His genre-diverse original music has been heard on an international level and sung in different languages. His acoustic ability complements the numerous melodies he has composed over the last three decades.
In an age when the world is experiencing hardships of epic proportions, Geno’s acoustic folk style with inspiring lyrics bring comfort to the hurting and healing to many hearts. His acoustic songwriting demands a cultivated palette to fully appreciate the burst of diverse flavors at play in his music. Although his style is acoustic based, the arrangements go much deeper, culling from ballad, folk, slapstick country, rock and contemporary.
Over the years he has been petitioned to write theme songs for causes and/or campaigns. His song “Heart To The Homeless” received recognition from President Reagan when Nancy Reagan held a homeless campaign.
Causes close to his heart are Romanian orphans and believers that have been persecuted for their faith. He draws from personal experiences from his international travels as well as aspects that effect our daily living; love, pain, life, death, and the lessons learned in between.
Gene has spent over 25years with Hand of Help Ministries and over 30 years with the music group first called Rapture, then later Remnant.
Anne Schmidt was raised in Waupun, Wisconsin, where from an early age she began expressing her love for music through musicals, swing choir, and her family’s local church. After her father’s death at age 16, Anne found Christ in a deeper way when asked to do back-up vocals on a gospel album. The music she sang about didn’t match her life; it was here that her transformation began.
Anne’s love for the Lord and music followed her into North Central College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she sang in a group called “Heaven’s Praise “. The group toured on behalf of the college in the U.S. and Canada. Upon returning home to Wisconsin, she married the song writer who touched her soul and heart, Gene Schmidt, together they have been doing music ministry for as long as they have been married, 30 years. Anne’s passion is leading in worship, she delights in taking people to that place where their cups are filled with a portion of His sweet Spirit to help carry them on life’s journey. She’s mastered the ability to develop intimacy with God through learning to soak in the secret place of His presence. From workshops, conventions, to your Sunday Worship Service, Anne brings an intimate expression of worship that brings comfort and hope.
Anne and her Husband Gene are founding members of the Contemporary Christian Band “Rapture”, then years later, “Remnant “ , (Indieheaven.com/remnant). Both Anne and Gene work for Hand of Help Ministry; (handofhelp.org/ handofhelp.com) an outreach for Romania’s orphaned and poor. Gene’s gift is in songwriting, and together with Anne they continue to write and perform their music where the Lord leads them. Gene and Anne have 3 three grown sons all serving in the Air Force, currently they reside in Southeastern Wisconsin.