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2010 Performers

Ginny Owens - Composer, Singer, Performer

Jackson, Miss., native Ginny Owens lost her sight as a child as a result of a degenerative eye condition, but gained her vision to spend her life impacting others through music.  Ginny’s prodigy for piano composition led to her degree in music education from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., in the mid-90s.    After graduation, finding a job as a blind teacher proved to be difficult, leading Ginny onto a path of becoming an artist.  Ginny released her debut album “Without Condition” in 1999 selling nearly a million records and performing  more than 1,500 concerts.  Ginny was honored with a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year (2000) and Inspirational Song of the Year (2001).  Ginny now writes and records as an independent artist, giving her freedom of time and creativity to meet the needs and wishes of her fans. Ginny believes that, “God intends for each of our lives to be filled with meaning and purpose, and my desire is to communicate that through the lyrics I write, the music I sing, and the life I live.”

James David Carter - Special Guest Performer

Master of the piano and guitar, James David Carter is blazing a trail of melody and harmony throughout the music world. Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Carter relocated to Atlanta and has been playing at churches and other venues across the country. In 2008, he released a solo album called, “To Be Continued” and has contributed to many artist’s albums, including the most recent “North Point Christmas” (2010). With influences like James Taylor, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Robin Thicke, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Milsap and more, Carter’s sound is memorable and powerful. He says, “I'm a big kid. I love to laugh. I gravitate to people who don't feel the need to impress, but are cool with just being themselves.”

Previous Performers

2007 – Third Day and Atlanta Youth Academy Chorus

Third Day:  Over the past decade, Third Day as amassed 24 No.1 radio singles and sold almost 6 million albums, with RIAA certifications including one Platinum record, one Platinum DVD, and six Gold records.  The band has garnered 24 career Dove Awards, three GRAMMY Awards (from nine previous nominations), two consecutive American Music Award nods, multiple ASCAP honors and has developed a historic partnership with Chevrolet.  Third Day has maintained a touring record second-to-none by playing for audiences reaching into the millions.  In addition to these many accolades, the band is most proud of its humanitarian efforts that include raising nearly $200,000 for the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and encouraging over 15,000 fans to sponsor children across the globe through the work of World Vision.

Atlanta Youth Academy Chorus:  The Atlanta Youth Academy’s vision is to equip students, the youth of Atlanta’s inner city, with the academic tools, social skills and high character traits necessary to afford them the opportunity of a post high-school education and a purposeful, productive and Spirit-filled life.  Graduating students from the Atlanta Youth Academy are now attending some of the most prestigious prep schools in America.  These students are light and salt in the world around them.

2008 – Aaron Shust and Sangeetkar

Aaron Shust:  Singer-songwriter Aaron Shust burst onto the music scene in 2006 with his debut album “Anything Worth Saying.”  The album’s most popular track, “My Savior, My God,” was named Song of the Year at the 2007 Dove Awards, and Aaron took home prizes for Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year.  His sophomore album, “Whispered and Shouted,” was released in June 2007.  Prior to making it big in the music business, Aaron served for five years as worship leader for Perimeter Church in Atlanta.  He and his wife Sarah have a 2-year-old son, Daniel.

Sangeetkar:  Sangeetkar, a group of instrumental musicians from the Indian subcontinent, performs North Indian classical compositions and folk tunes from India, Afganistan and Bangladesh.  Formed in 1982 in Atlanta, Sangeetkar has preformed at art and music festivals, banquets, fundraisers and community events throughout the Southeastern U.S.  Sangeetkar has been featured on public television and radio and at special events in Atlanta.  Members of the group are Amitava Sen on the violin, M. H. Akmal on the sitar, Rafi Akbarzada on the rabab, Apurva Shrivastava and Aditya Shrivastava on the flute, and Shekhar Pendalwar on the tabla.  The word “sangeetkar” means “music makers.”

2009 – Rudy Vaughn and ONE Atlanta Music

Rudy Vaughn grew up dabbling in R&B and in virtually every other music style imaginable.  His teen and college years found him playing drums and sax for a variety of bands, sharing the stage with artists like Ben Folds and Matt Wertz.  He graduated  from the University of Kentucky with a jazz and saxophone performance degree.

Rudy then headed to Atlanta where he started a recording studio and teaching school called Melody Lane Studios.  He quickly found the stage at 12Stone Church to be a home base for his songwriting and performing.  His band, the Rudy Vaughn Band, recently won the national Hard Rock CafĂ© Battle of the bands, earning a spot opening for Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews at Hyde Park in London.

Rudy is part of ONE Atlanta Music, a collective of artists, writers, and producers with diverse musical backgrounds creating music for this generation and those to come—music that crosses genres, addresses multicultural challenges, and connects with a culture that is looking for hope.