Christian recording artist Ginny Owens will visit the Anderson University campus during Impact Your World Week, January 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Byrum Hall. The worship concert will culminate Impact Your World Week featuring special guest speaker Kurt Salierno, director of Church on the Street in Atlanta, Georgia. The worship concert is free and open to the public. The AU office of Spiritual Life and Counseling sponsors Impact Your World Week each spring to offer students and the community an opportunity for worship and study with off-campus guests.
Ginny Owens grew up as the oldest of two kids in Jackson, Miss., where she started playing the piano at the age of 2. During this time, she lost her sight to a congenital eye, but it didn't slow her down. Music was her relief because it was such a way to express many of the thoughts and feelings she had trouble articulating. She wrote her first song when she was only 8 years old. When Owens moved to Nashville to major in music education at Belmont University, she had every intention of teaching high school music after graduation. Instead, Owens found herself getting "discovered" by a friend who took an interest in her songwriting. As a result, she signed a record deal in 1998 with Rocketown, an indie label owned by Michael W. Smith. This unexpected turn of events brought about incredible excitement and change.
Her first record, "Without Condition," was a collection of songs she wrote during the previous five years of her life. Monroe Jones, producer extraordinaire, painted her introspective journal entries into colorful pieces of music which helped her to land a slot at the Nashville stop of Lilith Fair, a show at Sundance Film Festival, and more.
Owens' latest recording is entitled "Beautiful," a project that finds Owens combining elements from her two previously acclaimed releases, 'Without Condition' and 'Something More'. "Beautiful" is an emotionally revealing collection of songs. The record contains a soulful resonance in songs such as "Won't That Be Fine" and "I Love the Way," which both revel in God's unremitting love and beauty. Other songs such as "Call Me Beautiful" and "I Know Who You Are" story the personal journey of finding true joy in the One who created ultimate beauty. Through simple yet smartly-crafted poignant lyrics and melodies, "Beautiful" asserts itself as a compelling work of art from a remarkable artist.
In 2000, Owens received the Dove Award for New Artist of the Year in 2000. For more on Ginny Owens visit www.ginnyowens.com
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