A local singer/songwriter with a classical voice and piano background has gone from singing in her church choir at the age of eight to recording her own CD, A King has Come.
Barbara Joy Siemens of Oak Bluff was recently invited to attend to the 2012 Covenant Awards in Burlington, Ont. She is a nominee for the Seasonal Album of the Year Award to be handed out at the Canadian Gospel Music Awards.
As a singer/songwriter, Barbara Joy always had a desire to record her own CD. She had been asked several times if she had recorded her own disc yet, so she finally decided to make one.
A King has Come includes eight tracks and is a combination of Christmas and winter songs. All of the songs on the CD are originals and Barbara Joy felt that the best way to share her songs was to record them on a disc. That way, she said, people would have the opportunity to listen to them repeatedly and maybe even sing the tunes themselves.
"This was a group effort in the making," Barbara Joy said. She and her collaborators started recording the album in June of last year and finished it three months later.
"This CD is about so many people coming together to make it happen, along with my family and my producer, Jordan Jackiew and the executive producer who is my cousin and with Avante Records, Marshall Zacharias."
The CD was released Oct. 30 of last year and was sent to the Canadian Gospel Music nominating board in Burlington, Ont. this past spring. She was up against several well-known Canadian artists in the same category.
When asked how she felt upon learning that she had been nominated for such a prestigious award, she replied: "I am very honoured that the Canadian Gospel Music awards have recognized my album, my songs and artistry. It is amazing the doors that God continues to open and I know it is a privilege and a responsibility to always continue living out my worship.
When asked if she has had any thoughts about recording another disc, Barbara Joy said she is definitely thinking of about it, but is too busy to do so right now.
Barbara Joy will be attending the Canadian Gospel Music Awards, which will be held Nov. 4 to 7. In addition to the awards, she will take part in a series of workshops, listen to other artists perform and visit with them.
Barbara Joy’s CD can be purchased from I-Tunes, Tredwell’s Music, Hull’s Family Bookstore, The Bible Bookstore in Winkler and both Sanford and Oak Bluff credit unions. The CD’s sell for $15 each or two for $20.
Sandra Murner is a community correspondent for Sanford. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.