“My songs are my journal entries. Sometimes they’re simply my observations of the world around me; sometimes they’re the conversations that I’m neither brave nor articulate enough to have with others.”
Ginny Owens has been turning those journal entries and otherwise inarticulate conversations into music and lyrics for a decade now. Four critically acclaimed studio projects, a live CD and DVD recorded at the House of Blues in New Orleans, and a Christmas album have comprised Owens’ first ten years of musical offerings.
Ginny’s story is decidedly as inspirational and hopeful as her music. She began playing the piano at the tender age of two--just around the time she lost her eyesight. Being blind never frightened Owens away from pursuing life, though. As a child, she climbed trees and rode bikes with the neighbor kids. In high school, she was a varsity cheerleader and the class Valedictorian.
Owens was never quite as confident in her musical abilities, however. She began composing her own songs at the tender age of eight, but figured she’d make a better teacher than performer. Upon completion of a degree in Music Education at Belmont University, Owens felt prepared to become the world’s best high school music teacher. Unfortunately, school administrators were not so easily convinced.
In an unusual turn of events, Ginny landed a publishing deal with BMG Music before she could find a teaching job. Soon afterward, music mogul Michael W. Smith’s Nashville-based boutique label Rocketown Records added Owens to its roster of incredibly talented singer-songwriters, and the rest, as they say, is history.
During the past ten years, Owens has sold nearly a million records and performed more than 1500 concerts, including sets at prestigious events like Lillith Fair, The Sundance Film Festival, and the White House. Her songs have been featured in a wide variety of television shows, and she has received numerous awards from Ascap and the Gospel Music Association.
In 2005, Owens founded the Fingerprint Initiative, a non-profit service organization whose montra is “Bringing hope to the world one touch at a time.”
“The heart of Fingerprint is to serve in our local communities and around the world. We’ve built Habitat houses, raised support to aid in freeing slaves, and visited families in third-world countries. And every day I realize how much more needs to be done.” Fingerprint Initiative.
Bring Us Peace was released in November of 2006. This is Ginny’s first Christmas project. It is being used to raise funds for her non-profit The Fingerprint Initiative.
For more information on Ginny Owens and The Fingerprint Initiative, visit www.ginnyowens.com or www.fingerprintinitiative.org.
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