Kari Jobe Biography
Last updated: 08/04/2014 06:48:00 AM
Young girls dream about becoming lawyers, fashion designers, nurses or mothers. Kari Jobe knew at 10 that she would be a worship leader. Raised in a Christian home with a father who was a traveling minister, Kari began singing in church when she was 3. She remembers her mother playing worship music in the house while growing up and even recalls the constant tug inside her toward worship. "I remember hearing a worship song that applied perfectly to a family that I knew and I knew that I wanted to write songs like that, for hurting people, songs that someone could speak to the Lord when they can't find the words."
Through high school and college, Kari watched God set the path before her as she began leading worship in various places. She spent time studying at Oral Roberts University, Christ For The Nations and Dallas Baptist University, where she finished her psychology and Pastoral Ministries degree. Her home church for 6 years thus far, Gateway Church in Southlake Texas, hired her as a worship pastor after graduation, an opportunity that caught her off guard. "I thought, ‘Are you sure? Me be a pastor?' But once again God was right on. I saw how God networked my life through ORU, Christ For The Nations and Dallas Baptist, giving me the tools to not only be a worship leader but a pastor."
A featured worship leader on Gateway Worship projects, Living for You and Wake Up the World, Kari Jobe released her self-titled debut through Gateway Create Publishing and Integrity Music on February 10, 2009. Produced by Ed Cash, the album contains a collection of worship pop/folk songs written by Kari Jobe as well as co-writes with worship leaders/songwriters Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Mia Fieldes, Ed Cash and Klaus Kuehn.
The album Kari Jobe features new versions of "Revelation Song," "No Sweeter Name" and "My Beloved," in addition to new songs of worship birthed from the life and journals of Kari. The deeply personal "You Are for Me" is a favorite of hers. "This song is gut-wrenching for me. There are times you are so broken that all you can do is sing over yourself with words like, ‘God is for me.' But I believe it is one song that people can use to remember that God is for us, so who can be against us." Songs of intimate musings are balanced with songs created for shouting. The buoyant "Everyone Needs a Little" bubbles with expressions of love, joy and hope for all and "I'm Singing" conveys a simple happiness of heart in vocal praise to God.
"This album is about hope and life; it's about lifting the broken off the floor and singing love over them," says Kari. "The songs create intimate moments and outward shouting, and it's my hope that these songs find the broken and lift them to a place of praise to God for what he's done."
Whether leading worship at Gateway or in other settings around the country, for Kari, the work of ministry always comes back to people. "I am moved by people's lives and stories, and I am amazed by who God is and who He says that we are. Music becomes a way to minister to people in times of trouble, to lead them to the feet of Jesus who can bring peace, life, hope and healing."