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Welcome to The Music for the Soul Podcast, where we talk honestly about difficult things, sharing the stories of guests from around the globe about the incredible hope and healing music provides. Inspired by human experience and the compassion of Christ, our episodes aim to bring light into the dark places.

Music for the Soul Podcast Becky Nordquist & Steve Siler

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Welcome to The Music for the Soul Podcast, where we talk honestly about difficult things, sharing the stories of guests from around the globe about the incredible hope and healing music provides. Inspired by human experience and the compassion of Christ, our episodes aim to bring light into the dark places.

    Exploring The Journeys of Songwriting with Award Winning Songwriter Tony Wood

    Exploring The Journeys of Songwriting with Award Winning Songwriter Tony Wood

    What goes into writing a truly impactful song? That's exactly the question we answer on today's episode with our friend, Dove Award Winning songwriter, Tony Wood. Tony breaks down his history of writing over 900 songs in the Contemparary Christian Music Market and which songs have had the greatest impact on him. Tony also shares stories and lessons from his journey, including how the uniqueness of one's voice is so important when it comes to creating a song, as well as the wisdom he's sustained throughout his 30+ years of experience. 
    Tony also explains how music is a connection straight to our hearts and that, often times, each of our lives has a soundtrack. For those that are interested in training and honing their craft of songwriting, Tony believes that there has never been a better time. He shares tips and tricks for budding songwriters on what they can do to find their voice and write songs that will give voice to the Love and Majesty of God to those who need it most.
    If you have been curious about what goes into writing a deep, meaningful song, including those featured on Music For The Soul, or if you have wanted to learn how to get started songwriting yourself, this is an episode you will want to listen through. 
    Who is Tony Wood?
    Tony Wood is a Dove Award nominee for “Songwriter of the Year” and is a five time Dove Award winner. He is the writer of 30 #1 songs at Christian radio. He began writing songs in high school for friends to sing at various churches in the community. He continued writing for the local church while a student at Averett College. After graduation, Tony and his wife Terri moved to Nashville in order to pursue songwriting professionally. In 1991, he signed his first publishing deal with Michael Puryear at Lorenz Creative Services/BMG Music Publishing. He has since written for Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing and Essential Music Publishing.
    To date, over 900 of Tony’s songs have been recorded and released in the Contemporary Christian Music Market.  Some of the artists who have given life to his lyrics include: Michael W. Smith, Francesca Battistelli, Matt Redman, Zach Williams, Mandisa, We Are Messengers, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Crabb, Sandi Patty, Gaither Vocal Band, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs and many more.  Tony is currently a staff writer for Curb Word Music Publishing.
    Resources:
    Our listeners can learn more about Tony Wood, his book A Parent's Book of Prayers, and much more by visiting www.tonywoodonline.com
    Our listeners can also follow Tony on his Instagram: @tonywood_exit71
    Thank you so much for listening to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast! If you haven't already, please leave us a five star rating and review wherever you get this podcast. We are so grateful to bring you this powerful story and many more like it in the future.

    • 38 min
    Recording Artist Nita Whitaker Talks About Finding One's Way After The Loss of a Loved One

    Recording Artist Nita Whitaker Talks About Finding One's Way After The Loss of a Loved One

    We are thrilled to have award winning singer, song-writer, and author, Nita Whitaker on this week's Music for the Soul Podcast, as she speaks about finding her way after the loss of her husband, Don LaFontaine. She speaks about the impact of the song, Drink Deep, and how important it is for each of us to allow our emotions to flow during times of grief and stress. She explains that it is through experiencing grief that we can begin to experience healing. Grief often has many different stages and forms that each person walks through differently. It does not have a set timeline that we have to follow, and Nita shares her journey of walking that path of grief and acceptance, showing us that it is okay to not be okay.
    Nita also shares wisdom from her father, Green Whitaker, in her book When Your Hand in the Lion's Mouth. She talks about how her father showed her that when life presents you with things that are completely overwhelming, you must stay calm. She explains that if we can stay calm in the face of adversities and put our faith in God, it can help us to weather all of the storms that life will throw at us. 
    Nita's story is one of both the sorrow of grief and the joys of family, and how we can find our way after loss and step into who God has called us to be.
    Who is Nita Whitaker?
    NITA WHITAKER, recently made her Broadway debut as Wiletta Mayers in Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind in 2021. As the 2019 NAACP Best Supporting Actress award winner for her role of Mom Winans in the Broadway bound musical Born For This. Nita is also a favorite singer of legendary producer David Foster. Having sung with some of the most famous voices of our time including duets with Andre Bocelli, Michael Bolton and Josh Groban. She also sang the original demos for Whitney Houston’s standards, “I Will Always Love You”, “I Have Nothing” and “I Look to You”, and worked with greats Carol Bayer Sager, Walter A. and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Burt Bacharach, James Ingram, Steve Tyrell, Patti LaBelle, Lionel Ritchie, Yolanda Adams, Nathan East, and Barbara Streisand. She has entertained thousands as well hundreds in her own intimate one woman shows, charity galas and corporate events; her expansive talent and humor continues to find new avenues to be expressed. Nita has recorded 4 independent records, appeared in movies, television shows and multiple studio recordings. 
    Resources:
    Our listeners can get in contact with Nita at her email, Nita@nitawhitaker.com, or on her facebook page linked here: www.facebook.com/NitaWhitakerLaFontaine/
    Also check out Nita's Book, When Your Hand is in the Lion's Mouth, at the link here: www.amazon.com/When-Your-Hand-Lions-Mouth/
    Thank you so much for listening to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast! If you haven't already, please leave us a five star rating and review wherever you get this podcast. We are so grateful to bring you this powerful story and many more like it in the future.

    • 35 min
    Angels and Idols, A Journey of Songwriting and Adoption with Regie Hamm

    Angels and Idols, A Journey of Songwriting and Adoption with Regie Hamm

    This week on The Music for the Soul Podcast, we are thrilled to have award-winning singer and songwriter, Regie Hamm, as our guest. Regie talks about his unique introduction to the world of music, the highs and lows of his career, and how ultimately he reconciled his relationship with Christ through his love of writing music, rather than performing it. Regie shares the moment he began questioning "was I ever actually in love with music? Or was it just because I was raised doing this?".  From this, he became disheartened and really struggled to find joy in music the way he had early on in his career. He then realized around 2020 was if he stayed in the process of making music, that was where the true soul healing came from. It was in the joy of creation that brought him clarity of God's grace and love, and it is something that he truly enjoys.
    Regie also speaks about the journey of adopting his two children, including their daughter from China, and how deep and fatherly his love for his children is. He breaks down the challenges adopted children and their adoptive parents face, and what solutions look like for parents to help children walk through them. This episode shares both how the creation of music and the creation of a family through adoption can blossom God's love and blessing in so many people's lives. It is truly one that you don't want to miss!
    Who is Regie Hamm?
    Regie Hamm is a multi award-winning songwriter and artist with over 20 #1 hits under his belt. He even penned the 2008 American Idol/David Cook smash hit “Time Of My Life”.  While he still writes and performs, he’s since become a prolific blogger with over 10,000 page views per month. He is also the author of Angels and Idols, a story that shares a journey that put him in the company of Angels and Idols--a journey that would test not only his physical resources but also his faith. In Angels and Idols Regie recounts his rise, his fall, and his ultimate surrender to God's will. In addition to his performance and writing career, Regie is devoted to helping the causes of both adoption and Angelman Syndrome, the genetic disorder that affects his daughter, Isabella.
    Resources:
    Our listeners can reach out to Regie and get all of the latest news on his projects by visiting his Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/people/Regie-Hamm/100057795590046/
    Also check out Regie's Book, Angels and Idols, at the link here: www.amazon.com/Angels-Idols-Regie-Hamm/dp/1616634405
    Thank you so much for listening to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast! If you haven't already, please leave us a five star rating and review wherever you get this podcast. We are so grateful to bring you this powerful story and many more like it in the future.

    • 37 min
    Overcoming Apathy and Stepping into God's Calling For Your Life with John Chisum

    Overcoming Apathy and Stepping into God's Calling For Your Life with John Chisum

    This week on The Music for the Soul Podcast, we are diving into the topic of hardships, apathy and truly understanding that Jesus Christ is with us in ALL things. Our guest on today's episode is founder of Nashville Christian Songwriters, John Chisum. John shares his story of moving to Nashville in 1983 to take a church job that ultimately fell through, leaving him and his newly wed wife with $40 in their pockets and no place to live. From there, he wound up becoming a mentee to the legendary Gary McSpadden which sparked his journey to write songs and perform all over the globe. However, in 2015, John ended his ministry job in Michigan and returned "home" to Nashville, where he said it was like 1983 all over again. 
    Through these periods of tumultuous highs and lows, John moved into having a "soul of shame". As he became more apathetic, he realized that apathy doesn't mean that you simply don't care but it means that you CAN'T care, you lose your capacity to care. However, it was in these moments of abject hopelessness that John shares his turnaround was walking around his neighborhood everyday. It was in those walks that everything began to fall away to the one thought of "I and my Father are ONE". From there, John knew that he was not exercising even the inate human powers that Christ has given us. Thus, his mindset began to shift and he began to step into God's true calling in his life by founding Nashville Christian Songwriters.
    John's story is a raw, real look at how God often uses the deepest valleys of our lives to tell us to step up into who He has called us to be, and how He gives us the tools to accomplish that. This is an incredible episode for anyone who feels they are also walking in a place of apathy or depression and shows us that there is hope in ALL things through Christ.
    Who is John Chisum?
    John Chisum is a well-known worship leader, songwriter, publisher, and long-time music industry leader. With over 400 of his own songs published in his 30-year career, he is best known for his songs recorded by CCM Artists Larnelle Harris, Steve Green, The Cathedrals, The Gaither Vocal Band, First Call, Don Moen, Ron Kenoly, and on dozens of Integrity’s Hosanna! Music Series recordings. His songs have also been featured in hymnals, on Time-Life Music products, and on his own catalog of worship recordings. His Integrity Music album “Firm Foundation” is a worship classic that has won the hearts of listeners worldwide.
    Resources:
    Our listeners can learn more about John's 31 day "modevotional" email list, podcast and more through his website: www.johnchisum.com
    You can reach John on all of his social media channels: @JohnChisumOfficial
    You can also learn more about his ministry, Nashville Christian Songwriters, by visiting their website: www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com
    Thank you so much for listening to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast! If you haven't already, please leave us a five star rating and review wherever you get this podcast. We are so grateful to bring you this powerful story and many more like it in the future.

    • 30 min
    Finding Hope and Healing from Sexual Abuse with Dawn Damon

    Finding Hope and Healing from Sexual Abuse with Dawn Damon

    Welcome to the first episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast, where we talk honestly about difficult things and share stories about the transformational healing that music can bring to peoples lives. Our guest on this inaugural episode is Author Dawn Damon. Dawn shares her experience of sexual abuse at a young age and talks about how the song Dead Hearts Don't Cry was so meaningful in her journey of recovery.
    She explains that Dead Hearts Don't Cry meant so much to her because she was so numb from her abuse for so many years that she couldn't find the words to truly process her grief. Dawn saw the revelation that what had happened to her as a child was not over just because it was over. The unresolved trauma of it was living on inside her and her body was telling on her with a list of physical symptoms. However, she still struggled to find words to properly grieve for her trauma and move past it. Dawn emphasizes that is why music is such a transformational tool for trauma, because it gives victims melodies and lyrics as tools in the hands of victims to begin healing. This episode is so important to those who have suffered sexual abuse in any stage of their life, and we hope that you will find peace and restoration listening to Dawn's story and Dead Hearts Don't Cry.
    Who is Dawn Damon?
    Dawn Damon is an influencer, global communicator, podcaster, high performance coach, and best selling author.
    Her 5 award-winning books, include When a Woman You Love Was Abused, When the Woman Abused Was Me, The Freedom Challenge: 60 Days to Untie the Cords that Bind You, Redemption Press, and The Freedom Challenge for Men: 60 Days to Untie the Cords that Bind You.
    Dawn is the founder and CEO of New Dawn Rising and the BraveHearted Woman, an enterprise and a non-profit designed to cultivate the vision of women dreamers, and equip them to live their best life.
    Dawn and her husband Paul Damon reside in the Grand Rapids, MI area and have a full family of three married children, two college-age sons, and eleven grandchildren.
    Resources:
    Our listeners can learn more about Dawn and all of the resources she offers for abuse victims on her website: www.dawndamon.com
    For access to all of Dawn's books, check out her website www.dawndamon.com/books or her Amazon Store Page
    You can also find her on all social media channels. Her handle on all social media sites is @DawnDamon
    If you want to reach out to Dawn by email, you can email her at dawn@braveheartmentor.com
    Thank you so much for listening to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast! If you haven't already, please leave us a five star rating and review wherever you get this podcast. We are so grateful to bring you this powerful story and many more like it in the future.

    • 23 min

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Brown Eyed Girl 91 ,

Powerful

Moving conversation with Regie on his journey with music as a young child to today and his “contribution to the soundtrack of people’s lives.” When you write you’re in a sacred space and never know how your words can impact those who listen. Music transcends mere words. It’s transformational. Love the song on adoption. So pure. Steve and Regie have a gift to reach people’s hearts through song. What a blessing!!

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Honest conversation

It’s refreshing to hear conversations from committed Christian people that are honest and to the point. People who have been through sexual abuse may have heard people say, “It’s not your fault,” but to have people who have been through it tell them, “It’s not your fault,” would carry extra weight. Please keep the honest conversation going!

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