Friday, October 2, 2009

Britt Nicole

Brittany Nicole Waddell began singing at the age of three in her home church, Truth Temple of Kannapolis, North Carolina. She, along with her brother and cousin, eventually became involved with the church's daily program on Charlotte TV station WAXN. In high school, she was a member of her school's advanced chorus group, and had the opportunity to perform with them at Carnegie Hall in New York. Britt Nicole is also an alumna of Duke University's Brightleaf Music Workshop.

Britt Nicole may be a new face to Christian music, but the catchy hooks and powerful energy in her Sparrow Records debut album Say It will not be quickly forgotten. Britts music is geared toward teenagers, with guitar driven hooks, thoughtful lyrics about real issues, and a bit of funky urban flair. She has worked with renowned producers Tedd T (Stacie Orrico, David Crowder*Band, Mutemath) and doubledutch (ZOEgirl, Mat Kearney) to create a unique fresh sound that will appeal to music fans everywhere. With her explosive and dynamic live show, Britt is already winning fans on the road at Winter Jam 2007, alongside Sanctus Real, Hawk Nelson, Jeremy Camp, Steven Curtis Chapman and more.

Her full name is Brittany Nicole Waddell,(born August 2, 1985) and she was signed by Sparrow Records in 2006.

Waddell turned down a scholarship from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a full-time music career. She felt that God was calling her not to go to college, but to concentrate on music instead. In 2004, she signed a management deal with Vertical Entertainment, and then signed a development deal with Word Records. Sparrow Records signed her in 2006, and her first album Say It was released on May 22, 2007. Britt Nicole was the opening act on the Winter Jam Tour with Sanctus Real, Hawk Nelson, Jeremy Camp, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Newsong.

Her song “Indestructible” was featured on the WOW Next 2007 compilation CD, and her summer festival plans include Creation East/West, Spirit West Coast Monterey/Del Mar, and Celebrate Freedom. She was featured on Christian hip-hop group GRITS’ 2006 release, Redemption, on the song Right Back (credited as “Brittany Waddell”.)

Her song “You” hit the Top 10 on the R&R chart.It was the 12th most played song on Christian Hit Radio stations in 2007, according to R&R magazine.

Britt’s first music video, for the song “Believe”, premiered on the Gospel Music Channel on September 22, 2007. The song was the 21st most-played song of 2008 on U.S. Contemporary Christian music radio stations according to R&R magazine’s Christian CHR chart.

Those who tuned into MTV’s latest hit teen reality show “Newport Harbor, The Real Orange County” Wednesday, September 5, heard the music of Sparrow Records artist, Britt Nicole. Her song, “Sunshine Girl” from her debut release Say It, was prominently featured during a key moment in the show.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Paige Armstrong

Nashville, Tenn. September 15, 2009… Former Make-A-Wish child and cancer survivor Paige Armstrong will release her first project, Wake Up, on Oct. 6 in hopes of inspiring listener’s to find their purpose.

 Paige Armstrong was diagnosed with bone cancer at age 11 and had an extensive stay in the hospital. She introduced to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and went to Nashville to make a Christian album as a part of her wish. Her early music also found its way onto the Bath & Body Works Holiday album in 2005 alongside such notables as Martina McBride. She was shown on shows like “Today” and “Extra” sharing her story and the new Christmas music. Now cancer free, Armstrong has dedicated her life to reaching teens and young adults to find their own story and not waste their life. 

“Ever since my battle with cancer, God has shaken me to realize how truly precious life is,” says Armstrong. “After being in the hospital and seeing so many people who were daily fighting for their lives, the greatest tragedy to me is seeing so many that have this precious life, simply blowing theirs! My new album is all about each one of us waking up to our incredible value and the unbelievable purpose that God has for us. Ultimately, it comes down to this: My purpose is to help others find theirs.”

Wake Up was co-produced by Chris Omartian (Hillary Duff, Pink) and Brian Hitt, with Armstrong co-writing all of the songs. In what she describes as a signature “spunk rock” sound, Armstrong’s new tunes have a strong message for teens. The important song themes of the record range from speaking into self-image with songs such as “Airbrushed Magazines” and boldness found in “Wake Up” and “Come Alive.”
“My songs are meant to be a bold awakening to a generation that has fallen asleep in apathy,” explains Armstrong. “The music is incredibly edgy and the message is daring as it shares personal value and inspires each one of us to move off the sidelines of life, and into the adventure God has for us.”

Armstrong has been speaking in conjunction with the iShine Live tour and iShine Knect series for the past year. Her messages are also being turned into a DVD Sermonette component available October 6 as well. The DVD will cover 13 topics including gossip, dating, peer pressure and more. 
“Wake Up” will be the first radio single from the record going for adds on CHR Radio on September 27, 2009.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

pureNRG’s mission is to entertain, educate and promote Christian values for young people by using wholesome, uplifting lyrics, along with music and dance, in order to provide a positive role model. Pure, positive energy will be the driving force of our group and our message will help bridge the gap between youths and adults. Our purpose is to teach kids to be Godly and provide a positive “other” choice for our age group. We hope our music will cross all boundaries and that it is so powerful the world can’t help but notice.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12


From their energetic live performances to their deep-rooted desire to spread the gospel, pureNRG personifies the phrase “Faith in Action.” The youthful trio burst onto the scene last year with their top-selling Fervent Records debut, rapidly becoming one of the most popular young acts in both mainstream and Christian circles.

pureNRG has become a favorite on Radio Disney and have logged a tremendous number of miles on the road—first as the opening act on Jump5’s farewell tour, and most recently on the Winter Jam tour with MercyMe, BarlowGirl and Skillet. The group---comprised of Carolyne, Jordan, and Caroline---debuted last year with a self-titled CD and followed with two DVD releases that showcased not only their vocal skills, but also their amazing acrobatics and complex choreography.

The momentum continues with “Here We Go Again,” the trio’s sophomore release on Fervent Records. “It’s high energy and it’s also something that you can let your kids listen to,” says Carolyne, describing the group’s music with a directness and candor that seems older than her late tween years. “With my mom, if we want a CD, she has to check it out first and I think parents will feel very at ease with the CD and the songs because of the message and the energy. They know their kids will be having fun, but also listening to good music.”

It’s that combination of high-octane energy combined with lyrical integrity that lies at the core of pureNRG’s success. Each member of the group brings a diverse skill set to pureNRG. They’ve all been involved in dance since the age of three and are all engaging vocalists who know how to deliver a great pop song with enviable style and panache. Most importantly, they are committed young believers who are active in church and their community.

In recording their second CD, the group once again enlisted producers Rob Hawkins and Mark Hammond, who steered the group’s successful debut effort. Though none of the group members are even old enough to be sophomores in high school, they were suddenly faced with the possibility of one of the most feared phenomena in the music industry—the dreaded sophomore slump.

“We put it out of our minds because we were looking for the same kind of songs,” says Jordan of the group’s If-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it mentality. “When we started listening to songs for the new album, we were so in awe of how many great songs there were.”

“Here We Go Again” opens with the buoyant title track, a high-energy tune with a catchy chorus that is an instant sing along. “Any Which Way” continues the good time vibe, and Jordan cites it among his favorites on the album. “It’s saying to give yourself to God and to let Him take you wherever He wants you to go, and that’s what we do,” he says.

The female members of the trio are enthusiastic about the light-hearted anthem “Girls Can Change the World” and also cite “BFF” as another fun favorite they think their audience will relate to immediately. But as much as they shine on up tempo fare such as “Get Up” and “Like,” the trio aren’t afraid to slow it down and deliver a meaningful ballad. Among the album’s highlights is a beautiful cover of the Nicole C. Mullen classic “Call on Jesus.”

“I was really nervous doing it because I really love singing that song and I love Nicole Mullen,” says Carolyne. “The producer and I would pray before every pass while recording it in the studio.”

The group plans to incorporate the song into their live shows. “It’s definitely a worship song and we want to incorporate worship songs into our set,” says Caroline. “It’s going to be cool.”

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Big Daddy Weave entered the studio for the fifth time in their decade long career with a singular mission – to create a collection of songs that might somehow communicate the word placed on their hearts to the hearts of those who hear it. It might have been easier to simply try to recreate the success of their previous hit songs, such as “Every Time I Breathe” or “Audience of One.” Instead, the band set out to craft the most ambitious and varied album of their career by doing what they’ve been doing all along – refusing to compromise while stretching the artistic boundaries of what a Big Daddy Weave record is supposed to sound like.

When asked to describe their fifth album, What Life Would Be Like, guitarist/singer/songwriter Mike Weaver characterized it as being “all about expectations.”

“We all grew up in church,” Mike explains. “That is awesome, and I’m thankful for it, but there is also some baggage that comes with that. We grew up hearing people talk about grace, but there seemed to be an unspoken law that said, ‘but you also have to do this, this, this, this, and this.’ Nobody ever said it out loud, but I saw how people who didn’t do ‘this, this, this, this, and this’ were treated. Now truly, you will know a tree by its fruit, but that’s not grace. With What Life Would Be Like we are ripping up our old expectations to get to a place where we can receive the heart of God.”

That ripping up process started during the latter part of 2006 with the release of their highly acclaimed project, Every Time I Breathe, continued through their hectic touring schedule on the Broken and Beautiful Tour with Mark Schultz, and culminated with their recent trip to impoverished villages in Ecuador where they saw first hand the impact of their association with relief organization, World Vision.

“God used that trip to re-ignite the fire in us as a group,” Mike says. “We haven’t been the same since we got back. There is a passion that hasn’t been there before, and we know we will never see the potential unleashed as long as we hang on to our old ideas of what life and ministry and being the church is, rather than letting God just come and ‘be’ in us. It’s kind of like somebody put resuscitator paddles on our hearts. I think the Lord really broke our hearts over who He loves, and that’s everybody.”

After enduring a proverbial ‘dark night of the soul’ during the first half 2006, when Mike says trying to write a song was like pulling eye teeth, the Dove-nominated band began to experience unprecedented creativity. “We’ve been doing this for ten years, and it would be really easy for it to get old and stale,” Mike declares. “But it was like a revival was going on in us. Last time the songs came out of the driest place ever. This time it was so much fun! I have written more songs than I have written in my life.”

While Every Time I Breathe encouraged people to view every moment as a chance to live in response to the greatness of God, What Life Would Be Like celebrates that response.

“Sometimes I think we put the cart before the horse,” Mike muses. “We want to see folks act like they’re changed, maybe even before God does the changing. But if a tree is healthy, fruit just grows naturally. It’s not a forced endeavor, but it doesn’t happen all at once. It’s a life long process. God is as much concerned with every step of the journey as He is with the destination. These songs were born out of seeing just how badly we still need Jesus. What Life Would Be Like is a call to me and to everyone else who is sick and tired of same-old-same-old, to learn how to let Jesus live through us.”

It is that revelation, combined with the heightened amount of collaboration on the new songs, that makes What Life Would Be Like the climactic culmination of Big Daddy Weave’s first decade together.

“You Found Me,” the opening track, is a splendid overreaching metaphor for the sonic scope of What Life Would Be Like. The song begins with Big Daddy Weave’s trademark goodtime guitars embellishing Mike Weaver’s breathy vocals layered over a bed of thumping drums and driving bass. The tune segues seamlessly into the soul-stirring title track with its subdued synthesizers and chiming guitars. While “What Life Would Be Like” is unmistakably Big Daddy Weave, the song unexpectedly veers into emotionally-charged lyrical territory. Co-written by Waterdeep’s Don Chaffer, the song explores our expectations of holiness and grace, and the chasm that seems to exist between those two theological concepts.

It is these types of aural experiments that lift What Life Would Be Like to dazzling new heights, whether it’s their impassioned cover of the Phil Collins’ classic, “Another Day In Paradise,” or the carefree, summertime waltz, “Blue Skies.”

While subtle lyrical details paint vivid mental pictures in the minds of the listener, ultimately it is the characters that are the souls of these songs. There is the parent who has gone on before encouraging their child in the poignant, “From Here.” There is the repentant husband who has just finished fighting with his wife in the confessional, “Right With You.” There is the man with the calloused heart, passing by the least of these with less than a twinge of conscience in the aforementioned “Another Day In Paradise.”

With What Life Would Be Like Big Daddy Weave has taken a giant step forward both creatively and conceptually. While it hasn’t been an easy road to get to this point, the guys insist this next chapter in the band’s evolution has drawn them closer than ever.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Jessie Daniels

When you’re a teenager, there’s almost nothing more important than blending in. You dress the same, talk the same, see the same movies—anything to avoid standing out too much from your peers. But for 20-year-old Jessie Daniels, this wasn’t the way she wanted to live her life. Instead of following the crowd in high school, this New York native embraced her faith and followed her dreams. And her decision to be different—to fully embrace the ups and downs that come with everyday life—has provided the inspiration for her self-titled debut.

"Like many successful young artists, Daniels made her performing debut early. Working as an actress since she was eight, Daniels appeared in multiple independent films and commercials for The Lifetime Network and MTV. In addition to print advertising gigs, she also was involved in musical theater and off-Broadway plays. But what Daniels loved more than anything was music, particularly singing. And it wasn’t too long before she’d have the opportunity to showcase the skills that eventually led to “her life’s calling.”

"Growing up in what she describes as a “very loud, Italian Catholic family,” Daniels was active in her home church. “I always knew about God, but never really realized you can have a relationship with Him,” Daniels remembers. “It wasn’t until I attended church with a Christian friend that my heart really began to change. For the first time, I experienced God in a real way and saw something new I wanted to commit myself to.” "It was during this time that Jessie also realized there was far more to performing than simply entertaining people. “I remember thinking ‘God, I want to use my singing for you. Lead me.’”

"A few months later, Daniels traveled to Nashville to check out the musical possibilities, and “it sort of blossomed from there,” she recalls. In 2003, Daniels began writing and recording her first project, a six-song EP she released independently on her Web site. Before long, her hard work paid off with national attention and, eventually, performances at Radio Disney concert events. After that, additional dates with Kutless, Seventh Day Slumber, Paul Wright, Across the Sky and more positioned the emerging artist in front of an even wider audience."Knowing it was time for the next step in her career, Daniels met with several record labels and signed with Midas Records as the company’s first faith-based artist. "Midas Records A&R executive Brad Allen explains, “I knew my two-year-long search to deliver music with a positive message to a broader audience was over upon meeting Jessie Daniels. I was convinced instantly that this New York teenager’s talent and message would drive the launch of Midas’ CCM division.” "With the business side of things nailed down, Daniels was free to focus on recording her debut. Teaming up with producer Scott Davis, she co-wrote on all 12 songs. “It’s my goal for these songs to be ‘me’ in every way possible,” Daniels says. “I’m coming alongside people who know me well and understand what I want to say.” "It’s also important to Daniels to make her own mark on the music world. “My songs capture that rock ambience with a pop edge that I love,” says Daniels. “It’s so important to me to find my own identity, and I’m getting to do that on this album.” "Daniels’ first single, “The Noise,” reflects that unique musical vision. But even beyond the catchy hooks, it’s what the song is saying that’s ultimately more important to Daniels. “In the tough times, you want to hear God’s voice through the chaos,” she explains. “It’s cool because The Bible always talks about God’s still, small voice. But yet ‘The Noise’ is this loud, pumpin’ pop/rock song. I guess God speaks to people in different ways.” "In stark contrast to “The Noise,” another song Daniels can’t wait for people to hear is a ballad titled “Hold Me Now,” a song that came out of an extremely painful time in Daniels’ life. "“‘Hold me Now’ is my worship song,” Daniels says. “When most people think of worship, they think of a song like ‘God of Wonders.’ But where I’m coming from here is that you can be different and worship God in your own way.” "When considering her place in the music scene, Daniels’ hope is to encourage Christians and non-Christians alike with a message that continues to have an impact on her. "“For me, growing up in New York and becoming a Christian there, it’s on my heart to show people God in as real and relevant of a way as possible,” Daniels concludes. “Because of how advanced and progressive things are in New York, you’re not going to get through to people unless you’re real, honest, and able to identify with them. That’s how I intend to be about my faith through the music. Obviously, music is what I love, and what I want to do, but ultimately it’s my calling more than a job.” "Now really, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Tale of Tenth Avenue North
By Mike Donehey

All right, if you want to get personal with Tenth Avenue North,
There are some things you should know.
First of all, Jeff is a cyborg. Half human, half robot, half Irish, half Asian.
That's a whole lot of halves, but if you do the math you'll see it all adds up.
We call him half-and-half for short.
Jason can build things with his hands.
Big things. Complicated things.
Things like magic lockets, cars, houses, and babies.
Not real babies, but ones that look real,
and would probably look good on an old lady's porch next to the yard gnomes.
My name is Mike, and I am a Native American.
My Indian name is Squatting Moose, and according to ChaCha,
I could beat Al Roker in a fight.
Roker may have the power of the weather behind him, but I have the power of God!

And Scott, well...Scott can teleport.

We met in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida, almost a decade ago,
at Palm Beach Atlantic College.
And that was before it became a university,
and before Tenth Avenue North was more than just a street name.
That all changed though when Jason and I moved into some student housing
off of that street and named our band after it.
That's where the magic happened after all, and we don't ever want to forget it.

Jeff came down to Florida from Indiana a few years later.
He was new to the south and he even admits that he had a hard time fitting in at first.
What with being part robot and all, can you really blame him?
If you think humidity messes with your hair, you should see what it does to
a central operating comprehensive mainframe!
But after a few years, a few bands, and several member switch outs later,
he came to be at home with himself and with the Florida weather,
and eventually became the permanent electric guitarist and fixture for the band.
And that all happened just two years ago.
Scott materialized almost a year before that, and started playing with us
through a common position at a local church called Christ Fellowship.
He was a techie back then, but when a long time member left the band,
Scott teleported in and has been laying down nasty sick grooves
and rad piano parts ever since.

At present,
We're just trying to find our way in the Christian music industry
"dodging traffic at the intersection of art, faith, and commerce,"
as Jon Foreman once put it.
We all come from church backgrounds and families, and therefore,
are not satisfied saying the same old things in the same old ways.
What we're hoping for with this music that we're making is to not just entertain people.
I think it's safe to say that we already have plenty of that.
What we're wanting is to see people encounter truth.
Remember, we all worked at a church for some time,
and there we saw plenty of emotion. We saw plenty of people having a good time,
but it wasn't long until we realized that if emotion isn't being evoked by truth,
well, then it just doesn't last. And we want this love in hearts to last.
I guess you could say we're done just trying to get emotional from blast beats
and hip guitar lyrics. Instead, we desire to be cut to the heart.
To be honest, genuine, and faithful to what we believe is truth.

Nobody said it would be easy,
but if easy isn't true, then who wants it?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

He was “discovered” when Producer Al Denson happened to visit his school to lead worship. He asked the students who the best singer was and all hands pointed to Robert Pierre. Denson was impressed enough after the service to visit Robert’s parents and suggest he go into the studio with him. What resulted was a 3 song holiday CD, expected to make a nice Christmas gift for friends and family. However, the phenomenal response of local radio convinced the family that God was inviting young Robert into music ministry. Thus, “Inside Out” is offered to provide the tween market (pre-teens between 8-12) an alternative to suggestive popular music. If that is their target audience, they may be on to something.
"Inside Out" touches on themes of God's love (the dance track "God Is Love"), the difference one person can make, and walking by faith ("On Faith Alone I Stand (Sola Fide)." The latter is a quiet ballad that highlights the youthful earnestness of Pierre’s voice. I’m not gonna lie to you: it is hard not to think of early Michael Jackson on some tracks, especially the techno-flavored dance tracks (“Possible” and the smooth groove of “I’ll Wait”). There are some very strong similarities, though not, of course, in terms of lyrics. The standout track "Think About It" tackles the timely discussion of creative design through a sizzling thicket of electric funk and tasty guitar treats. The first radio single, "Eternal" drives home its message of eternity on a bed of heavy programming and pumping rhythms.
The family-friendly lyrics and Pierre’s own youthful sincerity will please the market they’re aiming for, tweens and their parents. His voice, ultimately, will change, but his heart may not and ministry could continue in another form. But Robert Pierre has already come a long way from those first Christmas CDs.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Kelsey Muse

S Kelsey's vision is to let others know to be their self and nobody else, and you have a purpose on this earth. God created you to be YOU, and nobody else. As for her, she will always be Kelsey. And lastly, she also wants to let others know that she goes through life's troubles just like others do, and she knows she's not perfect and will make mistakes, but we will learn from them one step at a time. She wants to be a positive influence, a good role model, and have clean lyrics in her music.


Born in 1992 in a Christian home, she started singing ever since she learned how to talk. She started performing at the age of 6 years old and has been doing it ever since. She opened up for Michael English, and Vocal Union. She sang at revivals, has and still sings harmony for worship bands and praise teams. She used to be in a ministry group called "BB Angelo and the B'attitudes" and has ministered in places such as Brooklyn Tabernacle. Kelsey is an exceptional acoutic guitarist.

She is currently leading worship, and singing in venues, cafe's and festivals. She can be seen on TBN each Saturday on the TV Show iShine Knect. She has her first worldwide release on iTunes .. One of her song is already in consideration for a movie

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Rubyz

The Rubyz
"A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies." -Proverbs 31:10

Becoming a woman of worth isn't something girls are necessarily encouraged to pursue in today's culture. It certainly isn't modeled for them by the current group of party-hopping celebs whose exploits dominate the tabloids and TV's entertainment coverage.

Here to fill a void in Christian music and cast some much-needed light in the current pop culture wasteland, this talented teen trio, which ranges in age from 13 to 17, was hand-picked from hundreds of hopefuls. The Rubyz' first album came out April 1, and the girls Alexis, Marissa and Cammie couldn't be more excited to begin sharing their positive message with their peers. Each member of The Rubyz is undeniably talented, but at heart, they're just normal girls content to act their respective ages. Most days you'll find them in jeans and hoodies, talking animatedly about everyday things from friends to school to youth group.

Their fresh, relatable pop-rock will resonate with kids, tweens and teens of all ages. Most importantly, The Rubyz pair a meaningful, moral message with an energetic, high-quality sound that holds its own next to chart-topping teen discs like High School Musical or Hannah Montana. Or as Alexis puts it: "Our sound is meaningful and fun all in one."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Fourteen year old pop singer Jasmine Sagginario is a fun twenty-first century girl who is no doubt, hip to the times but she can also think and act way beyond them as indicated by the title track on her danceable debut release, The Next Me.

Where is everyone’s originality? I’m not ashamed of what I believe ‘cause now is not eternity. I’m not gonna be like everyone else. I don’t want to be the next big thing. I’m gonna be the next me.

“My music is about being who God made me to be and not falling back into the world’s standards,” says Jasmine. “It’s easy to find negative influences and do things we wouldn’t normally do. Kids struggle with it all the time. But some friends and I have a saying we try to live by: keep it holy. That’s my thing.”

And that’s certainly no small thing. This eighth grade student who attends a public school near Nashville is ready to share her music and faith with the world. Lately that has meant juggling homework assignments with late night recording sessions to complete Next Me. You won’t hear Jasmine complaining though. She has wanted to do this for as long as she can remember.

Jasmine was born in 1994 to a close-knit family of strong Hispanic and Italian heritage just outside Los Angeles, California. For years, her father served professionally as a church music minister and brought his daughter onstage to sing when she was only three.

“I still have the memory of going up there that first time and feeling nervous but excited,” says Jasmine. “I’ve always liked seeing people respond to the powerful message that can be shared through music.”

In fact, a passion for faith and the arts sparked the Sagginario family’s move to Tennessee when Jasmine was nine. Her father is also a producer (he helped write and record The Next Me), Jasmines younger sister Talia studies acting.

This journey into the music industry was started as a father/daughter team and a goal of expressing the true identity found in faith, quintessentially, the goal of her label and tour iShine Live. The family duo wrote the music and developed all of the beats and tracks with Jasmine’s father who is a CEO of his own production company.

“We’ve made a lot of good friends here,” says Jasmine. “I am blessed to be around a lot of people with good hearts who are talented as well.”

“The Next Me” is about being a leader not a follower. The insanely catchy “Make a Movie of It” is pure teenage, camera phone/YouTube fun. “Nothing Left to Say,” best showcases Jasmine’s agile, R&B-influenced vocals while taking a stand against compromising standards in relationships, co-written by family friend Paul Glover.

“Yeah” (made popular by Yolanda Adams) and “Time2Shine” speak directly to kids about loving God and doing their best in all things to honor him. Such a message perfectly fits another new opportunity for Jasmine. Beeson invited Jasmine to take part in iShine LIVE, a concert tour for tweens that includes other high energy performers.

“iShine helps kids find their identity in Christ,” explains Jasmine, who humorously admits to being excited about missing an occasional school day to participate in the tour.

Indeed, despite the extraordinary circumstances of making an album while still in middle school, Jasmine is at heart an everyday kid, doing well in Math, not particularly loving her Spanish class. She enjoys a lazy day at home, staying in her pajamas, watching Disney Channel, eating popcorn, maybe jumping on the backyard trampoline. She texts her friends, but mom and dad limit the cell phone use, and they haven’t allowed her to start dating yet (although the boys began asking in fifth grade).

“We don’t always do what everyone else does,” says Jasmine’s mother, complimenting her teenager’s respect for the rules while taking us back to the theme of The Next Me.

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