Can an Israeli Messianic believer have a voice in today’s world of independent rock music? Adam Lee Rosenfeld, a father of eight living in Jerusalem, believes so.
Together with his wife Tal (Bethany), Adam wrote, recorded, produced, and released an album of seven independent rock songs that came from years of singing and playing guitar, in the Succat Hallel house of prayer in Jerusalem, and at home.
His music project is called “Har Adonai”, which means “Mountain of the Lord”. It is a reference to Mount Zion, which stands right outside his home, across the Ben Hinnom Valley.
It is also a reference to holiness, and Adam’s desire to pursue constant communion with God, throughout the challenges of daily life:
“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart…” – Psalm 24:3,4a [NKJV]
Adam believes you can make art, have a job, and raise a family, while constantly abiding in the holiness of the Lord that is available to all of us, by the blood of Yeshua our Messiah. That there’s really no other way to live.
His new album, the first from Har Adonai and his first album in almost 15 years, is called “Now is Golden”. It is a meditation on the value of work, the purpose of art, and the meaning of life in today’s “gig economy”.
The music blog Indie Vision Music called it “a sonic masterpiece”, and it has been featured in the “From Here and Now: Israeli Music 2020” Spotify playlist from Israeli journalist and DJ Tomer Kariv-Shayovitz.
Adam was blessed with the opportunity to work with some influential names in independent rock music to create this album, including recording technician Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, The Pixies) and mastering technician Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low, Danielson Famile).
It was also produced with practical support from The Fellowship of Artists, led by Kobi and Shani Ferguson, and Jamie Hilsden and Gabriel Elbaz, members of the Messianic Israeli music group Miqedem.
The album closes with the worship song, “A Joyous Noise”, which is a collaboration with Israeli secular artist Morphlexis, and has been well-received by believers and non-believers alike.
Adam would appreciate your support in reaching people with his message of the pursuit of holiness in the arts. If this album speaks to you, please listen to it on Spotify (or wherever you listen to music) and share it with your friends on social media.