NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter and author Carolyn Arends is partnering with her fans to produce the Canadian recording artist's 11th album, a Christmas CD titled Christmas: Story of Stories. Through the innovative crowd-funding program Kickstarter, fan donations met the initial $11,000 goal in one day. With 22 days left until the deadline, additional funds will help Arends reach her stretch goals.
Carolyn Arends is listed in the credits for the following albums:
|1992||Lisa Bevill||My Freedom||Songwriter|
|1995||Tony Vincent||Tony Vincent||Songwriter|
|1995||Carolyn Arends||I Can Hear You||Associate Producer, Songwriter, Guitars, Vocals|
|1997||Carolyn Arends||Feel Free||Producer, Songwriter, Guitars, Vocals|
|1998||Sierra||Story of Life||Songwriter|
|1998||Billy Crockett||Watermarks||Background Vocals|
|1999||Carolyn Arends||This Much I Understand||Producer, Songwriter, Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals|
|2001||4Him||Chapter One ...a decade||Songwriter|
|2009||Bob Bennett||Christmastide||Background Vocals|
Carolyn Arends is a Contemporary Christian musician, songwriter, and author based in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. She began her career as a songwriter at Benson Music Publishing. In 1995, Carolyn began touring and releasing albums as a singer and guitarist. Her debut release that year (I Can Hear You) was released through Reunion Records. I Can Hear You reached No. 37 on Billboard Magazine's Contemporary Christian Chart in 1996. Her next album, Feel Free, peaked at No. 10 on the chart in 1997.
More recently her albums have been distributed by Signpost Music. She is the winner of two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and six GMA Canada Covenant Awards. Carolyn co-hosted the 29th Annual Covenant Awards in 2007 and the 31st Annual Covenant Awards in 2009.
Carolyn Arends is releasing her 10th album and is the author of 2 critically-acclaimed books. 15 of Arends' songs have become top 10 radio singles on the Canadian pop and US Christian charts. Arends has earned 2 Dove Awards, 3 Juno Nominations, and was recognized as the West Coast Music Awards' Songwriter of the Year.
Carolyn's newest project, Love Was Here First, features 10 new Carolyn originals and a reinterpretation of the classic gospel tune "Standing in the Need of Prayer." New musical twists like vocals from the 3-man gospel group The Sojourners and a crackling horn section surprise and delight, but what's really on display here is the lyrical prowess of a master songwriter passionate about her subject--the encompassing love of God.
Carolyn explains, "The title, Love Was Here First, comes from the song "The Last Word," and that song sums up the story I'm trying to tell right now--with my album and I hope with my life. I heard a theologian say that we tend to be dualists--we imagine God and Satan as virtually equal opponents in an epic battle--but that in reality Satan and all the power of evil wouldn't cover the head of a pin in comparison to the largeness of God's love and his power. I love that idea--that however messed up this world is, it was God's love that brought us into being, and there isn't any doubt that God's love is going to win in the end."
Arends graduated from Trinity Western University in Langley, BC with a degree in psychology and English. She lives in Surrey, BC with her husband Mark, and their two children, Benjamin (12) and Bethany (9). In addition to her busy concert and speaking schedule, she teaches songwriting and performance courses at Pacific Life Bible College and writes a bi-monthly column for Christianity Today.
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