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October 12, 2007


By day, Benita Ouellette and Lena Corriveau assist staff and students at the University of Maine at Fort Kent in the campus’ heartbeat building, Cyr Hall.  But at night – watch out – these ladies belt out songs of divine inspiration as two-thirds of the Christian singing group, Rapture.  You may remember the “Smokin’ Granny” Benita (singer/songwriter, perhaps dancer?) as one of the contestants in the Fort Kent 2007 Aroostook Idol event. Together with their singing sister, Marilyn Ouellette, Benita and Lena recently released their second CD entitled, “Stop, Look, Listen.”  The CD will be available at local merchants in and around the St. John Valley following an “official” CD release party on Sunday, October 21 for family and close friends.  The new CD will also be available at the annual Arts and Crafts Fair held in Fort Kent in November.  The Rapture ladies began singing together as part of the St. Louis Church folk group in Fort Kent during the 1980’s and have sung at many wedding ceremonies in the St. John Valley and surrounding areas.  “We are very excited to present our second CD.  On this one, most of Benita’s songs come from a new focal point, that is, Jesus’ words to us.  That is very exciting,” Rapture notes on the new release’s liner.   The songs on the new CD beckon a person to stop whatever they are doing, look up from wherever they are, and listen for His loving voice for guidance through their own unique trials, Rapture says.  Hence the title, “Stop, Look, Listen.”      Rapture feels blessed to have met with a talented young man such as Jamie Thibeault, its musical engineer, who invited the members of the Jerry T Band to provide live instrumentals to make the songs come to life.   “Music possesses magical properties, but Christian music has very unique qualities,” says Benita.  “The power of Christian music to deliver a message of hope, encouragement and inspiration connects humanity with the Divine, with the Source of all life, with the Creator of the universe.  It draws us into an unmistakable spiritual oneness,” they add. The ladies of Rapture feel privileged and honored to have been chosen by the Father to present fresh, original songs.  It is their wish that those who hear the songs will feel the joy of God’s loving presence in their hearts and be touched by the messages of His love and guidance.  For further information about Rapture, or “Stop, Look, Listen,” you may email them at or visit the website to enjoy some song clips which will soon be available.