Laura Story

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Laura Story
Birth name Laura Mixon Story
Born Augusta, Georgia
Genres CCM
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Associated acts Silers Bald
Website laurastorymusic.com

Laura Mixon Story Elvington (born c. September 5, 1978) is an American contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter from Spartanburg, South Carolina.[1]

Her single off the album Blessings became her first to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, making her one of the few female Christian artists to ever reach the top of the singles chart. The single eventually went on to win the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.

Career[edit]

Story began her career in 1996 when she met Shane Williams, from the band Silers Bald, at Columbia International University. Williams asked Story to join the band and she became their bass player. Story released four independent albums with the band.[2]

When the band was about to sign a deal with Essential Records, Story's manager suggested she record a solo album. In 2002, Story left Silers Bald and began working on her first album, Indescribable, which was released independently that same year. In 2004, the title track of her album was recorded by Chris Tomlin in his album, Arriving. Tomlin's version peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs and was included in the compilation album Passion: How Great Is Our God. The band Avalon also recorded a version of the song for the WOW Worship 2006 album.[3]

Story released her second independent album in 2005, titled There Is Nothing. The album was produced by Ed Cash and Mitch Dane. During that year, she also married Martin Elvington, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to become an associate worship leader at Perimeter Church.[4]

In 2006, Story signed a record contract with INO Records and two years later, released her third album, Great God Who Saves. The album was also produced by Ed Cash.[5] In 2010, she was nominated for a Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.[6]

Story released her third studio album, God of Every Story, on September 30, 2013.[citation needed]

Blessings[edit]

In May 2011 Story released her fourth album titled Blessings. To date the album has become her biggest commercial success having debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart, giving Story her highest placement ever on the album chart. In June 2011, the first single off the album, also titled "Blessings", reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, giving Story her first number one hit and making her one of the few female Christian artists to ever reach the top of the singles chart.[citation needed] In an interview, Story explains "Blessings is just a bunch of songs about worshipping when life is hard". Her husband Martin Elvington was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and she wondered "Why didn't you just fix it, God? You're all powerful and all loving… just fix it." Later after mentioning her desire to return to normal, her sister said "You know, I think the detour is actually the road." She realized that "Spending time with [husband] Martin obviously makes me happy, but it makes me a better person. That's the blessing of it."[7]

After the success of Story's Grammy-winning song, Blessings, a 30-day devotional book was released entitled What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops? (Worthy Publishing, 2012 ISBN 978-1-60587-322-0). Each chapter contains thoughts, prayers and quotes along with a journaling page for the reader to recall blessings they have seen in their own lives.[8]

Discography[edit]

Solo Albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard
Christian Albums
[9]
(Peak Position)
2002
Indescribable
2005
There Is Nothing
2008
Great God Who Saves
25
2011
Blessings
1
2013
God of Every Story
7

With Silers Bald[edit]

Release date Title
1997 Climbing
1998 Live at Town Theater
1999 Nothing Else Beside
2000 Silers Bald

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US US
Christ

[10]
2008
"Mighty To Save"
9
Great God Who Saves
2011
"Blessings"
107
1
Blessings
2013 "I Can Just Be Me"
117
14
God of Every Story
"Grace"
-
12

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Award Result
2012 Best Contemporary Christian Music Song ("Blessings") Won

GMA Dove Awards[edit]

Year Award Result
2006 Song of the Year ("Indescribable") Nominated
Worship Song of the Year ("Indescribable") Nominated
2009 Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year ("Bless the Lord") Nominated
Inspirational Album of the Year (Great God Who Saves) Won
Praise & Worship Album of the Year (Great God Who Saves) Nominated
2010 Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2011 Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2012 Artist of the Year Nominated
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year (Blessings) Won
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Blessings) Won
Song of the Year (Blessings) Won

Bibliography[edit]

What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?, Worthy Publishing, 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andree Farias, Copyright Christianity Today International (June 23, 2008). ""Introducing ...Laura Story"". Thefish.com. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Silers Bald". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Newreleasetuesday.com. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Perimeter Church - Staff Listing". Perimeter.org. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Biography in Amazon.com
  6. ^ "41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced | Tune In Music City | The Tennessean". Blogs.tennessean.com. February 18, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Caroline Lusk (May 7, 2011). "Storytelling: Laura Story finds blessing in the story gone different Laura; by Caroline Lusk; Today's Christian Music; May 07, 2011". Todayschristianmusic.com. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops? Worthy Inspired, 2012
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/306636/laura+story/chart?f=310
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/306636/laura+story/chart?f=355

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