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Night of Hope


Sep 20, 2017 – 06:00 PM

1001 Performance Place
Grand Prairie, TX 75050 Map

  • Casting Crowns
  • tobymac
  • Zach Williams
  • Natalie Grant
  • Danny Gokey
  • Phil Wickham
  • MercyMe
  • Chonda Pierce
  • Josh Wilson
  • Laura Story
  • brandon heath
  • Moriah Peters
  • Chris August
  • Jason Crabb
  • Wayne Watson
  • Plumb

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$25.00 - $65.00
Casting Crowns: Casting Crowns is a Grammy Award and Dove Award winning Christian band that employs a soft rock music style. The band was created in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida [1] as part of a youth group. He also serves as a lead vocalist. Later they moved to McDonough, Georgia and more members joined creating the band now known as Casting Crowns. Some members of the band currently work as ministers for Eagles Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia.

Christian pop group Casting Crowns began as a student worship band in Daytona Beach, FL, in 1999. Led by singer, songwriter, and youth pastor Mark Hall, the group initially included guitarists Juan DeVevo and Hector Cervantes and violinist Melodee DeVevo. The group relocated to McDonough, GA, in 2001, adding Chris Huffman on bass, Megan Garrett on keyboards and accordion, and drummer Andy Williams. This augmented version of Casting Crowns released two independent albums on CD, both of which were well received in the Atlanta area. One of the albums found its way into the hands of Mark Miller, lead singer for country group Sawyer Brown, who was struck by Casting Crowns' driving pop/rock style and Hall's vocal delivery of his hard-hitting but devout songs. Miller signed Casting Crowns to his fledgling Beach Street Records, a division of Reunion Records with distribution by the Provident Label Group, and took the group into the studio along with co-producer Steven Curtis Chapman, himself a popular artist on the CCM musical scene. The resulting eponymous album, Casting Crowns, was released in 2003 on the Beach Street imprint. The album quickly made them one of the fastest selling debut artists in Christian music history. Lifesong followed in 2005, debuting at #9 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Both albums have been certified Platinum. The band's third studio album The Altar and the Door debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and #1 on the Hot Christian Albums chart upon its release in August 2007. Ten weeks after it came out it was certified Gold. The band's live albums Live from Atlanta (2004) and Lifesong Live (2006) have also earned Platinum certifications.

Casting Crowns has enjoyed tremendous success in the United States. They have released nine singles to date with seven of them becoming consecutive number one hits on various Christian music charts. "Voice of Truth" spent a record-breaking fourteen consecutive weeks at #1 beginning in 2003. "Lifesong" spent nine weeks in the top spot, with "Praise You in This Storm" remaining at #1 for seven weeks. Casting Crowns broke their own record in 2007 when the single "East to West" from The Altar and the Door hit sixteen consecutive weeks at #1. The song ended up enjoying the top spot for a total of nineteen weeks, now their most successful single to date. "Slow Fade" was also released as a single, and was included in the soundtrack of the Kirk Cameron film Fireproof.

In 2008, Casting Crowns scored their eighth number one hit with "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", a track from their newly-released Christmas album entitled Peace on Earth.

In early 2009, drummer Andy Williams left to pursue a further calling with blessings from the band. The talented and very bald drummer was replaced with the talented Brian Scoggin and his red locks of hair, an irony Mark mentions on tour.

Mark Hall recently announced that their fourth studio album will be called Until the Whole World Hears. [1] It will be released November 2009.

(From Wikipedia) http://www.myspace.com/castingcrowns

tobymac: Toby McKeehan (born Kevin Michael McKeehan; October 22, 1964), better known by his stage name TobyMac (styled tobyMac), is a Christian recording artist, music producer, hip-hop/pop artist, singer-songwriter, and author.

Zach Williams: Zach Williams comes from Georgia and his music comes from childhood bike rides down steep hills, the valleys of real tragedy, the rivers of hope pushing you on, sincere prayers, wind chimes on a back porch where grandfathers rock in silence, the back of cereal boxes on Saturday mornings, rust and shadows in an old barn, wet pavement after rain in the city, a string full of caught fish, the advice of generations before, the way love will surprise you in someone you’ve known for years, a bullheaded grip on lifelong friendship, and the offering of an open hand. Zach was a late bloomer as songwriters go and didn’t perform his first song publicly till near the end of college. That was in West Palm Beach in 2004 and the reception to this new artist was as warm as a south Florida summer night. The music and Zach have been growing ever since. His first band developed quite a loyal following in West Palm, recorded their first self-titled album, and hit the road for a short tour of the southeast. The pull of being at different stages in life led the original band to part ways in Florida, but Zach carried the music and the spirit with him. It was the beginning of something.

Zach began to pull from the corners of his life, to weave fact and fiction, to pound out melodies from the backs of memories, and as life took him north he chose to root the expression of his music in the south that had formed him, the faith that sustains him, and his friends. He stumbled upon a sound that is both soulful and penetrating.

Zach currently resides with his wife Stacy in Brooklyn and would tell you that his music represents the communities he has had the privilege to pass through, experience, and the ones he is still holding on to. His voice carries layers of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Adam Duritz. The blend is refreshing and above all honest. Zach has formed a new band since arriving in New York. The band’s Americana folk sound drifts towards all out rock n roll at moments and Zach performs as if he is strapped to the front of a freight train. Zach and the band’s crowning achievement thus far is crafting a live show that is both approachable and yet coursing with adrenaline. You can dance to it too. It leaves you feeling like you have spent the evening hearing the stories of your close friends.

Zach brings an open and collaborative spirit to the music he makes. He invites listeners to come in and live for a while in his songs, to take what you can and leave what you will. His music is not complete without the people who shape it, the people who are shaped by it, and God who holds it all together.

Natalie Grant: The world is full of dreamers. And rightfully so, God created us that way. But at some point in our lives, we have the choice: to keep the dream for sleeping, or to wake up and live it.

For Natalie Grant, critically acclaimed artist and three-time Dove Award nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year, the choice was to awaken.

Awaken, Natalie's second Curb Records studio album, is the follow-up to her hit-laden label debut, 2003's Deeper Life (which featured the mainstream radio/film soundtrack hit "No Sign of It"). Unearthing a deeper, richer, risk-taking artistry, Awaken is more self-aware and socially conscious and finds Natalie Grant writing and singing the songs of her life."This has really been a pivotal season for me in my artistic and creative journey," says Natalie. "In every way personally and professionally I've been in a real place of self-discovery, learning a lot about myself and what's really important in my life. The more I know myself, the more I'm writing from my heart. I've realized that in the end, it's the power in a song that stands the test of time, and that's what I focused on with this project."

Perhaps that explains why Awaken is the most unexpected, honest and compelling project Natalie's ever created. Produced by her husband, Bernie Herms; Phil Symonds; Shaun Shankel; and Rob Graves, Natalie wrote or co-wrote half of the songs on Awaken, along with a supportive roster of such notable songwriters as Stephanie Lewis, Trina Harmon, and Matthew West.

"More than anything," she says, "I wanted to be challenged, to take risks, to go to the edge of myself beyond my comfort zone, to reach for whatever my artistic limit is. I'm more alive than I've ever felt before, and it was important for me to have that come through in the music."

In the end, although she never aimed for a thematic center for Awaken, one inevitably surfaced. "It's amazing how that happened," she says, "how it all came together in the end, but it makes sense. My spirit has awakened to the need to make my life count for something other than myself. Life is hard and sad and messy and there won't always be answers. I've come to understand that it's okay to ask questions but at the end of the day, we choose to have faith, to believe that God is good."

Natalie has most recently written "The Real Me: Becoming The Girl God Sees (W Publishing/Transit)", a book that addresses issues of self-image. "The book is my story as honest and as transparent as I can tell it, but it's also a tool to help girls understand the truth of how God feels about them versus that pop-culture myth of perfection we've been bombarded with all our lives."

As Natalie stands poised to write the next chapters in her life, music and ministry, her heart is set on staying fully awake and fully alive, making every moment count, and living her dream to make a difference in the lives of those she can reach. Through the stereo; from the stage; next door, and around the world.

Danny Gokey: My Name is Daniel J. Gokey and I am 28 years old and I currently reside in Milwaukee Wisconsin where I was born and raised. I come from a pretty big family with 4 sisters: Angela, Janell, Gina, and Tracey along with my brother Charles. I also have 14 nieces and nephews! Many people can relate with me in saying that 2008 was a rough year. I was married on May 15th, 2004 to the love of my life Sophia Martinez, we had been together since 1997 and decided that it was time to unite our love in marriage forever. My wife was born with a heart condition that she previously had corrective surgeries for as a child. To make a long story short, she had surgery this year again and passed away on July 9th of 2008. I was devastated. We were married for 4 years, and it abruptly came to an end. Since her passing, the journey has not been easy. But I can honestly say that my faith in God has brought me thus far. One thing that has brought much hope to me is the thought of carrying her legacy on, through a non-profit organization for children I founded in her honor, Sophia's Heart Foundation. www.sophiasheart.org I ask you to keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I thank all of my friends and family for your support during this time of my life. With out all the love I have felt, I don't know how I would have made it this far.

MercyMe: Coming Up To Breathe

As the history of modern music unfolds, certain albums are obvious landmarks. Those are the times when vision meets talent in a divine appointment that produces a collection of songs that help define an artist's career, such as White Heart's Freedom, Amy Grant's "Lead Me On," dcTalk's "Jesus Freak," Michael W. Smith's Eye 2 Eye, and U2's "The Joshua Tree," among others. MercyMe's new INO Records release, "Coming Up to Breathe," is one of those albums.

The journey toward self-discovery has been a winding, often bumpy road, for Millard and his bandmates. Along the way, it yielded some incredible music, including the poignant anthem "I Can Only Imagine." The song transcended musical barriers to become a multi-format smash, pushing sales of MercyMe's INO debut, "Almost There," beyond double platinum and earning them numerous accolades, including the Gospel Music Association's Song of the Year. The band has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Fox & Friends, applauded in Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, The New York Times and other prime media outlets, as well as touring extensively and launching a successful organization to aid young people entering the mission field called The Go Foundation.

But along with the mountaintops come the valleys and the band went through a painful time in which several people close to them died in a matter of weeks. "Making the last record was so intense," says Millard. "We had so much tragedy we had to deal with. It was just a very draining experience, and in the next year or two we were kind of reliving that through the live show and explaining what happened. It was very exhausting."

That's why the title "Coming Up to Breathe" holds special significance for Millard and the band. "We just want to take a break and surface and take a gasp of air," he says. "We just wanted to stop for a second and kind of let our hair down."

Millard says there was definitely a lighter mood in the making of this album. "We danced half way through making the record because we hadn't had any major tragedy," he confesses. "So it was really just a blast to go through something like this and not have something real heavy lingering over our heads. I think that every song definitely has a message within itself and they can minister to people in different ways."

Millard is pleased with the success of MercyMe's previous albums, but admits there's a special satisfaction in this one. "We've always joked about wanting to make our Whiteheart 'Freedom' or our Amy Grant 'Lead Me On,' and time will tell if that is ever the case," Millard says, "but we just gave it everything we had. There was no holding back on this record."

The result is a record destined to stand as a milestone in an illustrious career, but what matters most to MercyMe is the impact the music will have on others. "Regardless of what you are going through in life, regardless of what you are consumed with, regardless of what fills up your everyday life," says Millard, "there are times you have to stop and surface and take a deep breath and remember what's important. That's what this album is for us. It's addressing everything we've gone through and realizing the one common denominator in all this Jesus. That's what is worth taking a breath for."

Josh Wilson: Honesty is a rare commodity in this world today, but that is exactly what one can expect to find in Josh Wilson. Rising to meet the world’s outcry for “the real thing”, Josh Wilson strives to strip away the ageless artist façade to deliver the true bittersweet reality of life to his listeners in a way that relates to each person individually.

While Josh realizes that he may not change the whole world, his hope in sharing his music is for individuals to relate to his open honesty on a personal level. “Whether it encourages them, brings them closer to our Creator, or just helps them to express a certain emotion, I hope that each listener can find something meaningful in the music or lyrics.” This hope has been realized countless times in hearts across the nation as he continues to carry it with him into every venue.

Josh’s natural aptitude for music was recognized at an early age. From the time he was born in Strong, Arkansas, through his 17 years in Texas, across the states to his current home in Nashville, Josh Wilson’s calling was made sure. His years in Texas offered Josh the privilege of enhancing his natural guitar-playing skills through the instruction of the highly acclaimed Andre Segovia’s protégé, David Brandon. This partnership afforded Josh a vast exposure and ample experience in the Classical, Blues, Bluegrass, Rock, and Folk genres. In addition to this, these years provided numerous performance opportunities and tour dates for Josh to understand and relate to his audience as never before. Throughout high school, Josh took the opportunity to write and perform on tour with the talented independent-rock group, Remnant. Later, he took the stage for the first time as a solo act in Lubbock, Texas, speaking directly into the lives of every listener. Soon there after, Josh found himself on the “other side of the strings” as he himself became a guitar instructor for the Brandon Guitar Studio. Despite his move to Nashville, Tennessee, Josh continued teaching guitar throughout his college years.

Following shortly on the heels of his relocation to the Music City, Josh was recognized by a sweeping win of the 2004 Christian Music Showcase hosted by Belmont University on Nashville’s renowned Music Row. Despite his various accolades and experiences, Josh continues to deliver his heartfelt message to audiences across the nation and abroad with his current down-to-earth release, “Dragonfly”.

Out of the overflow of a man’s heart, his mouth speaks. Josh is no exception to this age-old rule. From the pensive Martyr to the jovial Tomfoolery, “Dragonfly” is a compilation of Josh’s carefully constructed lyrics married to his soulful songwriting skills. This marriage creates the foundation for each of his listeners to build understanding. The ballad-like strains of Savior, Please, depicts the inward, heartrending cry of humanity: “I know that I am not alone, but still I feel lonely. Please look on me here below, and reach down to hold me…” Following this theme of vulnerability, Josh writes the title track “Dragonfly” to recognize that everyone, although deep-down inside is truly broken, is loved despite their condition or circumstances. “The chorus states again and again that I don't know why such a perfect love [such as Christ’s] would love something so imperfect as myself.” Josh continues to state that he sees “this selfless love also flow out of many people who love because they see the beauty in others instead of the filth.”

Even from its earliest stages, “Dragonfly” began positively impacting many lives, including that of Josh Wilson himself. Throughout the writing process that led to the album, Josh came to realize that, above all else, honesty is key. “When you're honest, people relate to you because, chances are, they've experienced the same things. I find that when I perform, certain songs affect certain people because they have had similar experiences.”

Whether supported by a live full-band or his own unique live background effects, Josh brings to the concert stage a contagious zest for life, talent to entertain with musical excellence, and an unforgettable humility that can touch each individual in a personal way.

Josh’s acute understanding of music theory, poignant lyrics, and masterful guitar technique combined with his smooth, clear vocal talent creates a powerful platform to communicate his message to his listening audience. For those seeking to find music that relates to their lives personally, delivered in an honest, entertaining fashion, they need not look further than to Josh Wilson.

-by Cathy Soares

taken from: http://www.flatrockmanagement.com/josh.html

Moriah Peters: ..I just want to live my life for Christ and all of God's glory...and sometimes singing is the only way I know how... .. I am determined to be desperate. To want so badly to fall in love with God and experience His love. It's funny how it's so much easier to do the right thing when I am motivated by love not by obligation. Settling for any other thing that gives me temporary satisfaction is living a life of mediocrity. When I strive to obtain the highest form of fulfillment, found in the forgiveness of Christ, I am truly living a FULL and SATISFIED life. .. .. I see a girl's heart as a chest of treasure and every guy she gives the key to will steal her precious jewels, pearls and diamonds...until she meets the man whom God has made just for her. Listen to my song "Waiting" whenever you feel impatient or tempted and know that your future husband is waiting for you, too. ..

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Jason Crabb: For Jason Crabb, longtime lead vocalist for The Crabb Family, dedicating his life to music and God has never been a question. With a soulful, unforgettable voice, for Crabb, doing the ‘right thing’ was always easy. Brought up on the hymnal and mentored by Bill Gaither, Jason Crabb hit the road at age fourteen and, alongside his family, has pursued “his calling” ever since.

In 2007, the Grammy nominated, twenty-time Dove Award nominee and six-time winner decided it was time to pursue a solo career. The result came in 2009 when Crabb signed with the Spring Hill Music Group and produced a self-titled 12-track solo debut of soulful gospel, which showcases the depth of Crabb’s Kentucky bluegrass roots and his passion for his religion. The album reached #62 on the Billboard 200, and #2 on the Christian albums chart. In 2010, Jason Crabb was awarded the Grammy for “Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album”.

Jason continues to spread his message far and wide. With just a few tour dates left in 2012, make sure to get your tickets while they last. Is your city missing from his tour this time around? Make sure to demand him so he knows where his biggest fans are!

Wayne Watson: Wayne Watson is wearing this season of his creative life with the ease of a favorite well-worn leather jacket—relaxed and comfortable. The man whose voice and songs helped define an entire genre of Christian music throughout the ‘80’s and ‘90’s is re-connecting with his music with a new passion seemingly born at the intersection of age and wisdom. That passion, wisdom and transparency can be experienced on Wayne’s new project, EVEN THIS.

The songwriter known for his remarkable depth and relevancy has just brushed past the milestone marker of half a century—most of it shared intimately on the trail with God and his music. Much of the journey has been chronicled within the library of songs contained on more than two dozen album projects since his memorable breakthrough album Working In The Final Hour caught the imagination of an entire generation of Christian music listeners and radio with its release in 1980. To say his vocal styling and lyrics of open, honest communication of God’s presence in every day life circumstances helped lay the foundation on which today’s contemporary Christian music is built would in no way be an overstatement.

Wayne Watson’s connection with his audience has to date produced a history of 23 #1 singles at Christian radio—including “Friend Of A Wounded Heart,” “When God’s People Pray,” “Almighty, Be In Her Eyes,” “Watercolour Ponies,” “More Of You,” “Another Time, Another Place,” and “Home Free” (which became the most played song at Christian radio in 1991).

His litany of career credits include a dozen Dove Awards wins –including those for Male Vocalist of the Year in 1989, Song of The Year in that same year (“Friend Of A Wounded Heart”), Pop Contemporary Song of the Year and Contemporary Album of The Year (1988) with Watercolour Ponies, and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year (1992) with “Home Free.” He has twice been nominated for the Grammy Award—both for his performance of Watercolour Ponies (1987), and for Best Pop Gospel Album in 1992 with his stunning A Beautiful Place project.

In the 90’s Wayne Watson became one of the first major Christian artists to attract mainstream attention. He gave a groundbreaking emotionally charged performance of “Another Place, Another Time” with fellow artist Sandi Patty on NBC-TV’s Tonight Show—an event that was deemed a defining moment in Christian music’s move to wider audiences. In the late 90’s, his inspirational hit “For Such A Time As This” became a centerpiece theme of CBS-TV’s then highly rated series Touched By An Angel.

Picking up a prolific pen and guitar these days, Wayne Watson is poised to write a whole new chapter of his remarkable career. “I was just thinking to myself the other day, ‘you know at 50 years old men are presidents of countries, CEO’s of big corporations—they run businesses and are looking forward to retiring.’ If anything these last few years have refreshed me and prepared me for what’s next. I’m definitely opening my heart to new opportunities. I’m wide open to going anywhere in the world to do what I do and to try to touch people in the process.”

His life is a remarkable testimony of a man not interested in resting on past laurels.

A native of Wisner, Louisiana, Wayne seemed destined for a mission from an early age.

“I grew up in church—in a small town of 1,200-1,500 people. My mother was the organist and my dad was a deacon—and church was the center of my world. I remember walking the aisle—you know they’d have an invitation to come forward and either accept Christ or re-dedicate your life—and I did that quite a few times!

I remember walking forward and telling the pastor, ‘I don’t know why I’m coming down here but I feel that God wants to do something special with my life and I don’t know what it is—but please pray for me that I’ll know.’ I didn’t feel I was being called to be a pastor and I didn’t want to box Him in or put God in a traditional definition of what it might look like to be ‘used.’ I didn’t even know if it was music or not at that point in my life.”

At this point in his life, Wayne has no doubts of his calling. After several years of dedicating his gifting to his role as musical director for a major church in Houston, Wayne is now re-focusing and re-opening the mines of his creativity with a fresh rush of enthusiasm towards a full time re-commitment to his career as an artist and songwriter.

“Someone asked me in an interview lately if my songs were ‘pearls from deep within’ or ‘diamonds dug from the soil of life’—it was a great question that really got me thinking. In the past I didn’t dig deep enough to find some of those gems that might be there from a lifetime of experience, and years of walking with God—through seasons when He’s seemed sometimes near, sometimes far away. I’m just now at this season in life beginning to tap into some of the real potential depth of my writing—and that’s very encouraging to me.”

Moving forward to what God has next is a constant theme in his conversations these days. When asked about a retrospect of his first twenty-five years of influence that produced hits songs and awards, he feels his greatest accomplishment might have been less tangible. .

“I think if I had any accomplishment for my generation I hopefully influenced Christian songwriters to be very transparent and not be hesitant to writing about things that are going on in their life—good and bad. I always tried to find a way to artistically shape these things so they could be listened to by others who may be going through the same kind of challenges—and hopefully the music would be an encouragement. That’s the challenge as a writer. To find a way to paint pictures that might be intrinsically sad and depressing to some degree—and introduce God’s hope into the mix with the promise of a good end coming—even if we can’t yet see it.”

Wayne admits the journey has been constant in the learning process. “As a parent raising my boys, I remember specific occasions when they’d throw little fits and I’d just wait ‘em out patiently rather than try to intrude and shut them down. God’s done this for me many times in my life. My last album had a song on it called “Grace” and I realize if any thread has been consistent through the last four or five years of my life it’s been my awareness of the depth of God’s grace.”

What’s ahead in this latest season of life for Wayne Watson is about to unfold for listeners. “There’ll be worshipful music to come. From my experiences over the past two or three years I’m learning finally in my life what it truly means to worship God through my music. There’ll be personal insight type issue songs as well--songs of personal revelation that I hope will reach out to others.”

For Wayne Watson it’s like a warm ‘welcome home.’ “You go through your youth thinking ‘this is just going to go on and on—then you blink your eyes and it’s twenty-five years later. I’m propelled now by the knowledge that life is precious and that God has ordained a certain number of days for me to serve Him. I wake up every day thankful and that feeling of gratitude makes me passionate to creatively serve God with my music. It’s a great time of life.”

Plumb: “I make records that are honest, about the various high and low points of life and experiences that I think are worth noting in a song. But I also tackle more specifically the difficult subjects in life, because I want people to know that those hard times, like a piece of coal, can be turned into an amazing diamond.” So confesses singer/ songwriter Plumb, an artist whose provocative, intoxicating music blends the complex, feminine poignancy of Suzanne Vega with the sophisticated, modern Rock ‘n’ Roll of Garbage to create something timeless yet cutting-edge. While her voice frequently draws comparison to Amy Lee of Evanescence, Amy’s own citation of Plumb as one of her primary vocal influences is further evidence that Plumb is an artist who innovates rather than imitates. With a catalog of her songs already covered by Platinum-selling artists, featured in popular television programs and nearly a dozen major motion pictures, Plumb has put the finishing touches on her fourth album, Chaotic Resolve (Curb Records). The result is a refreshing blend of haunting melodies, edgy lyrics, piercing imagery, sublime textures and serious pop hooks. Plumb’s Chaotic Resolve marks the re-emergence of an unmistakably important voice in pop music.

In many ways, Chaotic Resolve is a career-defining album from an artist who never intended to enter the music business at all. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Atlanta, Plumb (aka Tiffany Arbuckle Lee) was nineteen and saving money to attend nursing school when she took a job as a back-up vocalist for an established artist. “I had a great passion for music,” she explains, “and I had sung in church and school choirs. My thought was that singing would be a great way to earn money for school, but I had no intention whatsoever of making music my career.” As she padded her resume with back-up singing jobs, her name began coming up in small circles around the music industry. She soon crossed over into doing studio work for various artists. “I was in studios and on tour buses and loving every minute of it,” she remembers, “but as time went by, I still wasn’t in college. Suddenly, several years had passed.”

By now, she had relocated to Nashville, where her exceptional voice caught the ear of an A&R representative at a small local label. “Out of nowhere, I got a phone call from this guy saying that he had heard my voice and wanted to sign me as an artist,” she remembers. “I was excited and surprised both at the same time, it was only weeks before my 21st birthday. So as my “right of passage” into adulthood, I signed.” Once signed, Plumb was surprised to discover her new label expected her to write all of her own material. “I thought, what have I gotten myself into? I didn’t know anything about writing songs.” It was her search for a guitar to assist her with songwriting that led to a fortuitous meeting with a neighbor who just happened to be selling a guitar. The neighbor turned out to be Matt Bronleewe, an original member of the band Jars of Clay (also signed to the same label as Lee). The two struck up a fast friendship and started writing songs together. “It was perfection,” she remembers. “His rule was that there were no rules. If I thought something sounded interesting, then that was my signature. When it was time to make a record, every song but one had my name on it. Almost all written with Matt.”

The label wanted to market Plumb in the context of a band, so she chose the name from the Suzanne Vega song “My Favorite Plum.” When the initial producer had to leave the project, Matt took over as producer of her 1997 self-titled debut album, and produced its successor, Candycoatedwaterdrops (1999) as well. “What I discovered is that the sound of Plumb is not just me,” she explains. “It’s me with Matt as my writing partner and producer. We have a creative chemistry that’s just invaluable. Matt really taught me how to be a songwriter and an artist, and I gave him the opportunity to be a producer and have his songs recorded.” Since first working with Plumb, Bronleewe has produced a roster of notable artists including Natalie Imbruglia and many others.

In 1999, Plumb parted ways with her first label and seriously considered leaving the music industry, when she received an offer from Curb Records that was “too good to resist. That time in my life was very confusing and frustrating,” she offers. “But I knew I would be stronger because of it. I wanted to live the message that I’d been trying to communicate to my fans, that when bad things happen to you, don’t let them break you, let them make you better.” Recorded in 2003, Plumb called her third album Beautiful Lumps of Coal. With a new label, newly married and a new baby son, Plumb began to write the songs that would create the story of her most accomplished album to date.

Recorded in Nashville, with sweeping, orchestral strings recorded in Prague, Chaotic Resolve is lush and luminous with the intuitive production talents of Matt Bronleewe. “It's been exciting to witness the evolution of such an impressive artist as Plumb,” says Bronleewe. “In some respects, this album goes back to the foundations of what makes Plumb unique: raw, lyrically introspective vocals floating across an epic soundscape. I hope people respond to Chaotic Resolve with the same amount of enthusiasm we had while making it.”

As with her previous albums, Plumb chose a title that would communicate a thematic feel of the album as a whole. “The title Chaotic Resolve comes from the resolve in much of the discord in my life,” Plumb explains. “To me, ‘resolve’ does not always mean ‘fix.’ It may mean that I’ve resolved to accept a somewhat chaotic situation as it is, or I have resolved to change my expectations of a person. I wrote the song “Manic” about someone in my life whose behavior I wished would change. There was so much chaos in our relationship before I resolved to just love them for who they are. Every song on the album relates to that philosophy. My objective was to communicate the message of chaos and resolve together.”

The songs of Chaotic Resolve move effortlessly between genres, capturing varied moods and moments – from the panicked Industrial undertones of “I Can’t Do This” to the modern metal juggernaut of “Good Behavior” through the New Romantic dance vibe of “Motion,” all while maintaining a cohesive feel. Staying authentic to the sound fans know as Plumb, she conveys a range of nuanced emotions by foregoing superficial emoting. “I think my music does that because that’s really how I am,” says the singer. “I’m not always sad, happy, confused or frustrated, but I am all of that at different times – and sometimes all in one day! Obviously every song addresses different topics, but there is a common thread running through them that is resonant of where I was when I wrote the song.” In this way, Plumb refers to Chaotic Resolve as “an everyday ” album.

Perhaps the album’s most compelling, intimate song is “Cut,” which strikes tender chords while speaking to the serious and topical subject of a form of self- abuse known as cutting. Inspired by a young female fan’s post on Plumb’s website, “Cut” also ties in thematically to songs on her previous albums such as “Unforgivable” (addressing verbal and emotional abuse), “Damaged” (about sexual abuse) and “Nice, Naïve and Beautiful (on physical abuse). Says Plumb, “Those songs opened the floodgates for abuse victims to have conversations about what they were going through, and helped to define my mission as an artist. I decided to dedicate one song on each album to people who are intimately hurting, because these songs have let them know they’re not alone, which is an important step to healing. “Cut” was born for that very reason.”

Consistent with her message of moving from darkness into the light, Chaotic Resolve also has an upbeat, celebratory side, embodied by irresistible pop love songs like the hook-sharp “Real Life Fairytale” and the album’s buoyant lead track, “Blush.” “I don’t want to put ten love songs on an album,” Plumb laughs. “But I am madly in love with my husband, and to me, there’s so much romance in the familiar. When I wrote “Blush” I was really feeling that lyric, ‘I want to be in love with only you.’ The days that are grey are so much easier to endure because I know blue skies will come again and we can appreciate them together. In the moments of total chaos there is resolve that our relationship is forever. That’s reassuring and beautiful. That’s romantic.”

Plumb has found an extension of her voice by writing songs with and for other artists, including Michelle Branch and Mandy Moore. Jennifer Page has also covered “Stranded” and “Here With Me” from Candycoated Water Drops, and Plumb has written songs recorded by Kimberly Locke and James Ingram. A techno-dance remix of Plumb’s song “Damaged” – recorded by the UK band Plummet (who named themselves after Plumb) – held the number one chart position in the UK for thirteen weeks. And Plumb’s version of “Damaged” was also featured in the 1999 film Brokedown Palace. Additionally, Plumb's music has been included in films such as Bruce Almighty, Just Married, The Story of Us, Loser, View from the Top, Drive Me Crazy and The Perfect Man, as well as many popular television series such as Felicity and Dawson’s Creek. She has performed both nationally and internationally, including tours of Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands and the Philippines.

With the release of Chaotic Resolve, Plumb feels deeply grateful for what she has accomplished in her brief career. “Fame and fortune are fleeting,” she offers, “but making a difference in people’s lives lasts for eternity. I was signed so young that I had to figure out who I was as an artist in front of everyone. But I was lucky because it forced me to be real. It means everything to have a fan approach me after a show and say, ‘I bought your first album in 1997 and I’ve bought every one of them since. I’m proud of the direction you’ve taken with your sound.’ When you wonder if you’re doing something worthwhile, there’s a bit of validation just to make eye contact with someone who says, “Yeah, you are.”

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