Terry Van Veen

Terry Van Veen

Terry has been with 96.3 Shine FM in Grande Prairie since November of 2008. Terry's radio journey began in mainstream radio in the late 80's. He's been 'up and down the dial' having worked easy listening, pop and country formats before God called him to Christian radio in the fall of '98.

Terry met his partner for life while working radio in BC's Southwest Interior. He and Donna were married in Vancouver and started a family a few years later. The Van Veen household is a busy place with two growing boys.

Terry is a guitar enthusiast having spent a number of years playing on a variety of church worship teams. He also loves Canada's favourite pastime - hockey.

End your weekdays with Terry and the best in Today's Christian Music, the Power Verse, afternoon devotional along with news and weather on 96.3 Shine FM in Grande Prairie, AB.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:36

Heather Williams

She never really knew her birth father and her step father treated her as an outcast, not part of the family. Eventually her mother told her she was not wanted anymore. Her grandfather in Michigan then took her in, but pretty much lat her do whatever she wanted. She got into drugs and alcohol until she was kicked out of the house.

It was then, at the age of 15 she reconnected with her birth father. He was a Christian and took her to church where she would come to know Christ. At 18 years old, and with little more than a few pennies in her pocket she went to Florida to see a guy, Tim, who she had worked with on a mission trip. Within 6 months they were married. He had a solo album out and soon discovered his new wife's musical ability. They toured together with their band U-Turn for a few years before settling down at a church in Florida. At 6 months and 18 days her baby died.

In 2003 they were blessed with another child, a girl, then a boy just 15 months later. Heather Williams had written a number of songs, but it wasn't until someone came forward and offered to help pay for her to record an album, that she took a trip to Nashville to do some recording. The indie record was called Heather and lead to a record deal with INO Records.

Heather was named "Artist to Watch in 2011" by Billboard Magazine.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:35

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson grew up in Lubbock, Texas. His musical education began at 10 years old when he started taking piano lessons. After a couple of years he switched to the guitar because it was easier to impress his friends. He learned the basics on his own. By high school he decided it was time to take some lessons. He soon started writing his own music. He was in a band, but it was just for fun.

In College he started taking song writing seriously. More than just a catchy tune, Josh Wilson tried hard to write clever and original lyrics. He released 2 independent albums while in college. He graduated from Belmont University in 2006, and was soon signed by Sparrow Records.

His debut album entitled Trying to Fit the Ocean In a Cup was released in April 2008 and featured the single 3 Minute Song. Sinse his debut he has released 3 other albums; Life is Not a Snapshot (2009), Josh Wilson (2010), See You (2010).

In 2010 during security delays at Neward Liberty International Airport, Wilson decided to pull out his guitar and entertain his fellow passengers. He played "Hey Jude" and the crowd sang along. Video of the incident was posted multiple times on YouTube and it went viral shortly after.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:32

Matthew West

Matthew West is a worship artist with a heart for sharing stories of God's work in people's lives.

Growing up, Matthew West wanted to be a baseball player. He was a big fan of the Cubs and the captain of his high school baseball team. He was hoping to go to college with a baseball scholarship. Instead he ended up getting a music scholarship. After a seeing Steven Curtis Chapman concert he was inspired pursure a career in Christian music. He started, while still in collage, as an independent artist. He made 3 independent albums, September Sun (1997), Every Step of the Way (1998), and Sellout (2002). In 2003 he was signed by Sparrow Records.

His first studio album was Happy (2003). The first single from the album, "More", was a record-breaking sucess. It was played more than any other song on the Christian AC chart in 2004 and was #1 for nine weeks. His next album was History (2005) which is described as a journey through significant moments in his life. The following year Sparrow re-released his indie album Sellout.

After Matthew West's first tour as headliner, during a regular vocal checkup, he was told there was a problem. He would need surgery on his vocal cords if he wanted to continue to sing. This was a very difficult time, documented in a DVD called Nothing To Say. After months of rest, Matthew West released his album Something To Say in 2008.

Leading up to his next album Matthew West asked his fans to send in thier life stories. Over 10,000 stories were sent in. He spent two months in a cabin reading stories and writing songs inspired by what he was reading. In 2010 he released the album The Story of Your Life. That was followed by a seasonal album called The Heart of Christmas (2011). Meanwhile, people kept sending in thier stories and asking if he would do another album based on fan's lives. Now, with more than 20,000 stories to be inspired he begain his next album. Matthew West's fifth studio album is called Into The Light (2012).

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:31

33 Miles

33 Miles' lead singer Jason Barton joined a kind of Christian boy band called True Vibe in 1999. They made two very successful records. At that point he realized that he wanted to do something he could call his own. He began looking for someone to start his own group with. When he was introduced to guitarist Christ Lockwood they knew it was a good fit. Along with Collin Staddard on keys and background vocals, they made up the band 33 Miles. The choose the name because Jesus lived 33 years and a mile represents his journey.

They signed with INO records and in 2007 released their self titled Debut album that year. That album was followed by One Life in 2008. The following year they released a Christmas album called Believe. In early 2010 Collin, the keyboardist was asked by a church to become their full time worship pastor. After months of deliberation he decided to take the position and leave 33 Miles. The two remaining members continued on recording thier latest album Today (2010).

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:29

Third Day

Lead singer Mac Powell and guitarist Mark Lee formed the band in Georgia the early '90s. They called themselves "Third Day" because Jesus rose from the dead of the third day. In 1993 they released their first independent album called Long Time Forgotten. That year they played shows in the area until they saved $3000, enough to record a full-length indie album called Contagious in 1994. The following year they were signed to a small independent record label called Grey Dot Record and released a self-titled album.

It wasn't long before the band was signed by a major label, and in 1996 they released their first album with Reunion Records, which was also self-titled, Third Day. Their second studio album was their fifth album altogether, and with five members in the band and at a time when everyone was talking about conspiracy theories, they called their new album Conspiracy no. 5. That was followed by Time in 1999. The band was becoming popular, not only in North America, but around the world, as they collaborated on a "City on a Hill" worship album and their ownOfferings: A Worship Album.

In 2001 Third Day released Come Together, followed by Offerings II: All I Have to Give (2003), then Wire the following year. That year they also had a song featured on the soundtrack to The Passion of the Christ, and an in-concert album called Live Wire. Their next album was called Wherever You Are (2005).

In 2006 they released a seasonal album called Christmas Offerings. In 2007 Third Day re-released some of their hits in two best-of albums. They then went back to the studio for Revelation (2008). That was followed by another in-concert album Live Revelations.

Third Day was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame on September 19, 2009. Third Day's latest album is called Move (2010).

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:29

Tammy Trent

Tammy started dating a boy at her youth group, Trent Lenderinkat, at age 16. After 7 1/2 years of dating they were finally married. They went into full time into ministry in 1995. Music was one of her most loved outlets of ministry. Her self titled debut album was released in 1996. That was followed the next year by You Have My Heart. Then, in 2000 she released an album called Set You Free. However, her upbeat sound was soon overshadowed by a devastating event in her life.

After 11 years of marriage she and her husband decided to go on a mission trip in Jamaica. Before beginning the mission they went on a short vacation. It was there, while scuba diving that Tammy's husband Trent died. The next day, September 11, 2001 his body was recovered. Tammy Trent was stuck there 10 days before she could get a flight back home.

After a year of mourning, Tammy Trent felt ready to share her story. She began speaking at the Women of Faith conferences. Her testimony was so powerful that she was asked to write a book. Learning To Breathe Again: Choosing Life and Finding Hope After A Shattering Loss, was published in 2004. In 2005 she began writing music again. The result was an album called I See Beautiful released on her own independent label September Morning Records. Her latest album, Stronger, is a departure from her past high energy dance albums. She says it's more of a reflection of her life.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:28

Chris Tomlin

Chris Tomlin is an award-winning worship artist. You have probably sung some of his songs in church. He is accredited as the contemporary artist most often sung in congregations every week (in the US at least).

When he was in 8th grade, at a camp worship service, Chris was overwhelmed by the music and Spirit of God that he ran out of service, threw himself in front of a tree, and prayed. It was there he made the decistion to follow God for the rest of his life. By the age of 14 he had written his first worship song. He started to lead worship at various camps arround his home state of Texas. In 1997 he was asked to work with the Passion Conferences. He has been working with them ever since. In 2001 he released his first album The Noise We Make. That was followed by Not To Us (2002), then Arriving (2004).

His first live album came in 2005: Live from Austin Music Hall. See the Morning, was released in 2006. In 2006 Chris Tomlin won the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the Dove Awards. In 2007 he got not only Male Vocalist of the Year, but also Artist of the Year, Worship Song of the Year for "Holy Is the Lord", Contemporary Album of the Year AND Praise & Worship Album of the Year for See the Morning. In 2008 he won Male Vocalist of the Year again and Worship Song of the Year for "How Great is our God".

In 2008 he released the album, Hello Love. Just in time for Christmas 2009, he released the Christmas album, Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship. In 2010 he released the album, And if Our God is For Us.... and won a Grammy for that album.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:24

Tenth Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North is made up of lead singer Mike Donehey on acoustic guitar, Jeff Owen on electric guitar, Jason Jamison on drums, and Ruben Juarez III on bass and back up vocals.

The band was formed in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1999. In the last ten years, Tenth Avenue North has had a prolific independent career. In 2002, they released their first independent album Broken Down. That was followed by Don't Look Back in 2003, then Speaking of Silence in 2005, and finally an indie EP God With Us in 2006.

Tenth Avenue North signed with Reunion Records and released Over and Underneath in 2008. In 2010 they released the album, Where the Light Meets the Dark.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:22

Michael W Smith

Michael W. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award Winner and the winner of 40 Dove awards.

Michael Witaker Smith grew up in West Virginia and learned to the piano at a young age. At the age of 10 gave his live to God and found some older mentors. After high school in 1978 he moved to Nashville to pursue a music career, but fell into a bad scene. He began abusing alcohol and drugs as he played with various bands at clubs. In 1979 he had a breakdown and came back to the faith in a big way. He immediately joined a Christian group called Higher Ground and toured the church scene with them at their keyboardist.

Two years later Michael W. Smith was signed as a song writer for Meadowgreen Music and wrote a number of hits for other artists from Amy Grant to Bill Gaither. In 1982 he became the keyboardist for Amy Grant's band and then became her opening act.

In 1983 Michael W. Smith released his first album on Reunion Records called The Michael W. Smith Project. His first big hit was a song he wrote with his wife called "Friends". That album was followed by Michael W. Smith 2 the next year, then The Big Picture in 1986, and i 2 (EYE) in 1988. Michael W. Smith would go on to be famous for his Christmas tours, and it all started with the album called Christmas (1989).

In 1990 Michael W. Smith tried something a bit different. He took his message mainstream with the album Go West Young Man. The song "Place in this World" hit #6 on Billboard's Hot 100. That was followed by Change Your World in 1992, I'll Lead You Home in 1995.

In 1996 Michael W. Smith started his own record label called Rocketown Records. He didn't record under his label himself, but signed others, starting with Chris Rice. His next albums Live the Life and Christmastime were both released in 1998.

On April 20, 1999 a tragic shooting that took place at Columbine High School in Colorado. Michael W. Smith wrote a song in honor of Cassie Bernall, a Christian student who stood up for her faith and lost her life that day. He performed "This Is Your Time" at the memorial services held for the Columbine victims.

Michael W. Smith often included a single song on his albums with no words, but his next album Freedom (2000) was entirely instrumental. That was followed by two albums that were different in style. They were worship music albums that were almost entirely made up of songs written by other people. The albums were called Worship (2001) and Worship Again (2002) which was recorded live. They were complimented by a DVD which was recorded live in Edmonton at YC Alberta and went gold in both Canada and the US.

In 2004 Michael W. Smith was contacted by the President and asked to write a song in remembrance of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. That same year he released a new album called Healing Rain which combined his pop and worship styles. That was followed by Stand in 2006. He released a third Christmas album called It's a Wonderful Christmas time (2007) and a third worship album called A New Hallelujah (2008).

Michael W. Smith is not slowing down. He released the album Wonder in 2010 and continues to tour with 30 years of material to choose from. His latest album was recorded with a 65-piece orchestra. It is called Glory (2011) and it is his second instrumental album.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:20

Mike R. Schuster

Mike R. Schuster is a worship artist from Calgary, Alberta.

He spent 17 years honing his musical talent and care for others as he worked as a high school band director and guidance counselor. He then spent 7 years as a full-time Worship Pastor. He has since transitioned to a career that gives him enough freedom to teach part-time at Alberta Bible College and pursue a part time music career.

In 2006, Mike R. Schuster released his first independent album called Together. The album contains ten original worship songs (and two bonus tracks).

His follow up album contains seven original worship songs, four co-writes (Jon Bauer, Laurell, Brad Rempel, Dan Nel), and a re-make of a classic hymn. That album was released in early 2011 and is called To The World