Laura

Laura

BandChristianSinger/Songwriter

Inspirational fresh music with a jazz flavor and a retro vibe. Encouraging and God inspired reflecting trials,healing and praise."This cd is awesome-so jazzy, well-produced and Laura's voice is beautiful."Suzie Thomas 95.9fm

Biography

With upbeat praise songs like 'More' and 'Peace of mind' and lyrics that expose vulnerabilities such as those in 'I wish' and 'How am I supposed to know', Laura's newest cd, WARM INVITATION, reflects a period of desperation, revelation, and celebration.

" I'm confident that God will have something to say to each person who listens to this CD. He spoke so clearly to me from the first written word."

God's impression on Laura began at an early age, though at the time she didn't fully recognize it, "I can see in hindsight that there were many times God was there in some way, but at the time it seemed that He was in an unreachable place."

Laura was 13 when she wrote her first song. As she continued to write, many of her lyrics reflected the difficulties she faced. " I struggled in part because of abuses I had suffered, as well as the hardships caused by my parent's divorce when I was 5. My father deserted our family and disowned me. That created an emotional turmoil hard to overcome".

At 16 Laura's life changed. "I gave my life to Jesus, and it was then that I began to experience a love I had never known, a true father's love, an acceptance of who I was." Laura's songwriting focus became God centered. " I wanted to give Him the glory, to share with others about who He was in the way He had meant me to, using the talents He gave me."

Over many years Laura has had the opportunity to share her music in many venues in the US as well as internationally. She has written over 100 songs and has released 7 self-produced CD's, but the lyrics on the studio produced WARM INVITATION express a spiritual maturity not evident on her earlier compilations. "I remember feeling down quite often while growing up. Even after becoming a Christian I struggled with feelings of sadness and anger. After seeing the death of my mother, I began a downward spiral that continued for the next several years. Emotions and thoughts became overwhelming. Two years ago, after the most difficult year I had yet faced, my will had run out. I felt I had reached the point of too much to bear."

The lyrics of the song 'How am I supposed to know' reflect Laura's desperation;
[...I'm locked inside this prison, too much writing on the walls, too hard to make sense of it. Is this a life long sentence, will I ever mean what I really want to say, I'm locked away in my mind...] (from the CD Warm Invitation)

" It was in my desperation that I FULLY SURRENDERED to Jesus, giving Him everything. I gave Him things I had held back, things I was afraid to let go of, things He revealed to me at that moment. It was then, through God-directed intervention, that I sought help. I was diagnosed with clinical depression and with dystymia (long term depression). I recognized my spiritual need, the need to totally surrender. God began to strip me of all that I had been to begin the healing of creating me to be who He intended me to be. Along with that, the treatment for my depression gave me the ability to begin to think clearly and rationally. I was then able to, with help, work toward an emotional healing by dealing with the past events that had kept me in an emotional prison."

[Be gracious, Father, put me together. I've been shattered, put me together. You never fail me, put me together. I trust in You, put me together...]
('You Never Fail Me' from Warm Invitation).

" I am His creation, His daughter, one who has been given a love that has been proved by the sacrifice of a sinless man, a cherished son. My love for Jesus grows deeper every day."

The God inspired songs of WARM INVITATION reflect life experiences and a relationship that has become deeper and more intimate. The masterfully arranged music tells a story as much as the lyrics do. Rich in expression and texture, songs are brought to life as they are sung with truth and passion. Musicians from countries such as Denmark, England and the US, bring a unique flavor. The contributions of several amazingly talented professional musicians, well known and admired by their peers, along with the addition of Christian artists, experienced and successful, all combine to create a sound that is fresh with lyrical substance.

Lyrics

Evidence

Written By: Laura Konowal

Just look around it’s there there’s something everywhere
Creation’s all around no where it can’t be found
Look into hearts he owns the evidence is shown
Look in His word to us, if that’s not good enough

Here I am, saved and redeemed, cleansed by the blood of the lamb,
I am a new creation
Changed from who I was to who I am, I live with a heart that’s been changed by God

The things you can’t explain, the light of each new day,
our hearts, our minds, our soul the evidence is shown
Someone can change their ways, become renewed re-made,
because He died for us, If that’s not proof enough

Here I am, saved and redeemed, cleansed by the blood of the lamb
I am a new creation
Changed from who I was to who I am, I live with a heart that’s been changed by God

What more do you need to see
What more do you need to know
Just look into your heart, listen to your soul
He’s calling your name

You are

Written By: Laura Konowal

You touch my deepest emotion, You see into the depths of my soul,
You reach the places unreachable, You free me from desperation’s hold,
You take me beyond my insecurities, You lead me a step at a time,
You listen with a heart of compassion, You offer Your love with Your life…

You are my savior, my redeemer, You are my deliverer, You’re my life,
You are my refuge, my salvation, You are my stronghold, You’re my life.

You parted the heavens and came down, You mounted the cherubim and flew, You soared on the wings of the wind, You shielded and provided refuge.

You are awesome and holy, worthy of glory, yet you chose to know me personally. You’ve forgiven me, loved me, changed me, saved me, You are worthy of all I can be…

You are my savior, my redeemer, You are my deliverer, You’re my life,
You are my refuge, my salvation, You are my stronghold, You’re my life.

Faith in You

Written By: Laura Konowal

I must be blind, even the days seem dark and I must not hear, silence is everywhere

But I'll have faith in You, I'll keep on trusting You, I'll put my hope in You even though I don't understand

Nothing is clear
I see through glass so dimly
whatever it is, His goodness is neverending

And I'll have faith in You, I'll keep on trusting You, I'll put my hope in You even though I don't understand

Nothing comes easy
I trip, I stumble, I fall
I'm missing the reason, but I'll get through it all because of you

I'll have faith in You, I'll keep on trusting You, I'll put my hope in You even though I don't understand

How am I supposed to Know

Written By: Laura Konowal

How am I supposed to know? I’m locked inside this prison, too much writing on the walls, to hard to make sense of this.
Is this a life-long sentence? Will I ever mean what I really want to say, I’m locked away in my mind.

I don’t know how to get released. Does the answer lie within me? There must be a way to leave, how am I supposed to know? I feel alone.

I yell but no one hears me. Am I in a sound proof room? I must assume that’s why, but why can’t I hear myself?
What if I don’t have a voice? My lips are moving but no one seems to understand, is this the end of my worth?

I try to reason with myself, but I only get confusion. I used to be alive and free, or was that just an illusion? How do I know?

You promised me if I would ask You, You would give an answer, is Your answer what I have? How am I supposed to know?

Sometimes I think I hear the lock turn, are You here to set me free? You’re the only one who knows how, You’re the one who has the key. I need you.

More

Written By: Laura Konowal

Just another Monday morning going down the road I travel everyday
In the mirror I see the sunrise, on this morning it takes my breath away
I find a place where I can rest and clear my mind from all the troubles of the day.
I feel Your peace and I know You’re with me, feel you so close want to feel this every day.

In Your presence is where I feel loved, being with You is what I want most…

I want more, I want more, more and more and more
I want more, more of you,I want more, more and more of You

Crying out with a broken spirit, a need for healing and a need to know your grace. I’m amazed at what You have given. I’m not deserving but for me the price was paid.

In Your presence is where I feel loved, being with You is what I want most…

I want more, I want more, more and more and more
I want more, I want more, more and more of You

Never enough, never enough, I never get enough of You
Never enough, never enough, I never get enough of You

I want more, more and more and more
I want more, more of You, I want more
More and more. More and more of you.

Warm Invitation

Written By: Laura Konowal

You don’t need to wear anything special, you don’t need a gift to bring.
You’ve been invited to a celebration, there’s no reason you shouldn’t go now…

It’s a warm invitation, everyone is welcome the door is always open, when you come, the only thing you need is you. A warm invitation, everyone is welcome the door is always open, when you come, the celebration is for you.

Don’t hesitate, you don’t want to miss it. Nobody knows when it will end. Wonderful things are waiting for you, things you could never comprehend.

It’s a warm invitation, everyone is welcome the door is always open, when you come, the only thing you need is you. A warm invitation, everyone is welcome the door is always open, when you come, the celebration is for you.

And when you choose to come inside, into your salvation, you will know the grace of God, it’s a cause for celebration…

It’s a warm invitation, everyone is welcome the door is always open, when you come, the only thing you need is you. A warm invitation, everyone is welcome the door is always open, when you come, the celebration is for you.

Discography

Letting Go - released in 2003
Latest release 2005: Warm Invitation - "This cd is awesome- so jazzy, well-produced and Laura's voice is beautiful." Suzie Thomas 95.9fm 'The Light' Ohio contemporary christian music radio station. Streaming airplay on XM Satellite Radio channel 52, radio airplay on 95.9FM

Set List

Set list:
More
Wonderful
The way it's supposed to be
Faith in You
You are
I wish
How am I supposed to know
You never fail me
Back to You
Who is He to me
Never find
Peace of mind
Evidence
Warm Invitation

Songs are from the cd's 'Letting Go' and 'Warm Invitation'. (www.lauramusicinfo.com)
Set lengths: Sets prepared for from 45min to 2 1/2 hours.