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 00:46

The Fray

The Fray was formed in 2002 in Denver, Colorado. Lead singer Isaac Slade
and guitarist Joe King knew each other from Faith Christian Academy. They
decided to get together for a weekly jamming session where they would
write songs and play music. Drummer Ben Wysocki played at his church's
worship team with guitarist Dave Welsh. The two of them joined the band
the next year. The Fray does not consider themselves a Christian band,
though all of the members are Christians. They used to write songs with
overtly Christian lyrics, but noticed people outside the church did not
understand them. They had a different vocabulary. So they changed their

In 2002 they released an independant EP called Movement. That was followed by an EP called Reason in 2003. They begain sending songs to a local radio station.

In 2004 The Fray was signed by Epic Records and their first album, How to
Save a Life
, was released in 2005. In 2006 they released a version of Happy Christmas, and a live CD called Acoustic in Nashville. In 2007 thier album had gone double platinum and they were nominated for two Grammy Awards. That first album also became the most downloaded album ever, a title previously held by Coldplay's X&Y. In early 2009, The Fray released their self-titled and most recent album.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:45

Brooke Fraser

Brooke Fraser is a successful singer-songwriter in New Zealand who is just starting to make it here in North America. She grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. She started taking piano lessons at age 7 and began writing songs at 12. In her mid-teens she took up the acoustic guitar and taught herself to play. Meanwhile she began writing articles for a magazine called Soul Purpose. In high school Brooke Fraser was asked to play a songs as school assembly items. By the end of high school she used these performances as fund raisers for World Vision.

Upon graduation in 2002 she was made editor of Soul Purpose Magazine. Then she soon moved to another city in New Zealand, Auckland, to pursue her music career. There she was introduced to producer Matty J who became her manager. By the end of the year, at age 18 she signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand.

Her first album What to Do With Daylight was released to her home country in 2003. It debuted at #1 and sold over 120,000 copies in New Zealand alone. In 2004, after an Australian tour, she moved to Sydney where she began attending Hillsong Church.

Brooke Fraser has 4 sponsor children and in 2005 she visited Rwanda. She has returned every year since. On that first trip she met a girl named Albertine who had been orphaned by the genocide of 1994. Albertine became the title track of her latest album. It was recorded in California and released in New Zealand in 2006. It debuted #1 and went double platinum in less than a month there.

Back in Australia Brooke Fraser became one of the principal worship leaders and collaborator on the Hillsong Live worship albums. Mighty To Save(2006), Saviour King(2007), and This Is Our God(2008). She also joined Hillsong churches from around the world for the Hillsong United albums United We Stand(2006), All of the Above(2007), and I Heart Revolution(2008).

In 2008 Albertine was finally released to North America. This followed by a deluxe edition with 8 live bonus tracks. On March 17th 2008 she married musician Scott Ligertwood in Sydney. She says her new last name has ten letters and three syllables so she's sticking with "Brooke Fraser" for music purposes.

In 2010 she released her third album called Flags.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:44

Ron Fischer

Ron Fischer has released 3 albums to date: "Overcomers" in 2011, "You're Not Alone" in 2013 and most recently "All I Want to Do" in 2015.   All of the albums were nominated for "Inspirational Album of the Year" by GMA Canada.  

Ron has been writing Christian songs since fall of 1979 at age 19 when he was radically born again while reading a New Testament and responding to Jesus invitation when living and picking fruit in Penticton, BC.

In 1990 Ron began to lead worship in church and write worship songs introducing them into the song repertoire. Since then Ron has lead worship and shared his songs in many churches over the years in Canada and New Zealand.

While living in New Zealand Ron recorded two songs called 'Well Done' and 'His Promises Are On The Way' which aired for several years on a New Zealand national Christian radio station called Radio Rhema.

Ron moved back to Edmonton AB, Canada in 1996 where he lives with his wife Sharon.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:43

Amanda Falk

Amanda Falk is a Christian recording artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In 2004 she released her self-titled debut album on Avante Records, which went on to win a Juno Award. She also won the GMA Canada Covenant Awards as Female Vocalist of the Year in both 2005 and 2006. Amanda Falk went on a Beautiful Unique Girl Tour (or BUGIRL) in 2006-2007, to help boost teenage girl's confidence, as well as appear with other bands across Canada.

Her latest album is called In Between Now and Then, which was released in 2010.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:42

Juanita Faas

Instrumental piano virtuoso, eclectic styles such as jazz, Latin jazz, gospel, R&B traditional, lounge music and Celtic. Composer, arranger and performer.

I was born and raised in Medicine Hat AB Canada.  Piano lessons started at age five.  Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s I was a church pianist, music teacher, member in several bands (Christian and secular), ballet, vocal and choral accompanist.  My three main genre’s of music would be; Christian, jazz and new classical, which I usually mix (along with several other styles) together in my arrangements and compositions.  I started recording professionally in 2001 and started touring Canada in 2002 and then the USA in 2005.  I have performed in many Christian and secular events (see performance highlights).  Composing and arranging my own music has become my main focus. I still do some cover tunes, with my own arrangements.  My music is aired on radio, internet radio and TV.  In 2005 I connected with AngelAID. A non profit Christian charity in Jacksonville FL servicing terminally and critically ill children and their families.  Dr. Carl Shipley (former member of the Strawberry Alarm Clock), cofounder, president and COO, hired me on as the volunteer music director in 2007.  I continue to compose, arrange and tour.  Websites and related web information, search, Juanita Faas on any search engine.

Education and Conference/Workshops

Anderson University Anderson IN, music program 1982.
Passed ARTC performance exam Royal Conservatory of Music mid 90’s         
Ballet accompanist work shop Vancouver BC early 90”s
Tom Jackson workshops, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2000.
Breakforth Ministry conference, Edmonton AB, 2000, 2001, 2003.
GMA music conference Three Hills AB, 2003, music song competition.
GMA Music In The Rockies Estes Park CO, 2004, piano competition.
Private jazz lessons 2000-2004
World Vision, Huston TX 2006
Music Ministers conference Jacksonville FL, 2008


Holy Hands—indie 2002, over 1000 CD’s sold
Attitudes—indie 2004, over 1000 CD’s sold
Angels Believe In Santa Clause/Angels Spirit At Christmas, double CD, AngelAID Productions 2007
AngelKIDS at Christmas, AngelAID Productions, 2007
Healing Waters, AngelAID Productions, 2009


AngelKIDS, winner Honor Award, The Great American Song Contest 2008
Attitudes, winner, two Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards, 2007.
Attitudes, nominated for two Los Angeles Music Awards, 2006.
Music Ministry Endorsement from Christian Music Presenters, Nashville TN 2006.
Attitudes, nominated for two SHAI Gospel Music Awards, 2005
Attitudes, nominated for two CGMA covenant Music Awards, 2005.

Performance Highlights

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat AB, October 2008
Canadian Gospel Music Awards, Calgary AB, October 2008
The Miracle Channel, Ufonic music program May 08
Jacksonville Irish Festival, April 2008
AngelAID Christmas Extravaganza, Jacksonville FL, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.
Anchor Ministries Regional Conference, Guelph Ont. 2007
SHAI Gospel Music Awards, Edmonton AB, Jan 2007
Sweet Daddy’s Christian Coffee House, Phoenix AZ, April 2006
Pageant Of Peace, The White House, Washington DC, Dec. 2006
A Christmas Jazz Celebration, (vocal accompanist) Carnegie Hall NY NY Dec.2006
Southern Baptist Convention Exhibit Hall, Greensborough NC 2006
100 Huntley St TV program, Crossroads Ministries Ont. 2005
Wine Blues and All That Jazz Festival, Woodstock Ont. July 2005
Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, June, 2004
The Miracle Channel Lifeline Christmas program, Lethbridge AB Dec. 2004
GMA Music In The Rockies Estes Pk CO, 2004, daily showcase performance
Wav File, The Miracle Channel, Lethbridge AB 2004
Foodbank Roadshow Tour, Ont. 2003
Alberta Music Showcase, Edmonton AB 2003

Memberships & Affiliations

AFM—American Federation of Musicians
GMA—Gospel Music Association (USA)
CGMA—Canadian Gospel Music Association
SOCAN—Society Of Composers Authors and Music Publishers of Canada
CMP—Christian Music Presenters Nashville TN
AMIA—Alberta Music Industry Association
JAMM—Jacksonville Alliance Of Music Ministers FL
AngelAID-- Jacksonville FL
World Vision—Canada/USA
CMRRA----Canadian Musical Production Rights Agency Ltd.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:41

Michael English

Michael English's career in Christian music began way back in 1972. He was part of a family band called The Singing Samaritans at the age of 10. He sang Southern Gospel music with them for 8 years. He then joined a musical group called The Singing Americans. After two years he left the group, got married and joined another Gospel group The Goodmans. He then went back to The Singing Americans and released four albums with them. In 1984 he became the lead singer of The Gather Vocal Band. That same year he has his first child, a daughter. He spend almost a decade with the Gathers, releasing six albums. Finally in 1992 he released a solo album. The self titled album won him the Dove Award for Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

He continued to sing with the Gather Vocal Band as he released a second album, Hope. Things seemed to be going great for Micheal English. He received four Dove Awards for the Hope album, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Artist of the year. One week later everything changed. Micheal English admitted to having an affair and fellow married Gospel singer Marabeth Jordan was pregnant. In disgrace, he was dropped by his record label. He left the Gaither Band and returned his awards. That was only the begining. He soon split with his wife, then Marabeth Jordan had a misscarrage. Michael English begain partying in Nashville. His life hit bottom with meaningless relationships, alcohol and drug addictions. Radio stations and Christian bookstores began to pull Micheal English's material. But there was an outcry from fans who said that even though he was a sinner, his songs still had a good message. Meanwhile he released an album called Healing which contained only one new song, a duet whith country start Wynnona Judd. That was followed by a complete album that was released in the mainstream market called Freedom. He soon relapsed, then got clean, then relaped again. In 1998 he returned to Gospel music with an album called Gospel. This album was dedicated to his Grandy who had passed away. Despite the fact that he was singing Gospel music again, things had not gotten better for Michael English. He sold collectors items, even his stage clothes, on e-bay in order to pay for his worsening drug habit. His addiction to prescription pain killers and even harder drugs like heroin and cocaine became dangerous, eventually driving him to homelessness. But God was still working on him. In the midst of the most painful chapter in his life a friend brought up the song Heaven to Earth. A tune he knew well, having previously recorded it. He was told to listen to it again and pay attention to the message in the lyrics. He re-recorded that song and it became the title track to his next album.

By the end of the next year, all of the things Micheal English had been singing about became real. With the help of God and the accountability of friends and pastors, he got clean. Not yet ready to tell his story, he released a Christmas album in 2003 and a greatest hits album in 2006 with one new song. His latest album The Prodigal Comes Home, is a personal story of his life. It was released earlier this year along with an autobiography, also called the Prodigal Comes Home.

English rejoined the new five-member Gaither Vocal Band in 2009, singing lead.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:38

David Crowder* Band

David Crowder* Band consists of: David Crowder on Lead vocals and acoustic guitar.
Jack Parker on vocals and electric guitar (not to mention mandolin, banjo, Rhodes piano).
Mike Dodson on Bass (not to mention keyboards, cello and clarinet).
Mike Hogan on violin (not to mention turntables, guitar and various other strings).
Jeremy Bush on drums (not to mention bells, programming and other percussion).
And Mark Waldrop on electric guitar and noise box.

David Crowder went to a Christian college called Baylor University in Waco, Texas and was surprised to find out that many of his friends at the U did not go to church. He and pastor Chris Seay started a University Baptist Church. He began writing songs for the services in 1999 the church worship team made a couple of CDs calling themselves UBC worship. The band was soon signed by Sparrow Records and their first studio album under the name David Crowder* Band was called Can You Hear Us (2002). That was followed by Illuminate in 2003. Their next album would be the first to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Christian Chart, A Collision was released in 2005. That year they also were featured on the Chronicles of Narnia Soundtrack with the song Turkish Delight.

During the making of their next album David Crowder and the band checked in with fans every day with live webcams and YouTube videos. In 2008 Remedy was released. That album was followed by a live/DVD album called Remedy Club Tour - Live (2008). The latest album by the David Crowder Band is called Church Music (2009). This album has no gaps between songs so when played in order it is essentially one big 73 minute song. You can also put the album on repeat and it will seamlessly play forever.

In 2011 The David Crowder Band announced that their next album Give Us Rest would be their last album ever. As it turned out they decided to throw together one last album, a Christmas album called Oh For Joy. And that was it. 

After playing their last show together in early 2012 the members of the David Crowder band went their own way. Four of the former members have formed a new group called “The Digital Agree”. David Crowder himself has formed a new collective called simply "Crowder".

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:37


Combining explosive guitars with an intense longing for meaning, Drentch captivates the hearts of this generation draying them into an unforgettable 21st Century Worship experience.

Drentch is a concert/worship band based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Formed in 2000, Drentch is comprised of 4 members.

Drentch has recorded 3 completely original albums in Nashville TN.

The band is heavily involved in their local church - Bethesda Church Edmonton, where Mark is the generations:united pastor & worship director for the Church.

Their heart: music the avenue Christ the ministy.

Their last album was released in 2009. It's called Take Control.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:36


Downhere started at Briercrest Bible College in Saskatchewan. Mark Martel and Jason Germain formed the band while rooming together. They both wrote, sang and played gutar. Their first regular gig was nursing home. The two of them would visit the elderly and play music as part of an extra curricular ministry. The band came together when bassist Tyson Manning and drummer Jeremy Thiessen joined. 

Downhere released their first album in Canada on Slingshot Records in 1999. Meanwhile they were also performing in festivals around the country, winning Western Canadian Music Award, Outstanding Festival Act of the Year in 2000. The following year Downhere was signed by a major label, Word Records. Their self-titled album was re-done with their new bassist Glenn Lavender. In 2002 Downhere cleaned up in a number of awards ceremonies, winning the Covenant Award for Rock Album and Rock Song of the Year, and the Juno Award for Gospel Album of the Year. Their second album So Much For Substitutes was released in 2003 once again winning them the Covenant Awards for Rock Song and Album of the Year, as well as the American GMA Award for Modern Rock Recorded Song of the Year. In 2004 they made a DVD called While The World Is Asleep.

By 2006 they left Word and signed with Centricity Records and released the album Wide-Eyed And Mistifyed. You guessed it, they won the Rock Song and Album of the Year at the Covenant Awards, as well as Recorded Song of the Year for A Better Way. That album also took home the Juno for Gospel Song of the Year. In 2007 Downhear re-recorded some of their most popular songs acoustically in an album called Wide-Eyed And Simplified. That was followed by a full album of demo tracks called Thunder and Lighting. They also contributed two Christmas songs to the compilation album Bethlehem Skyline. Their album, Ending is Beginning was released on September 23, 2008.

How Many Kings: Songs for Christmas was released in 2009. Their next major release, On the Altar of Love is set for August 23, 2011.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:35

Jonny Diaz

Jonny Diaz grew up in Lakeland Florida. He was the youngest of four athletic brothers. In 2002 he started at Florida State University on a baseball scholarship. All three of his brothers had also gone to college on for baseball (two going on to play professionally.) But Johnny was the first to give up his sports dream for a different dream. Music. He started playing early on in college and released his first independent album Shades of White in 2003. That was followed by Everyday God in 2005.

After graduation he went to Nashville where he recorded another indie album They Need Love in 2007. That album sold over 12,000 copies and interest of several labels.


During that time Jonny Diaz opened in concert for a number of prominent Christian artists including Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercy Me, Shane and Shane, Bebo Norman, and KJ52. He also released an indie Christmas album called Come Let Us Adore.

Jonny Diaz had been working on another indie album, but before it was released he signed with INO records. More Beautiful You (2009) was his first album on a major record label.