It hasn’t been a straight path for Kathryn Shipley and her music career, but over the last few years, she has sprung to life as she has grown and succeeded in her pursuits.
As a kid in Louisiana, MO, Kathryn said she hated singing and never showed much interest in church. “I would always act like I had a sore throat or something was wrong with my voice to get out of singing,” Kathryn remembers. Yet, she was always around the music business. For a couple of years, she managed a high-school rapper and a DJ; her niece is an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles, and her nephew is a worship leader in Atlanta. So music was part of her life for years, but it was never her making the music.
About six years ago, she moved to New Town. Saint Charles Christian Church was across the street from her house. Because of recent circumstances in her life, and a strong nudge from a good friend, she felt compelled to visit one Sunday. Once she started attending, she was invited to start singing at the church and enjoyed it. She volunteered there for several years before moving on to her new church home at Harvester Christian Church.
Through a series of events, she felt like God was pulling her to use her talents to pursue music on a bigger level. She began a partnership with Bongo Boy Records in December 2016 and was asked to record a song called “Shine Your Love,” written by Gar Francis. After entering several contests, the awards began rolling in. The song won the “Best Song of the Month” award from SongwriterUniverse Magazine and Kathryn won “Best Vocalist of the Month” from SingerUniverse Magazine.
Kathryn went on to win Artist of the Year in the Gospel/Country Gospel category at The Josie Music Awardsin Nashville–the world’s largest event that celebrates artists in the independent music industry–on September 17, 2017. Two of her songs have been committed to be on the ballot for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
Regarding her future, Kathryn related the excitement she felt as she got to sing recently for a large women’s conference by saying, “This is what I was meant to do, so I’m in. Let’s go!”
Kathryn has a new song out called “Those Eyes,” which she co-wrote with Gar Francis, of Bongo Boy Records.
You can discover more about Kathryn and her music by visiting her online.
Her music page: https://www.reverbnation.com/2stepsforward
Her record label page: https://bongoboyrecords.com/kathrynshipley/
Her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KshipMusic/
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