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Has Gospel Music Changed Your Life?

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Music has been a constant companion, playmate, a comfort, and a solace all my life. Now that I am a Christian, music has taken on an even bigger role in my life. As a worship leader, I am constantly discovering the power of God’s Word in song, whether it be an old hymn, psalm, contemporary, country, bluegrass, spiritual, or some other genre, I consider it gospel music if it tells the “good news” about Christ.

God’s word never comes back void, whether spoken, read or sung. Isaiah 55: 10 and 11 confirms this:

10. As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11.  so is my word that goes out from my mouth;
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Our band, Karmann and Kompany, plays for both secular and church-related events. No matter the audience, we include gospel songs in our repertoire. We are amazed at how well received these songs are in the secular world. People will smile, sing and even dance. We know the music is carrying the Word of God into people’s hearts.

Ironically, we don’t often see that kind of reaction when we play in church settings. After thinking about it, we’ve concluded that many church people are either less demonstrative or are used to hearing the gospel. It might not have the same impact as it does on the lost. The secular world knows something is missing; they just don’t know what is missing.

My question to TRC readers: What gospel songs have impacted your life? If a song helped you know Christ, or brought you to the Lord, we want to hear about it. Did a particular song help you in your Christian walk? Send me an e-mail at musiceditor@thehahnhuntinglodge.com. Your story might become part of our next issue.

CHRISTIAN FRIENDLY MUSIC VENUES

It seems that Christian music is frowned upon in some venues. A recent Craigslist ad for an open mic at a local cafe said, “Open to all types of music. Leave your religion at home.” I wondered if that applied only to Christianity, or to all religions, such as Druid, Hindu, or Buddhist?

It’s important to encourage and support organizations and companies that welcome Christians, even if the owners of the establishment may not be Christians themselves. Are there Gospel/Christian music-friendly venues, like a coffee shop, bookstore, or music store in your town? Does a local church host an open mic, jam or concert? We’re putting together a list of Christian-friendly music venues throughout the United States. If you know of one, please send the name, address, contact information and web site, if they have one, to musiceditor@thehahnhuntinglodge.com.

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Singer/songwriter Karmann Powell is a “genetic” musician from a musical family. She is the lead singer of the award-winning Karmann and Kompany band; worship leader/music director for North Valley Christian Church in Phoenix, Arizona; and former Music Editor for The Relevant Christian magazine, currently a columnist. She is a wife, a mother, and a former real estate agent. In her spare time, she is a substitute teacher. www.karmannpowell.com or www.kandkband.com