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 02:29

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

Inhabited

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.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:53

Lisa Nicole Grace

Lisa Nicole Grace Evangelos was born and raised in the prairies of Edmonton, Alberta.Growing up in a musical household, Lisa was drawn to creativity at a young age. She was involved in dance, gymnastics and fine arts throughout her childhood. Her shift to music came at the end of high school, when she had extensive spinal surgery to correct a significant curvature of the spine a disorder called scoliosis. During her recovery Lisa began taking voice lessons.

In 2003, after completing her Diploma in voice at Grant MacEwan College, Lisa decided to move out east to Antigonish, Nova Scotia to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree of Music majoring in vocal performance at St. Francis Xavier University.

In 2005, Lisa finished her degree and moved back home to Edmonton. She began playing frequently around town with various jazz quartets, big bands and contemporary groups. In 2006, after songwriting for what seemed like a lifetime on her own, she decided to form an acoustic trio, putting her main focus on her own songwriting consisting of a blend of folk, pop, country and blues.

Lisa’s songwriting is influenced mostly by conversations with close friends and family. She is moved by relationships, and expresses her unspoken thoughts and emotions through her music. Her melodies are simple and sweet. Lisa is passionate about harmony, and takes great joy in singing backup for various friends and artists. She does most of her collaborating with her husband Jered Evangelos (who is also her drummer/percussionist) and her brother in law Brent Schaitel (piano, guitar and backup vocals).

Over the past few years Lisa has developed quite a fan base in Edmonton. Since the release of her first EP “The Cellar Sessions” this past July 2008, Lisa has received regular rotation on radio stations throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. She was also recently featured in Edmonton Arts Magazine VUE WEEKLY. Along with these musical stepping stones Lisa is finally ready to take her career by the reins as an up and coming singer and songwriter in the Canadian music scene.


Current Band Members: Voice - Lisa Nicole Grace Percussion/drums - Jered Evangelos Piano/guitar/back vocals - Brent Schaitel Bass - Justin Litun

Booking Number: 780-619-5472

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:52

Peter Furler

Peter Furler was born in Australia in 1966 to missionary parents. He was quite young when he started learning to play the drums and before that he would tap out rhythm on the kitchen table. In 1985 he and three friends founded a band. Peter Furler started out as the drummer even as his other musical talents were improving. They were signed in 1987 and called themselves The Newsboys.

Peter Furler was the songwriter writer and producer of the Newsboys from 1991 to 2009 and was the lead singer for most of that time. He was the man behind over 25 number one hits.

In 2009 Peter Furler left the Newsboys to finally go solo. His first Solo album On Fire was released in 2011.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:47

Fike & Dana

Richie Fike (Or just "Fike" as his friends call him) grew up in south Louisiana where hip-hop was the only music he was really exposed to. In college he was introduced to modern pop/rock music and soon picked up a guitar and started teaching himself to play. His friend, Ben Kennedy, stared a band called FaceDown and made Richie Fike the lead singer. Ben would write and play the music and Fike would sing and write the lyrics.  

Then Fike met Dana. He saw her singing “Amazing Grace” while visiting her church in 1997. He asked if she would be interested in joining the band. She did. A year and a half later in the summer of 1999, they were married and have been making beautiful music together ever since.

They moved to Tyler, Texas were the got to know Shane & Shane and Robbie Seay. The toured with them for a while before deciding to become local church pastors. In 2002, they moved to Colorado Springs and took a position at Vanguard Church. 

Working with Sean Mulholland they released their first independent worship album in 2004 called In & Out of Season. That was followed by The Morning is Come in 2006. Then their final full-length indie album Make a Sound in 2009. From that album, the single “Ascend to Heaven” won the Song of the Year award that year at GMA's Music in the Rockies. Interestingly, it also hit the top of the charts in Peru. That year Richie Fike officially signed with Integrity Publishing as an exclusive songwriter. 

Fike & Dana's latest release is the single "My Saviour Lord" (2010).