Local Christian Artist Launches Music Ministry
Jacksonville Christian artist and songwriter Joanna Norris has just launched a Christian music ministry that showcases her original music in an effort to encourage people and to draw them into a closer relationship with God.
The Southside resident is a native of Western Kentucky and has lived in Jacksonville for 18 years. She has been singing since she was 7 years old and has served on the Praise & Worship Team and in the Celebration Choir at San Jose Baptist Church for seven years.
Her passion is sharing the love of Jesus Christ and encouraging others through her original lyrics and music. Her CD “Walkin’ on Water” reflects her own life journey, the good times as well as the hard times, with Christ.
“My journey, like most people, hasn’t always been easy. The Lord has used the dark, difficult times in my life as well as His daily blessings in my life to mold me and make me into the person I am today,” said Norris. “My original lyrics reflect my life journey with God. I feel He wants me to use those life experiences to give others hope and to point them to Him.”
The goal of her music ministry is to share her original music in concerts/worship services at area churches, events, retreats, conferences, etc., wherever there is a need and wherever God opens a door, at no charge.
“God has gifted Joanna with a beautiful voice and the ability to write
lyrics that connect with people and communicate her passion for Christ,” said Alan Walker, minister of Worship & Music at Neptune Baptist Church. “I was privileged to have her in my music ministry for five years, and I can say without a doubt that her passion is to glorify God and be a blessing to people by being faithful with her gift.”
“The depth of Joanna’s walk with Christ is evidenced by her testimony in word and song. Her authentic life and passionate pursuit of Christ overflows into a deep experience of worship and adoration,” noted Rev. Mike Reed, pastor of San Jose Baptist Church.
Norris will be leading in musical worship and singing some of her original music at New Berlin Road Church on Sunday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m. To find out more about Joanna Norris or to listen to her original music from the CD “Walkin’ on Water,” go to her MySpace page.