Thursday, June 10, 2010

Radiant

Anyone who knows me well knows that I LOVE me some good worship music. GOOD, soul stirring, hands in the air, tears in your eyes, heart comin outta your chest, face down in reverence, glory revealed worship music ... nothing beats it! It can bring me to the throne of His Grace quicker than anything.

And I could not ever live without it.

Now, there are a few select CD's that take me there in a way that others cannot. I call these my "go to" CD's. And I keep these in a special place. A place where I can find them if I'm having one of "those" days. I'm SURE you know what I'm talkin about!

Most of my "go to" CD's have been around a while. The first couple One Day projects, a Third Day disc, a couple FFH CD's, a Vineyard collection and a compilation project from the RocketTown people. The "go to"'s have not changed much over the years - they are all around ten years old, if not more - it is (in my mind) an elite collection that very few pieces can touch.

Very few.

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I have a friend. She is young and beautiful - inside and out - and has a heart for God that is unique and pure and beautiful. She's one of those people that wear the Grace of God like a cozy blanket draped across their shoulders. Her words radiate with joy and peace and her smile lights a room. And, on top of all of that, she is talented.

Frankly, the girl can flat out SANG!

She lives in Nashville and could be takin that town by storm, if she chose to.

But, she chooses Him.

She knew at the age of 14 that God had placed a calling on her life. A call to worship. And now, at the age of 20, she is heeding that call. She follows His will and, in doing so, has seen doors open for her that she never even knocked on.

I LOVE how God works that way!

If you want to read her story you can find it HERE or, told in her own words, HERE. It is BEAUTIFUL, just like her heart.

(She's also on Facebook)

A couple months ago I got to spend some time with her in Nashville and she shared some music that she had been writing, as well as a few covers, for a women's conference series that she was asked to lead worship for. I am not even lying when I tell you that, right there in her mama's kitchen, with foil in my hair (she also does good hair!!), I was brought to my knees in worship. The power in her words and in her rendition of songs I already know well ... wow. All I can call it is anointed. She was in the process of creating a CD/EP of her own to share with the women who came to the conference. And, I knew right then, that my "go to" collection was gonna have a new piece soon.

SO, when it arrived at her mama's doorstep last week and she asked if anyone wanted to review it on their blog I JUMPED at the chance to get my hands on it.

But then I had a moment of panic. How could I give a fair and non biased review of music that I had already fallen in love with? Music made by a girl who already has my heart!?

So, last night when it arrived I decided to listen to it with a critical ear and put all my preconceived notions aside. So, I put the disc into my computer and hit play. The girls were watching one of their favorite shows but both stopped what they were doing to come over and listen. So I turned it up ... loud.

By the end of the first song we were all dancing and I was in full worship mode. Even Sophie had her eyes closed and her little hands up in the air with her face lifting toward the ceiling. And when it was over they asked for more. So, I wiped my tear filled eyes and hit play again. And again and again.

In fact, as I write this, I am listening to it yet again. And, yet again, I am wiping tears from my eyes and am blown away by the beauty of my King and the heart of my friend for HIM.

And, here is the best part ... I have an extra copy to give away!

So, friends, meet Kate Carlson



(I told you she was beautiful!)

Now, I am going to take comments on here until Saturday afternoon, at which time I will hold a drawing and the winner will receive their very own copy of this AMAZING disc. I am so excited to be able to share her with you!

So, what are you waiting for? Go on ... leave a comment!

10 of ya left some love:

jennylee1123 said...

Oh please me please me please me... pleeeeeease enter me in that drawing!! I too have been brought to tears and am wiping them away as I type this!! God has surely tested my faith these past few months and He is the ONLY one that has gotten me through. Praise His holy name!! I love you sweet sister and feel so blessed to call you sister and friend!! Thank you for your beautiful, wonderful, loving heart!!!

Jeanine said...

I would love to be entered in the drawing...and would also like to know if/when this is commercially available if I don't win ;)

Meeghan said...

going to check her out now. thanks for sharing

Kelli said...

Thanks for sharing! I'll check out her information on facebook.

Rebecca Jo said...

Oh my - your words about her are poetic!!!

She IS beautiful! I love she uses her talent to worship God! Reminds me of Kari Jobe - hope she gets her name out & people can worship right along with her!

I'm gonna go over & leave a comment! Thanks for turning us onto her!

j said...

Ohhhh...I'm a sucker for some good music. If she has a voice as good as yours, I'm a taker. I'd love to sample this...so put me in your drawing!

Beautiful post (including the subject and the writer).

Kate said...

Couple things: I have "go to" music as well, and when my 1yr old great niece would come over, she would run and grab one of her fav's (she had 2 favorites...funny, one was praise and the other worship. Even at 1 she knew what kind of mood she was in). Love me some Alberto and Kimberly Rivera...woo...talk about dropping to your knees. Also, I LOVE FFH, and in case you didn't know, they are back on the music scene with a new album after being gone some years...woo hoo.
Ps...what a beautiful post. I truly love your love for people. My heart was squeezed and is trying to leak out my eyes, but I don't wanna be a crybaby with company here...lol.

Beth said...

Where can we buy it?!?! Thanks for sharing!
Beth

Georgia Jan said...

Becky Jo - I have heard about this new CD three different times today, so I can't wait to get to know this artist! I love worship music and listen EVERY day. My husband is a worship pastor, and I love to sing in his choir!

Miss you friend,
Jan

sanjeet said...

thanks for sharing
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