Singer and songwriter Carolyn Arends will be celebrating 20 years since the release of her first album. On October 1st, she will be releasing an acoustic project where she has re-recorded 11 of her formerly released songs and one new song. In order to decide what songs to include for this project, she has enlisted the help of her fans who voted as to which their favorite Arends song is.
Arends writes: "Yesterday, our long-suffering engineer, co-producer and de-facto trio member Roy Salmond finished mixing the project, and it's been sent off to the mastering lab for the final touches. It's called, JUST GETTING STARTED: An acoustic reflection on 20 years in music. We hope to have it available as a free download by October 1st."
Here is the songlist for JUST GETTING STARTED: An acoustic reflection on 20 years in music.
1. JUST GETTING STARTED (2015)
2. NEW YEAR'S DAY (originally recorded on Feel Free, 1997)
3. SEIZE THE DAY (originally recorded on I Can Hear You, 1995)
4. UNDER THE GAZE (originally recorded on Under the Gaze, 2004)
5. HAPPY (originally recorded on This Much I Understand, 1999)
6. REACHING (originally recorded on I Can Hear You, 1995)
7. IN BETWEEN (originally recorded on This Much I Understand, 1999)
8. DO WE DARE (originally recorded on Feel Free, 1997)
9. SOMETHING TO GIVE (originally recorded on Pollyanna's Attic, 2006)
10. FATHER, THY WILL BE DONE (originally recorded on Feel Free, 1997)
11. IN GOOD HANDS (originally recorded on This Much I Understand, 1999)
12. THE LAST WORD (originally recorded on Love Was Here First, 2009)
Arends began her career as a songwriter at Benson Music Publishing. In 1995, Carolyn began touring and releasing albums as a singer and guitarist. Her debut release that year (I Can Hear You) was released through Reunion Records. I Can Hear You reached No. 37 on Billboard Magazine's Contemporary Christian Chart in 1996. Feel Free peaked at No. 10 on the chart in 1997.
More recently her albums have been distributed by Signpost Music (Steve Bell's label). She is the winner of two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and six GMA Canada Covenant Awards. Carolyn co-hosted the 29th Annual Covenant Awards in 2007 (with Leland Klassen) and the 31st Annual Covenant Awards in 2009 (with Arlen Salte).