About Brett Mabury
I grew up in Perth on the west coast of Australia. One of my earliest memories involves me sitting under a Rhodes piano hearing gospel music played by my dad’s big band. The power and mystery of these moments led to a quest for soul environments and music that has remained throughout my life.
After completing a science degree and working for various health organizations I knew I was in the wrong field. This led to a change in career and the opportunity to study at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts where I attained a degree in jazz composition and orchestration with first class honors. An amazing opportunity followed to undertake a masters program with a scholarship, taking me to Paris where I met my now wife of 10 years.
After my studies I worked as a freelance composer, pastored a large worship arts community and pioneered an art school at Mount Pleasant College. In 2013 my family and I relocated to the States so I could begin a position as the worship arts pastor of Journey Church. While serving in this capacity I started the Journey Arts Collective, which has now become the focus of my position. I am deeply passionate to see artists living out their God-designed lives. I'm also responding to opportunities to compose and arrange again for different industry projects, which I've greatly enjoyed.
I live in Thompson Station with Keren and our bilingual children Charlotte and David, born in Australia, and Simon our latest addition born here in Nashville, and we've got another baby on the way. I am working hard at learning French and Southern.
About David Durham
I love to study culture. Since my childhood days traveling to and from Australia, where I lived for five years with my family, to my twelve years living in Europe, to my numerous travels to five continents, I have been fascinated by the human patchwork of our planet. As a language freak, history buff and musician, I am well versed in the various elements that make up culture – geography, art, history, politics, religion, language, and many more. For eleven years I directed an organization very similar to the Journey Arts Collective called The Crucible, where we came alongside hundreds of creatives to equip them with a stronger sense of their place in the fabric of both the church and the world.
Having been back in my native United States for more than twenty years, I have grown concerned about the increasing polarization of American culture. Hence the founding of World to the Wise, whose mission is to equip and inspire others with a broader world view and build bridges of understanding and appreciation of the cultural spectrum. I love to talk about what I call ‘cultural intelligence’ wherever I go – be it in the classroom, among educators, businesses and organizations, churches, leisure travelers – based on the principle that we understand ourselves better when we seek to understand others. Under the umbrella of World to the Wise, my wife, Becky, and I lead periodic cultural tours to Europe, providing life-changing and eye-opening experiences for people of all ages.
I have also recently launched a new podcast on crossing cultural bridges, called World to the Wise: Home of the Culturally Curious, which you can find [here] or at your preferred podcast store.
I am the proud patriarch of three sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. I’m a serious tea drinker, love movies (especially historical), tennis, and have recorded numerous CD’s in French and English, as well as sung on many other recordings in multiple languages. Becky and I are spoiled to have all three of our sons and their families living in Nashville, Tennessee.