Bethany Dillon

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Bethany Dillon
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Background information
Birth nameBethany Joy Adelsberger
Born (1988-09-22) September 22, 1988 (age 31)
Bellefontaine, Ohio[1]
GenresCCM, acoustic

Bethany Dillon (born Bethany Joy Adelsberger on September 22, 1988) is a Contemporary Christian music artist. In 2008, she married contemporary Christian recording artist Shane Barnard of Shane & Shane and has started to release music under the name Bethany Barnard.


Bethany started playing guitar at age 10, with Jennifer Knapp serving as an early influence.[2] Dillon's musical career began at age 13, recording an independent album, Vulnerable, that ended up in the hands of EMI executive Brad O'Donnell. Audiences connected with her first record almost immediately, and the results included several hit singles, multiple Dove nods, critical acclaim, and an exponentially increasing grassroots fan base that propelled her career forward in great leaps.

First album[edit]

Her self-titled debut album, released in 2004, was the highest selling female solo debut album for the year and attracted GMA nominations for both Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year. The radio single All I Need reached the number one position on the U.S. charts.[3]

Music career[edit]

Dillon performs at a Patriot Day ceremony at Fort Gillem in 2009.

Dillon released her second album titled Imagination in August 2005 – the CD which prompted CCM Magazine to label her as the future of contemporary Christian music.[4][5]

Ed Cash teamed up with Dillon yet again to produce an eleven-track album, all of which were written or co-written by Dillon. The result was her 2007 album, Waking Up released on April 3. "Waking Up is the most joyful record I've made," Bethany explains, "even though it revolves around themes of brokenness and this feeling of being really, really small in the presence of God. When the Lord is growing something in me, it feels like a lot of things are dying—because they really are. And when the Lord is making things soft and vulnerable in me, it's really painful. But even so, I think this is the freest sounding project I've created."

Co-produced by GMA's 2005 producer of the Year Ed Cash, as well as Will Hunt and John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band), Waking Up embraces big questions of suffering, barrenness, vulnerability, romance, and faithfulness. Like the writers Bethany has modeled herself after, she proves herself willing to live and create in that place of ambivalent tension that inevitably comes from refusing to settle for easy, feel-good answers. And yet, like the psalmist, Bethany has a penchant for finding the redemption in the midst of the pain.

Dillon appears on the Music inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack, singing "Hero". One track from Imagination, entitled "Dreamer", is featured in the end credits for the film of the same name (Dreamer starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning). A music video was created for this song, using clips from the film. Dillon also has a track on the Bridge to Terabithia soundtrack album, although her song - "When You Love Someone" - is not heard in the film.

In late 2007, Dillon opened on a tour with Steven Curtis Chapman, along with Sanctus Real. This was Chapman's Live in the Moment Tour.

On March 29, 2008, Dillon was wed in Xenia, Ohio, to Shane Barnard of Shane & Shane.[6]

In 2016, Dillon and her husband Shane Barnard released the song "Covenant" on YouTube alongside a fundraising campaign for the recording of a new studio effort to be launched independently in 2017 under her new stage name, Bethany Barnard.[7] On February 10, 2017, she independently released A Better Word.[8]




The Beautiful Sessions (released February 11, 2004)

    Track listing:

  1. "Beautiful"
  2. "Move Forward"
  3. "Beautiful (Acoustic)"
  4. "Great Big Mystery (Acoustic)"
  5. "For My Love (Acoustic)"
  6. "Revolutionaries (Acoustic)"
Connect Sets (released December 13, 2005)

    Track listing:

  1. "All That I Can Do"
  2. "Hallelujah"
  3. "Beautiful"
Top Five Hits: Bethany Dillon (released December 5, 2006)

    Track listing:

  1. "All I Need"
  2. "Beautiful"
  3. "Hero"
  4. "Dreamer"
  5. "Hallelujah"
To Those Who Wait (released March 16, 2012)

    Track listing:

  1. "Satisfy (Tappety Intro)"
  2. "Satisfy (live)"
  3. "To Those Who Wait (live)"
  4. "You're the Best Song (live)"
  5. "You Did Not Have a Home (live)"


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Christian Songs
"All I Need" 2004 4 Bethany Dillon
"Beautiful" 7
"Lead Me On" 27
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" (digital only) 14
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" 2005 WOW Christmas: Green
"All That I Can Do" 24 Imagination
"Hallelujah" 28
"Dreamer" 2006 31 39
"The Kingdom" 2007 Waking Up
"Let Your Light Shine"
"When You Love Someone" 28 Music from and Inspired by Bridge to Terabithia
"Everyone to Know" 2009 44 Stop & Listen



GMA Dove Awards[edit]

Year Award Result
2005 New Artist of the Year Nominated
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Bethany Dillon) Nominated
2006 Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated[11]


  1. ^ Bethany Dillon Bio - Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  2. ^ niNe. magazine, August/September/October 2006
  3. ^ "Profile". Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Free Bethany Dillon Music Online, Music Downloads, Music Videos and Lyrics - Rhapsody Online Archived February 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Bethany Dillon Graces Cover of August '05 CCM Magazine @ - 40 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 25 Countries". Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Jackson, Kevin (August 1, 2007). "Bethany Dillon Engaged to Shane Barnard of Shane & Shane". The Christian Post. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  7. ^ Bethany Barnard (September 27, 2016), Covenant by Bethany Barnard, retrieved October 23, 2016
  8. ^ " Bethany Barnard, "A Better Word" Review". Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Bethany Dillon Christian Songs chart". Billboard magazine. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  10. ^ "Bethany Dillon Adult Contemporary chart". Billboard magazine. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  11. ^ 37th Annual GMA Awards Nominations and Winners Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine on; Jones, Kim

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