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I am excited to announce that I have a new mobile app for the Android phone. You can stream my music, watch videos, and check out where I will be playing. Hang in there Iphone users. I will hopefully get one going for you as well.

Be on the lookout for some upcoming shows and special events. I am hoping to get going again with my music ministry. I have focused on worship leading for church over the last couple of years, but the desire to get out more and share my music with people is coming back to surface. I hope to get into the studio really soon and record some new music.

posted by Karen on 08/05/2012

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Hey everyone. I've had a lot of changes go on in my life over the last two months. I am not leading worship at the church in SC anymore, but I am still seeking new opportunities for my music ministry. My heart is really to lead worship and to do this in settings like woman's retreats, revivals, disciple now weekends, and various other events.

I'm also trying to do some writing and working on my craft. I hope to be able to go into the studio to lay down some songs soon. In the meantime I will be uploading some videos of some new songs to share with you.

I recently did a house concert at a good friend's house and loved it. This is a great way to have some friends over for a fun night. If you are interested in having one contact me for more info on how to get one going.

Please let me know if you have an opportunity you would love to have me come and help you with.

Remember Christmas is coming soon and I love Christmas. If you would like some special music for your Christmas party or event, please consider having me come.

Thanks for all of your continued support and prayers. I'll keep you posted as things progress.

posted by Karen on 09/21/2009

It's been pretty quiet here Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I've been pretty quiet the last several months with my music. Mostly, it's been due to changes that have been brought about in my life this past year. Last June, I accepted a position with a church as part time worship leader in Summerville, SC. This eventually prompted a move back to the area. It has been some pretty rough moments, but at the same time some very awesome moments since this new adventure began. I know that God has me here for a purpose and is going to use my time here to continue to prepare me for even greater things. What are those things? I have absolutely no idea what. Isn't that the cool part about God though? I think if He showed us the big picture, we would never take that first step. Stepping out in faith is something God has been working on in my life.

Since this new beginning, I have not been playing out as much as I was the last couple of years. Playing in the coffeehouses was some of the best learning experiences that I have had in a long time. I really grew in many ways. Unfortunately, because of the rising price of gas and the unstable finances these venues bring, I have had to quit playing out. I've taken the last year to really just focus on church worship with an occasional gig here and there at a friend's church.

God has been good, and honestly I have not found time to really do a lot of writing. I'm probably not a true writer in that I do not song write every day. I write when I feel something is coming on. Then I work on that song until I feel like it is finished. I do have several songs that someday I hope to lay down on track. Until I can save up the money to do that, they will remain unrecorded.

My goal within the next several months is to write, try and find ways to save money to at least start one track in the studio, and to hopefully start booking gigs in churches. I feel more called to minister to the church crowd and to also lead worship for several events.At times, I find myself questioning is this what I'm really supposed to do. I know God has me in music ministry. He is daily showing me what I am supposed to be doing with that. I think we always change positions in the game, but never leave the game. For example; a baseball player may retire for the Atlanta Braves, but begins a new position as head batting coach. His love for the game is so strong he will find any way he can to continue to be a part of it. That's kind of the way I've been with my music. I've changed positions in many ways, but my love for music has never changed.

Please keep praying for me as I focus on God, try to write, and work on better sets for my shows. I know God wants me to be the best I can be and sometimes I don't think that I've done that with my gigs. I am not an entertainer by any means, but I want to be the best I can be with who I am.

I'll keep you posted as things progress.

In the meantime remember to WORSHIP HIM ALWAYS

posted by Karen on 06/10/2008

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I realized I have not been posting blogs or news here lately. God has truly been working in my life over the last year. It's hard to believe that February 2008 is almost over with. My birthday is just a few days away and I will be turning 27. Just a few more years and i will hit the big 30.

My music ministry has taken on a new direction since last summer. For about a year and a half, I have felt God tugging at my heart to go back into the church to minister. He opened that door back in July when I began leading worship for Cross Anchor Church in Summerville, SC. Since then, I have been through so many trials, valleys, and times of not understanding what he has in store for me. I think maybe I've been like Abraham over these last few years with music. Abraham was promised that He would be the father of many nations. i'm sure he probably believed that it would happen, but he had the uncertainty of knowing when and how exactly God was going to unfold His plan. Abraham made a few mistakes over the years trying to fulfill God's plan on his own terms, but God did grant him the promise He gave to him years before. Abraham had to finally come to grips with the fact that God had a different way of doing things and he had to surrender his plans.Sometimes I feel like that. I have known for a while that God has always placed in my heart a call into music ministry. It has just taken several trips through various places in life to finally realize what exactly He has in store for me.

Worship has always been a part of my heart and always will be. My strength comes in discipling others and helping them come to an understanding about what worship is all about. My hearts desire would be to serve in a church full time doing ministry with worship and discipling women in their walk with God. He has already unfolded the music plan, but I am currently praying about the second part.

In my deepest desires, I long to travel around leading worship for women's conferences. My heart rejoices in the thought of hundreds or thousands of women worshipping all at once. I have been to a Women of Faith conference and let me tell you it is an experience that is unbelievable. I cannot begin to describe what happens to women when they come together worship God, begin healing, and give their lives in complete trust to God.

Some day, i know that this will happen. For now, I am going to continue serving here at Cross Anchor and study God's Word daily as He begins to teach me new and valuable things to apply to my life.

As far as songwriting, I have several songs I hope to get down on track soon. I would love to finally complete a full cd or at least an EP of some sorts. At this time, it is not what I am supposed to be doing, but as soon as i get started on that I will be sure to let you know.


Keep checking back as I hope to be posting new and exciting things going on in life.

In the meantime if you want to check out my other blog where I post my thoughts from worship and from Scripture check out www.karencreel.blogspot.com

posted by KC on 02/08/2008

Surrounded by a cloud of witnesses Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
Hebrews 12:1-4 (NIV)


Many, if not all of us, struggle from time to time with heavy hearts. The easy thing to do is give up. It may seem like the perfect way out, but in reality we must keep going. There are so many people who endure a much greater hardship than we probably realize. I am so grateful for many things in my own life.

One of the things that I'm so grateful for is my support group. I have so many friends and family who love me and pray for me all the time especially during hard times such as these. Yes, I am struggling with some things right now, but I know they pale in comparison to many others. God is good and I know that He is going to work everything out in His perfect timing. I am doing my best to hold on to that hope. My faith is being tested right now, and I am doing my best to "fix my eyes on Jesus" and keep running this race we call life.

Nothing that I go through can ever be worse than what Christ did on that cross. I love the verses here where it says "you have not resisted to the point of shedding blood." Jesus Christ did so much for me. It humbles me all the time whenever I think about how much He loved me and took my place on that cross. I highly doubt I could die for someone that I don't know. But you know what? Christ did know me. He knows every detail about me. God created me the way that I am. Am I perfect? Of course not!

If you are going through a hard time, be encouraged. Find some people to pray for you, with you, and encourage you. Find your "cloud of witnesses" and keep pressing forward.

posted by KC on 11/09/2007

Cleaning our Spiritual Houses Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10
The other night, I invited my Grandparents over for dinner at our house. My mom and I spent all day cleaning the house for these special guests. Most of my time was spent cleaning up the kitchen by reorganizing the cabinets, clearing off the counters, and cleaning out the fridge. The dirtiest job was cleaning out the refrigerator. It had been a while since we did a thourough cleaning. We had so much stuff we were not eating I just threw it out. Why bother keeping it since it was bringing filth to the other things inside. Right now, the fridge is pretty organized and clean. I know it won't be long before it will become dirty again. If we can clean it out daily and throw out things that aren't needed then it will stay clean. It's tough because I'm a wannabe organizer. Though I get organized, it's never long before I become unorganized. No matter how hard I try it just never fails.
This whole cleaning thing got me thinking about our spiritual houses (our hearts). Each Sunday we come to church and do a good "Spiritual Cleaning of the Soul." Once we leave we feel refreshed and clean ready to start the week. But each day, some kind of leftover gets stuck in our fridge and stays there until we finally decide to clean it out a week later. Daily, we must look inside the refrigerators of our hearts and throw out what needs to go. Whenever we worship God we are inviting him into our Spiritual house. Before you invited God into your spiritual house, get ride of those leftovers and cobwebs that are filling up your soul. You will feel a lot better and more free to spend time with God when you do.

posted by Karen on 08/25/2007

Memorize Scripture - Weekly Worship Challenge Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

1 Watch your step when you enter God's house.Enter to learn. That's far better than mindlessly offering a sacrifice, Doing more harm than good.
2 Don't shoot off your mouth, or speak before you think. Don't be too quick to tell God what you think he wants to hear. God's in charge, not you-the less you speak, the better.
Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 (The Message)


Wow to hear those words "don't be too quick to tell God what you think He wants to hear" really hits home. We can come to church and falsely worship. You can raise your hands at the right time, close your eyes in that perfect moment, and sing as loud as your voice can carry. The sad thing is if your heart is not truly in it, then you are a fool offering a false sacrifice. Wow there have honestly been so many times when I have foolishly offered a song of praise without my heart being right. I have worshipped God with "unconfessed sin" stirring in my soul.

As a worship leader it is extremely important for me to work hard at getting my heart right with God. Am I always getting things in order? I have to tell you the truth and say no I don't always get it right, but I am trying so hard.
I just finished re-reading "The Unquenchable Worshipper" by Matt Redman. This is a book I would highly recommend reading whenever you get a chance. It will help you understand some of the different ways we worship God.
My challenge this week is to memorize a Scripture. It doesn't have to be one about worship, but just find a passage in the Bible that has spoken to you lately, and focus on memorizing those verses. The Psalms puts it so perfectly in 119:11.
"Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against God."
If we memorize God's word, it will help us to make the right choices. So before you enter the throne room of God, spend some time memorizing His Word.

posted by Karen on 08/14/2007

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I've decided to try and come up with a weekly worship challenge. This is going to be a way for you to worship in different and creative ways. Check out my official blog for more details. Karen's Blog

posted by Karen on 07/27/2007

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I will be doing an interim Worship Leading job in Summerville, SC. i will be heading down there each week to lead worship for a great church. Though I know there are going to be challenges, I feel confident that God is going to do great things in my life down there. I'm hoping that I can find a full time job soon so i can move down there and be able to play an even bigger part in the church. Please pray for me as I embark on a new journey in my life.

posted by Karen on 07/09/2007

Letting go of my dreams Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Matthew 5:3

"Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Letting go is so hard. Sometimes we know for a long time we have to let something or someone go, but we just can't find a way to open up our hands and set it free. We get to a point where we start opening them up but shut it quickly when we find ourselves getting out of a comfort zone. I've come to a point now in my life where I know I just need to open up my hands and let everything go. All the stuff in my life I've been holding in and the dreams I've been holding onto, I just need to let it all go. I think it's what's been hindering me from seeing God's plan for my life. My dreams get in the way of God's dreams for me. Why do I let myself get carried away with things like that? I don't know really. Guess it's just the human side of me.

Being poor in Spirit means being destitute, not able to do anything. That's how I've been feeling lately. Sometimes during worship I just feel like I have nothing to offer like I can't even worship God. That's being poor in Spirit. I often find myself wondering what do I have to offer in this life (job, relationships, etc) and wonder if I have any ounce to give back. That's being poor in Spirit.

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit. Jesus must have known that being in this state would somehow make us better people. God's taking me through a valley right now, but I know deep in my heart great things are gonna come out of it.

I'm taking May to just dig into His word, do a lot of writing and searching for what's next in my life. I have so many things running around on what I could do, but it's a matter of opening up my hands and letting my dreams go and letting God take control.

I'm reminded of a song that Barlowgirl wrote on their very first album. I'll leave with the words from their song because that's exactly how I am feeling right now.


"Surrender"
Barlowgirl

My hands hold safely to my dreams
Clutching tightly not one has fallen.
So many years I've shaped each one
Reflecting my heart, showing who I am.
Now you're asking me to show
What I'm holding Oh so tightly.
Can't open my hand; can't let go
Does it matter?
Should I show you?
Can't you let me go?

Chorus
Surrender, surrender
You whisper gently
You say I will be free
I know but can't you see
My dreams are me, My dreams are me

Say you have a plan for me
And that you want the best for my life.
Told me the world has yet to see
What you can do with one
That's committed to your call.
I know of course what I should do
That I can't hold these dreams forever.
But if I give them now to you
Will you take them
Away forever?
Or can I dream again?

posted by Karen on 05/03/2007

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Last month, I had the privilege of singing at Step of Faith Christian Church (SC), Pyerian Baptist Church (SC), and a Wing and a Prayer (SC). God moved in all three of these places while I was there. I enjoyed worshipping with those who attended. He has confirmed in my heart that worship is truly my calling and my passion. One of the remarks I heard from one of the workers was “Karen is a true worshipper and you can just tell that on her face.” What encouraging words those were to hear. Sometimes, I wonder if I truly do have a heart of Worship and allow Jesus to just shine through me. My prayer is that God will continue to use me to lead worship whether it be traveling to different events or just settled down in a local church somewhere. I know He has the perfect thing in store for me.
I just got home a couple of days ago from our annual CIA Summit in Franklin, TN. What an awesome weekend we had. Jesus was present in that building this weekend. 400 independent artists came together in one place for a time of learning, sharing, and refreshing. Our hearts were renewed and our lives were changed. Each one of us came home with different things we learned over the course of just a couple of days. Please continue to lift up Indieheaven and all the artists that represent this organization, but most importantly God. We have artists that sing all over the world and in all kinds of venues. Yes, we even have bands that minister to people in the bars and the clubs. I think that is awesome that they can reach people that I probably never will. Each of us is called to do something. God doesn’t need us, but He wants us. That’s what I’m reminded of all the time. There are so many people out there who are so much more talented than I am, but He chooses to use me for certain things. I am so humbled.
I don’t know exactly what is in store for me, but I know God’s got good things. I just pray that I remain faithful to Him each day and spend time in daily in his word. I don’t spend enough time with Him every day and sometimes it shows.
Lately, I have been trying to find the joy of my salvation. You don’t lose your salvation, but sometimes you just misplace that joy you once had. My joy is there somewhere and I hope that I can get it back really soon. I miss my joy.

So where do I go from here? Well first of all I have to make a plan. You’ve heard the cliché “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” That is so true. So many times I have been places that I didn’t plan something and I tried to throw it together and it worked ok, but I knew it could have been even better.

Here are my goals and the plan to try and reach those goals.

1) GOAL - Fall more in love with Jesus and restore the joy of my salvation.
PLAN – Daily time in God’s Word and quite time with Him.
ACTION - Bible Study on a book of the Bible, create a prayer journal, make a prayer list, write out my thoughts
on the daily study on my blog. www.karencreel.blogspot.com

2) GOAL – Become a better writer
PLAN – Write, write, and write
ACTION – Use Masterwriter to find new phrases, go to Nashville when I can to writer’s workshops and networking
with other writers, attempt to cowrite at least once this year, read books about songwriting

3) GOAL – To lead worship wherever I can
PLAN – Find ways to create opportunities or say yes to those that fall in my lap
ACTION – Create a brochure, create a DVD or CD promo if I can, possibly go to seminary

4) GOAL – Become a better musician
PLAN – Practice, practice, practice
ACTION – Set aside a special time to practice my guitar, watch some instructional DVDs

5) GOAL – Have at least 50 dates on the calendar for the rest of the year
PLAN – Book, Book, Book
ACTION – Network with other IH artists, create events, call or email people, ask for referrals



posted by Karen on 04/03/2007