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"YIAM w/ Courtney Now"

Youth in action mag was created to let other teens and young adults know about some of their peers who are making a difference in this world of ours. YIAM will post an article, or interview a different teen or young adult very often. So no more waiting forever for the next issue of a magazine.

Interview with Courtney Now by Ethan Thompson

The following is an interview YIAM had with Courtney Now.

Q: When did you first start singing?

If you were to ask my parents they would say I was born singing, but I definitely started singing in the children's choir at church when I was four and became a soloist when I was six. I think that is when I started taking my music seriously. I can still remember the first solo I sang, it was Blue Suede Shoes" in front of a small crowd. Once I heard that applause I new singing was for me.

Q: When was your first concert?

Though it may have not been my first concert, the time I performed in Groesbeck, Texas stands out the most. This was the first time I traveled in a tour bus to get to a show and when I took the stage I knew there was no doubt about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I think I was eight at the time and truly realized that I had a gift that made people happy, it was a great feeling.

Q: How has singing professionally effected your life?

For me it has been a very positive experience. I get to make people smile, there is nothing better than that. I have taken part in food drops, helped raised money for needy families and done benefits for terminally ill children and their families. It is hard to smile and sing when you see people in so much pain, but God always helps me through it. I have also had the opportunity to travel the country and meet some incredible people. Most of the time we can only see celebrities from a distance, I have been blessed to get to visit with them in person. I try to learn from what they say. Because of my age, I am constantly reminded of all the pitfalls in the way for a young artist. Hearing it from someone that has had first hand experience definitely makes me a little more cautious.

Q: Has being a Christian singer effected your career?

Absolutely! I try to always remind myself that a Christian is what I am, singing just happens to be what I do. God gave me a special gift and called me to use it to reach out to others in a positive way. In the long run I had rather be remembered for the lives that I changed not the words that I sang. It is not about me, but what God can do through me.

Q: Who is your inspiration?

Karen Carpenter has inspired me more than anyone. She had the most incredible voice I have ever heard, but it was not enough to help her over come a poor self esteem. Her death reminds me over and over that I have to be content with how God made me. When you are in the spot light people are always commenting on everything about you. It is hard not to give into the demands of this world. Having a strong church family and solid spiritual background definitely makes it easier to say NO!

Q: Have you done any recordings or have any cd's?

Yes, I recorded my first CD when I was nine. I think we only gave it out to family and friends. When I was eleven I recorded my first studio CD titled "From The Heart", this was a dream come true. Christian Recording Artist "By The Tree" and members of Tim McGraw's band laid down the tracks for me. Not to many eleven year olds can say that, GOD IS GOOD! Over the past few years I have taken part in several compilation CD's that benefited some great organizations. The "USO", "Susan G. Komen" - Race For The Cure and Larry Jones - "Feed The Children". I love helping people and taking part in those projects really made me feel good. The last studio CD I did was titled "Christmas" and I recorded it in 2007. It was a lot of fun because I love Christmas and I love snow, unfortunately we do not get much snow in Texas, so singing about it is the next best thing. I am getting ready to release two new singles so if you check out my website at
http://www.courtneynow.com you will be able to see when those are going to be released.

Q: Is it hard to be a professional singer and a school going teen?

There is no question that it has made going to public school a little difficult for me. Keeping up with my studies and friends can be very challenging with my crazy schedule, but my parents do a good job of helping me keep my academic life, social life and professional life balanced. Some kids treat me different, sometimes not in a good way, but for the most part I get treated like any other high school student.

Q: Where do you feel God leading you next?

My father always tells me that I am a day-to-day person. There is a lot of truth to that. I try not to spend much time thinking about the future. There is nothing I can do about the future, but if I am the best I can be today, the rest will take care of itself. Singing and acting are what I love to do. I cannot imagine doing anything else. But, if the day comes that GOD calls me to do something else, I will. GOD just wants me to be obedient. The story for me has already been written. He knew how it would end a long time ago.

- Youth in Action Magazine


Discography

9 yrs. old recorded several songs for family and friends

11 yrs old. "From The Heart" (Album 2004) (Christian Recording Artist "By The Tree" and members of Tim McGraw's band laid down the tracks for Courtney)

15 yrs. old S.O.S (single 2008) by ABBA

15 yrs. old "Until That Day" (single 2008) written by Courtney Now at the age of 11.

"Christmas" (Album 2007) by Courtney Now

Compilation CD's benefitting great organizations::
The "USO"
"Susan G. Komen" - Race For The Cure
Larry Jones - "Feed The Children"

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Bio

Courtney was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, she began singing in church by age four and had won her first talent contest at age eight. By then her family had relocated to Georgetown, Texas. She began honing her skills as an artist by performing throughout Texas and Oklahoma at various venues that featured local artists and national acts. Courtneys dream of recording her first studio album came true by age 11 when members of Christian Artist "By The Tree" combined forces with members from Tim McGraws band "The Dancehall Doctors". The album was titled "From the Heart".

In 2007, Courtney was honored with the opportunity to take part in a compilation cd for the USO that featured some of country music's best. The Judds, Hank Williams Jr., Willie Nelson and many more combined efforts to raise money to benefit military families. The cd titled "Support Our Troops; Support Their Sacrifice" was released nationwide in May of 2007. On May 23, 2007 Courtney was invited to participate in the homecoming festivities of the U.S.S. Eisenhower. The carrier returned to port in Norfolk, VA after the longest deployment in recent years. An impromptu performance on 97.3 The Eagle left the crowd and listeners of the Jimmy Ray and Jen morning show begging for more.

In September of the same year, Courtney celebrated the release of another nationally distributed cd that benefited Susan G. Komen for the Cure and featured some of musics best. Olivia Newton-John, Carly Simon, The Beach Boys and many others joined forces to help raise money for cancer research. As was the case with the "Support Our Troops" project, Courtney was honored as the only artist featured twice on the "Songs of Hope" compilation. Because both of Courtneys grandmothers are breast cancer survivors, taking part in this project no doubt had special meaning for her.

Courtneys third project to hit shelves in 2007 was the never before released compilation "The Christmas Album." Courtney is featured on "The Christmas Album" along side the likes of Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Natalie Cole and The Pointer Sisters, to name a few. The cd benefited Feed The Children.

Feed The Children was so impressed with Courtney that they ask her to perform on their yearly television series. This year the other guest stars included Randy Travis, Aaron Neville, Jaci Velasquez and Manhem Steamroller. The show aired nation wide on major cable networks during November and December of 2007.

Courtney ended 2007 with world wide exposure. The Daystar Television Network was so impressed with Courtneys Chrismas music they invited her to take part in their yearly Christmas Special "Celebration." On December 21, 2007 the Daystar Television Network aired two of Courtneys Christmas performances world wide.

From the beginning Courtney has set her sights on being different. Not just with music, but with her actions. The desire of her heart is to provide hope to needy children by helping put an end to world hunger. Working with those in need is not just a passion it is a calling. With continued success comes great responsibility. She will be the first to tell you that she has a God given gift. Courtney will also be the first to tell you that it is not about her but about what God can do through her.

CGBM (Artist Management/Consulting)
Manager, Brenda Taylor
brenda@cgbmanagement.com
214.695.7620