman on the edge---and the unlikely juxtaposition of that voice with modern beats works nicely for him. Yankolovich works tirelessly; you can find him out performing almost every night. He's also been known to give away his music; check it out at http://www.paisleyyankolovich.com


Does God Sleep?
by Paul Landkamer
FaithWriters.com
12/10/06

Paisley Yankolovich is an artist you can’t miss, should you ever get a chance to hear him! With a voice reminiscent of Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, Paisley sings a message of reality. There’s nothing sugar-coated about it. Summing up my first impression of him, he’s an honest, approachable, acoustic, computer-backed one-man band. I wasn’t used to his vocal style, but it very quickly grew on me.

Much of Paisley Yankolovich’s music, as heard on his Does God Sleep CD is thinking music. It throws a message at you and doesn’t give an obvious happy stereotypical answer.

The opening track, “There’s a Man” is a computer beat to a message of “There’s a man, going ‘round, taking names.” He sings of many names he’s taken down. I’ll admit my ignorance of this song, but Paisley doesn’t come right out and say who “the man” is. Whose list are you going to be part of? Track two sings of time without Jesus as being “Wasted Time”. The song’s got an intensity not often associated with an acoustic guitar solo. Paisley’s style begs the listener to tune in and hear what he has to say. “Cancer”, the third track starts off singing of hypocrites being a cancer on the body of Jesus Christ. He then goes into a theme switch that he sees himself in the hypocrite’s eyes, and how we’re all to get the planks out of our eyes before we start criticizing others.

“(We Just) Disappear” shows many typical Christians as feeling lonely, despite the fact that we’ve got Jesus. He sings of desperation, fussing, and so on. Then goes into how we often disappear when the going starts to get tough. We need to confidently fight the fight, and know Jesus is on our side! Track five is a bluesy, traditional-sounding acoustic solo of “Trampin’”, tryin’ to make heaven my home. “Sean Brown” is a haunting song of knowing about someone who’s searching, but not giving Jesus his life. Sean Brown died before making that commitment. The eerie minor-keyed song repeats the post-mortum question, “Sean Brown: where is Sean Brown?” Track seven challenged me a bit with one of the lines which give me a language-flinch. Is it cussing or not? I’ll let you judge: Paisley poses the question about worldly culture in “Ticket to Ride”: “Where the hell has our culture gone?” He also points out that there WILL be tears in Heaven, but Jesus will be there to wipe them away.

Track eight sings of suffering children. They may be victims of abuse, abortion, or maybe children who die without hearing the Gospel. He says, “Listen to innocence cry.” Yankolovich leaves a vivid picture when he sings, “They should be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, and not their own.” More abuse comes out in “Don’t Touch Me Anymore”. It’s also a song of anger, frustration and forgiveness. He sings that God still loves the abuser and tackles an even more difficult point: “And He loves you, though I don’t know why… and He loves you. –And so do I.” The last track poses a question we all likely ask from time to time when life gets difficult, or when we don’t have all the answers. The title song, “Does God Sleep?” asks why God gave him the people in his life, then asks if God sleeps. He answers it with an obvious, “I don’t think so.”

Yankolovich’s musical style is one of pure honesty. He doesn’t hold back. With five CDs of his now out, I’ll soon be adding more of his work to my collection! Check him out! You won’t be sorry.


            His third CD, “Does God Sleep?,” a rock opera of sorts, casts us into the world of Paisley Yankolovich. Combining theater and performance art, in a musical mix of style (rock, pop, country, grunge, dance, and more than a bit of Broadway), Paisley has reinvented the wheel, so to speak, and his new approach to music ministry (and the winning of souls for Jesus), is compelling.

            Paisley wears his heart and agenda on his sleeve. He may be behaving like a born-again Mick Jagger (or Johnny Rotten-depending on your knowledge of music history), but he is clearly here for a single purpose: to tell everyone about Jesus!

            “Does God Sleep?” is a self-produced collection of ten powerful and challenging works from a man who has lived every word he preaches. Whether he is confronting Christian complacency (“(We Just) Disappear”), encouraging the brokenhearted  (“Does God Sleep?”), commenting on the human condition (the volatile “Ticket To Ride”), or reveal some of life’s greatest challenges  (“Don’t Touch Me Anymore”), Paisley proves himself a force of nature.

            His take-no-prisoners approach, tempered with obvious compassion and life experience, has caused many to take notice of this unusual, new, Christian artist-not to mention his clearly established gifts of healing and prophesy. Paisley has stated, “As much as I love to sing and to perform the incredible songs God has bestowed upon me, it truly is the doors to fellowship and ministry the music opens that I crave.”

            Crave indeed. Paisley is known to stick around for hours after a concert, making sure that anyone who desires to speak to him, or receive prayer, is honored. “I love the people God has placed in my path,” says Paisley, “They provide the memories I take home with me at the end of the day.”

            “Does God Sleep?” has a street date of January 5, 2006. Advance promotional copies are available now!


PAISLEY YANKOLOVICH: ITCH

He doesn’t look, act, or sound like anyone in Contemporary Christian Music, he has been called a modern-day Keith Green (a moniker he challenges 
profusely), he is fast becoming recognized as one of the most compelling performers in the body of Christ, and thousands are coming to know the Lord through his unique music ministry.

His sophomore effort, “ITCH,” a rock opera of sorts, casts us into the world of Paisley Yankolovich. Combining theater and performance art, in a musical mix of style (rock, pop, country, grunge, dance, and a bit of Broadway), Paisley has reinvented the wheel, so to speak, and his new approach to music ministry (and the winning of souls for Jesus), is compelling.

Paisley wears his heart and agenda on his sleeve. He may be behaving like a born-again Mick Jagger (or Johnny Rotten-depending on your knowledge of 
music history), but he is clearly here for a single purpose: to tell everyone about Jesus!

“ITCH” is a self-produced collection of nine powerful and challenging works from a man who has lived every word he preaches. Whether he is confronting Christian complacency (“Save One More For Jesus,” “Sad Christmas”), encouraging the brokenhearted (“Clear Blue Sky,” “Sugar In The Water”), commenting on the human condition (the volatile “Itch,” “This Tattoo”), or just worshiping in song (“Under His Shadow,” “Liberty”), Paisley proves himself a force of nature.

His take-no-prisoners approach, tempered with obvious compassion and life experience, has caused many to take notice of this unusual, new, Christian 
artist-not to mention his clearly established gifts of healing and prophesy. Paisley has stated, “As much as I love to sing and to perform the incredible songs God has bestowed upon me, it truly is the doors to 
fellowship and ministry the music opens that I crave.”

Crave indeed. Paisley is known to stick around for hours after a concert, making sure that anyone who desires to speak to him, or receive prayer, is honored. “I love the people God has placed in my path,” says Paisley, “They provide the memories I take home with me at the end of the day.”

 


​Tonight, Paisley Yankolovich's Final PHX:fringe 2012 Performance

You should know that the pleated, bejeweled part of Paisley Yankolovich's costume in this photo is a vibrant, mother-of-the-groom royal blue. The rest of his clothing is black. This combo, in the manner of Proust's madeleines, will recall the ubiquitous leggings, baggy sweaters, and big hair of 1985 for anyone old enough to have been saturated with those images.

Like Madonna, as well as all the girls debarking the R train to go to Greek Orthodox high school, Paisley blends punk and glam in his public style, which, like his Christian faith, is omnipresent and undeniable, and both of which, like his singing voice, are deliberate, strong, and almost immediately comforting.

It's because he's achieving exactly what he wants, and wherever he stands emotionally and/or spiritually at any given moment, he's compelled to share what he has available and grateful for the opportunity. That's a very cool attribute for a performing artist of any stripe.

The Liberal Soul, the song cycle Paisley's currently presenting at PHX:fringe (and other places), differs from much of his work up until now, in case you're familiar with any of it, in that it's performed without instrumental accompaniment and he didn't write most of the songs himself. Most of the songs are from the historic Negro spiritual genre and, as Paisley noted last night during his performance, the lyrics are intentionally repetitive. Returning to some of the roots of American Christian music with these songs is a challenge he set himself to keep growing as an artist.

Though Paisley spends occasional brief moments in the show witnessing and expressing his desire that all humankind practice love and be saved, I don't see anything here that should particularly bother the non-churched. (I'm 99.88% non-churched, myself, but I believe in the marketplace of ideas and choose to find other people interesting.)

Paisley's ministry (which, ideally, comprises his every moment) is about acceptance and outreach to marginalized and alternative communities and individuals, so even if you're avidly, strictly atheist, his message contains useful information if you're at all motivated to co-exist with your fellow beings. He knows none of us is flawless, but he's not fond of hypocritical self-proclaimed Christians, either, so you'll have that in common. And the serene confidence of his posture, his eye contact, and his guileless smile will soon dispel any fears you have of a crafty agenda.

Though the music is powerful and moving, the effect of sitting through Paisley's performance can feel like the aftermath of a meditation or massage. Analysis may be counterproductive.

The sad news is that you have only one more chance to see him at this year's PHX:fringe. The good news (independent of the Good News) is that Paisley Yankolovich is a Valley institution and if you want to find him in the future, he's pretty easy to find.

Julie Peterson
Phoenix New Times


Glad I was forwarded this link and am passing it on. Thank you for stepping up and putting yourself out there, Rev. Yankolovich. This link was mass-emailed to a Northwest Queer mailing list - I am commenting from Portland, OR. Know that your message is being heard and is beaming a light into the dark realities many of us who identify as Christian have been living in for? years. Thank you for putting on that dress and preaching the Word. You have been an inspiration for me this night.

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Paisley Yankolovich: Sin


Brother Paisley!I Received your C.D. today! I loved it! It kind of reminds me of a cross between Warren Zevon and Randy Newman! You're great man!

Jim Wille
Schererville, Indiana


Checked out your site - "Rocky Horror-style Christianity"? 
That sir, is an oxymoron I can really get behind.

Biff Blumfumgagnge
The Zombeatles/The Gomers
Madison, Wisconsin 


Paisley Yanklovich’s perspective is Christian-based, his music is nothing near what you'd hear in the halls of the Trinity Broadcast Network.

Rather, Yankolovich delves deep into his personal life to bring to light stories of personal redemption and weathering rejection, even from those claiming the same beliefs.

With a showman's stage presence, Yankolovich’s Rocky Horror-style calls out to the masses, mainstream and outcasts alike, with a message of acceptance and love beyond mere tolerance

Nia Maxwell
Fiddler's Dream 
Phoenix, Arizona


I love your stuff. It's progressive and you know where your gift lies and you thank God for it. Can't ask for a better artist!

Monica Owens
Mobile, Alabama


Brother Paisley! I received your C.D. yesterday! Talk about ground breaking and cutting edge! You're a genius Dude!

Jim Wille
Schreville, Indiana


You're doing interesting stuff!
 
 Ann Powers, NPR Music
 Tuscalossa, Alabama


Hi Paisley, I just want you to know that I was really impressed with your music this evening to me it was a whole new experience that was very satisfying and worshipful

Ed Wolfe
Phoenix, Arizona


Even as a devout atheist with Hindu tendencies enjoyed your website and music. I can feel your sincerity for your devotion to your Lord that is definitely missing in main stream Christianity. 
 
 Edward Stapleton
 Hollywood, California


As an artist, inspiring and delivers his message in such a unique way. You're brilliant.

Sylvestre Chaco
Tonopah, Arizona


We had a real surreal ball last night- I heard out of the blue from a singer I used to work with in Hollywood in the 80 s who went by the name of Danny Glicko. Danny, by virtue of some cosmic genetic prank, was full-blown clone of the young Jerry Lewis, circa 1948 Martin & Lewis. His band was called Jerry s Kids and his songs were hilarious, added to his look and voice and demeanour making him in my opinion the best capital-E Entertainer on the LA punk scene. I always wondered what became of him.

So a week ago he hailed us on Facebook and invited us to a performance, we said sure, great to hear from you, can t wait to see you. 
We needed a map to get there. It was a huge McMansion way north of Phoenix out on a farm amidst the creosote. We knocked, and were admitted by a friendly, reserved gentleman with a rather scraggly Van Dyke. A woman directed us to a small love-seat against the near wall. There were a half-dozen middle-aged couples sitting on couches around a big oak wood-floor living room, with a large native stone fireplace stretching up to the 16-foot high ceiling     Quiet. About five minutes passed.

From down the hall to our right marched Paisley Yankolovich, a heavy, six-foot man clad in a black sequined evening gown, black hose, black gloves, black combat boots, heavy black eye makeup and fire-engine red lipstick, his head shaved, looking like Colonel Kurtz if he had been allowed to live and get even crazier. Paisely took the floor, took a deep breath and regaled us with several of his own accapella compositions, cabaret style. His performance style reminded me of, say, a 210-pound, bald Lisa Minnelli. He let us know when to applaud, and then he delivered one of the most expertly sincere come-to-Jesus sermons I ever heard. 
  
 He s a drag-evangelist.

 Jeesus , I thought to myself.  This guy s got balls. "
  
 Robert Steinhilber
 Phoenix, Arizona


Serious introspection.  You are a credit to your craft and your race. 

Robert Goldie
Howell, NJ


I see God in you. He speaks through you. Your art ministry  is valid...although you don't need a human to confirm that. Your grasp of TRUTH  is authentic. 

Steve Malakowsky
Hope Thru Art
Phoenix, Arizona


I just listened to your remarkable CD. I didn't expect an a cappella  performance, but it was compelling, and your sense of pitch was also enjoyable. 

Bob Esty
Los Angeles, California


You are such a light for Jesus,  Paisley!

Chad Talbot
Monticello, Minnesota


Sunday Funday: Burt Bacharach meets Mildred Pierce on the north side Leslie Barton, Phoenix New Times

 Weve got a serious case of the Sundays. Head still pounding from New Years Eve, its Sunday, January 2, and we need the soulful twilight ministrations of Paisley Yankolovichs The Liberal Soul.

 Pastor Paisley is a disciple of God and devotee of Burt Bacharach, but we also sense a costuming collision of Mildred Pierce and Liza Minnelli. Delighting in catty metaphor while twitching his dark eyebrows, Yankolovichs YouTube sermons have the allure of public access television. When he transforms that into his one-man show, he preaches the word of Yahweh wearing clunky steampunk boots and glittery cocktail dresses.

 I concentrate on the audience-to-be, says Yankolovich about his preaching preparations. [I] pray for them, keep in mind that each person is different, each person matters, so that the show is always unique to the evening.

 Sundays, 7 p.m., 2011

 http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2010-12-30/calendar/sunday-funday/


I have been love, love, loving your blog posts. They are so on the  money. People need to be jolted. Keep up the good work.

Tanya Manus
 Rapid City, South Dakota


I was on your  website and I must say it's all very fascinating. Hope we someday meet. 

Frank Henlotter
Filmmaker ("Basket Case")


Bravo! So love your passion, theatre, creativity and  performance!!

Deborah Ann Reigle
Baltimore, Maryland


Paisley  what a beautiful blog you shared today. We  all know that Jesus was Gods son, but when you put it in the human perspective,  that Gods baby died so he could comfort us from the same truth and experience  that we feel, it becomes personal.

Ed Wolfe
Phoenix, Arizona


Your  music is quite fascinating. It reminds me of some of the post-punk  performance artists like Geza X and Laurie Anderson (With perhaps some  Brian Eno for good measure) that challenges our perception of art and  music. After all, the sake of art is to provoke, and not to pander;  and your conviction and energy display a dedication to that notion. Your  songs truly engage the soul of those who understand the essence of art,  and who delight in knowing that no form of thought should be precast or  taken for granted.

Your blog is eye-opening as well and lets us  inside your mind which rids the reader of any preconceived notions  based on your outward self-expression.

You definitely color  outside the lines, my friend, and you do it in such a way that paints a  vision that goes way beyond any picture we would have perceived. Keep it  up!

George D. Cummings
Stevenson Ranch, California


I had listened to your music once a few years ago and thought it was  interesting. Though as most things on the web it washed through me in a few days  and I was on to something new. That is a bit of a laugh knowing that being a web  head it is hard to stay on one thing even for a few moments.  (smiles)

Thing is I just listened to you song "Itching Me Softly" and I  totally get I am No One, just another big web head out here and what not, though  that song and the depth of it, and for some reason it just totally stuck with  me. I really like it, and in a life full of mundainess and void of passion it is  really cool to see passion. You have it, you can feel it float on your words,  Sir.

Xavier
Folkston, GA


Paisley, Your Song "This World" is my fav:) Love it!!!!!!!!! not since  seeing Klas Nomi in NYC in 1972 have I ever seen or heard any artist  that fabulous!!!!! Thank You!

Chuck E. Starr
Desert Hot Springs, California


You certainly have a unique ministry and there is a great need to reach the disaffected, which it appears you are doing! God bless! 

 Kevin OBrien
Theater of the Word Inc. 
St. Louis, Missouri


Your knowledge of music has opened doors for me throughout my life...

Chuck E. Starr
Hollywood, California


Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say that I really appreciate the blog entries. It keeps you on my mind and in my prayers and I love the quick glimpses into your heart. God bless you and everything you do. You are loved.

Pastor Cliff Roberts
Barstow, California


Awesome! I wish there was more individuals willing to do what you do - it is definately inspiring and gives me hope that there is in fact decency in this world - you are truly a unique person - keep the faith :)

Ingrid Silviera
Canada  


You are a sweetheart. I see your name in  many contexts, all extremely positive and supportive. I have read the  defense of my work by your ministry and have been very moved.

Diamanda Galas
www.diamandagalas.com


Monsters, Inc
By Julie Peterson
Phoenix New Times
6-22-10

Paisley Yankolovich is a Valley  institution. Not every city boasts a profoundly Christian,  indie-electro-industrial glam-pop performance artist whose growly twang  infuses audiences with the joy and love of a Gospel-filled hypo to the  sternum. A little cross-dressing and a ministry of unconditional  acceptance complete the unique and ever-shifting Magic Eye image that is  Pais.


His 2010 Phoenix Fringe Festival show, The Monsters I've Been,  has evolved into an indefinite run of Monsters, which  Yankolovich describes as "16 dark, a capella showtunes that delve deeply  into twisted love, religious rapture . . . and severed limbs." (C'mon,  dude, every song you sing becomes a de facto showtune.) A Monsters album is scheduled to drop in October 2010, so ya oughta catch it live  while that scores you cool points -- on the scene and, who knows, maybe  with the Big Guy -- at The Secret Place.


I just wanted to tell you that I had an epiphany  during your last performance. I know this is a scary thought but I've  finally figured you out. not your music. You. Very seldom do i  understand your songs. However,I finally figured out why you dress the  way you do, why you perform the way you do,basically why you do what you  do and the way you do it. I never realized you were in a band before.  Or that you were in a movie, and that you performed in theatre. Finding  all of that out helped me figure you out. telling us that you didn't  enjoy those things and you left to do what you loved made total sense to  me. however, you didn't REALLY leave those things. You brought them  with you to what you are doing now. you have combined all of it into one  profession making your life's work something you love using all  of your past experiences.

Ginny Poladian
Phoenix, Arizona


You're awesome and have such a heart for what you do for our Savior. My  the Lord bless you abundantly. Your one of a kind and aren't afraid to  step out and reach the people that need it. God be with you.

Nita Starn
Van Nuys, Califirnia


Keep up the good work. You are so talented and creative!

Pastor Craig Walker
Twentynine Palms, CA


I really found your record to be refreshing and no one, I mean no one  is doing what your doing! I like how you put One Tin Soldier and part of Killing Me Softlly as well.  In comparison, I feel so mainstream as far as  my songwriting goes.  You definitely inspire me to go deeper. I really  respect your vision and style

Gigi MacKenzie
Hollywood, CA


Just wanted to thank you for tonight. Your sermon was quite educational. I can honestly say that I've never heard the penis preached about before. That's a new one on me!

KB
Surprise, AZ


Thanks so much for the CD, love. I've been listening to it for the last  few days. It's dark but not bleak, and you definitely still know how to  turn a phrase. "I Don"t Know How To Love Him" is haunting. (Yes, I am  aware that you didn't write that one, but you sing the hell out of it.)

Apryl L. 
Los Angeles, CA


Just finished listening to your CD. Not at all what I was expecting after seeing the film clip on YouTube. Your CD tackles such serious subjects and the songs are very stirring. Some are painful. A very interesting piece of work Paisley and something I will share with friends. In you I see a man with much to offer. So happy to have met you!

Kate E. 
Rochester, NY


Regarding your Valentine's Day sermon: I watched all of it on YouTube, I am glad you are in the world with me. Thank you for saying something that, overall, made me feel validated instead of just hopeless.

T.M. 
Somewhere In South Dakota


I checked out some of the YouTube videos of your work and the clip of you performing This World at last year's Pheonix Fringe Festival really knocked me out -- your stage presence is simultaneously so personal and so commanding.

Maitland McDonagh 
www.missflickchick.com


I listened to Love me Forever this morning and am once again struck with the ever-expanding style you've created.  The tracks are amazing, the words penetrating, and if I'm real still I can see you performing them.  I love the redux, your voice is clearly understood, and I really like the way you have redone each one.  I will enjoy this record, as the others, over and over again.  (Somewhere I saw the titles for next winter's production and I could hardly swallow.  Your music will always move me.) 

Lois W. 
Bakersfield, California


I just had to tell you we enjoyed your show a great deal. The message you gave at the end really hit home for me,God sent me there I needed to hear what you said. Now I will have a closer relationship with Christ.

Thank You
Your new fan
Dana B. 
Surprise, Arizona


Weird Christian Science
Jose Gonzalez, Phoenix New Times

While James Brown gave up the mantle of The Hardest Working Man in Show Business long ago (rest his soul), it seems that Valley performer Paisley Yankolovich is eager to be in the running for the title. One visit to his Web site and you'll see it riddled with show dates and appearances for nearly every evening. Plus, this year saw the release of the audio works Burn in Hell and Love Me Forever.

While Yankolovichs perspective is Christian-based, his music is nothing near what you'd hear in the halls of the Trinity Broadcast Network. Rather, Yankolovich delves deep into his personal life to bring to light stories of personal redemption and weathering rejection, even from those claiming the same beliefs. With a showman's stage presence, Yankolovichs Rocky Horror-style calls out to the masses, mainstream and outcasts alike, with a message of acceptance and love beyond mere tolerance.


The Paisley Yankolovich experience is like none other. The man is a truly unique performer, exciting, interesting, entertaining, raw, wonderful. If you've never seen him live--eyeliner and all--I encourage you to do so now. Christmas is all about love and forgiveness, and these songs and his performance are what it's all about. I see him every time I get to Phoenix.

Robert Moulthrop, New York, NY


As one who is pretty mainstream I can say, having seen Paisley's performance, that it does in deed speak to me and everyone else for that matter - regardless of race, creed or religion. If you see Paisley Yankolovich with an open mind you will leave his performance with an open heart.

Robert Young, Scottsdale, AZ


It seems you have a lot of integrity. I hope it is the kind that brings you joy and not sacrifice. You deserve joy!

Steve Decker
Phoenix, Arizona


I'm glad to see you're getting the credit you deserve...You truly are one in a billion and am looking to the day when can finally meet.

Michael Adams
Tucson, Arizona


...from www.myspace.com/azlocalreview 5/14/2009

The performing arts are those forms of art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artist's own body, face and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some physical art objects.

Paisley definately met the definition of performing artist! He was absolutly brilliant in ways he doesn't even realize. He stated that he does the work he does to get people to hear and see a different side of Christianity, however, he touched on a much deeper subject than that...individualism. We will be honest...we did not plan on staying for the entire show and we actually discussed how we would leave because "religious" music is not a forte of ours, except once we started to listen to his soundtrack (samples for the most part of various punk and industrial musicians) combined with his own lyrics we found a deeper message of having to struggle with being what society considers "different" and "unacceptable". He strongly vocalized a deep need to be acknowledged for his individualism and for the individualism of others who are in the same struggle within not only the Christian community but regular society. He also had a softer voice pleading for understanding and possibly even begging his God for comfort for the way he is and for being brave enough to openly admit his indifference against the norm of society.

If you read the first paragraph, which i figure you did, my only question is how much of Paisley is "Paisley" and how much is plastic that he has formed into his art form? There is so much going on: There is pro Christianity in its raw love all, forgive all, smile, and be happy form; pro gay; pro drag; a almost crazed schitzophrenic song delivery; and a almost blatant "something to shock" everyone and more with a very masculine overtone that throws you for a loop... I want to know where Pasiley starts and ends and where the performance art starts and ends...but again I dont because that would destroy the beauty of this show...my only comparison, as cliched as it is, is...David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, Aladin Sane, or The Diamond Dog. We now know where he and the alter egos started and stopped but it ruined the magic of what was a Bowie show.

We are planning to go and see Paisley again in the near future and highly recommend others to to go see what i would call a ground breaking artist


Hello!

I'm the gent you gave the CD to in the Black Bear today.   I went and listened to it, and was delighted to hear new, fresh and original music.

I was taken aback to my younger days when I would listen to Bowie or Iggy Pop.  I used to love the Glam rock scene and a lot of my past was tied to some of that world.   We used to go to the Village in New York and listen to unusual and wonderful music at places like the Electric Circus, or hang out in "Max's Kansas City Bar" and hope to get close to Andy Warhol and his group.

You've got a unique and interesting sound.  I'm interested in the way you've managed to tie in Christian Belief and Alt Music.  It very very different.  Some times, different is really great!

I wish you the best, and hope to hear more from you.  I think you would be a real delight to get to know!

Your friend in Christ and all things musical

Bob Gosney
Glendale, Arizona


The Phoenix Fringe Festival opening performance was amazing! You were able to preach without preaching. The first song was amazing and then to end with the song you did, just bought it all together. Really amazing. I could tell God was behind all you did.

Eileen Dieterich
Phoenix, Arizona


I will absolutely find you again.  Your act is incredible wonderful stirring, strange, original.  Really blew me away.

Robert Moulthrop
New York, New York


Well . . . your marvelous CD appeared in my mailbox last weekend. I've been too busy of late to really give new things a listen, but I happened to dedicate last sunday to my spring cleaning. Since I was stuck doing chores around the house all day, and definitely not in a death metal mood, I looped through "Burn In Hell" over and over. Hey, didn't I hear a little raw and stripped down Lou Reed in there?

William
La Mesa, California


I've put your song on MySpace page and have played it for others and I have to tell you, you have an incredible talent, a beautiful voice...

...Keep up the good work, originality like yours is far and few between...The world's a better place because of you.

Michael Adams
Casa Grande, Arizona


I thought "Burn In Hell" CD was really  good. The music and the vocal tracks  and rythms  were really interesting. You've grown alot as a lyricist, I found the imagery more harrowing, more poetic and cutting edge.  Your lyrics impressed  me this time out. I can see how you're really pushing the boundaries  of Christian rock. This is my favorite Paisley CD so far.

Kent Hawkins
Long Beach, California


I just wanted to let you know that last night at Mighty Cup was amazing with what you had to say! I have been in such a grand mood all day today because I can't stop thinking about it. I even woke up to singing a praise song this morning! I can't remember the last time that has happened.

Sonya
Phoenix, Arizona


Paisley is everything you want to be and are not...

You gotta go to his show. I went recently and it was unforgettable! He is so spontanious and I loved his songs. I could seriously relate to almost all of them. They truly touched my heart.

So what are you waiting for?

Albert
Glendale, Arizona


The Gospel According to Paisley
Christian p-artist offers "notorious" carols and other holiday fun By Benjamin Leatherman Phoenix New Times 12/24/08

It's a Christmas Eve tradition to spend time in the presence of the divine. If you're Christian, it's congregating with holy men spreading the blessed word of the birth of Yeshua (his Hebrew name, you dig?). If your soul seeks a more entertaining form of enlightenment, try hanging out with Paisley Yankolovich. The gonzo, cross-dressing Christian performance artist (and ordained minister, to boot) is offering a program of unplugged music consisting of acoustic versions of his glammy, non-traditional religious songs, "notorious versions" of Christmas carols, discussions of faith, and other holiday surprises.

Fellow strummer Larry Jensen also performs, and food and drink will be provided.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 7pm
Church Diverse @ The Secret Place
1527 W. Briles Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85085
(602) 318-2968
(There will be a special FREE Christmas Eve feast that begins at 6pm. All are welcome.)


Who's The Leader Of The Club?
Paul Landkamer
FaithWriters. com
11/23/08

In "Ready Or Not" on her Before the Daylight's Shot album, Ashley Cleveland sings about all of us going somewhere. Who is leading you there?Without Jesus' guidance, we're just like horses wandering aimlessly with a "That looks good; I think I'll eat it" mentality. Again, Paisley Yankolovich made a thinker's album with Leading Horses.

 Aimless lives often have us horses "Drowning in dirty water; splashing evil everywhere. We just love that dirty water. Hell's bells ring. We don't care." So many days I find those lyrics stuck in my head. The title track, "Leading Horses" jumps right into an intense industrial beat loop.My first impression was "Wow! This music's got some power!" Nobody'd accuse it of being a wimpy album either musically or lyrically. I call it "Industrial-Strength Paisley."

With a child's jeering rhyme, "Nyeah nyeah" sound, "Leading Horses" goes into a line, "We just joined the [sneered] cho-ir, we just joined the cho-ir," as if going through the motions was a great virtue. Joining the choir only so you can flaunt it is "splashing evil".

The second song, "Ticket to Ride" starts and I flinch. It's a re-inclusion from other Paisley albums with a message asking where is our culture going? We're going or being led places without our knowing it. The band, after whom the song, "Ticket to Ride" is named, didn't even know that Beatles' song, "Ticket to Ride." You're probably wondering why I flinch at "Ticket to Ride". Paisley uses expletives in the song in a way I can't quite go along with. Maybe I'm just an old curmudgeon, but I don't think the question, "Where has our culture gone?" needs to be worded, "Where the Hell has our culture gone." So I called Mr. Yankolovich on it. Paisley answered to the effect of 'That's the way it happened, so that's the way I wrote it.' Then, like he almost always does, he got me thinking again.

Paisley Yankolovich ministers to a completely different culture than my sheltered small-town Midwest culture. He's reaching out to the outcasts, prostitutes, homosexuals, cross-dressers, victims of abuse and others. I got to thinking about Dick Staub's book, Too Christian, Too Pagan, where he tells of missionaries getting off a plane, home on furlough, only to sneer and fuss about a group of people talking, "dropping the F-bomb" all over the place. Staub pointed out they just came from a culture totally different from the one they started from, and are now coming in contact with yet another culture. How can they accept one culture and condemn the other? It's really something to think about –as is, by the way, Staub's book. I guess I can see why Paisley did what he did, but like I told him, I can't play that song for people because of the words. I like Paisley's music, but he ministers to a very different culture from mine. I really like the way Yankolovich uses the line from the Beatles's "Ticket to Ride" in his version: "I think I'm gonna be sad."

When I first met Paisley Yankolovich and began studying his work, I asked around at some of the venues he's performed at, and asked some of the pastors with whom he's worked what they thought of Yankolovich's ministry.I only get assurances that despite Paisley's bizarre appearance and musical style, his heart's in the right place and his theology is sound and uncompromised.

 Track three jumps into an eerie minor mood with a very interesting version of "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands." He adds, to emphasize Jesus really has the "whole" world in His hands, that He's got the gamblin' man, the lyin' man, the craps-shootin' man in His hand. I'd like to hear Paisley's version of the song on the radio! And Paisley, who's your female back-up vocalist? She adds a neat touch to the song.

 "The Sex Song" came across at first as a song about how our culture pulls us in different directions. It has likes like "I like sex. I know you do too," and "Good girls don't. Good boys don't either". The song ends with "Let's hold hands" and goes into "Put your hand in the hand of the Man who stilled the water…" So I got that we're led in different directions, but that everything will be OK providing we let "the Man who stilled the water" have control of us. I asked Paisley if I got the song OK. I didn't.Paisley told me "The Sex Song" is about friends who had another friend die of AIDS. I may not have hit the nail on the head, but I my interpretation even goes along with Paisley's intent. I may or may not have hit on Paisley's intended meaning on the rest of these songs, but I hope he'll let us know where I went astray.

 The "Spirit of a Man" is an awesome creation, and it doesn't need Satan's temptation hanging around is the meaning I gleaned from track five. The temptation theme can even be heard in the beat loop which has (and I'll confess, I heard it) a bit of seductive breathiness in the recording. Suffice it to say, don't let everything that sounds good be embraced in your life.Satan is the great deceiver!

Track six is fairly obvious in its meaning. Still sticking with the heavy, industrial loops with crunching guitars and yes, even cowbell, "This World is Not My Home" expresses how "I can't feel at home in this world anymore"and "If heaven's not my home then Lord what will I do?" He clears up the doubt with "I know He'll take me home."

Like Mercy Me's "I Can Only Imagine", "Majestic Solid Rock" ponders how insignificant we can feel at times, yet we can know He cares for us. God's creation is so magnificent we can really feel tiny, but we're still loved.God IS the awesome God! By the way, "Majestic Solid Rock" doesn't sound a thing like "I Can Only Imagine".Both lyrically and musically, it's an original!

Track eight, "This is My Love (Kisses)" reminded me of "This little Light of Mine". When you've got the Truth, and love Jesus, you can't hide it.You've got to let it out in the open! Hide it under a bushel? No!

"The Vanity Song" attacks our vanity culture! Vanity or outward appearance is all lies. Don't get caught in that web. Then Paisley prays "Please call us by Your name."

Fences is a fairly common theme. Don't ride on the fence. Likewise, don't try to travel down the middle of the road. It's about the most dangerous place to be. "Right or left, who will be the master of our eternal destiny?" We might try to look pious, but too often it's "Jesus let me try Your way, until my flesh steps in today." Yes, "the fields are white with harvest."

Then comes that intriguing beat again as "Spirit of a Man (part 2)". "Man is wearing thin without You. Could we start again please?" Track twelve goes into the reprise of "Leading Horses". It's quite a catchy theme and beat –really easy to get it stuck in your head.

 Track thirteen is prayerful. It reminds us that when the Jews laughed at Jesus at His crucifixion, we were there, too. He paid for all our sins there. And another theme comes in where we like to get praise and pats on the back for the fruit of our wonderful talents. We can't forget the source of those talents. Give Jesus the credit! After all, He gave so much for us.

 And now, I'll slip that CD back into the player for yet another listen.Keep on ministering Paisley!


I saw you on Halloween I was the girl in the loud section from Florida.  I just wanted you to know that it was awesome.  I am back home in Florida but will be back in January and cant wait to see you again....Thank you for the CD I listen to it all the time....

Jessica


Thank you so much for the copy of your new CD.....lots of great messages in your songs....I hear lots of influences...T. Rex...Silver Apples...Nine Inch Nails....Klaus Nomi....David Bowie....Iggy Pop...Jim Carroll...keep up the good work!

Bob Jeffers
Fresno, California


I just received "Leading Horses" and listened right away. I like the title track, Fences, & This World Is Not My Home which I thought had a very Nine Inch Nails feel. Like the Patti type double tracking vocals.

I thought I detected a Klaus Nomi homage in some of the vocals on Fences. I'm curious about the inspiration for the lyrics to Spirit of A Man. Anyway, I liked it.

The Christian message came through but it didn't feel preachy. I wouldn't feel uncomfortable singing these songs out loud with the headphones on at Walmart. Or Borders.

Kent Hawkins
Long Beach, California


You are the Energizer Bunny of Love!

Steve Decker
Phoenix, Arizona


I just read the lyrics of "52 churches"...wow!!! Just blew me away. Ya know...I have two churches down the street. I've lived here 11 years...not one person has knocked on my door to invite me over. No biggie...I just never really thought of it before.

Mykyl
Phoenix, Arizona


Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed the concert in Glendale tonight. While you have an unusual style, I found it very honest and strong. Your voice is good (also strong)and expressive.

Plus I lovvvveeee the skirt.

Cheryl
Glendale, Arizona


Your act is certainly different, but a fresh approach to teaching the gospel through song and stage presentation.  Might be a bit of shock & awe for the button-down collar shirt types at first, but the lyrics and overall "message" are very much in tune with today's Christian teaching, especially in trying to reach younger folks.

Karl Mielan
aka Short In The Saddle
Tempe, Arizona


I think your performance was great! I think you are a unique performer and brought a defiantly different energy to our stage.  Thank you for performing. As for future shows, I'd be glad to have you back!

Michael 23
The Firehouse
Phoenix, Arizona


Thanks a lot for last night. It was fun being there and sharing with all the people. You are a true blessing to me and to all those who cross your path.

Man Of God, God Bless You!

The GodChaser
Highly Favored Records
Phoenix, Arizona


Hi Paisley,

It's me, David, from Voice Of Glass. I just wanted to let you know some things that have happened. I wanted to thank you for your prayer for me and the band and the things you said to me after the show we did in Phoenix. I just wanted to let you know that some of things you prophesied are coming true in my life.

At one concert we did in Wisconsin, I gave my testimony and prayed over the audience. After the concert, I found out that nine kids gave their lives to Jesus and many other people were either deeply touched by God or had profound experiences with the Holy Spirit!

I just want to thank you for your ministry and your faithfulness to our Heavenly Father! I want to encourage you to continue to live an extreme life of faith in Jesus! You are such a wonderful man of God and a blessing and example to many people!

I pray for God's protection over you everywhere you go, and that He will continue to lead you into deeper places of darkness so that your beautiful light can shine brighter and brighter for His Glory! God bless you and may He always be the source of provision for all your needs.

Much love in Christ,

David
Voice Of Glass
Bulgaria


Once again I am left with a full heart... and few words. Your new record, "Zombies" pulls no punches. The issues you pour your heart into are timeless and yet unaddressed.

In all my years I have never met anyone with more creative talent, more passion, more guts than you. With utmost respect and gratitude I thank God for you daily.

Lois Waite
Bakersfield, California


My husband and I had the privilege of meeting you recently. We thoroughly enjoyed your music and your straight-from-the-heart talk. It takes a lot of courage to do what you do and I know you dont do it for any other reason than that you are doing the Lords work.

Please know that you are in our prayers every day. It is not an easy walk you have decided to take but you have made that decision and the Lord will help you do His work among those who have lost their way.

Kathy Couch
Minneapolis, Minnesota


"In Jesus' Eyes there are no lepers we are only sons and daughters..."

I hope to someday soon have your courage...you are amazing.

James
Phoenix, AZ


Thank you for giving so much of yourself. I know that I have only recently met you but I appreciate how you put yourself out in front for us all to see so completely.

I am better for having met you and experienced your truth. You have touched many and will touch many more in the days and years to come.

Laura
Surprise, AZ


I just wanted to thank you for your kindness and love through your music. I think you are wonderful. Not just as a musician but as a person. I love it when you talk between songs, especially about your passion for God. You have a way about you that enters into people's hearts and minds.

At your performance last night you said things that touched me deeply and inspired me greatly. I thank you for that. You are well appreciated here and loved by many,

Thank you for giving us your talent, energy, and love. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Jennifer
Surprise, Arizona


I heard your music from Mosquito Bandito and it changed my life. Will you please be my friend on myspace?

I use to dress flamboyant without purpose or reason, but now I know I can do it for Jesus.

Salvation can come to anyone and I'm proof.

Thanks for your music, its like purity of soul to me.

Lindsay
Las Cruces, NM


I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your set tonight at Over Coffee.  The more I see you perform, the more I really enjoy what you do.  On my best day, I could NEVER perform with the energy that you do.  It fits you well, and your charisma is absolutely palpable.

Rob Staback
Surprise, Arizona


Hi! We were at The North Clairemont United Methodist Church-San Diego Ca. on the 10th of June as guests ofpeople we met at the V.A. hospital. When you came up the center isle and sang and played guitar I was in a state of awe!

I am sending your cds on to my grandchildren and my son Tedd. We are praying for their salvation! Your unique way of getting across is absolutely wonderful! We will be praying for you every night.

Mary Anne Sprague
San Diego, California


"Don't Touch Me Anymore" is probably one of the best songs I have ever heard. And I've heard some bloody good songs.

Guy
United Kingdom


Hey there...thanks for making my usually uneventful Friday night brilliantly spectacular spectacular!

I enjoyed your show completely. You're very talented, unique and inspiring (great voice and kick a** trax)...the only thing that could have made it better was if you could have played longer.

Thanks again. My visit to the "White House" was well worth it tonight.

Cheers!

Nicole
Phoenix, Arizona


Do you ever stay busy, Paisley! I want to let you know how much I've been enjoying your CD. I'm a big fan of Psychedelic Furs, so I really dig your work. Your lyrics are very personal and honest.

Continued success with your ministry, Paisley.

God bless,

Ron Roach
Sons Of Stone
www.myspace.com/sonsofstone


Got your disc today, thank you. I really enjoy the lyrics to "Stop Smoking" Was it written to someone else or to yourself? I'll have to listen a few more times.

Also, it sounds like you are doing your own backup vocals. Is that correct ? The music has a nice variety with what I've heard today (so far) A few songs remind me of the group SHE WANTS REVENGE.

BEST OF LUCK TO YOU. Happy Cinco de mayo too!

Almost Sin-free,

DJ Paul
Echo Magazine
Phoenix, Arizona


Paisley, I listened to "Displaced" and I love the new song. I think the three together address some pertinent, immediate needs. For whatever reason it seems you have been selected to address the needs of our world that very few others are given or are willing to receive. You touch the heart of your listeners in some pretty difficult areas-- in this case, aids/homelessness.

The song "Place 4 My heart" presents the desperation of homelessness.  I hear you loud and clear. THANK YOU for keeping these needs in front of me, personally.  It's very easy to cry a few tears, turn around and do nothing.  But, eventually, I think the indifference of my heart is being challenged and changed.

I thank God daily for you and your music!

Lois Waite
Bakersfield, California


What's up, Paisley! I saw you at U-Turn a couple of weeks ago. I don't know about other people liking your songs, but I thought they were pretty cool.

I was one of the people who raised their hand when you asked if we wanted to receive Jesus. My life is so much better and easier with Him in it!

Thanks, Paisley!

J.P.
Barstow, California


Paisley is a one man band who sings over programmed beats and synth music, he loves God and writes Him into a lot of his songs, and he's, well, a little wacky. On "Stop Smoking" Yankolovich is quite serious about tuning into the Almighty to slough off the vice but he delivers the song as if he's Devo; it's easy to imagine a campy stage show that might go along with the song---a bevy of dancing cigarettes that burn out, their last puff rising skyward in the shape of a halo. Yankolovich actually has the voice of a bluesman---a bluesman on the edge---and the unlikely juxtaposition of that voice with modern beats works nicely for him. Yankolovich works tirelessly; you can find him out performing almost every night. He's also been known to give away his music; check it out athttp://www.paisleyyankolovich.com

Kevin Wierzbicki
Rocknworld.com


I am so in love with all of God's people...and you by far demonstrate how we all come in different packages.

Fantastic way to minister...It's Johnny Rotten meets Billy Graham.

Keep up the great work and music.

God Bless You Man,

Brother Brad
Memphis, Tenessee


Bowie meets Broadway....Broadway meets Soul...Soul meets Paisley.

The sound is alive and colorful.

Peace and Blessings,

Willie Phoenix
Columbus, Ohio


Thank You Paisley,

I thought you were energetic, kind and above all talented with a little rough around the edge.

Thank you for opening us all up, including my mom....

Dawn Bowman
Bistro Stage
Phoenix Pride 2007


Great review you got for "Real Man"! I could only hope that my music would get the same response. Your mission to those who do not know the Lord is truly evident. Your dedication to serving the Lord's kingdom will truly gain you heavenly rewards!

Keep the faith, stay the course, and may God bless you and your ministry.

Len Querzon
San Diego, California


How I Eat Quiche
By Paul Landkamer
FaithWriters.com

Are YOU a real man –or woman? What's "real"? Is it the TV or movie image? Paisley Yankolovich tackles subjects in his Real Man album not often approached in Christian music. Like the last of his CDs I heard, Does God Sleep, Real Man is a thinker's album. Yankolovich raises questions on image, betrayal, deception, human frailty, inadequacy and failure, and hints at the obvious answer in Christ, but doesn't rub the listener's noses in it. 

Quoted from his MySpace site: 

Paisley performs alone in a VERY theatrical style. Imagine "Jesus Christ Superstar" done (successfully) as a one-man-act, add some Billy Graham and Rocky Horror and you've scratched the surface on the force of nature that is Paisley!

On hearing his music, and seeing his performance schedule, then pondering the above, about all I can say is, "Wow! I would love to see how he puts all that together!" 

There are eight tracks on the CD and the lyrics (even after reading) beg for the album to be listened to over and over. Without God, life is a gamble. We're given dreams, time, gifts, relationships and so much. This first track, "Gambling Dreams" seems to ask that we embrace God and not just poke him to see if we can figure Him out. Track two explores our putting up false fronts. The third track attacks faddishness. We try to follow all the rules, and often lose track of where our sights should really be. 

In "Mistakes", the fourth track, Paisley ponders old mistakes of his. I can't help but think of Jaci Velasquez's song, "Show You Love" and its, "I don't want to be the one to push you out of reach." Paisley admits his own errors in young-Christian zealousness. But Steve Taylor sings in, "I Want to be a Clone" when the young Christian wants to tell his friends, "…What!? He's still a babe. He has to grow. Give it twenty years or so…" It's a fine line to walk, but God's Word has to get out. (You didn't do wrong, Paisley, you may well have planted a seed somewhere.) Track five sings of so many people who know there's right and wrong, but are spiritually asleep in the Light. Often evil lurks where people try to avoid the light, and as in the song, it can erupt into abusiveness. The line, "Do you believe in Hell? -- 'Cause Hell believes in you" is strong. It always makes me flinch for others. I pray the flinch isn't a self-righteous one.

"Take a Bow", track six, gives an analogy that at first, I thought was a bit irreverent, but on subsequent listenings, it's true. Buying a car is a commitment, as is giving your life to Jesus. And being reborn isn't as complicated as lots of people want to make it.

You have the right to be saved. It's like buying a car.
You can walk right in -- Say, "It's my turn now" -- Lay down your sin
And in the Throne Room bow -- Now Take A Bow


The title track contrasts living like a real man against the false images we're constantly barraged with. The question dances around all over the song, "What's a real man?" I hear only one Answer, though it remained unwritten in the song. The final track, "Die in My Arms" is on abusive relationships where one wallows in another's muck. The message is don't be pulled down into the muck. Rise above it.

Paisley Yankolovich's unpretentious electronic one-man-band style is refreshingly different, to say the least. He doesn't try to sound like anyone but Paisley Yankolovich. Listen to his work, and read his lyrics. You might acquire the taste. I know I did. Mr. Yankolovich, if you're reading this, I may not make it down to the Southwest to see you in concert, so when's your DVD coming out?


I love being able to go with you on the songs I already know and struggle with the words and concepts of the new.  Every song has so much in it, and I feel like I want to know and understand it all.

Every person needs to hear "Stand Around and Watch."  I can't listen to that song and be the same person with the same disregard for my brothers and sisters.

You once said something about having to play a little softer so people can hear your scream.  My dear brother and friend, it came through loud and clear. Thank you for allowing the Spirit to use your giftedness to touch my life, once again.

Paisley, there's so much more to say...

Dear friend of God. May He bless you abundantly and richly in His Son's name.

With a grateful heart,
Lois Waite
Bakersfield, California


How are you? I am awesome! I love your music!

If I am in a bad mood or have had a bad day at school, I come home and listen to your music and get out of a bad mood. Thanks for all the enjoyment right now and yet to come!

Love,

Sabrina (Age:13)
Phoenix, Arizona


My name is Xavier and I go to Crossover Church. I just wanted to take a moment and say thanks. I've been reading about you all over the net and through Google. I am blessed because of you!

You are opening the eyes of many people to the fact that being a believer does not only have to be about the "Old Rugged Cross"-type hymns and the straight-laced-suit-and-tie thing.

Thank you for showing us that it's not about how you look but who you are on the inside that counts.

God bless you,

Xavier
Crossover Church
Tampa, Florida


I love your music and the message it carries. This is just to let you know that there is someone in Flagstaff that is trying for you.

I truly support what you are doing!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Don Stevens
Flagstaff, Arizona


You're funny-as I am finding out from your music. Good messages! I finally downloaded your mp3s- how cool of you! I guess I would say you are a storyteller.

We are night and day, you and me, but we are all part of the beautiful creative diversity of God's kingdom. I am also impressed by the testimonials here on your website!

Keep up the great work! You are kind of a biker version of Keith Green. I love your version of that beautiful old spiritual, "Were You There."

God bless you and here's to redeeming the arts!

Happy to be your friend,

Susana Hernandez
Columbia, South America


I thoroughly enjoyed your gospel at The Lutheran Church of The King in Tucson this last weekend. It was so refreshing to hear your experiences in the Lord's work.

I was spell-bound by your vivaciousness and touched by the stories of your life that you shared with us all.

Thank you for your time with us all.

God Bless and Keep you safe in your travels.

Love,

Ann Milam
Tucson, Arizona


I was at your concert today at Church Of The King in Tucson.  You were great.  I really enjoyed your music and your message.  I was the one in the purple sweater.  The  one you called "goth girl".

That was so funny to me.  I have never been called that before.  I told some friends what you said and they just laughed.  I sing in a contempary Christian band so being called goth is really not me.  But when I tell people they will have a good laugh.

I just felt a need to write and tell you how much I enjoyed listening to you.  Thank you so much for your music and your words of encouragement.

 God Bless,

Debbie Glenn
Tucson, Arizona


Thank you so much! You are such a blessing! Your life and your music are such an inspiration to everyone. When my daughter would rather listen to you over her usual music, I am so happy!

Take care and be blessed.

Love, 
Gayle Brumley
Phoenix, Arizona


Thank you for you performance at Set Free!

Your last song, "Stand Around And Watch"  really touched the hearts of my wife and I. You see we came from that background. Seven years ago I was HIV positive I tested in Key West, Fl, and then again here in San Diego, Ca. God healed me five years ago after I proved to Him that I would serve Him for the rest of my life

May God bless your Ministry!!

Pastor James McQueen
Set Free
El Cajon, California

Stand Around And Watch (Paisley Yankolovich)

There was a man who knew too much
Boys town queen with a Midas touch
He desired to be on his knees
He acquired the big disease

Go ahead and cheer him on
A couple of years and he'll be gone
He's not like us, his mind is curved
He got what God thought he deserved

And we Stand Around And Watch
Just one man
Not that great a loss

And we Stand Around And Watch
Just one man
But not one of us

Goes to the market to buy Ovaltine
His skin is purple, his teeth are green
Twenty-five look the other way
Twenty-five figure he was gay

Go ahead and cheer him on
A couple of months and he'll be gone
It doesn't matter that he'll be crying
It doesn't matter that he'll be dying

And we Stand Around And Watch
Just one man
Not that great a loss

And we Stand Around And watch
Just one man
But not one of us

Can we Stand Around And Watch?


What a wonderful way to usher in the new year with a Paisley tribute to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Your songs and worship last night touched me deeply and I felt a wonderful peace about entering the New Year with a much lighter yoke and full of positive expectations.

God has called us to put our words into actions, and you're so gifted in communicating that.

God Bless You,

Kerry Berman
Habitat For Humanity
Cochella Valley, California


I am not sure if you remember me or not, I was at the coffee place in San Diego when you sang Don't Touch Me Any More and I spoke to you after. I told you how much your song moved me. I listened to it again last night and it is just fabulous! I plan on going to see you on the 6th when you are in La Mesa, and I plan on bringing some friends with me. I just love love love your music and I am a BIG fan! I would even like to see you play at a new church I am becoming involved in here in SD.

Thank you for coming into my life, you are making an impact!

Jill
San Diego


Merry Christmas my friend!

We met when my partner Gayle and I shared the bill with you at Hot Java in San Diego. It was a blast that night and your stage persona was bigger than life, but behind your showy facade we could see your love for the Lord.

My wife and I pray for you and your ministry often. It's encouraging to see brethren in the "trenches" spreading God's gospel to the unchurched.

Take care Bro! Keep the faith, be thankful and humble.

May God bless and protect you and yours.

In His service,

Len
San Diego, California


After seeing you at Casa De Cristo...

My sense is that what you are giving us when you are performing is your life...in its purest unadulterated form.  It is almost as though you are standing naked in the venue with us...your barest sole is exposed and you are completely vulnerable.  It requires a level of courage I admire and aspire to.  

Thank you!

Steve
Phoenix, Arizona


I received your cd and spent some time with it. I really like it my friend!!

What I like about it most is that it speaks the truth in a way that the broader base of Christian listeners aren't used to hearing in worship music.

It's gonna tend to shake 'em up a bit but that's the truth, and the truth shall set you free brother!!

You rock Paisley. Keep up the good work. God Bless,

Terry LeRoi
Titanium Black
www.titaniumblack.com


The performance that Paisley did for us was awesome. Through his songs and testimony he let the kids know that Christianity is not always what you think it is.

He really got the kids thinking. He let the kids know that being a Christian is about being the unique person that God created you to be.  It's about being sold out for God.

The kids really responded well. They can't wait to have him back so they can spend more time with Paisley learning what makes this man so bold for Christ.

Thanks so much Paisley for your challenging message and your life!

Dr. Larry Waite
Bible Teacher
Heritage Christian School 
Bakersfield, California


God bless you for your ministry. I enjoyed your concert in Frazier Park. You touched my heart and got me to thinking about what I need to change so God can use me better.

I hunger for his presence more and more in my life.I know that prayers are needed.....that goes with out saying, for we as brothers and sisters in Christ need to pray for each other on a regular basis. I would like to know how you want me to pray specifically for your ministry.

I am looking forward to your visit at Peter & Wendy's (in Frazier Park) this weekend. I am amazed at how God works, and pray that I don't ever lose that amazement............that wonderful childlike amazement of His working in our lives. I get emotional a lot lately, either crying or laughing or just being in his presence...........I cannot fathom His infinite......who He is and how he does it..........what ever that may be and I know we aren't supposed to..........

I bless you and your ministry and can see good things happening to you, for you and because of you and your love for God.

See you this weekend... Love in Christ,

Anita
Frazier Park, California


Thanks for the GREAT house concert! I knew, having worked with you in the past that your performance would be intense.  I wasn't disappointed!

I'm the type of person that can make friends with almost anyone.  I enjoy, at my parties, putting disparate types of people (gangsters, queers, communists and Republicans, school teachers and punk rockers) together in the same room and watching them inter-act.

In that spirit it was a lot of fun plying my secular friends with liquor then having a guy with a mohawk and in make up stand before them singing songs of praise and worship.

It went exactly as I predicted. I knew people would be uncomfortable at the start due to the religious nature of the material but that you would win them over with your charisma and the intensity with which you approach everything you do. And you did.

I heard nothing but positive things, afterwards. Everyone left, without me having to coax them, with copies of your CD and I get the feeling that many of them will pop it into their CD players.  Whether any of them will go to church is another matter. But you entertained them and for a short while got them thinking about God.

Kent Hawkins
Long Beach, California


Thank you for sending the CD. I got it a couple of days ago and finally had a chance to listen to it today. Good job! It’s definitely not what you normally hear at church, however, I think it is great you are original and different and I am glad to hear it is paying off for you!

Carol Shaw
www.loraccosmetics.com


Once again, you put on a great concert!  The genuine love for God that you express through your music and your character is impressive to us.  We love your music and pray that you will continue to touch more lives than you can ever imagine.  We look forward to seeing you the next time you come to Kingman.

We will continue to support your ministry any way we can.

God Bless You!

In Christ,

The Davis Family from Hilltop Baptist Church
(Darrin, Brandy, Darrin Jr. and Brenna)
Kingman, Arizona


After I left your concert last night I realized what a wonderful blessing for you when the Lord uses your songs to reach those who haven't surrendered to Him yet! I wished there would have been more time to talk with your children. I thought it was great that you brought them along with you.

I also wanted to share with you that the Lord met me in many powerful and significant ways through your concert last night! I came home and journaled tons! Then, I sat out on my back porch under the beautiful black desert skies and praised Him for speaking so clearly to me on several issues...it was great!

Keep serving Him!

Melodie Lacaze
Kingman, Arizona


God knows that we need all of the uplifting that we can get (and to praise Him whenever we can). I have you CD, "Not Unclean" and I listen to it over and over. It's the greatest! It helps me get through the day-I even find myself singing along.

Have you ever just woken up in the middle of the night and the music from a favorite song pops into your head? That's what your music does to me! I share it with everyone I know (and even those I don't). Must spread the word! May God be with you today and always.

Beth Thames
Las Vegas, Nevada


Thank you for coming today to The Cottages. It's so nice to see you follow your dreams. Bless you!

Eleanore Fanire
Kingman, Arizona


I was really blessed by your concert tonight (even if it felt it was a private performance). The rest of my little church really missed out, and I feel sorry for them. They cheated themselves out of the blessing.

I am praying for your ministry and my participation in it. I really felt God's touch in your life and that I should be a part of your ministry in some form or fashion

Thanks you for taking time to speak with me. I really felt that God was talking through you. Now I will pray and digest the message. And ask for guidance.

God bless you, your ministry, and those whose lives are changed by it. God bless you very much!

Tom Steinmetz
Tucson, Arizona


This is the second time I attended a concert of yours at my church. I love the messages you share. The first time I was there with just a few of my children and grandchildren. This time I brought many friends, six of my children, my foster children, and my husband. Everyone enjoyed your concert. And for different reasons!

I am SO glad you came back and I was able to bring others to hear you. Your CD is one of the faves of my kids. You should hear my five-year-old sing "Sean Brown"!

Thank you for being you and being there to share with those of us who need it. I look forward to your next appearance!

Wendy Frank
Tucson, Arizona


Your live album sounds wonderful. We will keep you in our prayers as it sounds like the Lord has some bigger plans for you. How exciting for you!!!  I hope when it comes out you will autograph a copy and send it to us as we think you are great! All our best always,

Paul and Skip Moberg
Mesa, Arizona


Way to go bro, standing on the shoulders of Jesus instead of the Big Machine.  I wish I had your guts and determination.  Keep sharing your faith in Christ boldly. Your brother in Christ,

John Reith, Worship Leader
Cross Point Community Church
Tucson, Arizona


I applaud your ideas and your conviction. I paraphrase here but Jesus said that if you follow Him the world will hate you. It's a tough road, most people don't want ANYTHING to do with the real truth it exposes their hypocrisy!

You have chosen your path and you don't need my approval, but I offer it still. Keep up your good work!

John Field
Big Ferman
Arlington, Texas


Paisley is a high energy songwriter with a Christian emphasis and a positive message of love and life!

Fiddler's Dream
Phoenix, Arizona
www.fiddlersdream.org


I just read the testimonial by that Pastor in Tucson. It gave a very special message. It is amazing how the Lord can touch hearts, especially when it is the hearts of our shepherds. Thank you for being so faithful to your calling. Please feel encouraged to keep up the good work!

I hope you continue to touch hearts through your (His) ministry. Perhaps one day, you will go international...specifically to our neck of the woods. That would be nice. Take care and may the Lord continue to bless your faithfulness!  Your sister and friend in Christ,

Cindy Horner
Neuchatel, Switzerland


It's not every day that I get to have my favorite Christian artist perform in my own backyard! Your acoustic concert in my home this weekend has been the highlight of this summer. It was fun for me anticipating which of my friends, family, and neighbors would come and be blessed by your testimony in song and word. I was not disappointed!  I love the way God puts people together-- some for salvation, some for spiritual growth and encouragement.  My dear friend, you have a message from God for everyone!  Thank you for being that open, unique, honest, beautiful voice of our loving God.

Love,

Lois Waite
Bakersfield, California


It's great to see you're still "on message." Be encouraged, God is using you to draw people to his Love. Just like the sower spread the seed and sometimes it fell on fertile soil, sometimes on hard, sometimes on shallow, so you have been called to share God's love with people who know Him and with those who don't: all whether they "get it" or not. What's amazing is that God will even turn hard, shallow, weed-choked soil into a fertile place for his love to take hold and grow. Just keep spreading the seeds. It doesn't matter if 85% of the pastors don't get it. God knows where you'll go, who you'll meet, who he will call and who will respond. He knows who will hurt you, who will help you, who will love you, who will wound you, who will encourage you.

Be encouraged. You don't have to worry about anything in your whole life -- not a single thing. I know on it's face that seems unbelievable or maybe untrue, but it's entirely true.
How freeing is that?! Everything we fear: failure, choosing something that isn't the absolute best, losing the stuff we have, missing out on what we could have. . . is not based on the reality of God's love for us.. And worrying about them doesn't help. What has worry ever helped?

Be encouraged. Keep doing what God has told you to do. He will help you. Keep spreading the seeds. When you're tired he will give you rest. When you're discouraged, He will send people to encourage you. When you're empty, He will fill you to overflowing. When you're wounded he will heal you. When you're pressed on every side, he will sustain you. When you're attacked, He will defend you. When you're broken, He will mend you. When you are beaten down, He will lift you up.

May God bless you and keep you. May the light of his Love shine so brightly in your life that doubt and fear have no place there. May his Spirit fill you and may his Life be pressed out through you so that you bear much fruit.

In His Love,

Andy Milligan
Lay Minister
Hope Baptist Church 
Las Vegas, Nevada


Hey I got your CD!  It might have been in our P.O. box for awhile, but we’ve got it now and it is perfect.  My whole family thinks it’s a blast.  There are so many great songs on there.  I really like “Itch” and “Sugar in the Water.”   I bet you put on a good show. God bless you Paisley!

Rebecca Carpenter
Smyrna, Tennessee


On June 4th a man by the name of Paisley Yankolovich performed a concert here at Lord of Grace.  When Paisley first called the church about doing a concert I wasn’t initially too excited about the idea, in fact I almost turned him down.  He had sent out a CD that I listened to but didn’t think that his style of music was something that our church would get in to.  Well June 4th rolled around and even as I pulled into the church parking lot and met Paisley for the first time I was still nervous.  Paisley certainly did not look like what I was expecting, but then again I think that was part of his plan.

There was a modest crowd that afternoon but I don’t think there was a single person that wasn’t touched by Paisley’s presentation.  After the concert the first thing I said to Paisley was “when can we have you back!”

As I sat there during the concert I wondered why I had been so reluctant to have Paisley come and do a concert here.  I wondered if I hadn’t falling into the trap that Paisley had set up.  I can't say this for a fact but I am almost certain that Paisley looks and acts a certain way just to see if people judge him the moment they meet him.  Whether or not he does this intentionally I had found myself second-guessing my invitation.

Once the concert began I immediately realized how wrong I had been.  This man was singing and sharing a message that not only touched the hearts of those in the room, and the hearts of individuals across the state, but my heart as well, the heart of a pastor, someone who had been to higher Theological education for 8 years.  I was captivated by his message but also convicted of my own doubt and judging.

What I want us all to think about is how do we judge?  Do we have it set in our minds what a Christian must look like?  Do we have it set in our minds how a Christian must act?

When I think back to how Jesus was received I see a lot of people who were judging him because he didn’t look and act like what they were expecting.  The way in which Jesus acted, lived his life and conducted his ministry didn’t fit into the mold and system that had been established for centuries.  The result of this judging was that many people did not accept Jesus, he found himself outcast and eventually put to death on a cross.

Do we allow for God to come into our lives in ways in which we least expect it or have we made a checklist that must be met before we can even consider the messenger?  Too often I think we have the checklist and occasionally we need someone like Paisley to come into our lives to reveal to us that God comes in all shapes and sizes and most importantly in ways that we least expect it.  May we all broaden our view and look to see God where we least expect Him.

From "July Newsletter"
Chris Hermansen, Pastor
Lord of Grace Lutheran Church
Tucson, Arizona


What a treat and joy it was to have Paisley share worship with us. Paisley brings a sense of extreme, powerful worship to our Sunday evening Praise. I know that God will richly bless him as he spreads the wonderful Word of God.

Rev Charlotte Strayhorne
Associate Pastor, Praise and Worship Director
Casa De Cristo Evangelical Church
Phoenix, Arizona


I was having a rough morning with an aching back, ill-tempered house mate, and the general climate of things in my life.  Your CD ("First Blood") arrived and my attitude changed to the better immediately.  Your ministry brightened my life today my friend.  You made my day so much better. I put it on and jammed the sound out. God bless you for touching lives!

Rob Kurk
Las Vegas, Nevada


Got your CD.  Most of the CDs  people give me don't even make it into my computer, they sit unplayed on the shelf for months before they're finally moved to the garage.  Yours not only made into my computer it made it onto my ipod as well.  You occupy a proud space in my artist library sandwiched between  Ozomatli and Patti Smith. Speaking of Patti Smith I couldn't help  noticing her influence on your music.  I liked the homage in "Does God Sleep".

Kent Hawkins
Author of "Sleepwalker"
Long Beach, Califronia


Good luck with your music! I admire that you have a firm mission/message that you share with such pride and fervor and courage. It looks like you are keeping plenty of busy with good opportunities to reach folks.

Best,
Tracy Jane Comer


Considering the powerful content of Paisley's music, his delivery was light-hearted and fun. I loved the way he interacted with the audience, even pulling in passersby with his friendly banter. I look forward to his next visit.

Bonnie Viner, Owner
Javalina's Coffee House
Tucson, Arizona


You are one major trip, bro. It was a true blast having you sing at our Easter services! What I like best was your sensitivity to the leading of the Spirit of God. It shows your flexibility. The end of the first service you song that great Easter song you wrote...it was awesome! I thought for sure you would do it again at the end of the second service, but no, you did something completely different and that had a profound affect on me. Having our congregation turn to the back door and hear you talk (after hearing a message that focused on doors) hit me like a ton of bricks...and then your song about God healing His people...WOW. Too much, dude!

Thanks for blessing me and my church on Easter Sunday. There will have to be a return visit in the not too distant future. I know Pastor Jim feels the same way. Way to go, bro. You are a source of spiritual blessing. Keep up the good work that God has called you to do! Your brother in Christ,

John Reith, Worship Leader
Cross Point Community Church
Tucson, Arizona


Thanks Paisley for a memorable night!  I think your performance was excellent. Thank you for driving all that way for a small crowd, but I think they appreciated you.

Steve Decker
Fiddler's Dream
Phoenix, Arizona


My Name Is Lauren I go to Anointed Word where Pastor Richard is. I have seen both of your shows there and I want to say thank you for the CD's you gave me. I enjoy them very much. I love your music! I look forward to seeing you again when you perform. Hopefully i will be able to go see you when you are at Corn Fest.

Love, Lauren
Bullhead City, Arizona


We appreciate your ministry and trust God will bless you mightily. Thank you for visiting our church last evening. We believe your presentation touched and affected lives. Our love and regards in Christ.

Richard and Rita Basinger
Church Of The Nazarene
Kingman, Arizona


Your ministry was a blessing to those who attended your concert here the other night. I know that you have a powerful voice for God and will continue to move in people's lives, "Saving One More for Jesus". I am fully blessed by your music and your words and the SPIRIT that rocked the house. I know others were too! God bless you Paisley.  I think your ministry is going to have an enormous impact on, not only our youth, but the world!

Beth Russler
Choir Director
Water Of Life MCC
Tucson, Arizona


You are so good!! What a wonderful soul you are. So beautiful in a life where most are grey. Thank you for letting me experience the House of Agape. It was great to be where no one was looking over their shoulder to see how high other people held their hands in the air. Your "Does God Sleep?" message of asking the hard questions really struck home. I think you are helping a lot of people with this!

D.L. Skinner
Author, Fairy Tales For The New Millineum
Bullhead City, Arizona


I enjoyed this CD too! It seems a little more technically involved and your passion comes through loud and clear. Hope you sell tons of them and touch as many hearts. I'm sure you will!

Victoria Shaw
Songwriter ("The River," "I Love The Way that You Love Me")
Nashville, Tennessee


I want to express sincere thanks for coming to praise our Lord Jesus Christ at The Christmas Coffeehouse in Prescott today. It was a very special time of fellowship and love for our God. The messages in your music are powerful reminders of the awesome glory of our God. I loved your entire erformance, especially "Were You There?". Thank you for sharing! May God continue to bring blessings on you and your family. Please, please come again!

Ann Owens
Prescott, Arizona


I have been trying to figure out how to respond to your new CD, "Does God Sleep?".  It has been very difficult.  I have spent the last 24 hours grieving and am having some difficulty sorting it out.  First of all, and the hardest part, I think, was realizing that a lot of this CD is autobiographical and frankly, you broke my heart.  Your music is haunting.  I grieve for your stolen childhood and all the little souls who have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused.  While you're asking about "Where's Sean Brown?" I had to ask where were the friends and family I have also lost. If your intention with this CD was to illicit a response, you got it. God has given you the ability and intention of heart to communicate His hope.  I love Him and you for this giftedness.

Lois Waite
Bakersfield, California


 I invited Paisley to one of our youth outreach events for two reasons in particular. First, Paisley loves the Lord - it's evident in his music, in the conversations I had with him, and in his interaction with our youth. Make no mistake about it, his heart is completely in love with Jesus and it shows. Secondly, I really wanted our kids to experience something unique, something different, something unlike anything they had heard or seen before. Paisley was perfect! He's got a style and flavor all his own, and a great voice to go along with it. To be quite honest, our kids were pretty surprised! Paisley really made an impact. And the best part of the entire event? - kids responded to the Lord, to Paisley and to his music. They ALL wanted to meet him, say "Hi", tell him about what was going on in their lives and basically just interact with him. Paisley was great and spent lots of time just talking and sharing the love of Jesus with kids who needed to hear it. Our group of 100 or so will NEVER forget that night, and we plan on inviting him back again for another truly unique and one-of-a-kind experience.

Cliff Roberts, Youth Pastor
New Life Fellowship / Foursquare Church
Barstow, California


 Paisley Yankolovich was kind enough to come and minister to us on a saturday night worship service. Although I had promoted the event primarily to young people and/or young families a number of our senior adults came to hear him. One of the strongest compliments that I can pay him is that this group of seniors loved him. Not because it was their style of music, but because they could see that he loved Jesus and they could hear his powerful message (and sincerity) wound throughout the evening.

My own teenage son started off the evening by wanting to find an excuse to leave. He also stated that the style of music was not his. (Although I personally cannot tell much difference in style between what he listens to and what Paisley presented that night.) But after the service I watched him seek Paisley out very deliberately to speak of the music further.

All told I would have to say that having Paisley at our church has been a great benefit to the members and a lot of fun for everyone.

Pastor Charles Short
First Baptist Church
Fort Mohave, Arizona


Hey Paisley, it was great meeting you. You were by far my most amazing, outrageous, and enthusiastic stage-mate I've had thus far on the Tour of Homes. Good luck in all you do, and God Bless!

Dan Smith aka Listener
www.forthelistener.com


Paisley,

I want to thank you for the wonderful performance that you put on at our church. The people who were there really enjoyed it.  Your singing was spirit-filled and we felt the power of the Lord in your presentation. Your words of testimony of what Christ has done in your life were challenging and provide a wonderful tool for evangelism.  I can see that God is mightly blessing your ministry.  I can recommend you without reservation to any church.

Thanks again.


Pastor Craig Walker
 
Desert Congregational Church
Twentynine Palms, California


Paisley Yankolovich has made a visit and "ROCKED" our church. His love for the Lord and his passion for music made such an impact on everyone in attendance! He had everyone, adults and kids alike, bouncing to the beat and the message was really powerful. So powerful infact, we play his CD's at our monthly dance, "Shakin' with the Shepherd". The kids love it! Especially those interested in punk and alternative music. We were blessed by his visit and continue to listen to his music. Thanks Paisley for making such a positive impression for Christ here in our little community!

Peace In Christ,

Caroline Cabrera-Reynolds
Youth Evangelist
Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church
Barstow, California


Dear Paisley: 

I was blessed by attending the concert you gave at Prescott College on Sept. 24th. The setting was really unusual, but I think you really represented the cause of Christ very well. I hope there will be more opportunities to reach the students at Prescott college because of this. Thanks again for giving it your all, you are a "good and faithful' servant! In Christ,

Rick Smith
Willow Hills Church
College Bible Study Leader


Paisley, I have heard your songs. God has asked you to join His army and you have done so unselfishly! God has asked you to spread his word and to touch as many lives as you possibly can. There are those that are messengers and have the ability to spread the word of God and to touch people in such a way that they invite Jesus into their life. God has given you something special as you are one of those wonderful people! I am certain that God will put another song in your mouth and you will continue to spread his word!

Gordon Macaw
Phoenix, Arizona


Dear Paisley,

I first met you when you came to the United Methodist Church in Needles, Ca. Subsequently, you did a Friday night service at the Agape House. That night you made the comment "we're not in Kansas anymore". After wards I bought your CD and told you "Thank You" for that "word" from the Lord. You said to e-mail you about it, I'm doing that now.

I sold everything and moved to Kansas! I was able to transfer with a job (very important) but nothing else. I have been here 3 months now. God has reunited me with my Mother that I had not seen for almost 20 years. Others going back as far as 42 years. I still am unsure of what's to come but HE has blessed me beyond imagination. I remember that night of your concert, when GOD gave you the word to speak to me that I had been praying for confirmation. I just wanted to say "Thank You" . Keep up the gift of all that you do for the glory of the LORD. You can sing ,you are good looking and a beautiful person, great Dad, fantastic speaker, and special to me!

Love and Prayers,
Becca Buckley 


God bless you Brother Paisley,

God has good things in store for you, 1st Corinthians 2:9 Just continue to be faithful in your ministry, and you will see the Glory of the Lord in everything you do !

Pastor Bernard West
Called Out Of Darkness Ministries
Barstow, California


It is an incredible thing to see God moving through those that He loves, to reach those that He longs to hold. Paisley’s ministry has been a blessing to us. It's uniqueness and genuineness are refreshing and provocative. The Rock n' Java thanks Paisley for His passion and His calling, and prays for God's direction in His life. Paisley is always welcome here.

Jordan Young
The Rock n' Java
Las Vegas, Nevada


Geetings Paisley,

 Your concert at Common Grounds went extremily well.  God is using you to share and important message with people, first that we are all going to die and are in need of a savior and second that life is worth living for the Lord.  You are truly a performer who has put a lot of thought and time into your performing, you take it very seriously.  I thought the way you brought the audience in and made them laugh, was very good.  Godbless you in your endevors and we will definatly have you back at our venue within several months, and I also will help you book several other places in Phoenix to make the trip worth your while as it is about 4 hours to travel each way.
 
Thanks,
David Fowler
Common Grounds/Broadway Christian Church
Mesa, AZ

Brother Paisley,

Thank you again for your music ministry on Sunday. We received positive feedback from those who attended the service. We pray that God will continue to bless and prosper your ministry. In Christ,

Pastor Trinth Dupree
Revival Fire World Ministries
Las Vegas, Nevada 


Paisley's music can be best described as "real." It's music that forgoes the familiar comfort of platitudes. It speaks of experiences we all share, and asks the questions (unflinchingly) we all desire to have answered. If you listen with your heart, you will undoubtedly recognize a part of yourself in Paisley's music. This is only possible because it comes directly from his heart and soul. So listen with your heart, and share his music with someone who needs Jesus!

Pastor Andy Milligan
Sonrise Family Church
Las Vegas, Nevada


Brother Paisley,

Your visit to the Mission Manna Service on October 8, 2004 was a blessing to all in attendance. We were expercting merely Gospel music, but you gave us so much more: praise and worship! Spirits were lifted, joy filled hearts, and the presence of the Lord was felt in a mighty way.

Thank you!!!

William Jones
The House of Agape Ministry
Needles, California


I recently received a letter at my church about a new Christian recording artist, Paisley Yankolovich. I stepped out on faith and invited him sight-unseen and unheard! He came a gave a great solo performance at our coffeehouse ministry, The Light House.

Paisley has a musical style and approach to ministry that enables him to reach people I am not gifted to reach. I believe God will use him in a variety of ways in Christian churches, and to reach the world.

Pastor Weston Burnside
Hilltop Southern Baptist Church
Kingman, Arizona


Paisley Yankolovich has started a new and exciting ministry that is receiving a wonderful welcome here in the Tri-State area. He has performed numerous times at my church and many people have been blessed by his ministry.

Paisley has an amazing gift with songwriting, singing, and acoustic guitar (his track concerts are equally compelling). His unique performances are loved by all age groups, and his new CD, Not Unclean, is a singular accomplishment in the Lord.

I feel very fortunate to be a witness to the beginning of a wonderful move of God’s Spirit through a truly dedicated and loving brother in Christ.

Dorothy Buckelew Nuckels
Sunday School Teacher
Vacation Bible School Teacher
First Southern Baptist Church
Kingman, Arizona.

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