Jennifer Shaw

Jennifer Shaw

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Jennifer Shaw's love for Christ comes shining through her inspirational songwriting and her stunningly pure vocals. This contemporary Christian artist makes beautiful use of her world-class classical training to bring a new sound to the genre, and her heart for Christ is evident in her ministry.

Biography

Jennifer Shaw is a gifted songwriter who has been performing professionally for the majority of her life. Grounded in classical training, and with her contemporary Christian project being heard on radio stations across the U.S. and on four continents, her passion has always been music. “I remember being three and getting very frustrated when I couldn't get what I was hearing in my head to come out right on the piano,” she says. “I always knew I would be a musician.”

She was right. Throughout her childhood she studied piano, and honed her performing abilities in the theater. Graduating summa cum laude from Hope College with dual degrees in piano performance and voice performance, she went on to the world-renowned Manhattan School of Music where she received her Masters of Music with honors in vocal performance. While there, she studied with some of the biggest names in classical music, including her primary instructor, the legendary Theodor Uppman, and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Crystal Cathedral. She has appeared in over 40 productions, as well as innumerable concerts, and with her dance training, acting ability, and beautiful singing voice, was considered a “triple threat”. After her graduation, however, she felt that God was calling her to something different.

While still performing regularly in New York, Jennifer went on staff for Young Life in full time ministry. She also served as the youth pastor at her church. It was here that she really felt God calling her to live a life centered around Him rather than her own ambitions. A few years later, she felt led to move back to her home town of Columbus, Ohio where she accepted the position of music director at Faith Covenant Church, a capacity in which she is still serving. She was also on the voice faculty at Cedarville University for five years, and sang for several years with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, both as a soloist and in the symphony chorus.

Jennifer's church asked her to start a band to lead the worship, a complete departure from what she was used to. Confident of her musicianship both in the opera and musical theater, she knew that this was a very different game, and was concerned that fronting a band would be a huge disaster. However, as the band progressed, she realized that her training in composition and music theory made it possible for her to write music for the band from her own heart, and put into music what she thought God was teaching her. “This music is so joyful, and freeing at the same time,” she said. “It's very different from the intricate beauty of classical music that I love, but it is very real to me, and very immediate for the listener. People can relate to my songs because they've been there themselves, and they understand these experiences.”

In the fall of 2003, Jennifer's father was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, a tremendous blow to her family. The day after his diagnosis, she wrote the song "Be Still". It was a desire to have her father hear her songs professionally recorded that finally sent Jennifer into the studio for her first solo project at the end of 2005, and what came from that is the album "Be Still" which was her father's Christmas present (released March, 2006). Jennifer was shocked when it sold enough copies by word of mouth to pay for the project in six weeks. She reflects, “I never really expected anything to come of it, it was really just for my dad. But the response to it has been tremendous, and now I think that God has bigger plans for it than just a Christmas gift. I am so glad that my dad was able to see some of its success, and hope that the Lord can use it to encourage many people.”

Songs from "Be Still" are now heard on over 90 radio stations around the world, and Jennifer maintains an active touring schedule. She is also working on her second full-length project, "Finding Beauty", due December, 2007.

Lyrics

Rescue Me

Written By: Jennifer Shaw

Father God, are You with me tonight?
I feel so lonely.
Father God, are You listening tonight?
My prayers seem empty.
But I am down on my knees.

Rescue me when the sun won.t shine
And I can't stop the time that steals away and leaves me.
Comfort me when my soul is so sore.
All I have is Yours, but I need Your light to shine on me.

Father God, are You speaking tonight?
I listen for You.
Father God, are You reaching tonight?
I reach up for You.
And I am down on my knees.

Rescue me when the sun won't shine
And I can't stop the time that steals away and leaves me.
Comfort me when my soul is so sore.
All I have is Yours, but I need Your light to shine on me.
Rescue me when the sun won't shine
And I'm losing my mind and I cry out, "God please hold me!"
Comfort me when my soul is so sore.
And I don't know what it's for, but I need Your light to shine on me.

Let There Be Light

Written By: Jennifer Shaw

I'm wandering through the dark - It's cold as winter
I'm praying for just one spark to make things matter
But the world is dark and drear
We're searching for some truth in a world of liars
Our Christ came into our world and ignited a fire

Let there be light!
Let your light shine today
Chasing the night,
Driving the darkness away

So we walk in our darkened world, and we feel the fear from it
But the light shines into our dark, and it's not overcome it.

Let there be light!
Let your light shine today
Chasing the night,
Driving the darkness away
Let there be light!
Let your light shine today
Make our world bright
Blinding and brighter than day.

Dark by light is slain

Be Still

Written By: Jennifer Shaw

Why are you downcast, my soul, my soul?
Why so discouraged within me?
Put all your hope in the Lord, my soul.
He'll have the glory, He.ll have the victory.

And I know I yet will praise my God.
He yet will deliver me.
So do not fear, though the mountains may tremble
And the earth pass away,
Though the mountains may fall into the sea.

Be still and know He is God, my soul.
You can depend on His sovereignty.
Just rest yourself in the Lord, my soul.
He'll be exalted through all eternity.

Be still, and know that I am God.
Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations of the earth.
I will be exalted in your life from your new birth.
Be still.

Discography

LP - Be Still, released 2006.
Singles - "Let There Be Light" and "Rescue Me" both charted as #1 Adult Contemporary song on independent radio (Indieheaven chart) during 2006.
Singles - "Let There Be Light", "Rescue Me", "Be Still", "Praise Song" receiving radio play on over 90 stations in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Europe, and on the internet.

Set List

Jennifer normally performs her own original music. She commonly does anything from a three or four song set for worship services, to a full two hour concert. Jennifer also is comfortable leading a huge range of worship music after being the music director at her church for more than 8 years. For worship music, she can lead alone, or work with the house band.

Jennifer's songs include:
Be Still
Praise Song
Rescue Me
Let There Be Light
Mystery
Cry Holy
Have Mercy on Me (Psalm 51)
The Blessing
Promised Land
Glorify
Flowers of the Field
Holy God
Psalm 19
Godspeed
A Christmas Song
Beauty From Pain
We'll Be Together
Give Me Jesus
and others.