While growing up I loved music. I sang along with every album and cassette. I collected new and interesting artists. I was the master of the mix tape. I followed new artists, classic artists, alternative and punk bands. My first album was Billy Joel Glass Houses (I still have it) and my first CD was (bizarrely) Bing Crosby’s Christmas album. Yet I loved theater and I sat in front of the record player (yes, vinyl) reading and singing along to Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, Oklahoma, South Pacific.
The first concert I attended was Amy Grant Straight Ahead tour. The concert was at The Odeum in Villa Park, IL. I was in eighth grade and I knew every word to every song and sang along at the top of my lungs. I was *that* girl who loved all the new Christian rock becoming popular in the 1980′s.
This past year has been a blur of activity with family and life yet in the midst of it all an album of praise, thanks, journey, and honesty has emerged. A quiet, life-long desire to create music became a reality. It was slow and easy. Writing songs with a friend and recording at a studio tucked in the heart of my home town. There was much grace and humor. It was a uniquely creative process and I recieved the *cool* experience of being an Independent Artist.
I am deeply indebted to my friend and co-producer, Bill Acuna. Bill is the co-author, guitarist, musician, and artistic mind behind the album. We collaborated on lyrics and melody and then Bill masterfully created each song, building the arrangement and creating the layers of art.
I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to author two books and a third forthcoming with Intervarsity Press. I have been able to publish books about what burns in my heart — educating myself and others about injustices in the world and what the everyday person can do to make a difference.
This year Bill and friends enabled me to create music that is inspired by these same things — what burns in my heart, my faith, and my work in justices causes such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic is sub-Saharan Africa and the atrocity of modern-day slavery. I believe we all can make a difference in the world no matter who we are or where we are and I write song to inspire change.
I know the challenge of managing a home and the desire to make a difference for those who are suffering. As a full-time mother of three, I have journeyed from insular suburban world into the arena of global advocacy, writing books and making music. Using the power of story, I hope my music inspires people everywhere to start right where they are and make a difference.
This is a simple album and from the heart. The collection of 12 original songs cover topics ranging from family, God, dreams, broken hearts, doubt, faith and thanksgiving. Enjoy!
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