Looking Back and Moving Forward
with TaRanda Greene
Sometimes life doesn’t turn out the way we plan. Sometimes we wonder why. Sometimes we might not see the answer at the time. But we can always know one thing—God has a plan, and His plan is best.
As a high school senior, TaRanda planned on attending college and conquering the world. However, an audition for the popular southern gospel music group, The Greenes, changed those plans. Soon after joining The Greenes, Tony Greene and TaRanda became best friends, and on February 13, 2001, the two were married.
Although Tony had a history of health problems, the couple had their first daughter in 2004. Their second daughter was born four years later. While their professional and personal life was thriving, Tony was declining physically.
In September 2010, Tony passed away.
“There are still days when it hurts,” TaRanda shares. “There are things I wish I could do again. But I wouldn’t take away any of the experiences that I’ve had which have made me who I am today. They define you for a greater purpose if you let them.”
Today, God has brought a new man into TaRanda’s life. Actually, Landon Beene was someone TaRanda had known for a while from the music industry. Landon works behind the scenes with event promotion and CD duplication. When TaRanda was singing with Tony and the Greenes, Landon did all of The Greenes’ manufacturing.
Now TaRanda and Landon are enjoying married life. Married on March 1, 2016, the couple is still in the newlywed stage, even with four children at home—two from Landon’s previous marriage and two from TaRanda’s.
“We’re learning how to blend our families,” TaRanda admits. “In the beginning, it was all exciting—a new home, new family—everything is new. Now we’re settling into it. We have two 12-year-old daughters who are trying to figure themselves out, much less a new sister. There are definitely challenges. But God is so good to us. Landon and I are so thrilled to find the love we have found. Love does conquer all.”
“I never saw myself being married to anyone else,” TaRanda adds. “And now that we’re married, I look back and see how it all makes sense…even the struggles.”
But married life isn’t the only thing new for TaRanda. Her husband Landon had always wanted to have a group to sing at his events. When TaRanda and Landon were engaged, that got the ball rolling.
Landon was friends with Doug Anderson from Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. And when Doug became a solo artist to be home more with his family, things started lining up. The group was just missing a third member. That’s when they met Jody McBrayer from Avalon.
“We kind of came together just as friends,” TaRanda explains.
The first time they sang together, they were all a little skeptical. But afterwards, they knew they had to do this.
“It just felt like God had settled in and put His stamp of approval on us,” she says.
And if you’ve had the privilege of hearing Cana’s Voice, you know what she’s talking about. There is joy in what they are doing.
“I think what makes it different is that we just want to be where God wants us to be,” TaRanda shares. “The doors He wants open, we want to walk through. And the doors He wants closed, we want to stay away from. There’s not a template or 5-year plan.”
With each artist having his or her own solo career, the pressure is off for Cana’s Voice.
“All of us are being able to do our solo thing, which we feel like God has called us to, and do Cana’s Voice on select dates,” TaRanda explains. “It really is the best of both worlds.”
“As a musician and creative mind, all of us want to be able to create without walls, and now we’re getting the chance to,” she adds. “We respect each other’s gifts. We respect each other’s callings and opinions.”
And as a group, that is their goal.
“We’re all very transparent,” TaRanda says. “Our heart’s goal is to speak to the broken who maybe have given up or on the verge of giving up on God and life and general.”
In fact, that’s where the name Cana’s Voice fits in.
While TaRanda was on the bus one day, she was reading about Jesus’ first miracle of changing the water to wine in John 2.
“We’ve heard that story our whole lives,” she shares. “And with different denominations, the debate is always over the wine, so you don’t really read into the story. That’s always been my focus of that story. So I was reading it one day and what caught my eye was not whether the wine was fermented or not—Jesus made it so whatever it was it was perfect—but what caught my attention was the vessels He used.
“The vessels He used to do the first miracle were ceremonial pots that people would use to wash their hands while coming into the celebration. So those pots were used for a completely different purpose. But when Jesus was going to do something greater, He chose those ceremonial pots. He repurposed them to create a miracle.
“I don’t say lightly that God spoke to me, but something pricked my heart while thinking about those pots—how they had a completely different purpose.
“They probably had some dirty water in them, they had some cracks and scars. Who knows what color they were. One was probably thicker than the other. But it didn’t matter. When Jesus touched it, it became perfect. He repurposed them to create an even greater blessing than what was before.
“With the stories of the three of us, I just kept thinking about the pots. We all felt like we were being repurposed. And it didn’t matter how high our career points had been or how low they had been. It didn’t matter how dirty our water was or that we were scarred or flawed. None of that mattered because God was repurposing us. That’s where Cana’s Voice came from. We wanted to be a voice for the broken.”
“We just want people to know they’re not alone,” TaRanda concludes. “We still don’t have it all together, and that doesn’t mean that we know it all and there aren’t going to be hard days ahead, but we’re equipped now. As believers, we’re all equipped. But we don’t realize it until we’re put in the situation where we have to discover it.”
TaRanda’s life may not have been what she had planned. But she’s starting to see how it was what God had planned.
“At 37, I feel like I’ve lived the life of an 80-year-old. My mom always told me there are things that are going to happen in your life that you’re not going to understand. But you’re going to come to a point where you can look back and God will show you how it will make sense. And she was right. I’m looking back over the last 10-15 years and realizing that there is Someone looking out for me, because I never would have put that together.
“If there’s breath in your body, God still has a purpose for you. It may seem hard, but keep breathing, keep moving. The best is yet to come.”
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