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Lebanon teen unveils worship album

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Worship music album release Kyrsten Paige releases her debut album, “Hope Unveiled,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, in Lebanon. The CD is priced at $15. For more info, go online to www.concertsofhope.org. By KEN BECKSpecial to The Wilson Post Kyrsten Paige, 19, seeks to soothe and serve the brokenhearted through her debut album, “Hope Unveiled,” with 13 original compositions inspired by faith, hope and love.The 2009 Lebanon High School grad wrote all 13 songs on the album, which include such titles as “Father I Come,” “I Will Praise You,” “Jesus I Love Thee” and “Anthem for the Broken.” A release party will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at Westland United Methodist Church.Her choice of album title comes from real-life experience.“It is a contemporary worship album, so it was kind of hard to figure out what to call it, but basically I watched what my mom and dad have gone through,” Paige said. “My dad was diagnosed as bipolar when he was 17, so I’ve watched as our family has had to cope with what people have said and done to us and have had the opportunity to get a glimpse of what a person who is suffering would feel like. “A lot of my music is catered to people who are broken or hurting and have had lives torn apart, and one thing they have lost is their hope. Hope is something that people need.”Paige began her project as a sophomore and received major support from her parents, Joyce and Glen Roseman. Sound engineer Ernie Fentress aided her in the recording studio where she played guitar and piano. The other musicians include Jhason Smith on bass guitar and Troy Clemons on drums. A second soprano whose voice can go both high and low, Paige has been told her singing is reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan and Alison Krauss.“My voice is very, very soothing. I have a lot of people tell me that mine is the kind of voice that causes your heart to be at ease on certain songs,” said the singer-songwriter, who favors acoustic sets with her guitar and a piano.Born in Greenville, S.C., Paige and her family, which includes sisters Kaitlyn, 16, and Kourtney, 15, have lived in Findlay, Ohio, and Port St. Lucie, Fla. They traveled as a family performing concerts at camps and churches for several years before moving to Lebanon in 2003 to be geographically centrally located. Home schooled through the first eight grades, Paige worked until past spring as a waitress at Cracker Barrel when she quit to complete her album.She began singing in earnest at 8, the same time she began writing poetry. At 9, she composed her first song. Her inspiration for “Hope Unveiled” came, obviously, from her faith in God.“For a while I was writing a lot of secular music. I wrote a ton of love songs in high school and still love that with all my heart, but I was really feeling a desire and a passion to write more worship music,” she said. “I started asking God to fill me with words and music, and He poured it out. It was a downpour. Almost every day, I was writing something new.”Paige enjoys reading, blogging, playing volleyball and attends Bible studies two nights a week with like-minded youths. In less than a month, plans are to launch on an unscripted adventure with her parents and siblings. “Our family is in the process of selling everything in our home, and we’re moving to the road full time in August to work with our nonprofit Concerts of Hope. Pretty much what is next is traveling and singing and being a part of what my parents are doing and part of their dream, which is my dream as well in a different form,” said the teenage singer-songwriter-producer about to become a gypsy of inspiration.Editor’s Note: Ken Beck may be contacted at kbtag2@gmail.com.
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