Katy Nichole—“Hold On”
This summer, KAMB is the place for encouraging new music and programming for you and your family. As you go about this new week, listen for Hold On by Katy Nichole
Katy Nichole has had a busy year! She made her music debut in 2022 with “In Jesus’ Name (God of Possible),” followed by “God is in This Story” with Big Daddy Weave. She was also featured in David Leonard’s “Good Lord.” You may have heard them on KAMB! Her first album, Jesus Changed My Life, was released in February, and includes the single Hold On.
Though only 22, Katy Nichole is a seasoned performer. She started singing in her church choir, and by 14 was writing songs and leading worship. She said: “My earliest memories of feeling the Lord’s presence were when I was singing and when I had a song in my heart.”
While in college, she started to pursue a career in the medical field, but God seemed to be leading her toward music instead: “I think our desires are sometimes different than what God has planned for us. A lot of times, we’ll think it’s going to be a certain way, and then God’s like, ‘Nope, this story is going to look a little different.’”
During struggles with severe scoliosis, depression, and anxiety, music kept Katy encouraged, and reminded her of God’s plan for her life. Through her music, she wants to inspire others to look to God in their struggles: “God’s healed me, so I know He can heal someone else. I’m going to share my story and hope it will encourage others to go and share theirs.”
Hold On was inspired by a time in Katy’s life where she struggled with depression and anxiety. In moments where she wasn’t sure she could keep going, the Lord reminded her that He was not finished with her, and has a beautiful plan for her life. This faith helped her to “hold on” and keep going, and she hopes that her new song helps others facing struggles: “I hope this song can encourage you and remind you that your life matters so, so much and you can hold on because you have a purpose,” she said on her Instagram.
Katy Nichole—Hold On (Official Music Video)
Check out Hold On by clicking on the link below!
Hold On encourages listeners to keep going “just a little bit longer,” even when God seems hidden. She reminds us that each life has a purpose, and that struggles make us stronger. We cannot always see what lies ahead, but this song encourages us that we should place our trust in God, who knows what is in store for each of us. Like a rainbow after rain, this reminder of God’s love for us can brighten life’s storms.
To hear Hold On by Katy Nichole and other great music, check out our Ways to Listen and Where to Listen pages. To read Katy Nichole’s whole story and check out her other updates, visit her website here.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
As the heat of California Summer rolls in, remember to keep the AC running and the radio turned to KAMB. We always have new music and encouraging programs for you and your family to listen to. As you go about this new week, keep your ears open for Gonna Be Alright by Ryan Ellis.
Born and raised in California, Ryan Ellis has always felt a special connection to music. Whether he was listening to Celine Dion or Pharrell, Ellis gravitated to music and entertainment scenes like nothing else. When he was older, music drew his focus back to God as he navigated his service in the Navy. Upon discovering that his interest in music was also his calling from God, Ellis pursued it headfirst. He discovered Isla Vista Worship after serving in the Navy and ultimately encountered CCM producers. This networking allowed him to write music for artists such as Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant, Matt Redman, and others.
Throughout his CCM career, Ellis has met grief and frustration alongside his great joy in the Lord. In 2019, Ellis and his wife lost their young son to ongoing health problems. Yet, even in his heartbreak and anger, God still covered Ellis’ life in immeasurable blessings. He reconnected with his estranged father, pressed into his friendships, and grew incredibly in his faith. All of these experiences have further contributed to the success of his music career. His latest song, Gonna Be Alright, speaks to such deep pain and great joy from the perspective of a man who has been through much with our faithful God.
“In losing Asa, Ellis discovered that God’s purpose isn’t to pull people out of their depression or loneliness but to deliver the love and care they need when it’s asked for.”Ryan Ellis – Ryan Ellis Website
Gonna Be Alright
Gonna Be Alright is a personal testimony as well as an invitation to shared experience. As listeners hear Ellis’ words sing out through the radio, they won’t mistake his song as a rose-colored view of life in this world. They are sure to recognize his pain within their own experiences, but they are also sure to recognize the absolute love of our Lord. Ellis immediately draws our attention to God by starting the song off with the word “You”. There’s no moment to sulk in our pain because it’s clear that Ellis knows God is right there with us. In every verse, Ellis is sure to praise God for who He is in our circumstances. He listens when we cry; He’s strong when we’re weak; He holds us when we crumble. In every moment, God is present. The best part is knowing that because He’ll never leave us, everything is Gonna Be Alright.
Ryan Ellis – Gonna Be Alright (Official Music Video)
Check out Gonna Be Alright by clicking on the link below!
You hear my cry, my deepest pain You listen patiently as long as it takes You whisper truth over the lies The words that bring me back to life Everything's gonna be alright Everything's gonna be alright You hold me in Your arms Until my storm is calm Everything's gonna be alright, hmmm Everything's gonna be alright You are the strength when I am weak The only one that leads my soul to perfect peace And I will sing my way through the night The words that bring me back to life Everything's gonna be alright Everything's gonna be alright You hold me in Your arms Until my storm is calm Everything's gonna be alright Everything's gonna be alright Your love will be my song 'Til all my fears are gone Everything's gonna be alright Everything's gonna be alright Everything's gonna be alright And I believe, oh I believe You're working all things for my good You're working all things for my good And I believe, yes, I believe You're working all things for my good You're working all things And everything's gonna be alright Everything's gonna be alright You hold me in Your arms 'Til all my fear is gone Everything's gonna be alright Everything's gonna be alright Your love will be my song 'Til all my fears are gone Everything's gonna be alright Everything's gonna be alright Everything's gonna be alright I believe, yes I believe You're working all things for my good You're working all things for my good
While every song played at KAMB points people back to the Lord, Gonna Be Alright is one of those songs that gets close and personal. Every gentle note and thoughtful lyric tugs at the heartstrings of our deepest hurts and greatest joys. Ryan Ellis isn’t shy about his own mournful hope in the Lord, and we shouldn’t be either. Sometimes it takes walking through the fires with our Lord to truly understand how close He is to us. Gonna Be Alright sits close to heartache even as Ellis points us back to the hope of our faith. As we wade through the sorrows we face, we can cling to the promises of God and our hope in Jesus.
To hear Gonna Be Alright by Ryan Ellis and other great music, check out our Ways to Listen and Where to Listen pages. To read Ryan Ellis’ whole story and check out his other updates, visit his website here.
John 16:33 Jesus has overcome the world which means we can have peace in His strength.
Philippians 4:13 Our strength rests in God when we encounter life storms.
As we welcome this Christmas season, KAMB is excited to celebrate Christ’s birth with our listening family. Throughout the next few weeks, you’ll hear covers of traditional Christmas music as well as brand new songs by your favorite artists. One of the latest holiday hits is God Made a Way, a collaboration by Brandon Heath and Tasha Layton.
Brandon Heath and Tasha Layton
Brandon Heath has been a CCM favorite for several years. He initially began writing songs as a teen in Nashville. Around that same time, he also began exploring Christianity and soon came to faith in Christ. Both passions were eventually combined and led him to success in CCM. Heath released his first major album in 2006 and has followed it with several other albums throughout the past 18 years. From them, KAMB listeners will recognize songs like “Give Me Your Eyes”, “Your Love”, “Jesus In Disguise”, and others. With every great album, Heath has also received various music awards including eight Dove Awards, Grammy nominations, and an Emmy. In addition to his individual successes, Heath has also participated in several collaborations with other artists. His most recent work led him to fellow CCM artist, Tasha Layton.
Unlike Heath, Tasha Layton grew up in a Christian home but faced difficulty in her faith after a church split. Her trials prompted her to pursue religious studies in college, eventually leading her back to Christianity. After graduating, Layton moved to California and earned a Master of Divinity degree while working as a worship leader. She also spent a few years exploring her musical talents by auditioning for the ninth season of American Idol and later becoming a back-up vocalist for Katy Perry. In 2019, she made her debut into CCM. Layton’s popularity among listeners rose at a rapid pace as her two later songs— “Into the Sea” and “Look What You’ve Done”—attracted further attention. Thus far, her music has landed high rankings on Christian Billboard charts and a spot as a Top 5 female Christian artist in 2021.
As both Brandon Heath and Tasha Layton continue developing their careers, they also welcome Christmas through their beautiful collaboration God Made a Way.
God Made a Way
God Made a Way is a gentle and heartfelt reminder of exactly what God did for us by sending Jesus. Much like our infant Savior, the song is sweet but powerful in its delivery. Every lyric tells the story of Jesus’ birth and the love God demonstrated through it. Heath starts the song by singing of the birth, while Layton’s first words express a longing to have been there. The pair end the song by voicing a moment of reflection during the present time we live in. God Made a Way reminds us to pause and consider what the true celebration is all about this season. As the artists sing, we are invited to listen and sit in awe of our Savior with them. So much miraculous power and divine grace was swaddled in the tiny bundle of a baby. We were condemned, but our Lord intervened because of His love for us. What a night it must have been, and what a miracle we can grasp onto because God Made a Way.
God Made a Way by Brandon Heath and Tasha Layton (Official Music Video)
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That night when Jesus was born Back two thousand years or so Guess in the grand scheme of time It wasn't really that long ago When Mary laid down Holding onto Joseph It wasn't his child but He believed she was chosen That night when Jesus was born Two thousand years ago When God made a way God made a way A way in a manger God made a way God made a way A way in a manger Wish I could follow the star To that little town of Bethlehem Walk through the fields where those wise men And shepherds watched over him But what would I say, what would I bring What else could I do but just worship my king Wish I could follow the star To that little town of Bethlehem Where God made a way God made a way A way in a manger God made a way God made a way A way in a manger In his infinite love It had to be done He did the impossible And gave up his son Jesus God made a way A way in a manger For God so loved the world And God still loves the world Look at all His hands have made It was God who made a way For God so loved the world And God still loves the world His only son to save It was God who made a way As I sit down in the quiet In the dark of this living room Snow falling outside my window I can't help but think of you That God made a way God made a way A way in a manger There was no other way God made a way A way in a manger
Much of this Christmas season may already be overwhelming you. There are relatives to see, friends to catch up with, meals to prepare, and probably some gifts to exchange. However, as you go about the busyness of the holidays, remember Who this season is about. Enjoy the time you have with loved ones and eat all the food you can handle, but also remember Jesus.
When you turn your radios on over these next few weeks, listen in for God Made a Way. In addition to Brandon Heath and Tasha Layton, you will also hear great music from other artists you love. To find more listening options for KAMB, visit our Ways to Listen and Where to Listen pages.
Luke 2:1-20 The story of Jesus’ birth and those who came to visit him.
Isaiah 7:14 One of the prophecies regarding Jesus’ birth.
Genesis 3:15 Another prophecy regarding Jesus’ birth.