Our Music Team

Our music supports the powerful Sunday messages through the soulful sound of our house band, Tony Bonardi on keyboards, Steve Perakis on bass, and Joe Nelson on drums, along with our talented singers and musicians.

Each Sunday special guests offers a wide variety of musical styles, from soul to jazz to rock and roll. 

Tony Bonardi, Piano

Tony Bonardi has been wowing audiences with his creative keyboard skills for over 20 years.

As a teenager he cut his teeth performing in Northern Ohio clubs under the tutelage of St. Louis bluesman and Tina Turner alum, Sonny Robertson.  Now residing in Columbus, Tony keeps a busy schedule playing with a variety of acts throughout the Midwest.

Just as adept playing salsa and top 40 as he is in a jazz environment, Tony truly brings his diverse, energetic influence to all appearances.

Steve Perakis, Bass Guitar

Steve Perakis

Steve Perakis performs locally and internationally in a multitude of styles, on electric and double bass.

He writes and composes in many styles and is the leader of several local groups, teaches privately and owns a growing project recording studio.

He has been playing bass for more than four decades, has two decades of accompaniment experience in musical theater, international and modern dance. He also sings, plays guitar, drums and keyboards.

 

Joe Nelson, Drums

For me, music is one of the most direct expressions of the divine. It’s joy brings people together, heals our souls, and helps make our connection to each other more clear. I’ve been playing music since before I can remember but my professional career started at age 15.

My collegiate studies were at The University of Cincinnati, Capital University, and The Ohio State University. I’ve also studied in Caracas (Venezuela), as well as Salvador and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Able to perform most styles of Western Pop Music, I regularly perform Latin American music, Rock, Soul, Country, Jazz, Worship, and Reggae. 

I reside in Columbus, Ohio with my wife Jenny and two sons, Sam (13) and Shade (2). I have had the pleasure of being on staff at the Columbus Center for Spiritual Living for 6 years. 

Carisa Holmes – Vocals, Flute, Singer/Songwriter, Assistant Choir Director

Carisa Holmes is an author, coach, and musician on a mission to facilitate the birth of creative power and to promote the acknowledgement and recognition of the creative arts as vehicles for self expression, healing, and evolution.

Carisa is a singer/songwriter, electronic music producer, and multi-instrumentalist who finds her joy in exploring many different genres of musical expression. From the deeply restful meditation music of her group Sanjati, to her emotive New Thought songs, and the danceable beats of her EDM group Tingari, Carisa’s music opens a portal to realms beyond form, initiating an inpouring-outpouring of a mystical essence that runs deeper than emotion and reflects the light of her soul.

Carisa enjoys exploration and expansion in her craft, and has appeared at major music festivals – such as Electric Forest and Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival – as well as private retreats, raucous celebrations, and quiet ceremonies. She is also thrilled to be a part of the music program at the Columbus Center for Spiritual Living, where she is grateful for the opportunity to share her choral and solo music.

When she’s not performing or writing, Carisa loves using her voice in her healing work, and facilitates sound therapy and creative arts programs in Central Ohio and beyond.

Jesse Powers – Vocalist, Guitar

Jesse Powers is a small-town lady and South Carolina native now enjoying the bright lights and smooth tunes of the midsize city of Columbus, OH.

With her tumbling vocal stylings and powerhouse melodies, Jesse’s sound seeks to captivate, awaken, and entertain those who listen.

Her raw and poignant lyricism blended with straightforward guitar work create a musical skydiving experience—a long lyrical jump into the depths of the human heart softened by a parachute of undemanding instrumentation.

Wasting no time, her perceptive and penetrating songs fly straight to the soul. Her debut album “Begin” was released in late 2017.

Caminin önünde ve iki yanında geniş cami halısı dış avlusu olup bunun çevresi pencereli duvarlarla çevrilidir. Bu avulya 3 ü cephede olmak üzere, 8 kapıdan girilir. Şadırvan avlusu, 26 adet granit mermer ve porfir sütuna oturtulmuş, 30 kubbeyle çevrili geniş alandır. Mermer döşemeli bu geniş sahanın ortasında 6 mermer sütunlu şadırvan, sahanın azametini gösterir. Şadırvanın kemerleri, kabartma olarak Rumi geçmelerle ve köşebentleri, kabartma, lale ve karanfil motifleriyle bezelidir. İç avluya, biri cepheden ikisi yandan olmak üzere herbiri merdivenli 3 kapıdan girilmektedir.
Caminin önünde ve iki yanında geniş cami halısı dış avlusu olup duvarlarla çevrilidir. Zemin kaplama malzemesi kategorisine giren cami halıları, cami ye girerken ilk göze çarpan bir dekordur. Dekoru farklı yapan ise, halıdaki desen, ipliğin kalitesi ve motifteki göz alıcı tasarımlardır. Betonarme zemini kaplamasının dışında cemaatin rahat bir şekilde ibadet etmesini sağlayan cami halıları kaliteli malzemelerden ipliklerden üretilir. Halının dokusundaki sıklıkla orantılı olan kalite, dokunulduğunda kendini belli eder. Bu avulya 3 ü cephede olmak üzere, sekiz kapıdan girilir. Avlusu, 26 adet granit mermer ve porfir sütuna oturtulmuş, 30 kubbeyle çevrili geniş alandır. Mermer döşemeli bu geniş sahanın ortasında 6 mermer sütunlu şadırvan, sahanın azametini gösterir. Şadırvanın kemerleri, kabartma olarak Rumi geçmelerle ve köşebentleri, kabartma, lale ve karanfil motifleriyle bezelidir. İç avluya, biri cepheden ikisi yandan olmak üzere herbiri merdivenli 3 kapıdan girilmektedir.

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