Last week I interviewed new Christian recording artist Brandy Allison. Her debut album, as well as music video, have just been released, and she has graciously agreed to give away a copy of her new CD through this blog.
To enter the contest for the free CD you only need to do 2 things: either like her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter, and then comment here that you did. It's that simple. After 2 weeks a winner will be randomly chosen. But first, here is a chance to get to know Brandy:
did you know you wanted to be a recording artist?
I’ve always dreamed of being a recording
artist since the age of 3. I sang in
Country music all my life, touring the South East with bands, ect.Every night in the lime light singing country
music I use to say to myself “There is no purpose to this.” I lost focus. Then
I got married to my husband in 2005. I
decided to go on the road with him, and be a housewife. I wanted a family more
than a music career, but I still always dreamed of being a well-known artist,
and continued to sing in the bedroom at home, in the car (I would go into
concert).Several years later—2010—a tragedy
fell upon me and changes went into the works. This was “a life changing
What was it like shooting your first
Wow, first of all, I was just amazed at how
God was working in my life since I had truly given myself to Him, not only was
it my first music video, but I was doing this to glorify Him, after all that I
had been through, and what I was going through, I was just amazed.I was really nervous, when the producer said
“action” GOD given strength came over me, a strength I had finally learned to
recognize.He took over, I relaxed and I
think the overall message was delivered as God intended!The video turned out amazing!
are your favorite lyrics from your CD?
From my 1st single “My
“My hallelujah Hands to heaven Every minute, every hour I'm surrounded by Your power Holy, Holy My King forever Your mercy is a gift I'll never earn And all I have to offer in return Is my hallelujah”
Despite everyday earthly
distractions our God is a merciful God, I am not deserving of anything my God
has to offer me and the only thing I can offer him in return is my praise: “My
there a website your fans can go to keep up with your music?
you will find 4 songs from the album and all lyrics, also the official
I also have a fan page on Facebook“Brandy Allison,” to find all tour dates and
what’s next(also friend me and get to
know who Brandy Allison is).
do you want people to take away from listening to your music?
No matter who you are, what path you are on
right now, or what path you have taken, Jesus Christ is waiting for you!It took me losing my husband to understand
the love of Jesus Christ. Sometimes it takes something major to happen in our
lives before we “wake up.” After all that I have done, I am not deserving of
anything that the Lord has blessed me with, things as simple as waking up
another day. I have learned to put everything I am and everything I will ever
be in the hands of God. If things don’t pan out the way I want them to, I have
learned to accept it because if we don’t, we tend to start holding resentment,
and that is not at all what God plans for us. He loves us, and He is in control
of our lives whether we like it or not!
share a testimony you would like people to know.
August 20th 2010. The day Josh was
killed was the day God showed up in my life, and it is also the day I
surrendered everything to Him. It’s by far the best and most important decision
I have ever made!
tragedy like this befalls a couple this young, it’s impossible to predict how
you’ll act, but I found a way to face my challenges without fear. While
everyone around me seemed paralyzed by the utter shock of what had happened, I
decided to be courageous and reaffirm my faith and strengthen my walk with
Jesus. It still took me time of grieving and prayerful contemplation to
redirect myself as a servant of a living God. I had to be
useful. I wondered: “What had God given me to use for His Glory?” It was during
this time of uncertainty that I wandered into Best Buy and bought three CDs. I
didn’t know anything about Contemporary Christian music, but I bought three of
the best sellers: Casting Crowns, Third Day, and Amy Grant. I had been
listening to country music and crying my eyes out every day until that point,
but God started speaking to me through the lyrics of Christian music and each
day had me feeling a little more positive. So at that time in my life I decided
I was going to sing for His glory and that is why I am here doing what I do.