Kari Jobe

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Kari Jobe
Kari Jobe at Burning Lights (cropped).jpg
Background information
Birth name Kari Brooke Jobe
Born (1981-04-06) April 6, 1981 (age 34)
Waco, Texas, United States
Origin Southlake, Texas
Genres Contemporary Christian, contemporary worship
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, associate worship pastor
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels Sparrow, EMI CMG
Associated acts Gateway Worship, Klaus Kuehn, Desperation Band
Website karijobe.com

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 three Dove Award nominations, two of which she won. Jobe is also a worship pastor at Gateway Church, a charismatic megachurch in Southlake, Texas.


Kari Jobe was born in Waco, Texas[1] to parents Mark and Caroline "Sandy" (née Bragg) Jobe and was raised in Watauga, Texas and Hurst, Texas. She has two siblings, Kristen and Caleb. Jobe first 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.[citation needed] In 2004, Kari Jobe came into the Christian music spotlight with her performance of "Revelation Song" while at Christ for the Nations Institute.[citation needed]

After graduation, Jobe accepted an invitation to serve as associate worship pastor at Gateway Church, where she'd been attending for six years. She works alongside her father, Mark, in the church[3] and has traveled internationally on mission trips to lead worship.[4] Jobe is 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 shot to No. 67 on the Billboard 200 list,[5] and No. 1 on iTunes' Christian music chart.[6] 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 has released a compilation album titled Kari Jobe, a live concert album titled Throneroom Worship: Live Acoustic Worship and a Christmas album titled Bethlehem.

From her self-titled album, "I'm Singing" debuted at No. 13 on Billboard's Christian singles chart.[7] Jobe's second single, "Healer" was released in 2009 and debuted at No. 33 on Billboard's Soft A/C chart.[8] She released the single "Adore Him" in 2009, the song appearing 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.[9][10]

In 2011, Jobe signed with EMI CMG Sparrow Records.[11]

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

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.[12] The album also debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.[citation needed] 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.[13]

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 A21 Campaign, an anti-trafficking organization that aims to abolish slavery.[14]

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[15] and was titled Majestic. It was released on March 25, 2014, and was preceded by its first single, "Forever", on February 18.[16] Jobe announced July 2015 that she would be releasing a new album, Majestic Revisited, on September 25, 2015 that include songs from Majestic including "Forever", "I Am Not Alone", "Keeper of My Heart", and more in new styles and form.[17]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2014, Jobe confirmed via Instagram that she became engaged to fellow Christian artist Cody Carnes.[18] Jobe married Cody Carnes on November 21, 2014.[19]

The couple revealed they are expecting their first child in February 2016.[20] On the red carpet at the Dove Awards 2015, Jobe announced she and her husband are expecting a son. [3]




  • 2012: The Acoustic Sessions (Live)


  • 2008: "I'm Singing"
  • 2009: "Pure"
  • 2009: "Adore Him"
  • 2010: "You Are for Me"
  • 2010: "Healer"
  • 2012: "We Are"
  • 2012: "What Love Is This"
  • 2012: "Steady My Heart"
  • 2014: "Forever"
  • 2015: "I Am Not Alone"

Compilation with Gateway[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 Best Worship Album of the Year (Majestic) Won


  1. ^ Heath, Brandon. "New Artist Spotlight: Kari Jobe". CCMagazine.com. Salem Communications Corporation. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "About". Kari Jobe. January 24, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kari Jobe Artist Profile | Biography And Discography". NewReleaseTuesday.com. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kari Jobe Chord Charts | Kari Jobe Lyrics | Kari Jobe Biography and Discography". Delicatefade.com. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "SoGospel.Com | Southern Gospel Music Lifestyles, News And Reviews Online". Gospelmusicweek.com. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mandisa earns 5th Top 10 hit! | Filipino-Christian Blogger Ganns Deen". Gannsdeen.com. April 30, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ "Music News, February 2010: Integrity Music’s 18 Dove Award Nominations Include Multiple Nods for Kari Jobe, Israel Houghton and Paul Baloche". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Twitter / Kari Jobe: Well guys..I get to come h". Twitter.com. April 21, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kari Jobe Signed To Sparrow Records". Gospelmusicweek.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Twitter / karijobe: Cannot believe I'm nominated". Twitter.com. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Women of Faith on The American Bible Challenge". Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kari Jobe announces new album, headlines tour." The Underground. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  16. ^ "Kari Jobe - Majestic (Deluxe Edition/Live)". Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Kari Jobe Announces 'Majestic Revisited' for September Release; New Cover Unveiled [PICTURE]". Retrieved 2015-09-09. 
  18. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  19. ^ http://instagram.com/p/vtln58BoUi
  20. ^ https://instagram.com/p/5NNldohoZo/?taken-by=karijobe

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