Song Writers

Jerry Kelso

Jerry Kelso

Why I Write:
I started playing piano when I was about nine. I probably wrote my first song when I was a teenager. Writing was my outlet of expression along with the piano. Songwriting kept me through a lot of tough times and helped me grow in the Lord. I write now ...
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Rebecca Peck

Rebecca Peck

Why I Write:
I played around making up little songs from the time I was about 4 or 5. I absolutely loved words, reading, and rhyming things, and since I was playing the piano and singing a lot by that age, it just sort of became a part of what I did around the house. ...
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Mark Bishop

Mark Bishop

Why I Write:
I fell in love with this music as a teenager in the mid 1980’s, discovering music by The Hinsons, The Rambos and The Paynes. I loved that these groups wrote their own music and lyrics. For some reason, it appealed to me that these folks were sharing the emotions in their ...
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David Staton

David Staton

Why I Write:
I believe that God puts a drive and desire in everyone to want to make a difference in the world. No one wants to leave this earth without leaving a mark. Gospel music SHOULD be the timeless and extraordinary truth of God’s Word put to music. When your lyric lines ...
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Steven Cheney

Steven Cheney

Why I Write:
I have always had a love for gospel music. My father and mother both were great influences on my writing. I remember so many times on the way to church they would plug in the Happy Goodmans, The Stamps Quartet, The Imperials, The Couriers Quartet, The Rebels Quartet, The Rambos and ...
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Dianne Wilkinson

Dianne Wilkinson

Why I Write:
I fell in love with Gospel Music when I was a small child, going to Singings at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee, with my family. I saw the Statesmen there, the Blackwood Brothers, the Oak Ridge Quartet, the Speers, the LeFevres, the Rangers Trio, the Goss Brothers…all the greats of the ...
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Ricky Atkinson

Ricky Atkinson

My Story:
I began writing sometime around the age of 18 or 19…. I traveled around quite a bit as a soloist doing church dates, revivals, and campmeetings. I would sing all my own original songs and people loved them, but I never felt like they were really top shelf material…
I would go to Jimmy Benson’s ...
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Rodney Griffin

Rodney Griffin

Why I Write:
I wrote my first song 1989 while sitting at my desk at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. The first song wasn’t a great one, but it lit a fire inside that is still growing. I knew then that God had gifted me with something unusual…putting phrases together that relate ...
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Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank

Why I Write:
I guess you could say it runs in the family. My Mother is a wonderful songwriter and the author of one of the most popular songs in the Independent Baptist movement (which I was raised in) entitled: “Goodly Heritage”. I always knew the Lord wanted me to sing songs. Little did I know ...
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Phil Cross

Phil Cross

Why I Write:
“I was the kid made fun of, the outcast, and the misfit of Westview Elementary, Tyner Middle School, and Tyner High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But God had a plan for my life. He used the brokenness of my childhood to inspire me to write songs about a God who is ...
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