Mandy Foster

Mandy Foster

 Matthews, North Carolina, USA
BandChristianGospel

I write and sing Contemporary Christian songs. My songs are written to glorify Jesus and to encourage and lift up believers.

Biography

I grew up in a Southern Baptist church - First Baptist of Daytona Beach, FL - where I sang solos and in choirs since I was 4 years old. I was very involved in musical theater throughout high school, and then went to the University of Florida where I received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree. After getting married and graduating from UF, my husband and I moved to Fort Myers, FL where we quickly became involved in choir at our church, McGregor Baptist. I taught middle & high school choir and keyboarding classes at a public school until we had our first child in 2003, and have been blessed to stay home and teach private voice lessons from home since. I was asked to become the drama director and co-producer of the SWFL Christmas Pageant, a production our church puts on yearly, in 2007, and I loved serving in that capacity until we moved to North Carolina. I wrote the scripts for this event, as well as ran drama rehearsals and oversaw many aspects of this large-scale stage production.

I was blessed to be asked to write the script for our new church's Christmas production - An Indian Trail Christmas (at First Baptist Church of Indian Trail). I have also been given several opportunities to sing some of my original songs at FBCIT and continue to sing there often. Praise God!!

My most recent endeavor is a Christian script writing ministry called The Woven Word. (see my Facebook page - The Woven Word) God is already blessing this and I am so thankful to be used by Him to write in any capacity - scripts and songs!

As far as songwriting is concerned, I felt the clear calling of the Lord to start composing in March of 2006, and have been writing as much as I can since. Some of the solos you can hear on this site - the others have not been recorded yet. Some are choral or vocal ensemble songs. My influences are Avalon, Joy Williams, Casting Crowns, MercyMe... pretty much any mainstream Christian Contemporary sound. My inspiration comes directly from the Lord speaking to me through my life experiences and people who's lives and stories inspire me to write for or about them.

My hope is for these songs to minister to others. I would love to be able to record my songs in a studio with a full band and/or for current Christian artists to pick up my songs and use them in their recording projects. I am open to the Lord's leading!

Lyrics

At Your Feet

Written By: Mandy Foster

Jesus, I don't know why You choose to love me.
I don't know why You even care to hear my prayer.
You're the same God Who spoke away the darkness,
Who controls the lightning flashing through the air.
So I kneel in awe before You now,
Still amazed to find somehow

(CHORUS)
At Your feet, there is peace.
At Your feet, there is forgiveness.
At Your feet, there is great power.
At Your feet, at Your feet.

My heart beats for joy to know that I
Am now seen as precious in Your eyes.
You've seen all my guilt and shame.
You know it all, yet You love me just the same.
So I kneel in awe before You now,
Still amazed to find somehow

(CHORUS)
At Your feet, there is peace.
At Your feet, there is forgiveness.
At Your feet, there is great power.
At Your feet, at Your feet.

(BRIDGE)
And from Your hands the oceans ran,
The same hands that created man.
And with Your eyes You saw our need,
So You came to walk on feet like these.
You came to earth to walk on feet like these.

(CHORUS 2x)
At Your feet, there is peace.
At Your feet, there is forgiveness.
At Your feet, there is great power.
At Your feet, at Your feet.

Near Me

Written By: Mandy Foster

I need to know You hear,
I need to know You care
'Cause I don't know how much more of this I can take.
I want to see Your hand,
I know You have a plan,
But right now, more than anything,

(CHORUS)
I need You near me.
Lord, I want to feel Your presence
Near me.
I don't want another moment spent far away from You.
I need You near me.

The trials of this life
Often seem too much to bear.
But I don't have to carry this load on my own.
You promised You'd be there,
Close as a whispered prayer,
So hear me now, I'm crying out

(CHORUS)
I need You near me.
Lord, I want to feel Your presence
Near me.
I don't want another moment spent far away from You.
I need You near me.

(BRIDGE)
Wrapped in Your arms, I feel the warmth of Your love
Comforting, keeping me safe from the storm.
Jesus, my shelter and my soft place to fall,
How I love to be right next to Your heart.

(CHORUS)
Near me.
Lord, I want to feel Your presence
Near me.
I don't want another moment spent far away from You.
I need You near me,
Near me, near me, near me.

Complete

Written By: Mandy Foster

This world has so much to work for and
This world is so full of riches but
This world can't compare to what's in store
For those who place their hope in Him.

(CHORUS)
Jesus, His lovingkindness is so sweet and
Jesus, He's the answer to our ev'ry need.
Jesus, He died for You and me,
And because of Jesus, my life is now complete.

This world tells us beauty is perfection and
This world says you need to be accepted but
This world doesn't know the Peace I know,
And that is why I've got to let them know:

(CHORUS)
Jesus, His lovingkindness is so sweet and
Jesus, He's the answer to our ev'ry need.
Jesus, He died for You and me,
And because of Jesus, my life is now complete.

(BRIDGE)
It's the little things in life
That count for so much more
When we put our hope in Jesus
And surrender to our Lord.
Surrender to Lord

(CHORUS)
Jesus, His lovingkindness is so sweet and
Jesus, He's the answer to our ev'ry need.
Jesus, He died for You and me,
And because of Jesus,
Oh, it's all because of Jesus.
Because of Jesus,
My life is now complete.
Complete.

Overwhelm Me

Written By: Mandy Foster

I'm looking for a fresh touch from You, Lord.
My soul longs to know You more and more.
So come into this place,
Lord, I'm here to seek Your face.

(CHORUS)
Overwhelm me with Your presence,
Overwhelm me with Your truth.
Here's my life, Lord, take and use it.
Overwhelm me, Lord, with You.

Teach me, Lord, the depths of Your wisdom.
Your heart and mind are what I want to know.
So come into this place;
Lord, I love to feel Your grace.

(CHORUS)
Overwhelm me with Your presence,
Overwhelm me with Your truth.
Here's my life, Lord, take and use it.
Overwhelm me, Lord, with You.

(BRIDGE)
Lord, I'm asking for You to come and fill my cup,
Fill me up, fill me up again.
'Cause Jesus, your presence is all I want and all I need.
Your hand upon my life gives me such peace.

(CHORUS)
Overwhelm me with Your presence,
Overwhelm me with Your truth.
Here's my life, Lord, take and use it.
Overwhelm me, Lord, with You.
Overwhelm me, Lord, with You.
Overwhelm me, Lord, with You.

Precious Child

Written By: Mandy Foster

What is this gift, and do I deserve it?
How can I put in words the way I feel?
Jesus, this brand new life You've given to me is so beautiful.
What do I say?

(CHORUS)
Precious child, I loved you before I knew you.
You are a gift that's far beyond compare.
You are my song in life that keeps on singing,
And you are my boundless joy,
Precious child.

This must be a glimpse of how You see me.
Father above, I hear You singing.
Jesus, this brand new life You've given to me is so beautiful.
I hear You whispering:

(CHORUS - B)
"Precious child, I loved you before you knew Me.
You are a gift that's far beyond compare.
You are my song and I will keep on singing,
And you are my boundless joy,
Precious child."

(BRIDGE)
You are a miracle, a blessing straight from heaven.
Now that you're in my arms, my heart's forever changed.
And I feel the joy that God must feel when one of His comes home.
The joy you feel when you hold your precious child.

(CHORUS 2x)
Precious child, I loved you before I knew you.
You are a gift that's far beyond compare.
You are my song in life that keeps on singing,
And you are my boundless joy,
Precious child.

You are my boundless joy,
Precious child.
You are my boundless joy,
Precious child.

Discography

"A Baby Changes Everything" - solo recording with the Celebration Choir and Orchestra on An Indian Trail Christmas 2010

Set List

The set list would probably include some of my original solos. Some are: Complete, Overwhelm Me, Precious Child, At Your Feet, and Near Me