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Keith and Kristyn Getty

posted Dec 3, 2016, 8:33 PM by KJFP Radio   [ updated Dec 3, 2016, 8:35 PM ]

Our featured artists of the week are Keith and Kristyn Getty

Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as two of the most preeminent modern hymn writers. Keith’s hymn ‘In Christ Alone’ penned with writing partner, Stuart Townend is one of the most popular hymns with an estimated 40-50 million people singing it in church services each year.  In reinventing the traditional hymn form, they have created a catalogue of songs that teach Christian doctrine while appealing to the musical tastes of both contemporary and traditional church services.  

The Getty’s express concern that the modern worship music movement has been driving the church down a dangerous and sinister path as music has moved away from theology. They also stated their concern that much of the modern music is not congregational meaning that the music is better suited for a concert than for group singing in worship.

The Getty’s say that it’s not that hymns are always good and other songs bad.  What is important is the emphasize on the Gospel and the existence of rich theological truth.
For more information check out their website: http://www.gettymusic.com/

Buddy Greene

posted Nov 27, 2016, 1:51 PM by KJFP Radio   [ updated Dec 3, 2016, 8:34 PM ]

Buddy has been a Christian recording artist for over 30 years.  His passion for bluegrass music is evident in many of his songs. Greene has performed as part of the Billy Graham Crusade and worked in the music industry with many celebrated names such as Bill & Gloria Gaither, and Mark Lowry with whom he wrote the Christmas classic "Mary did you know?". 

Greene says that working with people like Bill and Gloria Gaither has shown him a level of responsibility with what he does as a gospel artist. "It's a high calling," he says, "to be able to carry the gospel in a song or sermon, it's something we should approach with as much fear and trembling as we can because there's a lot at stake.  I don't take lightly the fact that I get to carry the gospel to an audience."

Greene says he likes to do songs that get overlooked, that people just aren't aware of. He likes to champion these kind of songs and the people who write them.

For more information check out Greene's website: http://www.buddygreene.com/

Reva Catherine

posted Sep 18, 2016, 8:51 PM by KJFP Radio   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 6:28 PM ]

Our featured artist of the week is Reva Catherine. Reva began writing songs at the age of 14. At first it was just a personal form of worship but it wasn’t long before God called her to share that music with others. She taught herself to play guitar and picked up the flute in school though song writing and singing were her passion and her calling. The Lord took her on an 18 year journey before Reva finally was able to release her first album ‘Fall or Fly’.

In the meantime Reva had been investing in her craft obtaining a vocal performance degree and an audio engineering degree from Missouri State University. She taught music at a private school and gave music lessons for several years. She still teaches a traveling praise band for Southwest Baptist University called ‘Higher Ground’. Now married and living in Springfield, MO Reva prays that the music God has given her will help her listeners be vulnerable with the Lord and serve to deepen their worship experience.

Reva's album is available here: http://www.tatemusicgroup.com/epk/artist/38742

David Crowder

posted Apr 4, 2016, 12:55 AM by KJFP Radio

Our Featured Artist of the week is David Crowder. Crowder says he was born half Baptist and half Pentecostal and the later he was born again.  The son of an insurance salesman and a social  worker Crowder grew up in Texarkana listening to Elvis, Willie Nelson and the Gaithers. Crowder fully expected to return from college and settle down in his father's insurance company.

Then a late night discussion with a pastor friend changed the course of his life. Crowder says, "I had left the church  and this was the beginning of my way back.  As it goes with hypocrisy, judgement,  dogmatism, and all the rest of it that  Jesus put to death, it's hard to see in yourself what you readily see in others."

Crowder's music is a collection of music that combines old and new; sometimes referred to as Folktronica.  Crowder says the music is "not about making bad people good, it is about making dead people alive."

For more information view Crowder's website at: http://crowdermusic.com/index.php

A Cappella

posted Feb 21, 2016, 7:19 PM by KJFP Radio   [ updated Feb 21, 2016, 7:25 PM ]

The group A Cappella began in March of 1982. When songwriter Keith Lancaster decided to form a quartet of men with a mission to communicate Gospel truths through music using the greatest instrument ever created - the human voice. In the thirty plus years since they began the voices in the group have changed several times but the mission and style have remained the same.

Acappella's songs that we play on this station come from two of their albums from the late 90's 'Act of God' and 'Beyond a Doubt'. For more information see their website: www.acappella.org/blog/

Kari Jobe

posted Feb 16, 2016, 6:24 PM by KJFP Radio

Contemporary Christian artist Kari Jobe began leading worship at age 13, and is currently a worship pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. She sees her albums as an extension of her worship leadership, describing her music as simple, congregation friendly, and inspired by a hunger for God’s presence. Kari says “When you get down to the very bare bones of worship, it is about us being thankful for the cross and magnifying the name of Jesus above all names. Anything past that is just feel-good music.”

 Learn more about Kari Jobe at her website, karijobe.com.

Laura Story

posted Feb 7, 2016, 10:34 PM by KJFP Radio

Laura Story is a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter from South Carolina. At 18, she began her professional music career as a bass player with Christian band Silers Bald. Six years later, in 2002, she released her first solo album, Indescribable. Laura’s 2011 album Blessings is about worshiping through tough times, inspired by the experiences surrounding her husband Martin's diagnosis with an inoperable brain tumor.

When speaking about the physical and spiritual challenges that have faced them due to the brain tumor and the resulting disabilities Laura says she has often wondered why God chose her to walk through this trial so publicly.  She said she wakes most morning feeling too weak for the task before her but in those moments she remembers the truth God whispered to Paul in the jail cell; 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 

Learn more about Laura Story’s music and her book “When God Doesn’t Fix It” at laurastorymusic.com.

Jeremy Camp

posted Jan 31, 2016, 11:01 AM by KJFP Radio

Jeremy Camp is a songwriter and recording artist with 12 years experience and 4 million albums sold.  He has performed in more than 32 countries and describes himself as “a minister who happens to play music as a way to minister.”

In 2013 a missionary in Kyrgystan reached out to Jeremy asking for him and his band to hold a  revival event.  When Jeremy arrived he said he felt “oppression and fear like I’ve never felt in my life.” As the day of the big event approached, intimidating threats and imprisonment warnings targeted the missionaries and Jeremy’s band. Even the local news channel told the public not to come. And yet, 8,000 people still showed up. As the crowd gathered, Jeremy lay on his face crying before God. “Lord, I can’t do this,” he said. “This is too much.’ He realized the dangers of what was happening. "In my heart, I wanted to go home and raise my kids; I wanted to grow old with my wife. When I said, ‘I can’t do this,’" the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘Perfect. You finally got it. You can do this.’”

The moment was pivotal. Jeremy said,“Something clicked,” “I had been sharing the scripture all my life, Acts 20:24, where Paul says, ‘I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.’ And in Galatians, ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.’ It’s just all these scriptures where Paul is saying, I know. My life is not my own. I’ve given my heart to Jesus. He’s my king, I’m his servant. And I think from that, I began to understand, it’s not me. I can’t do it. It’s all Him.”

For more information on Jeremy visit his website at: https://www.jeremycamp.com

Matthew Smith

posted Jan 23, 2016, 8:42 PM by KJFP Radio   [ updated Jan 23, 2016, 8:43 PM ]

Matthew Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes brand new music to centuries-old hymn texts. He is a founding member of the Indelible Grace community, which began as a college ministry dedicated to taking the words and lyrics of old hymns and giving new life by putting them to modern music.  He sang many songs on  the Indeligle Grace Albums and has also published albums of his own the most recent being "Hiding Place".  Matthew's approach to worship might be best summarized by a quote we found on his facebook page: "Enough with this tomfoolery, back to the hymns."

For more information on Matthew visit his website at  http://matthewsmith.us

Travis Cottrell

posted Oct 4, 2015, 3:56 PM by KJFP Radio   [ updated Oct 4, 2015, 3:56 PM ]

Our featured artist for this week in Travis Cottrell. Travis grew up in Boone, North Carolina, his love for music firmly established by the time he was a teenager.  Upon graduating from Belmont University in 1992 he began leading worship services. Travis is perhaps best known for his new arrangements of old hymns as well as his combinations of classic hymns with new choruses.  In addition to writing and arranging Travis has managed to record several solo projects.  For the last 16 years Travis has been the worship leader at Beth Moore’s Living Proof Live conferences.  He uses a blended style of worship to help lead people from all generation and backgrounds into worship.  His desire is to see this generation for the body of Christ come together for a place of unity in worship.  For more information visit his website at Traviscottrell.com

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