Singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Katy Kinard isn’t content leaving questions unasked. As a faith-driven lyricist, she will tell you she’s been all kinds of believers: one of childlike, liberated faith; a Pharisee and a legalist; a charismatic miracle seeker; and what she calls a near atheist and “cynical scribe.” But she’s quick to embrace all areas of her journey, the end-all being a consistent pull to Jesus.
Katy attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where she studied Commercial Music and Music Business. She is a winner of the 2013 International CWIMA contest, the ’09 Independent Music Awards Popular Vote, and Embassy Music’s ‘05 regional pick. Katy’s song “World’s Largest Peanut” took first prize in the 2009 International Acoustic Music Awards folk category; her song “Sunshine,” second.
She has recorded and toured three CDs: “Headed Back” (2005), “You’re Still Better” (2007), and “Lullaby Hymns: the weary soul” (2010). Her fourth release, “God of Fireflies” is expected early 2016.
Katy has a heart for keeping the hymns alive and, if desired, also offers a worship set with some of the most well loved songs and stories behind the hymns.
She would love to share some of her heart and stories and get to know those who know yours! Feel free to check out her websites:
“Katy is a tremendous pianist, guitarist and vocalist whose songwriting and solid vocals tug at your heart. She is clever with audience participation and expresses an amusing conversational style on stage. Everyone should attend a performance of Katy’s.”
-Bruce Von Stiers, publisher; BVS Reviews
“Katy’s music reaches out and touches the heart. Her modern style is intense and clean, and her voice is present and confident, yet soft…a pure joy to listen to. Her lyrics are tender and honest. She’s a treasure. I love listening to her…She gives you her heart in a song.”
-Rick Beresford, Songwriting Coach, Belmont University
“Katy’s music doesn’t insult the intelligence of her listeners. No cliches, no pablum. It presumes the listeners think deeply and are yearning for something that will help them as they explore those inner feelings.”
– Mark Hollingsworth, former manager of Petra, Sixpence None the Richer, Smalltown Poets and Steve Taylor.
Sweet Anointed Ministries
Jim Denman- I was born into a very musical family. I first began to sing in churches, street outreaches, nursing homes and local community events when I was quite young. After learning some guitar, I began to play the banjo around the age of 12 (and later fiddle and mandolin). This led to a long history of picking banjo and singing with the “Denman Family” (and others) at bluegrass festivals, churches, competitions, theatres, fish fry’s and the like.
In regards to my first exposure to faith, I was taught the scriptures by my father and the little Baptist church we attended. I accepted the Lord before the age of 10.
In 1978, Frances and I got married and began to have a family (3 kids that are now grown and 4 grandkids so far). After 35 years, we are still in love and still married, praise the Lord! From the early 80’s on, I began to write my own music. It was during these early years, while in my twenties, that I also lead Bible studies and worship, and some years later, became a pastor/teacher of a small body of believers. I have been blessed to play, perform, and record with some great musicians, and to have other artists record some of my material. I pray that my songs are more than just music. My hope is that they would not only sound good, but that they would move the heart of the listener!
The Lord has been so very good and faithful to me and my family! I love Him much and enjoy sharing what He has given me!
Husband and wife, acoustic folk, rock, and worshp duo, theSurrendering, chose the name for their band a while before their calling and journey would be fully revealed to them. During the summer of 2013, it became clear that the name the couple had picked to represent their desire to honor God with their musical abilities, would soon stand for a lifestyle of even greater sacrifice and submission to God’s plan.
September 2, 2013
Joe and Rebecca Congleton, and their two children, Brode and Olivia (then 12 and 9) pulled out of the driveway of their modest Indiana home, towing a 1974 travel trailer behind their SUV. Leaving behind their “normal” jobs, their role as worship leaders at Harvest Chapel Tri-County, and their extended family and friends, theSurrendering set out on a new adventure that would be scary, beautiful, unexpected and completely amazing.
Living life as full-time ‘musicianaries’ to the U.S., theSurrendering perform their original music, lead worship and share their story with a wide range of audiences. From prison chapels to small churches, addiction recovery houses to youth groups, the duo has submitted to God’s call to abandon aspirations of record deals and profitable tours, choosing instead to go anywhere without asking for anything.
With humility at the center of their ministry, theSurrendering strive to remain small, while always pointing heavenward to an infinitely loving Father God. However, their journey has not been without its moments and seasons of brilliance and excitement. The duo has had the honor of taking the stage prior to some of Christian music’s most well-known artists, such as NeedtoBreathe, Fireflight, Meredith Andrews, 7eventh Time Down, Ashes Remain, and Rend Collective. They were also recently invited to record with Dove and GRAMMY winning producer and songwriter, Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe). The sngle they recorded with Ed, called ‘Fearless Life’, may be heard on Christian radio later in 2015.
I am Jay Broader and I am from Gary, Indiana. Growing up in the church I assumed that I was a Christian because I went to church, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I was confronted with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that he wanted a personal relationship with me. Once surrendering my life to the Lord my freshman year of college I began rapping to spread the good news to anyone and everyone. I am very passionate about music and my main goal is to make Christ known and to show the world that if he change me he can change anyone.
A Southern Gospel Soloist from Crawfordsville, IN. He sings special music regularly at his home church Calvary Baptist and occasionally at other churches and venues thru out the year. Steve Sams was “born again” later in his life accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior on March 8, 1998. Since that day his life has never been the same. The first song he sang in church was “Amazing Grace” and has been singing ever since. Steve believes that he has been called to bring the gospel through song and praise and it is his prayer that his music first of all glorifies Jesus Christ and in some way blesses those that hear. Never to be “just entertainment” his whole purpose is to spread the gospel and to reach souls through his music. Steve recorded his first CD in May of 2014 titled “Who I Am, Ain’t Who I Was” which is really his story. Steve is looking forward to being a part of this year’s Changing Hearts Music Festival and is excited to see what God is going to do.