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The Christian Music Archive Podcast

Today I welcome Moriah Smallbone to the podcast. Moriah has just released her third solo project, an EP entitled, Live from the Quarry, an album she wrote, performed, and produced. She is also an actress and podcast host with her husband, Joel. Moriah and I chat about the importance of using our gifts and experiences and relying on God to use them where they are needed most.

Today we welcome The Erwins to the podcast, Keith, Kody, Kris, and Katie are siblings who have been singing together since they traveled with their father who is an evangelist. This Southern Gospel family is signed to Stowtown records and this past year won a Dove award and earned a Grammy nomination. I’m looking forward to getting to know more about The Erwins.

If you are a fan of the band Whitecross, my guest today needs no introduction. Michael Feighan's high-profile career began when he joined the metal band Whitecross. He was eventually ranked as one of the top 10 drummers in Christian music, which resulted in him playing drums for a lot of different artists. But now, he is stepping out from behind the drum kit and stepping up to the microphone with a solo project called Someone Prayed.

I'm honored to welcome John J. Thompson to the podcast. John is the founder and curator of True Tunes and host of the new True Tunes Podcast. He is also a music industry veteran, musician, publishing executive, author, promoter, retailer, pastor… well, he's worn a lot of hats over the years. He is a major music fan and has a desire to see all of us "Listen to better music and listen better to music."

One of the things that stood out to me when I first discovered Glenn Kaiser was that he put his money where his mouth was. The Resurrection Band not only sang about real-life struggles, like poverty, divorce, and racism, but they lived their lives by putting their thoughts into action. Glenn and his wife Wendi started Jesus People USA in Chicago to take God’s love to the streets in a real and practical way. And something about that rang true with me. Plus, Rez really rocked, turning early Christian music on its ear.

It is an honor to welcome Larnelle Harris to the podcast. Larnelle has one of the biggest voices in Gospel music and has been singing for nearly 50 years. He’s released 24 albums, been awarded 5 Grammy Awards, 11 Dove Awards, and numerous hall of fame inductions. Larnelle shares stories about digging wells in Malawi and singing in the Kremlin, using the tools and gifts God gave him.

I’m honored to be joined by Caroline Cobb on the podcast today. Caroline has a new album out this month called A King & His Kindness, which I’m sure we’ll talk about today. But something else that intrigues me is a challenge she took in 2011 to write a song for every book in the Bible. That’s 66 songs. Let’s find out more about that challenge and learn a little more about the new album.

CeCe Winans is one of the busiest women in Gospel Music. She has been making music for almost 50 years, first singing at her church, then as part of the groundbreaking duo BeBe and CeCe Winans with her brother. She has gone on to a fantastic solo career, releasing more than 15 solo projects, and is the best-selling female gospel artist of all time. CeCe comes from a music family. There’s Mom & Pop Winans. Her brothers formed The Winans. Her nieces and nephews have formed groups. I mean, music is in CeCe’s DNA! With that kind of heritage, you might expect a diva of sorts.