La PORTE — In 2016, Darrin and Jennie Lee Riddle purchased the historic Ruth C. Sabin home in La Porte as the headquarters for the creative community of People & Songs and their mission's organization, The Emerging Sound.

The People & Songs community is comprised of songwriters, artists, worship leaders and missionaries from around the nation. 

Since then things have grown quite a bit for the organization.

Recently, People & Songs was awarded a year-long grant by Frontline Foundation for use of their former building located directly across from the historic courthouse in downtown La Porte on 605 Michigan Ave. Their community store, A Whole World of Good, sells merchandise from around the globe, and their profits support missionaries and communities worldwide.

According to People & Songs, A Whole World of Good offers products from Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Israel, and other remote places. The back of their shop consists of a space called the New Song Café. This area is open for community members and workers to be refreshed while enjoying free coffee and live music. A Whole World of Good has extended its lease and plans to operate out of this location for the foreseeable future.

People & Songs also visions, organizes and hosts Turn Up The Lights, a two-day, live recording and worship event at the Civic Auditorium in La Porte. This year’s Turn Up The Lights will be held at the Civic Auditorium on October 18 and 19. To purchase tickets online or find more information, visit You can also visit A Whole World of Good to purchase physical tickets for the event.

Recently in La Porte, People & Songs hosted their award-winning songwriting camp called The Emerging Sound. Annually, musicians and songwriters from around the world travel to La Porte to write songs with the artists of People & Songs and record an album.

This year, all the recorded songs were written locally at the United Methodist Church on Michigan Avenue in La Porte. Pastor Bob Vale and the parishioners of the historic building have hosted People & Songs for the past two years. The Salem Chapel parishioners likewise offered their facilities for the live recordings of The Emerging Sound Volume 5 and Volume 6. The Emerging Sound Volume 5 was released last week during Arts in the Park, and debuted at No. 2 on iTunes. The Emerging Sound Volume 6 will release in July 2020.

New solo releases from No. 1 record-charting artists are also expected from several People & Songs artists. Charity Gayle, a Gospel and contemporary worship artist with People & Songs, recorded her last record at United Methodist Church in La Porte. Singers and musicians from throughout the United States as well as Canada joined to participate in the project.

It debuted at No. 1 on iTunes Charts and charted on Billboard.

Charity has had songs featured at Carnegie Hall land conferences with 60,000 people in attendance. May Angeles, an up-and-coming urban, pop, soul and worship artist with People & Songs, also recently performed songs at Carnegie Hall. Her debut album, recorded last month in La Porte, will release in upcoming months. The Slays (husband and wife duo, Kaden Slay and Melanie Tierce) of People & Songs will be releasing their first collaborative rootsy, alternative worship album soon. Melanie Tierce’s debut record will feature her songwriting full of soaring melodies and rich lyrics. It is a beautiful telling of the grace and love of God and is meant to bring joy and hope to the most weary of souls.

All released records by People & Songs are available for purchase at “A Whole World of Good,” all online stores including iTunes and Amazon, and Sheet music is available as well. For more information about People & Songs, visit or visit their store, “A Whole World of Good,” at 605 Michigan Avenue, La Porte. They may be followed daily on all social media platforms. @wholeworldofgood @peopleandsongs @theemergingsound.

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