Touring with Jason Crabb and Natasha Owens in February and Kutless, 7eventh Time Down and Natasha Owens in March! Meredith Kinleigh, emerging Christian music artist, hails from a quiet southern town where she writes of redemption, hardship and joy. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter and worship leader, who signed with INOV8 Music Group earlier this year, reveals the inspiration for her new EP, “I went through a time of struggle during my late teens. It was a hard time because I was confronting a lot of uncertainty. God was using that time to strengthen me and prepare me for the future.“ The first time Kinleigh performed alone on stage, she was eleven. Over three separate church services, her voice reached thousands of people. Her debut song was “Only Hope” from the movie A Walk to Remember . “I was really nervous, extremely nervous,” Kinleigh says, recalling the first time she performed alone on stage. “But with each service I grew stronger.” Today, Kinleigh juggles the duties of ministry with her aspiring music career.
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Fourteen years. Nine studio albums. Dozens of singles. Even as Kutless cement their stature in the canon of Christian rock, front man Jon Micah Sumrall is still coming to grips with the band’s veteran status. “I think there’s definitely an increasing awareness of not being the rookies anymore,” says Sumrall with a laugh. “We have young bands come up to us who say, ‘I grew up listening to you guys. You are the ones who inspired me to make music!’ Then I think, ‘How’d you grow up listening to us? We’re not that old!’” It’s then when the memories kick in for Sumrall. “Well, we started with our first tour in 2002, so I guess we have been doing this for a little while.” Kutless have indeed been at this “for a little while.” Their career has produced a steady stream of celebrated rock and roll releases peppered by worship offerings in the catalog that shows the ministry-oriented side of the band