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 02:33

Kari Jobe

Was born and raised in Texas. Though she has been singing since she was 3 years old, her musical career didn’t really start until after she finished her education. She attended Oral Roberts University, Christ for the Nations Institute and Dallas Baptist University where she graduated with a degree in pastoral studies and psychology.

She then took a position at Gateway Church as one of the worship leaders. The church band released an album on Integrity Records in 2003 called Unsearchable. That was followed by Masterpiece the same year. Gateway worship returned in 2006 with Drawing Closer and the live album Living For You, then The Battle in 2007. Her songs stood out and were put together for a special compilation album called simply Kari Jobe.

She continued to lead worship as this church of about 200 members grew to over 20,000 members. In 2007 Kari Jobe released a solo Christmas album called Bethlehem.  In 2008 Gateway Worship’s live album Wake Up The World debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Christian Music Chart.

She then signed a record deal as a solo artist with Integrity Music and in 2009 she released a self titled album which would go on to hit #1 on iTunes Christian Music Chart and #3 on Billboard’s Christian Music Chart.  She also released a version of that album in Spanish called Le Canto and won two Dove awards that year.

In 2011 Kari Jobe signed with Sparrow Records and released Where I Find You (2012). Kari Jobe continues to lead worship at Gateway Church and has contributed to eight more of their albums in that time.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 02:31

Jars of Clay

Vocalist Dan Haseltine met Lead guitarist Steven Mason at in Greenville College in Illinois. The two friends wrote a few songs for school projects. Along with fellow schoolmate Charlie Lowell on keys they formed the band The Jars of Clay, a name that comes from 2 Corinthians 4:7 "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." One final schoolmate Matt Bronleewe joined. They wrote a number of songs together, and in 1994 they won a nation-wide Gospel Music Association contest. Following this success Dan Haseltine, Steven Mason and Charlie Lowell dropped out of school go follow their music career full time. Matt Bronleewe left the band to stay in school and finish his degree, although he was credited for songwriting when the band signed with Essential records. Matt Odmark took his place on rhythm guitar. The band has no drummer or bassist, they get guests to fill in the gap on tour. 

The Jars of Clay's self-titled debut album was released in 1995. The album went multi-platinum and the single Flood flew up, not only the Christian charts, but mainstream radio chats as well. In 1997 their second album Much Afraid was released. It won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Gospel Album of the year. They also won a Grammy for their next album If I Left The Zoo, which was released in 1999. Along with this album was a special live online promotional album called Front Yard Luge. It featured covers from bands like Petra and the Beach Boys.  

  In 2001 honorary degrees from Greenville College where given to the members of Jars of Clay, including Matt Odmark, who didn't even go to Greenville. In 2002 the received a their third consecutive Grammy Award for the album The Eleventh Hour. In 2003 they released re-recordings of their best songs in a double disk album called Furthermore. The first disk "From Studio" featured acousic versions and the second disk "To Stage" was a live concert, which was later released on DVD. Later that year they released an all new album called Who We Are Instead. Their next album Redemption Songs was released in 2005 and featured old hymns with new music. In 2005 they were featured on the Chronicles on Narnia Soundtrack (Waiting for the World to Fall). In 2006 the Jars of Clay changed their style a bit and released their first rock album Good Monsters, which was followed by a live album called Live Monsters. They also released two greatest hits albums before their next studio album Grey Matter in 2007. That was their last album on Essential Records.  

 They formed their own label called Grey Matter on which they released a seasonal album called Christmas Songs later that year. In 2009 the released their tenth album called the long fall back to Earth. The Jars of Clay's latest album is called The Shelter (2010).

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 02:30

Junkyard Poets

Junkyard Poets are a six piece industrial percussive driven rock band from Sherwood Park, AB, Canada. Featuring the award winning songwriting talents of Jared Salte and Peter Mol, this indie sextuplet is generating a buzz like no other.

They are an indie band. And the great thing about being independent is that stylistically you can go anywhere without mass industry smothering the creative flame. So that's exactly what they do.

Their debut album entitled Rock, Pop, Roll is stylistically just that. Whether it's Trip Hop, Industrial Rock, Blues, Jive, Country, R&B they do it all. All based around performances and dramas such as ""Stomp"" and ""The Blue Man group"". With the theory of songs having a dramatic performance element whether it be smashing down a wall, striking PVC pipes, barbershop blues, each song must be inspired by a setting in order to tell a story. So that's exactly what they do, they give you the setting now it's just up to you to write the rest.

Christmas with Junkyard Poets was released December 1, 2009.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 02:29

Jeff Johnson

Growing up Jeff Johnson was a big country music fan. He learned to sing by imitating his favorite country artists. His life took a turn in college at a Passion worship conference. He was watching the band Watermark. It was a moment that, not only lead to a commitment of faith, but also inspired a dream to sing Christian music and lead worship. After graduating with a degree in finance and computers, he took a corporate position in Dallas, Texas. He was leading worship at a local church at the time and eventually decided to quit his job and followed his dream of being a full-time worship leader. His indie career got a boost in 2005 when he appeared on American Idol.

That brief appearance did get him noticed. When he and the band released the single "Ruin Me" it began climbing the Christian music charts. Although he believes that modern media technology makes it possible for indie artists to succeed, distribution and marketing is difficult without a label. The Jeff Johnson Band's album Glorious Day was released in August 2007. It includes covers of some of Jeff's favorite artists as well as 5 original songs.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 02:26


In 1999 Sara Acker and her brother Marcus started leading worship at their church in Texas. They were encouraged by their youth pastor to write some original songs, which lead to the band Inhabited. In 2003 they made an independent album called Innerview. They made a splash doing an interview for a small-town radio station. The DJ sent their album to Nashville where their single "Rescue Me" soon hit the Top 10 on Christian Rock radio.

They were then signed by Fervent Records and released The Revolution. Inhabited has since had a number of band member additions and changes, but Marcus and Sara say they have all been musicians who share their vision. Their follow-up album Love was released through 7Spin Music in 2008.

Their latest release is the acoustic album, Inhabited Unplugged.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 01:01

Fred Hammond

Fred Hammond has won a number of Dove awards and even a Grammy over the many hears he has been singing Gospel Music.

Musically, Fred Hammond started out as a very talented bassist. He played bass for the gospel group The Winans back in 1980s. In 1982 he teamed up with five other Detroit-based musicians to form a group called Commissioned. Fred Hammond, Mitchell Jones, Keith Staten, Karl Reid, Michael Brooks, and Michael Williams were the original members of the gospel super-group. Their first album I'm Going On was released in 1985. That was followed by Go Tell Somebody (1986), On The Winning Side (1987), Will You Be Ready? (1988), Ordinary Just Won't Do (1989), State of Mind (1990) and Number 7 (1991).

In 1991 Fred Hammond made his first solo album, I Am Persuaded, backed by a Gospel chior called Radical For Christ. That was followed by Deliverance in 1993, then The Inner Court (1995). Meanwhile he could still be heard on the Commissioned albums Matters of the Heart (1994) and Gospel Greats (1995).

His next solo album The Spirit of David (1996) went gold. Then Pages of Life: Chapters 1&2 (1998) went double platinum. That was followed by Purpose By Design (2000), In Case You Missed It...And Then Some (2001) and a seasonal album called Christmas...Just Remember.

In 2002 Fred Hammond produced and recorded a Commissioned reunion album called The Commissioned Reunion Live. He would do another Commissioned record in 2006 called Praise & Worship. Meanwhile his solo carreer marched on with Speak Those Thing: Pages of Life Chapter 3 (2002), Hooked on the Hits (2003), Somethin 'Bout Love (2004), Free to Worship (2006) and Love Unstoppable (2009).

Fred Hammond's latest album God, Love & Romance was released January 31, 2012.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 01:00

Brandon Heath

Growing up in Nashville it's no surprise that Brandon Heath had music on his mind. He started writing songs when he was only 13. He began recording music independently in 2003. His first album was called Early Stuff, that was followed by Soldier the same year. In 2006 he released his first studio album Don't Get Comfortable which included the songs I'm Not Who I Was and the title track Don't Get Comfortable. In 2007 his song Our God Reigns was nominated for the Worship Song of the Year Dove award. Early 2008 Brandon Heath won the Dove award for New Artist Of The Year. In April a series of tornadoes hit parts of Nashville. Brandon quickly organized a benefit concert for the storm victims. Meanwhile he continued to work on his album What If We.

Brandon Heath is a songwriter at heart. In preparation for this album he wrote, both alone and with others, more than 40 songs. The best of these songs were recorded and put on the album which was released in 2008. His latest album is called Leaving Eden (2010).

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:57

Jill Hagen

Jill Hagen, a singer/songwriter from Camrose, AB, has a calling to reach Canadians, using music and her testimony, with the truth of God’s Word. She has travelled extensively in Canada and the States.  Along with her music, Jill also speaks to youth and young adults about God’s plan for purity in their lives.

Jill released her first album, "Perspective" in January 2008. She was recently nominated for 3 Canadian Gospel Music awards including New Artist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Inspirational Song of the Year. Her songs can be heard on several radio stations across the country.

Jill’s dynamic ministry is part of the Artist in Residence program at Venture Teams International in Calgary, AB.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:56

Jason Gray

Jason Gray was born in Minnesota as Jason Gay. In 1993 he started working in youth ministry. In 1997 he released an independent album called The Singer and the Song. He then decided to become a full time musician. In 1999 he released another indie album called Postcard Maxi-Single, then A Place Called Hope in 2001 as well as a live album that same year. In 2003 Jason was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans by the Minnesota Junior Chamber for work with World Vision. His last indie album was called The Better Part of Me (2005).

In 2006 he was signed by Centricity Music. He then changed his name from Jason Gay to Jason Gray. In 2007 his first studio album All The Lovely Losers was released. Like his ministry in general, this album was an open glimps into his life, including his struggle as a chronic stutterer.

That album was followed by Acoustic Storytime: Live Songs And Stories in 2008. Jason Gray's real breakthrough album Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue was released in 2009.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:56

Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant grew up in Lynnwood, Washington, just outside of Seattle.  At age 17 she started arranging music for her church choir. She continued doing that while she attended Northwest University, a Christian College where was studying to become an elementary school teacher. She decided to pursue music as a career after seeing the band Truth perform for her church. She soon joined the band and toured almost non-stop for 2 years.

Natalie Grant left Truth and moved to Nashville in hopes of making it as a solo artist. She spent a time making ends meat as a secretary and worship leader before signing with Benson Records in 1997. Her self titled debut album was released in 1999.

The next major event in Natalie Grant's life was marrying producer Bernie Harms. He helped produce her second album Stronger which was released under the Pamplin Music label in 2001.

She then signed with Curb Records and released Deeper Life was in 2003, that was followed by Worship with Natalie Grant and Friends in 2004. In 2005 Natalie Grant came out with 2 albums Awaken and a Christmas album Belive, .

She won the GMA Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2006. She won it again in 2007, then again in 2008, then again and 2009. She also had twin girls, Grace and Isabella, born in 2007. She also founded a charity to stop human trafficking. Natalie Grant's album Relentless was released in 2008.

Her latest album, Love Revolution, was released in 2010.