Twila Paris is listed in the credits for the following albums:
|1980||Twila Paris||Knowin' You're Around||Songwriter, Keyboards, Vocals|
|1982||Twila Paris||Keepin' My Eyes On You||Songwriter, Vocals|
|1983||Imperials||Side by Side||Songwriter|
|1984||Twila Paris||The Warrior Is A Child||Songwriter, Vocals|
|1984||Morgan Cryar||Keep No Secrets||Songwriter|
|1991||Bruce Carroll||Sometimes Miracles Hide||Guest Vocals|
|1995||Justo & Abraham||Justo Almaro & Abraham Laboriel||Songwriter|
|1996||Twila Paris||Where I Stand||Songwriter, Vocals|
|1997||Bruce Carroll||For The Record||Guest Vocals|
|2012||Twila Paris||God Shed His Grace||Songwriter, Vocals|
Twila Paris Wright (born in Fort Worth, Texas) is a Contemporary Christian Music songwriter, author, vocalist, and pianist.
Since 1980, Twila Paris has released 22 albums, amassed 33 number one Christian Radio singles, and was named the Gospel Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year three years in a row. Many of her earlier songs such as "He Is Exalted", "We Will Glorify," "Lamb of God," and "We Bow Down," are found in church hymnals or otherwise sung in church settings.
As a child, she released her first album, Little Twila Paris, in 1965. The album included songs drawn from among those she sang with her family in their evangelistic outreaches.
Paris released her first full-length album, Knowin' You're Around, in 1980, and along the way she has written books, recorded children's music, and created worship songs. Her song "God Is In Control" won a GMA Song of the Year award in 1995 and her 1992 Sanctuary release won the GMA Praise & Worship Album of the Year. She has won five GMA Dove Awards and three American Songwriter Awards.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Paris released mainly contemporary Christian pop songs. But in recent years, she has focused on recording new versions of some of her worship standards and writing new praise and worship music. Her 2005 album He Is Exalted: Live Worship collects a number of favorite songs commonly used in praise and worship of Paris's and presents them in a more typical style of live worship music. After her song "He Is Exalted" was used in churches in Brazil, Paris re-recorded it in the Portuguese translation they were using. This version appears on her 1992 album Sanctuary.
Although associated for much of her career with Star Song Communications, EMI switched her to Sparrow Records in 1996, before her contract ended after 2003. In 2005, she switched to the praise and worship label Integrity Music for He Is Exalted: Live Worship.
Twila released Small Sacrifice on December 26, 2007. which was available only through her website and at Lifeway Christian Stores. This album married the two parts of her career by including both inspirational pop/adult contemporary songs and original praise and worship compositions. Her first radio single from Small Sacrifice was "Live to Praise." Small Sacrifice was released for wider distribution by Koch Records on February 24, 2009.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Twila toured extensively. As a new artist, she opened for the Imperials. After receiving her first #1 hit, she began headlining her own concert tours, with such notable opening artists as Wayne Watson, Clay Crosse, Phil Kaeggy, Avalon, Aaron Jeoffrey, Fernando Ortega, Out of the Grey and Michele Tumes. She was featured in the Young Messiah tour and co-hosted with Steven Curtis Chapman both the My Utmost for His Highest and Child of the Promise tours. In the 2000s, she continues to tour but not as extensively. In 2011-2012, Twila participated in the Christian Classics tour with Steve Green, Wayne Watson, and Michael Card.
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