Giveaways, Music, Product Review, Relevant 11, Worship

Image Of God~ {A Giveaway}

December 27, 2011

We come in pieces, we come in fragments, we come discolored to the foot of the cross, our maker sees us, all that we have been, bonds us together in the image of God… ~Christa Wells

I had the pleasure of meeting Christa at Relevant 11. I had only recently discovered her music at the time, and was excited to hear her and fellow musician, Nicole Witt preform live.

I was completely unprepared for how awesome the experience would be.

Christa and Nicole transformed that hotel ballroom into a sanctuary of worship, the moment they opened their mouths and began to sing. Their voices, blending in such beautiful harmony, the beauty and richness of the words, carrying my heart into a place of quiet reflection before God-the concert they gave was one of the highlights of the conference for me. It was that good.

The following morning, Christa and Nicole led a small groupp of us in worship again, for the Hellomornings meet up. What a tremendously blessed time it was!

They gifted us with a preview of their new release, Image of God and honestly, it is difficult to find words to describe the simple beauty of this song and the four others included on this album. This is purely a worship album. When I listen to it, I am imediately taken to the foot of God’s throne.  The quiet reflection that whispers in these songs is pure beauty and inspiration.

I had the opportunity to interview Christa, and she was kind enough to answer three questions for me:

Me:  Yours and Nicole’s voices are so beautiful together, How did you and Nicole Witt first team up and decide to work together?

 Christa: Nicole and I were put together by our respective publishers back in 2007, I think, to write together.  (The song we wrote that first day was actually just recorded by Point of Grace for their upcoming project!)  We really hit it off and realized we have so much in common, as well as some obvious differences that allow us to work together in a really complementary way.  After tossing the idea around for a year or two, we finally started playing out together in 2009, after the release of my “Frame the Clouds” album.  We’ve been coming alongside each other on and offstage ever since.

 Me: Your music is clearly worship as well as art, do you ever have seasons of struggle where it’s difficult to worship in this way? How do you work through it?

Christa: Hmm, great question.  I do go through seasons where I write a lot and seasons where I don’t write at all.  Seasons where I perform a lot and season where I don’t perform at all.  Usually these seasons are more dictated by my other obligations and the amount of time I can dedicate to music.  The only time it feels like a struggle really is re-entering the creative space after too much time away.  I lose confidence and it takes a while to relax into either writing or performing.  Worship happens naturally in that place of both creative motion and rest.

 Me: You’re a mom and a wife like me, I would love to know how you move out of the chaos and into a place of being able to write. Do you have a ritual that you follow, do you light candles, or pray before hand- I would love to know what brings you into that space of being able to create and worship amid the ‘noise’ of life.

Christa: You know it really depends…I don’t have a specific ritual or routine.  I’m a rather unstructured person in a very full & noisy life, like most of us who have children.  Sometimes inspiration is strong enough that I can be stirring a pot of soup or driving and begin some new tune or lyric right there.  More often than not, I grab evenings when I can get them and sneak up to my attic writing room.  Hours can go by of fiddling and playing and recording before I really begin to settle into a solid idea…it can take a while to stop hearing the day-to-day “noise.”  Then all of a sudden, a door opens and I find myself in the middle of something good.

 I think the prayer and mental preparation really take place all the time, all the months and days and hours before I physically go to the piano.  Then I sit down and try to pull together the strands of truths I’ve encountered since the last time I wrote.

 Co-writing looks different, and the Image of God EP was largely co-written with Nicole.  Some of these we started and finished together in her music room with the luxury of coffee and uninterrupted time.  For a couple of them, like “Lay it Low,” I started the lyric in North Carolina, emailed them to Nicole in Tennessee where she added to them and began writing music, and then we finished it together the week before recording.  Writing with her is very natural because we really value and respect each other’s strengths and work very cooperatively. 

I cannot recomend this album (Or any of her others!) highly enough. I hope you will buy this album for yourself, and perhaps a copy for a friend. You will be blessed as you listen.

God speaks through Christa and Nicole’s music. What a beautiful gift He has given them, and what a treaured gift they give us as they use their talents for His glory!

And now, I have a gift for you.

{I am giving away THREE copies of this new album, Image of God, to you. I am SO excited about this opportunity. (Thank God for digital recordings, because if this were on a cassett tape, I’d have worn mine out already.)}

To be considered for this {Giveaway}:  

1. Leave a comment on this post.

2.’like’ Always Alleluia on Facebook  (leave a comment on this post telling me that you did so)

3. For additional entires tweet and/or share this Giveaway on facebook (leave a comment here telling me which you did)

AND, don’t forget to subscribe to Always Alleluia. 😉  Be sure to leave a comment for each thing that you do.

Also, be sure to register your e-mail address when you comment in case you win.

This album releases TODAY! 

 *This Giveaway closes Friday 12/30 at Midnight, EST. The winners will be announced Saturday and will  have just 24 hours to contact me before another is chosen. 

*Christa gifted me with a copy of this album for the purpose of my review, but the opinions here are stricy my own. She has graciosuly provided me with the three copies to be given away. Thank you, Christa and Nicole, you cannot know how your music has affected me. God bless you always.
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  • Reply Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand December 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I love the differences she shared about writing by herself and co-writing with Nicole. Very neat to read!

  • Reply Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand December 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I tweeted about the post here:!/Keep_Tha_Faith/statuses/151665615684370433

    Thanks for this kind opportunity!

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  • Reply Farrell Clark December 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    LOVE Christa Wells – would love to get a copy of this collaboration. Thank you!

  • Reply Farrell clark December 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Liked Always Alleluia on fb!

  • Reply Barbie December 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Sounds beautiful.  I would love a chance to win this album.

  • Reply Barbie December 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I “like” Always Alleluia on Facebook.

  • Reply Barbie December 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I shared on Facebook!

  • Reply Craig December 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    me? I just want to let you know I was here. I’ve got a lot of sadness to work through – I never thought blogging in this community would bring so much sadness, and challenge, and misunderstanding. But it has – and I’m not sure it will ever be overcome. I have been highly disappointed by those in this community I respect so much. Anyway, I’ll work through it, and I’ll move forward in love – I just never expected this much hurt to be involved in writing where I once thought it was all love. Sorry to take up your comment with my whimper – I didn’t really mean for that to leak out – what I meant to say was that this is so different in character from what you normally write – this is journalism – this is you as an interviewer asking perfect questions – eliciting full responses. You’re not just a writer – you’re a journalist. I’m really glad our words crossed paths Kris. God bless you my friend.

    • Reply Anonymous December 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      I’m sorry about the experience that you have had. I hate that it has been so difficult and painful for you. Praying still that roses spring up in what appears to be a bed of weeds. They will in their season, I have no doubt. Hang in there, God is faithful.

  • Reply LadyDy December 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I am a new reader of your blog….a “seasoned” pastor’s wife of 37 yrs…many bumps and bruises along the way….but God has remained faithful!

  • Reply LadyDy December 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I like you on FB

  • Reply LadyDy December 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I tweeted on twitter! 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer Camp December 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Kris,  I was so thrilled to be introduced to Christa and Nicole’s music at Relevant.  I had not heard Christa’s music before.  I, also, was completely overwhelmed and joyful when I heard their concert. I can only imagine how special and beautiful your worship time was with them at Hello Mornings.  Thank you so much for this post and for reminding me of the beauty and art these two offer when they create and give it all back to Him, together.  Thank you!  (I am also already a subscriber and a fan of yours, on facebook! Love your heart.  I will retweet your note about the giveaway, too.:) )

  • Reply Monica December 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    thanks for the opportunity to win this! always on the lookout for good music! 🙂

  • Reply Monica December 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    like you on facebook

  • Reply Monica December 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    subscriber to your emails

  • Reply Susan December 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Christa and Nicole’s concert was also a highlight for me at Relevant.  Amazing women.  Amazing music.

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  • Reply Mary Bonner December 29, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I loved Christa’s music at Relevant! 

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  • Reply Vonda Sellers December 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Would love the opportunity to win Christa & Nicole’s CD.

  • Reply Vonda Sellers December 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I have liked your blog on facebook.

  • Reply Vonda Sellers December 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Posted about the give away on my facebook page.

  • Reply Erika Dawson December 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Hi, Friend! What a great giveaway! LOVE Christa’s music. Miss you and praying for you…hoping to get back to the computer in the weeks to come.

  • Reply Erika Dawson December 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    ps…I “liked” you on FB. Was surprised I hadn’t already! 

  • Reply Jana @GraceForMyMess December 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Hey sweet friend!  I’m so glad you’re posting this giveaway ~ I love Christa’s music and really enjoyed hearing from her heart.   I especially love this: “Worship happens naturally in that place of both creative motion and rest.” Wow.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the EP!   Love you bunches! XOXO

  • Reply Jana @GraceForMyMess December 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    You know I love you anywhere, and I’ve already liked you on FB.  😉

  • Reply Jana @GraceForMyMess December 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    ….and I’m subscribed…

  • Reply Jana @GraceForMyMess December 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    …aaaaaand I tweeted.  Can you tell I really want to win?! 

  • Reply Mdtainter December 30, 2011 at 12:03 am

    These songs are such a blessing.  Thanks for this opportunity to win.

  • Reply Mdtainter December 30, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I subscribed to Always Alleluia also

  • Reply Jana @GraceForMyMess December 30, 2011 at 12:13 am

    …and just for grins, I posted to my FB page.  But that one’s on the house.  😉

    • Reply Anonymous December 30, 2011 at 12:22 am

      You’re a hoot! I will count this one in too! The odds are good 🙂 xo

  • Reply Nikki December 30, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I cannot wait to get my hands on this album! (great job on the interview, too) 🙂

  • Reply Nikki December 30, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I like you on Facebook, too! 

  • Reply Annie | December 30, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for the giveaway, Kris!  Totally wept at a few of these songs at Relevant… such a gift.

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    Was wondering where you post who won the contest?  

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    Just found it on your fb page.

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