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Ginny Owens

Ginny Owens songsMost popular Ginny Owens songs (see all 39 songs)
1Land Of The Gray lyrics-
2Prelude lyrics-
3This Road lyrics-
4I Know Someone lyrics-
5To Trust You lyrics-
6Won't That Be Fine lyrics-
7Bread lyrics-
8Run To You lyrics-
9Simply Love You lyrics-
10If You Want Me To lyrics-

Ginny Owens albumsMost popular Ginny Owens albums (see all 6 albums)
1Get In I'm Driving [2011]-
2Say Amen: Hymns And Songs Of Faith [2009]-
3If You Want Me To: The Best Of Ginny Owens [2006]-
4Beautiful [2004]-
5Something More [2002]-
6Without Condition [1999]-

Dear Friends:

I'm writing today because rather than the typical "bio," I wanted to be the one to tell you a bit about myself, my story and my new album, Beautiful. As I contemplate what to write, I'm relaxing in the front lounge of a tour bus and preparing to go on stage where I'll get to share my heart with a group of people I've never met. I can't help but shake my head and wonder how in the world I got here. I smile to myself as I consider how blessed I am, My life is indeed beautiful.

For those of you who don't know my history, I grew up as the oldest of two kids in Jackson, Miss., where I started playing the piano when I was 2. I lost my sight to a congenital eye disease around the same time, but it didn't slow me down—just ask my mother! For me, music was always a hobby. In many ways it was my relief because it was such a great way to express many of the thoughts and feelings I had trouble articulating. In fact, I remember writing my first song when I was only 7 or 8 years old. When I moved to Nashville to major in music education at Belmont University, I had every intention of teaching high school music after graduation. Instead, I found myself getting "discovered" by a friend who took an interest in my songwriting. Long story short, I signed a record deal in 1998 with Rocketown, an indie label owned by Michael W. Smith. This unexpected turn of events brought about incredible excitement and change. I could barely believe that the music I thought I'd be playing in my living room for my friends was finding a new home.

My first record, Without Condition, was a collection of songs I'd written during the previous five years of my life. Monroe Jones, producer extraordinaire, painted my introspective journal entries into colorful pieces of music which helped me to land a slot at the Nashville stop of Lilith Fair, a show at Sundance Film Festival, and more work than I could say grace over.

That first season of my career will forever be one of the most memorable times in my life. I learned how to enjoy traveling in spite of being a homebody. I learned how to engage people in conversation even though I am an undeniable introvert. And I got to experience the true joy of others' encouragement when I was surprised with the Dove Award for New Artist of the Year in 2000.

After two years of intensive training in all things singer/songwriter, I realized how fast my life was moving and how exhausted I was from always racing to catch up with it. I knew that if I was going to continue in this line of work, I had to take time to rest and refuel. So that's exactly what I did. I spent several months doing nothing but writing new songs. Something More was then born. It was more experimental and edgy than its predecessor, but it was an exciting accomplishment.

About eight months after Something More's release, Margaret Becker produced a more acoustic, live-like EP for me called Blueprint. I've spent the last year and a half traveling and sharing the songs on these projects with all those who dare to listen, and I couldn't be any more grateful for the opportunity to do so.

Now, another year has passed, and I can barely believe I've just completed my third full-length project. I might be a bit biased, but I think it's my most exciting musical accomplishment to date. To me, Beautiful feels like a comfortable pair of jeans—I'm content and relaxed each time I wear it, and I like the way it looks on me. It reflects my lifelong musical influences and reveals some of my deepest thoughts and struggles, all the things I love about singing and songwriting wrapped together in one package.

For describing this record, I've coined the phrase "old soul." While the record has a decidedly R&B flavor born out of years of listening to everything from Stevie Wonder to rap, its lyrics are very much about my maturing process. Many of the words and melodies are simple—not unlike my previous projects—but lots of them were born out of the more seasoned corners of my soul.

I spent most of Spring 2003 traveling in a van so I had a lot of time to work on songs, to really consider words and mull over melodies, to think about what I wanted to say and what was important to me. Just like when I was a kid, I still tend to write about the things I'm not great at articulating in conversation, especially how my life relates to my faith. What does it mean to believe and trust in God in a world where things generally don't make any sense? How do I fit into God's greater plan? What does it look like to search for hope? Why do we all continue to chase things in this life that are ultimately meaningless?

I've also found myself really struggling with how important self-image is and what that means for me. I've always been the girl who goes out without make-up, wearing a hat and not thinking about "beauty." But as I've gotten older, and further along in a career that places a high premium on image, I've become very aware of how important these things are to other people. It's really caused me to wrestle because I don't know if I meet the world's standards for beauty or for anything. However, I've come to realize that those things aren't what make me who I am—I am defined by something else, something far greater. It's the idea behind "Call Me Beautiful," and a large part of why I wanted to title this album Beautiful.

You'll also hear a lot on Beautiful about trusting and change, two areas in my life that are a constant challenge and yet two things I seem to be continually called to face. Isn't it funny that the way we grow the most often comes out of the darker periods of our lives? Well, those periods are also often what drives me to the piano. And from my own times of growth and struggle, I'm learning many lessons about life. Though I can't say I know all the answers to my questions, I am beginning to understand that true joy comes from realizing how beautiful this journey is. It is beautiful not because it is perfect, but because it is dangerous, mysterious and wonderfully exciting all at the same time.

I find myself able to embrace life and see it as beautiful when I look to the One who created ultimate beauty. The songs on this project represent my quest to know and experience even more of what He intends "beautiful" to be. It is my hope and prayer that the lyrics and melodies you find here will encourage and inspire you to consider seeing life this way—as the ultimate beautiful blessing from God.

Ginny Owens

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01-01-2006 18:02 Zaphal
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@ If You Want Me To

I love Ginny Owens
This song has so much meaning that's not to be overlooked.
13-03-2005 20:39 cordette
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@ If You Want Me To

I love this song! heard it on roswell. haven't got her cd though, is it good?
23-02-2005 02:23 CrossEyed4913
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@ If You Want Me To

i love this song. so pretty.
27-10-2004 13:12 bro1sis4
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@ If You Want Me To

THIS SONG IS AWSOME!! IT really touches my heart!!!
27-10-2004 06:03 jensros
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@ If You Want Me To

I love the piano melodies too in this song.
27-10-2004 02:15 bro1sis4
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@ If You Want Me To

I love this song!!! It is the most beautiful song I have ever heard!!
29-09-2004 22:51 Nicole02h
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@ If You Want Me To

This song really touch my heart >
25-09-2004 21:55 naninux
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@ If You Want Me To

åå, fineste sangen EVER
(=most beautiful song ever)
06-08-2004 15:53 magsy
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@ All I Want To Do

This song is so beautiful. I was really touched by it.
23-07-2004 21:51 magsy
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