"One of the most affecting communicators in any genre."
- Billboard Magazine
Carolyn Arends has released 11 albums and is the author of 3 critically-acclaimed books. 15 of Arends' songs have become top 10 radio singles on the Canadian pop and US Christian charts. Arends has earned 2 Dove Awards, 3 Juno Nominations, and was recognized as the West Coast Music Awards' Songwriter of the Year.
Carolyn's newest non-seasonal project, Love Was Here First
, features 10 new Carolyn originals and a reinterpretation of the classic gospel tune "Standing in the Need of Prayer." New musical twists like vocals from the 3-man gospel group The Sojourners and a crackling horn section surprise and delight, but what's really on display here is the lyrical prowess of a master songwriter passionate about her subject--the encompassing love of God.
Carolyn explains, "The title, Love Was Here First, comes from the song "The Last Word," and that song sums up the story I'm trying to tell right now--with my album and I hope with my life. I heard a theologian say that we tend to be dualists--we imagine God and Satan as virtually equal opponents in an epic battle--but that in reality Satan and all the power of evil wouldn't cover the head of a pin in comparison to the largeness of God's love and his power. I love that idea--that however messed up this world is, it was God's love that brought us into being, and there isn't any doubt that God's love is going to win in the end."
Arends has a degree in Psychology and English from Trinity Western University, and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Regent College. She lives in Surrey, BC with her husband Mark, and their two children, Benjamin and Bethany. Beginning Fall, 2015, she will serve as the new Director of Education for Renovaré (renovare.org). In addition to her busy concert and speaking schedule, she has been a regular columnist for Christianity Today and an instructor at Pacific Life Bible College, Columbia Bible College, and ACTS Seminary.
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