Kari Jobe

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Kari Jobe
Background information
Birth nameKari Brooke Jobe
Born (1981-04-06) April 6, 1981 (age 39)
Waco, Texas, United States
OriginSouthlake, Texas
GenresContemporary Christian, contemporary worship
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, worship leader
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2003–present
LabelsSparrow, EMI CMG
Associated actsGateway Worship, Klaus Kuehn, Desperation Band

Kari Brooke Jobe (born April 6, 1981) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. Since her first album in 2009, she has received one Grammy Award nomination and nine Dove Award nominations, four of which she won.


Kari Jobe was born in 1981, in Waco, Texas,[1] to parents Mark and Caroline "Sandy" (née Bragg) Jobe and was raised in Watauga, Texas, and Hurst, Texas; both suburbs of Fort Worth. She has two siblings, Kristen and Caleb. Jobe began singing at the age of three[2] and became a Christian at the age of five. As she grew older, she attended Oral Roberts University, Christ for the Nations Institute and Dallas Baptist University and obtained her degree in pastoral studies and psychology.[3]

She became known with the successes "Revelation Song" and "Holy Spirit" released in 2009. [4]

After graduation, Jobe accepted an invitation to serve as associate worship pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, where she had been attending for six years. She worked alongside her father, Mark, who serves as campus pastor of Gateway's flagship campus in Southlake.[5] She has traveled internationally on mission trips to lead worship.[6] Jobe was also a member of Gateway Worship, a Christian worship band associated with Gateway Church. Their live album, Wake Up the World, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart in 2008.

Aside from being a worship leader and pastor, Jobe released her first major label self-titled debut album in February 2009 by Integrity Music/Columbia Records/Gateway Create.

2009–2011: Kari Jobe[edit]

Jobe released her self-titled debut album on February 10, 2009. The album charted at No. 67 on the Billboard 200[7][8] and No. 3 on Billboard's Christian music chart. A Spanish-language version of the album was released under the name Le Canto. Prior to releasing Kari Jobe, Jobe had released a compilation album, Kari Jobe, a live concert album, Throneroom Worship: Live Acoustic Worship, and a Christmas album, Bethlehem.

From her self-titled album, "I'm Singing" debuted at No. 13 on Billboard's Christian singles chart.[9] Jobe's second single, "Healer", was released in 2009 and debuted at No. 33 on Billboard's Soft A/C chart.[10] She released the single "Adore Him" in 2009, which appeared as part of Integrity Music's compilation album Worship and Adore: A Christmas Offering.

She won two Dove Awards for Special Event Album of the Year and Spanish Language album and was nominated for New Artist of the Year.[11][12]

In 2011, Jobe signed with EMI CMG Sparrow Records.[13]

2012–2017: Where I Find You, Majestic, and Majestic Revisited[edit]

Jobe performing in 2013

Jobe released her second recording project, Where I Find You, on January 24, 2012. The album debuted at No. 75 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[14] The album also debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.[15] Jobe later released her first EP, The Acoustic Sessions (Live), later that year.

Jobe received her first Grammy nomination for Where I Find You as Best Contemporary Christian Album in 2012.[16]

In May 2013, Jobe competed in season two of GSN's The American Bible Challenge, along with Sheila Walsh and author Lisa Harper. Their charity was The A21 Campaign, an anti-trafficking organization that aims to abolish slavery.[17]

Jobe announced the recording of a live worship album that was recorded on November 20 and 21, 2013, at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas.[18] Majestic was released on March 25, 2014, and was preceded by its first single, "Forever", on February 18.[19]

Majestic Revisited was released on September 25, 2015. The album include songs from Majestic rerecorded in the studio and in a different style.[20]

2017–present: The Garden[edit]

"The Cause of Christ" was released on November 4, 2016, as the lead single from her fourth studio album, The Garden.[21] Three other singles: "Heal Our Land", "Fall Afresh" and "The Garden"[22][23] were released before the album's release on February 3, 2017.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2014, Jobe confirmed via Instagram that she became engaged to fellow Gateway Worship artist Cody Carnes.[25] The two married on November 21, 2014.[26]

On the red carpet at the Dove Awards 2015, Jobe announced she and her husband were expecting a son.[27] Jobe announced in June 2018 that she and her husband were expecting their second child,[28] who was born on February 1, 2019.[29]

In December 2019, the couple visited the White House and prayed for President Donald Trump. They also appeared in a video praising the Trump administration.[30] In response to criticism about the visit, the pair said, "We didn't know that we were going to take a picture in the Oval Office or know they were going to post it. I didn't know they were going to use a video interview that we did talking about how amazing it was to be in a White House leading worship."[31]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Christ
US Digital
UK Christ
Bethlehem[citation needed]
Kari Jobe
  • Release date: February 10, 2009
  • Label: Sparrow
63 3
Where I Find You
  • Release date: January 24, 2012
  • Label: Sparrow
10 1 5
The Garden
  • Release date: February 3, 2017
  • Label: Sparrow, KAJE
22 2 6 1

Live albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Christ
US Digital
UK Christ
  • Release date: March 25, 2014
  • Label: Sparrow
12 1 4
The Blessing[37]
  • Release date: October 23, 2020
  • Label: Sparrow


List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales

Throneroom Worship: Live Acoustic Worship
Le Canto
Prepare the Way – A Night of Worship With Klaus and Kari Jobe
Donde Te Encuentro
Majestic: Revisited
  • Released: September 25, 2015
  • Label: Sparrow


List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions

The Acoustic Sessions (Live)
  • Released: July 13, 2012
  • Label: Sparrow


Year Single Chart positions Certifications Album
US Bubb.


Christ. AC

Christ. Digital

2008 "I'm Singing" 49 Kari Jobe
"Le Canto" Le Canto
2009 "Pure" non-album single
"Adore Him" 24 22 Worship and Adore: A Christmas Offering
2010 "You Are for Me" 49 Kari Jobe
"Healer" 24
2012 "We Are" 8 15 3 Where I Find You
"What Love Is This"
"Steady My Heart" 16 25 4
2014 "Forever" 6 19 28 2 Majestic
2015 "I Am Not Alone" 9 9 13 9
2016 "The Cause of Christ" 29 10 The Garden
"Heal Our Land" 27
2017 "Fall Afresh" 38
"The Garden" 20 16
"Let Your Glory Fall" 34
2018 "Cover the Earth"
(featuring Cody Carnes)
29 31 11 non-album single
2020 "The Blessing"
(with Elevation Worship and Cody Carnes)
15 2 7 5 1 The Blessing[37]
"First Love" 31 16
(featuring Cody Carnes)
"Let the Light In" 34
"Your Nature" 42

Compilation with Gateway Worship[edit]

  • 2005: Kari Jobe

Appearances on other albums[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2010 Dove Awards Best New Artist of the Year Nominated
Spanish Language Album of the Year (Le Canto) Won
Special Events Album of the Year (Glory Revealed II: The Word of God in Worship) [Split win with Matt Maher]) Won
2013 Grammy Award Best Contemporary Christian Album (Where I Find You) Nominated
2014 Dove Awards Worship Album of the Year (Majestic) Won
2015 Dove Awards Song of the Year ("Forever") Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
2017 Dove Awards Recorded Music Packaging of the Year (The Garden) Won
Worship Album of the Year (The Garden) Nominated
Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year Won


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