Mak­ing a joy­ful sound

Chris­tian mu­si­cian cuts first album

The Covington News - - Religion - By Colleen Capes Jack­son

A col­lec­tion of gospel lyrics writ­ten down over the past 20 years and stored in a “ maybe one day” folder, be­came a dream­come- true for gospel song­writer Kay Miller, as she re­leased her new album “ By His Spirit” in Septem­ber of last year.

The lyrics, which were in­spired by life’s lessons, take lis­ten­ers into a higher level and realm of praise and wor­ship. A bonus in­stru­men­tal album called “ Com­mut­ing with God” is in­cluded.

“ I give all the glory to God and I hope the songs will bless ev­ery­one that hears them,” Miller said. “ I have sung them a cap­pella over the years and re­cently God has put tal­ented peo­ple in my path to pro-

“A s I prayed for help, God gave me the lyrics. I’ve been face to face with the en­emy, but I am hand in hand with the Lord.”

duce this album.”

Miller re­counts a dream where God asked her what she had done with the songs he had given her. Not want­ing to face God and tell him that she had hid­den her tal­ents and done noth­ing, Miller said she pur­posed in her heart to do some­thing.

“ I didn’t know what to do, and I asked God to put the peo­ple in my life to help me,” she con­fessed.

Miller met John John­son in 2006 when he came to speak to the East Metro At­lanta Chris­tian Writ­ers. A song­writ­ers di­vi­sion was born as a re­sult of that meet­ing and lo­cal song­writ­ers met monthly at John­son Broth-

— Kay Miller Chris­tian record­ing artist

ers Stu­dio un­der the di­rec­tion of John John­son, Cindy Reynolds and Cindi Hall — the lat­ter sang back ground vo­cals for her album. Miller cred­its th­ese key peo­ple for un­leash­ing her de­sire to move for­ward with her mu­sic.

“ This was my first op­por­tu­nity to see the record­ing process,” said the novice as she ex­plained the im­por­tance of be­ing as­so­ci­ated with creative peo­ple. “At our first meet­ing, John recorded a demo for Cindy Reynolds and she made it look so easy.”

Miller de­scribed her own record­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as ex­hil­a­rat­ing as John­son led her through the process and ar­ranged the mu­sic.

“ John was able to take what I had been hear­ing in my head for 20 years and start play­ing it ef­fort­lessly,” she re­marked. “ He was ex­tremely pa­tient with me as I sang with the demo at home un­til I be­came com­fort­able to record.”

Miller used her 25 years ex­pe­ri­ence in print­ing to cre­ate the de­sign and cover of the album. She was given per­mis­sion by her friend Don Hills to use pho­to­graphs he had taken of Colorado.

“ I re­mem­ber think­ing how could any­one deny there is a God look­ing at th­ese pic­tures,” she said.

Soon to be fea­tured at Prospect Methodist, Miller has de­lighted con­gre­ga­tions at Sewell, Al­covy and Love Joy Methodist Churches with By His Spirit Min­istries, in­spired by Zechariah 4: 6 “ Not by might, nor power but by my spirit, saith the lord.”

Her gospel con­certs in­clude fa­vorites such as “ Where is my Place,” “ Deeper in your Love,” “ What the En­emy Meant for Evil ( God Turned it into Good),” “ Sac­ri­fice of Praise,” “ Make God your First Choice,” “ Face to Face,” “ Lord Fill me up to Over­flow­ing,” “ Tell Them I’m Je­sus” and “ He is Risen.” Sev­eral have been aired on WJGA 92.1 FM in Jack­son.

“As I have the op­por­tu­nity to sing at other churches and share the gospel, I want to min­is­ter to peo­ple,” she said. “ I want the mes­sage in the song to help peo­ple and touch them.”

Miller’s songs grew out of her de­sire to go deeper in love and higher in praise with Christ and were a re­sult of some­thing she was pray­ing about or a sit­u­a­tion she was in­volved in.

“ The songs res­onated in my spirit,” said Miller as she re­called be­ing awak­ened in the mid­dle of night. The lyrics would start off with the prob­lem, but by the time the song was fin­ished, God would give me back the an­swer to the prayer or con­cern.”

The day Miller lost her job at Bi­o­Lab, she re­calls walk­ing out to the park­ing lot and as she threw her hands in the air, she asked, “ God, where is my place?” The next day, God gave her the an­swer and lyrics — with wor­ship and praise and seek­ing him, she would find her way.

The lyrics in “ Face to Face” came to life when she was work­ing at Mike’s Print­ing and an es­caped con­vict tried un­suc­cess­fully to force her to drive him to a lo­ca­tion.

“As I prayed for help, God gave me the lyrics,” she said. “ I’ve been face to face with the en­emy, but I am hand in hand with the Lord.”

As Miller wrote the words in a prayer­ful at­ti­tude to “ Deeper in Your Love,” she re­al­ized God was pre­par­ing her to work in a home­less min­istry at Athens Chris­tian Col­lege.

Miller con­veyed how God has used her to in­ter­cede in prayer for friends such as Tammy Greene, who was fac­ing surgery.

“As I prayed with her on the phone for heal­ing, I felt she would be all right,” she said, re­call­ing how God gave her re­as­sur­ance through the lyrics to “ What the En­emy Meant for EvilGod Turned it into Good.”

Born in Tampa, Fla., and grand­daugh­ter of a Bap­tist min­is­ter and poet, Miller’s par­ents were in the restau­rant busi­ness and the fam­ily moved of­ten.

“ We never stayed at one school very long,” she said, ex­plain­ing how she be­came an ex­tro­vert. “As I was grow­ing up with five other sib­lings, there was al­ways mu­sic around the house. My mother was a tal­ented singer and cut a demo for a com­mer­cial.”

Mar­ried to Glenn Miller, they moved to New­born in 1974 and she ac­cepted Christ at the age of 19. A grad­u­ate of the Cer­ti­fied Cus­tomer Ser­vice Spe­cial­ist Pro­gram at DeKalb Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, Miller be­gan a ca­reer in the print­ing in­dus­try and worked for The Cov­ing­ton News for 14 years and other area busi­nesses. She is cur­rently the cus­tomer re­la­tions man­ager at James Brown Truck­ing. The cou­ple has a son, Shon, who is sta­tioned in Oklahoma in the Navy, a daugh­ter, Lisa and 6 grand­chil­dren.

Miller has been ac­tive in the church and com­mu­nity as Sun­day school and VBS teacher, Girl Scout leader and cur­rently serves in the choir at Cov­ing­ton Chris­tian Church.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Miller at ( 404) 234- 8571 or visit www. mys­pace. com/ by­hisspir­itkaymiller.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Artist and album: and is a mem­ber.

Lo­cal singer and song­writer Kay Miller shows off her album “ By his Spirit” at Cov­ing­ton Chris­tian Church where she sings in the choir

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