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The Christian Music Archive Podcast

One of the things I love about doing this podcast is the opportunity to meet new artists. Today I get to talk with Joel Vaughn. Joel is signed to Dream Records and has just released a new EP call Louder Than the Lies. In addition to his recording career, Joel is a Worship Pastor in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. I’m looking forward to getting better acquainted with Joel Vaughn.

On today’s podcast, I get to chat with Ayiesha Woods. Ayiesha wrote her first song when she was just 12 years old. And after releasing an independent project and touring regionally, she came to the attention of TobyMac who signed her to Gotee Records. Before long, she was nominated for Grammy and Dove awards and even had a top 10 radio hit. Then in 2009 she gave it all up to focus on her new family. While that may seem like a bad career choice, she said she wouldn’t change it for the world! Now a wife and mother of four boys, her new ministry is as a worship leader in her home church.

Today I get to chat with John Michael Talbot. John Michael and his brother Terry had a Southern Rock band in the early seventies called Mason Proffit. They were a pretty big deal! Bands like The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and John Denver were opening acts for Mason Profit! Eventually, though, John Michael and his brother left the band and rededicated their lives to Christ. John Michael went on to become a Roman Catholic monk and has released 56 solo albums in the past 4 decades!

Today’s conversation is a bit surreal for me. You see, when I was considering starting this podcast I did a lot of research by listening to a TON of podcasts. I didn’t want to do something that was already being done. And I wanted to see what a quality podcast should sound like. As you might imagine, I listened to a lot of… shall we say… unimpressive productions. But then I found The Pivot hosted by Andrew Osenga. Now here was a podcast that not only had high production values but also had a host with a tender, caring heart.

My conversation today is with Dennis Agajanian. I first met Dennis when I was in college and he performed at a youth camp where I was on staff. I remember him as a larger than life, charismatic performer who played a mean guitar. In the years since then, I’ve seen Dennis on stage with Billy Graham, at Harvest Crusades, and even saw him on the popular 80’s ABC television show That’s Incredible! But talking with Dennis you are quick to learn that he has a passion for sharing the Gospel.

In today’s podcast, I talk with Richard Souther. Richard was an in-demand studio and touring musician who played with Barry McGuire, 2nd Chapter of Acts, and Phil Keaggy, just to name a few But early in his career, Richard experienced a significant medical event that for all intents should have spelled the end of his illustrious career. But thanks to some friends around him, and a new technology called the synthesizer, Richard was able to resume his career and go on to be a prolific creator of contemplative music.

I’m excited to welcome Tammy Trent to the podcast. Tammy has released a half dozen albums, her first one back in 1995. She is an author and popular speaker and has quite a story to tell about how her community of friends and her relationship with Jesus helped her through the loss of her husband and best friend. You won’t want to miss this conversation!

In this episode, I’m talking with Alisa Childers. Alisa was part of the pop trio ZOEgirl in the early 2000s. Fans of early Jesus music will appreciate that Alisa is the daughter of Chuck Girard, who was part of the group Love Song as well as having a substantial solo ministry. Alisa experienced a period of profound doubt about her faith and spent a lot of time searching for answers to her questions.

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