Worship artist Kari Jobe has reason to be singing today. Her Integrity Music self-titled debut record Kari Jobe
releases today and the infectious first single, "I'm Singing," is beginning to fill the radio airwaves coast to coast.
, which is both joyful and contemplative, is relevant for these uncertain times. "This album is about hope and life; it's about lifting the broken off the floor and singing love over them," says Jobe. "The songs create intimate moments and outward shouting, and it's my hope that these songs find the broken and lift them to a place of praise."
Jobe is in the middle of a street week promotional tour which started this week with a standing room only release party and concert at her home church, Gateway Church in the Dallas area Sunday night. The concert was also streamed live on the Internet, which at times was so significant, it crashed the website.
She is now onto Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi where she is playing benefit concerts this week, offering the proceeds from the music events to Life Outreach International's Water for LIFE ministry. Details on those events can be found at http://www.karijobe.com/
"I'm Singing," written by Jobe with Ed Cash and Chris Tomlin, has given Jobe a strong launch at radio and on the Internet.
KLTY in Dallas joins a growing list of radio stations adding the song. Mike Pendergast, the station's assistant program director and music director, explains why KLTY has embraced the song: "Great song by a fresh new artist....love the tempo...love the message....'I'm Singing' is a hit!"
Also a hit is a YouTube video featuring fans proclaiming their reasons for "singing," whether through challenges, obstacles or victories. Late last year, Jobe asked visitors to her YouTube site to submit video clips with short testimonies. The widespread and moving responses became the basis for the new viral video which can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DCDApaqRhA
Jobe's online presence is also found at hearitfirst.com where her new CD will be streaming in full for one week. She has also re-launched her own website, karijobe.com in conjunction with the album's release.
The child of traveling ministers, Jobe began singing when she was only 3 and knew by age 10 that she wanted to lead worship. She spent time studying at Oral Roberts University, Christ For The Nations Institute and Dallas Baptist University where she finished her Psychology/Pastoral Ministries degree before joining the Gateway Church staff.
Produced by Ed Cash, Kari Jobe
contains a collection of worshipful pop/folk songs birthed from her life and journals in addition to new versions of "Revelation Song," "No Sweeter Name" and "Beautiful" from the Gateway recordings. Co-writers on the album include Ed Cash, Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Mia Fieldes and Klaus Kuehn.
Whether leading worship before thousands at Gateway or in intimate settings around the country, Jobe says the work of ministry always comes back to people. "I am moved by people's lives and stories, and I am amazed by who God is and who He says that we are. Music becomes a way to minister to people in times of trouble, to lead them to the feet of Jesus who can bring peace, life, hope and healing."
More information on Kari Jobe can be found at http://www.karijobe.com/