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  • 01:08

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Jimmy Needham

    in Christianity

    It's a new season for Jimmy Needham. The nearly decade-long career and six record releases of the twenty-eight-year-old Texas native have put him on the map as much more than a soulful crooner. Needham has built a reputation for himself as a thinker, a challenger, and a wordsmith. After his release of Clear the Stage (2012), Needham parted ways with long-time label, Inpop Records, and set out on his own to brave the waters of an independent record release. Now an indie with big vision for the future, years of experience under his belt, and a loyal fan base to boot, Needham is excited to debut his new album, The Hymns Sessions – Vol. 1.
    As far as new seasons go, this will be Needham's first release to be completely self-produced, a long time dream of the industry almost-veteran. "Truth be told," says Needham, "The Hymns Sessions was not originally meant for the public at all. I produced this album as a 'thank you' to my Kickstarter supporters (kickstarter.com is an online project fundraiser). We had a shoestring budget and a short amount of time to finish it. I was so encouraged when I followed up with everyone later that year. They couldn't stop talking about how much they were enjoying these ten hymns I sent them! The idea to take these songs public seemed like a good next move." 
    Fans and critics have always agreed there's something special about what Jimmy Needham says in his songs. It's no wonder, then, he chose to do business with the rich lyrical tradition of the ancient hymns for his first specialty project. "The poetic clarity these writers had highlighted showed not only their theological prowess, but their passion for making great art.  I'm very excited to be exposing more folks my age to something so timeless."

  • 01:10

    "Rest in the Hope" (Karyn Williams)

    in Women

    Though few things are more unsettling than stepping out of your comfort zone,  nothing can compare to the opportunities that come from total surrender to God’s call. Ask Karyn Williams. She left behind friends and family to move to Nashville, and God has used her obedience to open doors she could never have imagined. Ever since signing a record deal in 2011 and becoming label mates with Christian artists such as the Newsboys & Jaci Velasquez, Karyn has quickly become one of the Christian music community's most talked about new artists. Already called "this generation's Amy Grant," Karyn was featured in Billboard magazine as one of the “Best Bets” of 2012, and other gatekeepers are singing her praises as well. Yet it’s not industry accolades that fuel Karyn's artistry; it’s her desire to touch people with the good news of God’s grace and mercy.

    "My message is about freedom and hope," Karyn says. "There's a freedom that comes only through Christ that I want everyone in the world to understand. That's why I write, and that's why I sing." And that's what we'll discuss during Karyn's interview!

    After graduating from the University of Florida, Karyn moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. In 2010, she released to radio her first single Rejoice, and in August 2012 she released her Inpop Records debut Only You. Karyn will also release a music video for her song Just May Be in conjunction with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI).

    Karyn lives in Nashville with her songwriter/producer husband, Brian White. She is the eldest daughter of Orlando Magic Senior Vice President and founder Pat Williams. Her international family includes 19 children, fourteen of whom are adopted.

    You can find out more about Karyn at www.KarynWilliams.com.

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