Page 1 Spring 2013

Colton Dixon

From American Idol to Christian Artist

Artist stories include:



Shining Light Ministries

A light for the dark spots in our world...

Shining Light Ministries helps to provide for the orphans of the Western Balkans... the poorest region in of all of Europe. Save a child with $30 a month. Join the cause. Save a life. CHORDS 2

From the Editor Sara Rozalina


everal times over the last few months I’ve found myself stuck in the past. My mind kept wishing for what I used to have or I wanted to fix something that became fractured. I realized that I was slowly wasting my thoughts on longing for things that were not exactly in my control. In my situation the direction of the wind had changed. I was trying to change that wind rather than change the one thing that I could. That one thing was how I was going to react to this storm. Would I set my sail in the direction where it would move me forward or in a path that will make me stay stagnant? Sometimes when life becomes unfair, at least in our minds, the best thing you can do is what is at hand. Don’t pause your life because of one issue. If it’s somewhere you desire to go or something you want to be, you will get there if you do what is at

hand. If it’s a relationship that went bad and that person just up and left, honey if they are meant to be in your life they will come back. I don’t care what it is – a sulky attitude and a lamenting spirit won’t get you what you want. Firstly, do what it says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxieties on Him because he cares for you.” You want to come out stronger than before and show the world what you’re made off. I know that desire is in every human so don’t try to deny it. Stop thinking about “I could’ve,” “I should’ve,” “I would’ve.” That’s in the past. Be a visionary and look into your future. What do you see? Not sure what to do in your situation? Well it says in James 1:5, “Ask God for wisdom and He will give it to you.” For real… God will actually answer you just like He said in Jeremiah 33:3. Generally, I’m a really quick person. My thought

process goes 300 miles an hour so sometimes I get impatient and wonder if my “doing what is at hand” is even worth it. Why can’t I see what I want? Why this and why that? My questioning brain had to shut up and listen to what God had to say. I had to trust in Him. It says in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” I noticed the moment I verbally surrendered my situation to God, things were starting to happen in my favor. Prayer is such a powerful gift; I cannot stress how powerful. God can change your situation, but He wants to know that you trust Him with that situation first. In Romans 8:28 it says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good…” The change starts with you and that’s why everything is going to be alright. ∆


Inside Chords


6 Authentic Love 8 Colton Dixon By Sara Rozalina Krstevski From American Idol to Christian Artist 14 Small Start Big Finish

On The Cover: Colton Dixon

18 Don’t Look Everywhere Look Up!

Interviews: Brandon Camphor & OneWay Colton Dixon Paul Klein

20 Paul Klein the artist with heart & soul

Photographers: Tim Selwanes David Molnar Hillary Le Photography Daystar Network Capitol Records Brandon Camphor Sean Frank Myron Watkins Katie Lamb Photography Brayden Heath

26 Praise is the Secret Weapon 28 Britt Nicole | Gold Review


Writers: Sara Rozalina David Krstevski Hillary Le Jordan Carter Jeremiah Jackson Ross Jones Rachel Lamb Jennifer D’Agostino Andrea Graff Copy & Layout Editors: Sara Rozalina Elizabeth Bovenzi

16 Brandon Camphor & OneWay

31 Rachel’s Blog | Let’s Talk Love Less or Love Best

Editor-in-Chief: Sara Rozalina

Advertisements Shining Light Ministries Daystar DMJ Media Wings of Freedom Toby Mac - Eye On It

Grammy award Winner 2013!





o there I was, in a church hearing another sermon about how we as God’s children need to love others as He loves us. I found myself irritated as I listened to this statement. Naturally, I had to ask myself why I had these feelings towards a perfectly true statement that I believe in. I then realized that being raised in the church, I had heard the words “love others” every day but failed to know what it actually meant. Talking about the word “love” can be authorial or pie in the sky at times, with no specific definition. I wanted By Sara Rozalina to know tangibly and practically what this word love looks like; not as an ideal, but in the reality of time. Upon this realization, I began to search for an authentic definition of the elusive word “love.” I was on vacation with some of my best friends in Los Angeles, California havCHORDS 6

By Jordan Carter

ing the time of our lives. But one night we decided to go to a Deli somewhere in Hollywood. After eating a delicious meal and good laughs, we were on our way to the next fun experience. As we were leaving the Deli, a man came up to us and was juggling while riding a bike backwards. This man was homeless and was trying to perform for us so we’d give him some money. In most situations I, and probably many others, would just keep walking and ignore this man. I mean, we were on vacation and times were good, who would have time for what looked to be this crazy man? This time however, when I saw him, I didn’t see a crazy person. I saw him as a man with a past and pain that has caused this man to become this way. Then I felt the Lord tell me to love him. So a few friends and I began to ask him some questions and listen to him. As we did this,

“A new command I give: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

he began to open up and talk about his hard past and that he used to know God. But through the pain the world brought him, he lost sight of who God was. He took out his bottle of liquor, pointed at it, and said, “This is my pain killer. It’s the only thing that stops the hurt.” After listening to his story we began to encourage him and tell him of the Fathers’ love for him. He then said to us that we are some of the first people to ever stop and get to know him. He thought the world had abandoned him, until we came along with the power of a love greater than ourselves. He mentioned that for the first time in a long time, he felt love again. At the end of our conversation we were able to pray with the man for a renewed life with Jesus Christ and point him to a local Christian shelter that could take care of his needs. He had a different

My true love is found at the crossroads of need and inconvenience. -Jordan Carter

look in his eye. Where there once was a look of helplessness there was now a glimmer of hope. He had felt the Fathers’ love through us. After leaving the conversation, I felt the Lord say something to me that I will never forget and will forever live by. It was the answer to my long sought-after question of “What does love practically look like?” The Lord said “You asked me what love

looks like, and now you have seen it in action. My true love is found at the crossroads of need and inconvenience.” Then I realized that the most powerful love occurs at the moments where you see a need, it’s inconvenient, and you act selflessly. Love doesn’t have to be a word that is elusive and authorial – it’s an action. An action that works best in the moments where you take

your own desires out of the picture, and allow God to use you as a beautiful vessel for His love and care. He is a Father who has this incredible desire to embrace the broken, the needy, and downtrodden with an unconditional, unfathomable love. There is a world out there in desperate need for love. They are waiting, and as children of God it is our job to bring it to them. ∆


Colton Dixon

From American Idol to Christian Artist By Sara Rozalina


God made us all different and sometimes we lose sight of that and think that we need to fit in and change who we are. -Colton Dixon


I just wanted to share what God put on my heart and it wounded up being firmly rooted in what is known as Christian music. -Colton Dixon


olton Dixon… who’s that? Most of you will recognize him as the “piano guy with the hair” from last year’s season of American Idol. This 21-year-old placed seventh before he was eliminated in what was deemed a shocking exit by many. For Colton, that setback was a springboard for a comeback. A native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Colton’s debut major label album, A Messenger, was released with much anticipation from fans. “A Messenger stems from John 13:16 which says that no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him,” Colton said. “First and foremost, I just want my audience to realize I stand for someone that is greater than myself and that He is first


and foremost in this project.” Skyrocketing to fame with American Idol, Colton said that it was “one of the hardest things” he’s ever been a part of. “There’s so much work that goes into it. They’re basically prepping you for anything and everything you could handle in the music industry,” Colton said. “The other contestants were really a joy to work with and share the stage with. I had every emotion I have ever felt… on steroids. I would absolutely do it again; it’s well worth it.” Ever since Colton was 13-years-old, he realized that music was his calling and it has taken over ever since. “I started when I was 8-years-old playing the piano but it wasn’t until 13 that music really just took over my life. I was in a piano re-

cital going to play ‘I Can Only Imagine’ by Mercy Me, but my teacher made me sing it,” Colton said. “That Sunday I remember our preacher said sometimes you know you’re called to something by an unexpected gift. I remember feeling that way and I knew at 13-years-old what I was supposed to do and that was a call to music ministry.” With good looks and charisma, Colton appeals to a very wide audience. Remaining true to the Gospel and relevant to mainstream music is a balancing act that Colton has a very firm opinion on. “I’ve completely removed myself from trying to do one or the other. After American Idol, I started writing a week after I was eliminated. I just wanted to share what God put on my heart and it wounded up being firmly

rooted in what is known as Christian music,” Colton said. “I’m not a believer at all in watering down music to fit a category. There are so many different kinds of Christian music; there’s contemporary, worship, gospel, rap… I didn’t want to put the music side of things in a bubble.” In a music world of new artists with music preparation deficiency, Colton appreciates the musical training he had because it contributed greatly to his ability to play the piano and write music. “I had piano lessons for seven years. I was never really a huge fan of piano lessons. They helped me tremendously but I just hated having to sit down at the piano and practice. I would rather hear a song on the radio, pick it up and play it by ear,” Colton said. “By writing songs and playing

in the youth band at church, it helped me there as well. You know you’re a good musician when you stop caring about how good you can play something whereas how you can compliment how the band plays something well.” A cohesive structure in music is key. According to Colton, this unity is also needed for the artist’s greatest support system: family. “They’ve been there with me through the thick and thin with music. They were in the audience for the entire American Idol process and I’m very thankful to have them,” Colton said. “They’re not afraid to tell me I didn’t sound good and tell me things that I need to hear sometimes, which is the hardest thing to do.” Colton also realizes that giving back to the community is one of the best things he

can do. He attended Passion 2013 Conference in Atlanta where he had the opportunity to share the stage in an arena filled with 60,000 young people. Over $3 million was raised to fight human trafficking with the End It Movement. “The End It Movement threw out a number saying that there are about 27 million men, women and children still in slavery today. It just blew my mind because when you think slavery, you don’t think that’s still going on,” Colton said. “It was really amazing to see the people of my generation come together and do something like that.” With his new album out and the success rolling in, Colton believes his faith is what keeps him grounded. “Every morning I try to do a devotional and that plays a huge part in preparing your heart for the day and asking that God will use you for His kingdom,” Colton said. “It’s amazing the difference that makes… it keeps me levelheaded and focused.” With his edgy hair-do, rocker style and outspoken Christian beliefs, Colton firmly believes in the artist staying true to who they are and being proud of it. “God made us all different and sometimes we lose sight of that and think that we need to fit in and change who we are,” Colton said. “We are all unique and we all have a different way of looking at something and that needs to be heard.”∆ CHORDS 12

I’m not a believer at all in watering down music to fit a category. There are so many different kinds of Christian music; there’s contemporary, worship, gospel, rap… I didn’t want to put the music side of things in a bubble.” -Colton Dixon


Only on a strong foundation can monumental things be built. -Andrea Graff


Big Finish

Small Start

By Andrea Graff


t’s been almost a year that I’ve been out of school now, and I must say that I don’t miss the routine of college life one bit. But now that I finally feel like I can pursue full-force the things God’s placed in my heart, I often find I’m met with discouragement over my current position. The other day, I was trying to work myself out of one of these slumps, talking to a friend about how I felt “stuck.” I don’t throw a pity party very often, but this was slowly turning into one, and I think he could tell. I was saying that I didn’t want to do something “small,” and that I felt like I was too old to be where I am. So he turned to me and asked pretty bluntly, “Don’t you think you do that to yourself?” What? I have to admit, I was a little confused. He followed up with, “Putting pressure on yourself to do too much too soon just makes you frustrated. It takes time to build a strong foundation.” I pretty much heard nothing he said after that point.

It was like a light bulb went off. And then I remembered seeing something Beth Jones had tweeted not long before that said, ‘The deeper your foundation, the bigger the building. If you have big vision, don’t despise time it takes to build a strong foundation.” How great is that? In fact, it’s biblical. Zechariah 4:10 says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” I love that this verse doesn’t say God holds off rejoicing until the vision comes to pass. No, he rejoices in watching it begin. See, in order to finish big— to live out the dreams God’s placed in our hearts—we often have to start in a place we may view as small or insignificant. But if we want our big vision to be sustained, we cannot despise the time it takes to build a strong foundation. Think of it this way. What if you had the blueprints drawn for your dream house, but when the builders arrived to begin pouring the foundation, you rushed them along,

instructing them to “hurry and pour, so we can get onto the important stuff”? Well, if they were dumb enough to listen to you, the dream house you envisioned may never be finished, and if it was, it wouldn’t last long before the weak foundation began to give way and the house began to crumble. That’s exactly how our lives are. Every day, we are building the foundation for the great vision God has given us to stand upon. Is yours being built strong? Or are you trying to rush through this season to get to the big finish faster? I’ll encourage you just like my friend encouraged me: Don’t try to do too much too soon. Be ok with what you see as minor right now. Because without that small start, you can’t get to the big finish. Only on a strong foundation can monumental things be built. Know today that God’s rejoicing in your start, no matter how small it might be. If you’ll stay faithful in the little, you will make a big finish. ∆



ou are God, and God alone. And the world is in Your hands.” These lyrics, simple as they may appear, characterize the lives of an up-and-coming Christian music band known as OneWay. Brandon Camphor, the lead singer for the group, has pursued a music career since he was 10-yearsold. However, he never imagined that God was preparing him to be part of such a unique group as OneWay. It was clear from day one that Brandon’s world was in God’s hands, as God ordered his steps and paved the way for OneWay. Brandon’s par-


By Ross Jones ents, upon seeing his love for music, allowed him to pursue a music-centered education that spanned from elementary school all the way to college. “I believe education is important in my field. Although I certainly acknowledge and respect the many in music who never went to college or studied their craft in a scholastic setting, I, on the other hand, have and value the skills and information I picked up in doing so,” Brandon said. Brandon met the future members of OneWay both in high school and in college.

The group independently released their debut album titled ReGeneration in 2009, and although it was expected to only spread throughout their local fans in the DC/ Maryland area, God has given the album a distinctive measure of success. Their most recent single titled, “You Are God,” was released in August 2012, and has brought them much acclaim in the world of Christian music. The single made it known that the band has grown since the release of ReGeneration in musical professionalism, as they did most of the production and promoting themselves.

My advice to aspiring artists is to stay humble and seek to exalt the name of Jesus before you try to promote your name. -Brandon Camphor

The main reason for their success is the contemporary relevance of their product in style and content, making it relatable to Christians both young and old. What makes Brandon Camphor and OneWay so unique is the fact that their music has a strongly spiritual tone, yet it can be played in almost any social setting. Whether it be in a church service, youth group, or even in secular environments like a local barber shop, anyone can vibe to the rhythm and be touched by God through their music. “I believe our music is a tool for the young believer in their walk with Christ. I feel that we have music that can serve as an alternative to other music that may not edify their spirits or encourage their hearts,” Brandon said. “It’s relevant, enjoyable, and fresh.” On New Years Day 2013, they released their first music video for the song, “You Are God,” and it premiered on the Gospel Music Channel. Adding visuals to the song made the powerful lyrics come alive, and it also

demonstrates that Brandon Camphor and OneWay can be played amongst the famous artists of today’s Christian music. They are determined to promote the music and mission of OneWay, which is “to be an example of righteous living for our generation.” However, in spite of their pursuit of success and recognition for the glory of God, the group makes sure to never forget where they came from. The greatest support system for OneWay is family. In fact, the second line in the lyrics of “You Are God” states, “You never leave a child forsaken, and you know each one by name,” showing that God values everyone individually and promotes familial relationships. Placing importance on developing relationships outside of group activities, OneWay has grown to become a tight-knit family unit with a “friends first” mentality. Individual achievements are supported and celebrated just as much as group achievements, illustrating the proper balance between ministry, partner-

ship, and friendship. Brandon Camphor and OneWay is all about empowering the young generation to do what God has called them to do. They stress the importance of seeking to glorify God in any endeavor that has the potential for personal gain. Brandon Camphor admonishes Christians that it’s not about them, but it’s all about Christ. “My advice to aspiring artists is to stay humble and seek to exalt the name of Jesus before you try to promote your name,” Brandon said. Christian artists must seek to promote Jesus, and as they lift up His name their own names will be lifted up as well. The greatest struggle and triumph of any artist is staying humble in the pursuit of success. Their latest single is titled “You Are God” for a reason, and that reason is to make known that no one else can take the place of God. OneWay has been diligent in remaining humble, and as a result God has blessed them with the inspiration for a new album that is due Summer 2013. ∆


Don’t Look Look up! Everywhere H

By David Krstevski

ow many times have we come to a place where we assess our lives and feel nothing but defeat? We look around and compare our results with those of others and begin to get upset. We get upset at the fact that our lives thus far have not been going as planned. With this perspective in mind, we begin to look at how well our friends are doing, we look for some source of excitement outside of our lives; we look for an escape, we look for an excuse to justify where we are at. We often begin to say to ourselves, if I had a better family, if my family was rich, if I went to this school, if I met this person, my life would be much better. Traveling down this road of “if’s” is useless, because all you end up being is angry, and sad, and maybe even you come to the point where you get depressed. Yes we are all dealt a different set of cards in life and some have it rougher than others, but we are all at the same dispo-


sition. We each have a choice to do something about our situations or not to do anything at all and continue to be angry, sad and depressed. I remember my father once verbally painted an image for me to explain this very thing that I’m talking about today. He said, “Dave, you’re like a ship in an ocean. You have a goal and a desire to get somewhere, and although there is smooth sailing sometimes, very often in fact rough winds and rain storms come about and blow you off course and tear your ship apart.” He said don’t complain about the storms or the wind, what you really need to do is “adjust” your sails and steer yourself back in the direction you need to go in. You see very often we’ll look around ourselves, and our circumstances. We’ll look at our situations and see how insurmountable our problems are. The thing is we get into the habit of looking everywhere but up. As children of God we need to un-

derstand that we are beautifully and wonderfully made and that our lives are led by a creator who dealt us those cards. You say, what does that mean? Are you saying that God wants me to have a rough life where I can never succeed? No, what I’m saying is that God wouldn’t place you in a position to fail and since he dealt you those cards you have nothing else that you can do but win. I mean just look at it from a family perspective. He is your father, your daddy, and parents don’t want their children to fail. I know my father never would. You see the choice is yours. You can choose to be angry at the things that you don’t have and be miserable or you can choose to be thankful for the things that God has blessed you with and be happy. Remember in Jeremiah 29:11, we read that God wants everyone to prosper and He has given us all the ability and the power to prosper. All you have to do is make a choice to go out and do it. ∆

We each have a choice to do something about our situations or not to do anything at all. -David Krstevski 19CHORDS


You can’t expect someone to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. -Paul Klein

Paul Klein the artist with heart and soul By Hillary Le



Lyrical content is not an indicator of a song being God-inspired or not. God is the giver of life, and life’s range of emotions is infinite. -Paul Klein


hile most out-ofcollege students are romancing about the thoughts of life’s journey, Paul Klein has a different take on life with a gift from above. He is a musician whose heart is for ministry and music. With his love for God and people, Paul is motivated to write heart-warming music with a humble heart. At the tender age of five, Paul’s mother supported him in playing the piano. At that age, most children are playing with toys or using their imagination, but young Paul practiced the piano, which would soon become something greater. He was not enthusiastic about playing the piano until he entered high school. However, his appreciation for music deepened and he finally “understood” music. From his classical background, he was then able to compose pop songs and moved into songwriting as an independent artist. Paul spent four years at

Oral Roberts University. As a business administration major with a minor in worship leadership, he engaged in the opportunity to lead worship in the university’s chapel services, and feels that this experience helped to shape his character and guide him into further musical endeavors. As an independent artist, Paul had struggled with the concept of self-promotion. He says, “you can’t expect someone to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself.” With months of thinking, composing, and writing music, he has put everything he has into his craft. Paul even has hundreds of CDs in the back of his car just to give to people when music comes up in conversation. Paul had previously come out with his single “I’ll be Home for Christmas” in 2011. The song was a success and because of the popularity and attention the song was getting, Paul was inspired to release another album, “Heart and Soul” the following year,

during a more difficult season in his life. Wiping tables in a restaurant, trying to pay his bills, Paul left his work for the day and poured his heart out to God in the form of lyrics and notes, with no other motive than to express his yearning and his desire before his Creator. Paul credits the album to God, but notes that whether he is composing worship or secular music, God, “who is the giver of life and life’s range of emotions,” is glorified. Currently, Paul is very active in his church known as The Cause in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been on numerous mission trips but is now concentrating his time and attention on inner-city youth in his hometown. His church is heavily focused on community outreach programs, and Paul finds great fulfillment in activities with these youth, including attending the summer camp Kanakuk in Branson, Missouri. As far as his plans for his


God obviously plays a huge role in the creation and production of my music. He plays a massive role in my life. He’s the main character. -Paul Klein

musical future, Paul’s not exactly certain. As he states, “I’m not entirely sure what role record labels will play in the music industry in the next five years. The game is constantly changing.” He is content with remaining an independent artist for now


and enjoys the creative liberties of song choices for his albums, producers and musicians involved, album style and promotional methods. Whether working independently, or signing with an agency for a record label, Paul says that he’ll “cross

that bridge when (he) gets there.” In the meantime, Paul is working on a “mindless and shameless pop song that maybe any human has ever heard.” Paul is having a great deal of fun, and this might very well be his best hit ever. ∆

Life seemed perfect... until it was destroyed by addiction. Wings of Freedom: a Christ-centered, sober-living community restores lives broken by drugs and alcohol. It is not too late to take your first step to freedom.


Praise Is The

Secret Weapon By Jeremiah Jackson


s believers, we know what belongs to us. But we need to understand how to take authority of it and how to walk in power against the enemy. If we do not do that, then we will be stranded both spiritually and physically, as well as mentally. Jesus defeated the devil for us when He died on the cross. The powers of this dark world that we face are the same ones in which Jesus defeated (Ephesians 6:12). So the devil is already under our feet. Now something that we all as believers must know is this – there are two types of lions. According to 1 Peter 5:8 the devil “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” He is the king of the jungle, as merciless and cruel as they come. The other lion is Jesus Christ. He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). The name Judah literally means: praise. One of the key things


we can do in resisting the devil and walking in the power of Christ is this one word – praise. Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Praise and God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). When you praise God, things will start working in your favor. For example, when Paul and Silas were jailed for spreading the Good News, instead of complaining about it, they prayed and sang praises to God. Notice the answer came once they began giving praise unto God (Acts 16:25-26). If we want God to start working in our lives, we must start praising. Praise Him in the midst of the darkness; even into the darkest hour. This is how we tread upon Satan and keep him under our feet. You are going to face “lions” in your life just like King David did in Psalm 57:4, “my soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts.”

However, even though we may be among lions, they are helpless if we know how to deal with them. According to Psalm 23, we will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but there is no need to fear because God will be with us. God even prepares a table for you in the presence of your enemies (Psalm 23:5). So get your eyes off the devil and focus on what God has set before you. Satan and his demons are bloodthirsty and cruel, but we must be bold in our authority in Christ and realize that through Jesus, we have the power to trample and tread over Satan and all his cohorts. We don’t have to worry about demonic activity because God “protects His flock like a shepherd” (Isaiah 41:10). Our focus is to be kept on Jesus and one of the best ways to do that is to praise Him. Start thanking God for the victory in your life. ∆

If we want God to start working in our lives, we must start praising. Praise Him in the midst of the darkness. -Jeremiah Jackson



ritt Nicole’s third studio release lives up to its title – Gold. Her infectious pop tunes are reminiscent of early Carrie Underwood, with a rock undertone. Originally released in the Christian music market CHORDS 28

By Jennifer D’Agostino in March 2012, Gold was rereleased last month to mainstream audiences worldwide via Capitol Records. Britt, 27, got her start in 2006 when she was signed to Sparrow Records. Her debut effort, Say It, was released

in 2007 to positive reviews. Since then she has completed five releases, including an acoustic and Christmas album. Her songs have been featured in the film Soul Surfer and the reality television series, The Biggest Loser.

Britt’s album is filled with positivity, as is apparent with the hit track, “Gold,” where she belts out “Whatever you’ve been told, you’re worth more than gold. So hold your head up high, it’s your time to shine.” Her message is contagious and the non-Christian market has taken notice with the single peaking at number 33 on the US Billboard Pop Songs Chart. The album also features a collaboration with Christian hip-hop artist, Lecrae. “Ready or Not,” takes on a techno beat and talks about finding self-confidence and being true to oneself. Lecrae has been a powerhouse on the Christian music scene since his debut album, Real Talk, and the launch of his record label, Reach Records. Britt’s melodic, strong voice pairs nicely with Lecrae’s quick and intelligent rhymes, making this a standout track. Britt has grown as an artist with this latest release, showcasing her vocal talent, along with her composing abilities. With a writing credit on all 11 tracks, Britt gets help from legendary songwriter, Jason Ingram. Ingram is responsible for writing “Breakthrough,” “Amazing Life,” “The Sun is Rising,” and “Seeing for the First Time.” He is the winner of a SESAC

Award for Christian Songwriter of the Year. This year, Gold was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category, a first for Britt Nicole.

The album consists of catchy, inspirational and quality tracks, which will make the transition into the Top 40 market seamless. The rerelease is a definite buy for all music lovers. 5/5 stars ∆



Love Less

OR Love Best By Rachel Lamb


omewhere along the journey we find ourselves on, we almost always have those few things we wish we could take back. How wonderful would it be to just turn back the hands of time, to press rewind and start again? Sometimes erasing what happened all together seems most appropriate. We all undoubtedly come to those cross sections, where we know in order to get to the next phase of our lives we have to accept what is and move on to what now can be. We realize and acknowledge our mistakes to work through them. However, only to quickly realize that fresh start we are steadily progressing toward isn’t so easy of a task to come by anymore. Why is it that even after we’ve asked for forgiveness of our wrong doings

that there always seems to be that one person that can’t just let it go? Here we are working through the things we’ve done diligently and wholeheartedly, only to feel the sting of sin all over again every time someone brings it up. It’s the story people can’t stop talking about and the wound they refuse to let heal. The weight you were so sure you had let go of somehow ends up right back where it was before. Kicked down, you find yourself in those brief moments, pausing, to even stand up once more for fear you’ll end up right back in that same place. The fight then for many becomes too much to bear and the hope for a better day is lost yet again.Why is it that God can cast our sins

into the sea of forgetfulness when we’ve done wrong, but we can’t seem to forget ourselves? We force our hand at our own justice, causing the beauty of hope to run dry. I have found that the risk you run in tearing people’s sins out from under the blood is very dangerous. You in turn create a long dark road for yourself to walk down. For by the same measure of judgment you cast, so will you too be judged. So please, don’t let your love grow cold when there is a world so in need of some sunshine. ∆


Our passion is to capture life’s moments in pictures or moving frames. We strive to deliver the best in what we do.


Colton Dixon | Spring 2013 | Chords Magazine  
Colton Dixon | Spring 2013 | Chords Magazine  

The spring 2013 issue of Chords Magazine is out and online at: Featured artists include: Colton Dixon, Brandon Campho...