Chris­tian singer Jobe brings tour to Or­lando

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS - By Trevor Fraser Staff Writer tfraser@or­lan­dosen­tinel.com

Kari Jobe knows life can be pain­ful.

“Some­times, we can ex­pe­ri­ence such loss that it knocks the wind out of us,” said the Chris­tian singer.

It was dur­ing such a pe­riod that the Texas na­tive wrote much of what would be­come “The Gar­den,” her fifth stu­dio al­bum. The tour for the record. which re­leased in Fe­bru­ary, will bring her Fri­day to the Crosslife Church in Or­lando (7 p.m., 45 W. Broad­way St., $24.95-$74.95, 855-484-1991, pre­mier­pro­duc­tions.com).

While Jobe, 36, was preg­nant with her son, her sis­ter had a still­born birth. “I had all this sad­ness and anx­i­ety,” Jobe said. “I de­cided I was just go­ing to go in and write ev­ery­thing I’m feel­ing. My ques­tions of God, my pro­cess­ing of the whole thing, some days were more dif­fi­cult than oth­ers.”

But at her Nashville res­i­dence, Jobe found some com­fort in her gar­den, specif­i­cally find­ing it cov­ered in ivy, which was to be her sis­ter’s child’s mid­dle name. “I just felt seen by God,” she said. “It was like a pic­ture of God’s faith­ful­ness.

“Ivy is a very re­silient plant. It grows through re­ally harsh sit­u­a­tions, but it al­ways grows up and to­ward the light.”

Jobe, a pas­tor at Gate­way Church in Texas, re­leased her self-ti­tled de­but al­bum in 2009. In the past eight years, she has won three Dove Awards from the Gospel Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion (for “Le Canto” and “Glory Re­vealed II” in 2010 and “Ma­jes­tic” in 2014). She was nom­i­nated for a Grammy in 2013, which she said, com­ing from a sec­u­lar or­ga­ni­za­tion, “meant a lot. It felt like peo­ple were say­ing, ‘We’ve heard your stuff and it con­nected with us.’ ”

Mak­ing a con­nec­tion could be a sum­mary of Jobe’s goals in mu­sic, es­pe­cially for peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tragedy.

“A lot of the things I end up writ­ing are for peo­ple that are walk­ing through re­ally dif­fi­cult stuff,” she said. “I’ve al­ways had a de­sire to help peo­ple have songs that bring peace and bring life and get them out­side of their head.”

Jobe ad­mits that, as a Chris­tian song­writer, her ma­te­rial and that of her con­tem­po­raries can of­ten seem repet­i­tive. “With wor­ship writ­ers, we’re al­ways try­ing to say some­thing new,” she said.

It’s the in­di­vid­ual scene that leads to a song that sep­a­rates them from each other.

“When you’re writ­ing some­thing from an en­counter you’ve had, that’s al­ways go­ing to im­pact peo­ple,” she said. “We can con­nect to any kind of song whether it’s Chris­tian or not.”

The voice be­hind sin­gles such as “Healer” and “What Love Is This,” Jobe rec­og­nizes the ex­treme cir­cum­stances that have led to some of the world’s most clas­sic hymns. She cites Ho­ra­tio Spaf­ford’s “It Is Well With My Soul,” which was writ­ten af­ter the death of all of his chil­dren in the 19th cen­tury. “Be­ing writ­ten on the ocean while this man loses his fam­ily, it’s just amaz­ing.”

She doesn’t know if her own work will be col­lected in the same way, but she hopes it has a sim­i­lar im­pact as the works of a hym­nal.

“I want to write songs for peo­ple that … maybe could put words into their mouths for when they pray,” she said. “That would be the coolest legacy I could see.”

COUR­TESY OF CAMERON POW­ELL

Chris­tian singer Kari Jobe says she wants her work to res­onate with peo­ple go­ing through tough times. She will per­form Fri­day at Crosslife Church in Or­lando.

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