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March 28, 2019

Singing the Praises of Women in Christian Music

What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than by shining the spotlight on some amazing female Christian musicians who inspire us with their talent and faith? Check out the following artists who make music their ministry.

 Lauren Daigle

Adele’s vocal sister from a different mother, this contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter released her debut album, How Can It Be, in 2015. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. Daigle followed that up with 2018’s Look Up Child, which featured the pop crossover single "You Say." With its debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, Look Up Child became the highest-charting Christian album by a woman in over 20 years.

Daigle counts two Grammy Awards, seven GMA Dove Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and two American Music Awards on her trophy shelf. “You Say” won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song at the 2019 Grammy Premiere Ceremony. Daigle also won Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Look Up Child.  

Natalie Grant

Able to hold onto the Dove Female Vocalist of the Year title from 2006 to 2012, Grant got her musical start at age 17 singing in church. After singing with the group Truth for two years, she set off for Nashville in pursuit of a solo career. Grant is more interested in bringing depth and substance to her listeners than superficiality and style. She states, “The deeper things in life—values, relationships, family, and my faith in Christ—they are what’s most attractive about a person. And they’re why I sing." This is certainly evident in her live performance of "Clean."

Ginny Owens

This Jackson, Mississippi native has been blind since the age of 3, but that certainly hasn’t gotten in her way. After earning her Bachelor of Music Education in 1997 and finding it hard to get hired as a blind music teacher, Owens turned to singing and songwriting. She won the Nashville "Lilith Fair '99 Talent Search" and sang at that year's festival. The following year, she performed at the Sundance Film Festival. Owens took home the Dove New Artist of the Year award in 2000 and has had her music featured on many TV shows. In 2015, she released her first book, “Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God and What Does He Want From Us?” Here's her moving "Don't Waste Your Life."

Jaci Velasquez

This ambitious American actress, Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer and songwriter, and morning radio show co-host performs in both English and Spanish. Her Mexican, Spanish, French, Scottish, and Arab ancestry brings delicious diversity to her dynamic career. Velasquez has sold almost 3 million albums in the United States, recorded three Platinum and three Gold albums, and produced 16 singles that hit No. 1. Fifty magazine covers and six Dove Awards are among her numerous achievements, but time with her husband and children is Velasquez’s most "Heavenly Place. (Un Lugar Celestial" Live)

Mandisa

This 2006 American Idol contestant worked as a backup singer for notable artists including Trisha Yearwood, Shania Twain, Sandi Patty, and Take 6. After she made it to the top nine in Idol’s fifth season and toured with the show, Sparrow Records signed her in 2007.

Mandisa is candid about her struggle with depression and a turn from her faith after a close friend died of cancer. She says of her recently released Out of the Dark album, “The Lord started lifting me out of this pit as I started this album. My hope is that people will be on this journey with me. When I began, I was in a really dark place, but where I am today is so much better and so much lighter. He pulled me out of the dark! I’m hoping that the same way that God is restoring me, that He will restore those who listen to it.”

Jen Ledger

Hard rock drummer girl Jen Ledger spent a decade with Skillet, joining the band when she was 18. But the talented singer is moving out front with her debut solo album, Ledger. “I feel I’ve just been growing and changing over the last few years and I feel the time is now, “Ledger told Billboard. “It just feels like everything is lined up all at once. It’s super exciting because it is a little bit of a destiny moment.”

Calling herself “edgy and rocky,” but also soft with a little bit of pop mixed in, Ledger will be the opening act on Skillet’s upcoming joy.UNLEASHED tour. She’ll then take her seat at the drums for the band’s headlining set. “It’s ridiculously perfect,” Ledger admits. “I get to do everything I want and have the best of both worlds. Check out “Bold” from her debut EP.

Britt Nicole

This born-to-sing artist got her musical start singing in her grandfather's church at age 3. By the time she was in high school, Nicole was a regular on the church's daily television program singing with her brother and cousin. A trip to New York's Carnegie Hall with her school's chorus confirmed that singing was her life’s calling.

Turning down a music scholarship from Belmont University, Nicole felt like God was calling her to something else. Two producers from Salisbury formed an indie label to showcase her music, and she cut a nine-song album titled Follow the Call. Sparrow Records signed Britt in 2006, and she went on to develop as an artist. Since then, her discography boasts five studio albums, three extended plays, 11 singles, three promotional singles, five music videos, and three album appearances. Enjoy "The Lost Get Found."

Jamie Grace

The daughter of two pastors, Jamie Grace gets her worship on in an irresistibly infectious style. She’s been making music since age 11 and was discovered by TobyMac in 2010 when he found her songs on YouTube. TobyMac signed Grace to his label Gotee Records for two albums. Her 2011 "Hold Me" song garnered her a nomination at the 2012 Grammys and won the 2012 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. Every day is a "Beautiful Day" for Jamie Grace.

Amy Grant

Boomers remember her bouncy “Baby Baby” hit from 1991. Currently sounding more soulful than spunky, no list would be complete without a nod to Amy Grant. She’s taken Christian music to a wider audience than any other artist in the genre. Grant remains a dominant voice in the Christian music movement and has sold over 30 million albums. That’s "Better Than A Hallelujah."

If you’d like to learn more about Geneva’s music and music business programs, professions that enable you to serve wholeheartedly and faithfully in your life’s work or want to learn more about a biblically based, Christ-centered education at Geneva, we’d love to chat with you. For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your education goals, please phone us at 855-979-5563 or email web@geneva.edu.