"Music is such a huge part of our world, and it is one of the most effective mediums for communicating a message. I’ve always felt that songs that speak to the human condition, and offer hope, purpose, and beauty, should not be limited to the church. I want my music to communicate God’s love to a broken world… and an amazingly diverse world it is! It’s awesome to see how music can bridge generational and cultural barriers, and touch the heart of a person. That is what excites me the most, and keeps me singing every day.” – Laura
1 Peter 5:10 "And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."
Laura Kaczor is a Contemporary Christian singer, songwriter, worship leader, and speaker from Nashville, TN, originally from PA. Laura was named a Top 10 New Female Christian Singer by NewReleaseToday with four consecutive Top 25 Billboard national radio hits and a Top 20 Billboard for 10 weeks in a row and a Top 5 in the UK. Her latest and fourth album, RESTORE ME, was produced by multi-Dove Award winning Producer of the Year, Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August). Laura and Ian met at the Song Discovery Conference in Nashville, TN. All of the songs on the 10 track album were written by Laura Kaczor Stevens with six songs co-written with her dear friend Amy Lewis Strother.
“My sweet Samuel, born with a hole in his heart, was the reason I was on my knees constantly while this album was produced,” says Kaczor. "Although all of the songs were written before my pregnancy, it was amazing how they miraculously spoke and ministered to me when I would receive them produced by Ian as I was going through all of this uncertainty and Samuel's heart surgery. I want to thank my Heavenly Father for seeing me through the most challenging year of my life and speaking to my heart through the most difficult times. I want this album to give others a message of faith, hope and strength, no matter what they are going through.”
Laura and her husband Kelly have recently been blessed with the birth of their second child, a healthy baby girl, Sophie Elizabeth. so praise God that baby Sophie and mother are doing very well! And Samuel is doing great with his heart completely 'fixed'! All thanks and glory to God!
As a graduate of the Ivy League school, The University of Pennsylvania, truly Laura Kaczor is a gifted leader in her generation with a transforming message to share through her music and words. She desires to be a vehicle for a movement of the Holy Spirit for revival and restoration across the nation and world.
Many of Laura's experiences are expressed in the original songs on her newest album, Restore Me that has the powerful theme of restoration through the love of Jesus Christ. “During this time, I sent my songs to Ian Eskelin who encouraged me to go forward with the album. Ian is a gifted producer that can take acoustic songs recorded on a webcam and turn them into truly amazing tracks with character, depth and emotion." says Laura.
The new album, being shared on her “Restore Me Tour” starting in Nashville is a message of Laura's journey birthed in trials, fears and struggles, but one of overcoming hope, faith, and trust found in the unfailing, unconditional love of a Savior that restores us. It comes through in songs such as, “Only You,” “Restore Me," "You Make Me Brave," "Greater," "If the Path Was Straight," "You Know," "Once and For All," "Rain Down" and “Forever,” a powerful song of commitment, surrender, salvation, and the Lord’s faithfulness—inspired by her real-life struggles.
Amazingly, one of the deeply moving songs on the new album that Laura and Amy wrote before she was even pregnant, “We Don’t Always Understand” speaks to grief from losing a child or other inevitable losses and hurts we all experience in life with the message, "Keep on believing God is good in all things, we don’t always understand…He has a plan.” Another anointed song written by Laura that spoke to their hearts during this time is, "You Make Me Brave." Little did Laura and Kelly know that those songs would strengthen them through a time of uncertainty in a difficult pregnancy and the open heart surgery of their precious son Samuel, which was thankfully very successful. Clearly, Laura's heart for ministry to touch, heal and restore others shines through this entire album with her desire for the listener to have their own experience with the Lord speaking to them through the songs.
Kaczor says, "I dedicate this album to the memory of Katelyn Lewis, whose sweet and gentle heart left us far too soon. And to anyone that reads these words, or listens to these lyrics, I hope you also experience how loved you are by God, and that He loves you with an everlasting love that never changes (no matter what you’ve been through, or done…) It’s a love that reached down to earth in the person of Jesus Christ." “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not die, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
"I want to thank My Heavenly Father for making this album and everything it represents possible. You are the only One worthy of our praise!” says Laura.
Kaczor’s third album of original songs, Love Enough (LifeThirst Music / Universal MCG), garnered incredible national radio success, and was produced by multi-Dove Award winner Don Koch (NewSong, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Avalon). Laura had four consecutive Top 25 Billboard Chart radio hits with "Alive In You" peaked at #17 and held Top 20 Billboard for 10 weeks in a row. She was chosen as one of the Top 10 new female Christian singers by NewReleaseToday (2010-2012) and also was #2 on the Top 10 "A-List" for Female Identity Songs by NewReleaseTuesday. Laura also had two songs in the top 75 songs of the year by Christian Music Weekly, plus a feature in CCM Magazine, and television appearances on Christian Television Network “Good Life”, LeSea Broadcasting “Harvest Show” & “Live From Studio B”, Control Track and Atlanta Live.
Wendell Gafford, President of Creative Promotions, says of this amazing feat of radio success for an independent artist, "Laura Kaczor is one of the strongest up and coming artists on Christian radio today. Programmers are excited to partner with Laura's heart and passion for ministry. In my 20 years as a radio promoter, I have had few artists embraced by Christian radio programmers as quickly as Laura Kaczor!"
Her second project, Wildflowers was an EP of Kaczor’s original songs produced by multi-Grammy winning producer, John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash at the Cash Cabin Studio when she first moved to Nashville. Wake Me Up was her first full-length album of original songs penned by Kaczor, and was produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Anthony Newett and Chris Davis from the group, GLAD shortly after completing college at the Ivy League school, The University of Pennsylvania. At U Penn, Laura performed in the Christian a Capella group, Full Measure and led worship for U Penn’s Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU).
Laura soon become the worship leader for the area youth-focused Jesus Fest which united over 1000 from 150 churches quarterly over a seven year period for worship, evangelism and teaching. This later led Kaczor and her husband to found the event arm of her non-profit Laura Kaczor Ministries, Inc. called LifeThirst, which unites a community in worship, evangelism and teaching, with the vision to raise up the Joel 2:28 generation of passionate and equipped revivalists through the power of the Holy Spirit that love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and know who they are in Him.
LifeThirst's recent events include one with Biblical Archaeologist Bob Cornuke as speaker which drew 1000 and a powerful event with the Institute for Creation Research (www.icr.org) speakers on Creation vs Evolution which also included a mobile Dinosaur Museum.
Laura's LifeThirst events include many options. (See LifeThirst Events tab or www.lifethirst.org ) Whether at a Laura Kaczor Concert, a LifeThirst Worship, Evangelism & Teaching Event, or a LifeThirst Girls and Women Event, Laura shares her original songs, her testimony and leads worship. She also loves addressing "Identity" at a Youth Identity Workshop teaching girls and woman and youth that their true identity is in Christ verses the world, and that self-worth, purpose, and true beauty are only found in who they are in Jesus Christ.
"I have a heart for young girls and understand their struggles," she shares. "Whether it's sexual sin, abuse or whatever they may feel shameful about, God wants to heal that place in their heart. When His grace is shining in the place where you've been hiding, it makes the ugliness beautiful." Having recently experienced the loss of a close family friend at age 22 through suicide, Kaczor is even more committed to girls finding Jesus and being set free through His love and who they are in Him.
So how did this all begin?
Most 10-year-olds can’t fathom the physical and emotional impact of a life-threatening disease like cancer. Yet, for 10-year-old Laura Kaczor, she used the cancer diagnosis of a close friend and neighbor to inspire her very first song. Her neighbor was touched by the gift—a cassette tape dubbed on her karaoke machine. The song struck a chord, the lyric matching her friend’s fervent prayers. For Laura, it was a turning point and an affirmation of her gift as a budding songwriter.
“That’s where I first saw the impact that songs could have on people, that they could change someone’s life,” remembers Kaczor. It’s this same transcendent influence of music that led the singer/songwriter to her true calling in music and ministry today. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Kaczor attended Creation Festival after graduating from high school and personally experienced the transformative power of Christian music and the presence of God through worship for the first time. "Then and there, I decided that I wanted any and all of my musical pursuits to be for the Lord,” she shares. What started at eight years old as singing at a neighbor's tap recital, blossomed into a love for singing as Laura worked with her beloved, dedicated teacher and friend, Susan Dash from the age of 14 to today to follow the call on her life.
Kaczor set out to become an artist who creates music that inspires, encourages and uplifts—the same things that artists like Caedmon’s Call, Bebo Norman and Andrew Peterson provided for her. The music of Sara Groves also became a prevailing soundtrack for Kaczor’s life. “Whatever I was going through, her music ministered to me. It helped set a vision for my life,” she says. “That’s not Sara doing that. I mean, it’s her talent, but it’s the Lord using her songs; and that’s really what I want.”
“There wasn’t a moment where I said I was going to be a Christian artist and ‘xyz’ is what I have to do. It was just very much God leading one step at a time.” Her obedience led her to act upon her passion, the worship experience that first captured her heart, so that is when she and her husband founded LifeThirst Ministries, worship, evangelism and teaching events. "I want this generation to experience the presence and love of God and fall in love with Jesus as I did through worship."
As the originator of these events, it’s evident Kaczor’s music is a vehicle for ministry. “In order for artists to have longevity; it needs to be about more than the music and if it’s not about the ministry, then it will be a flash in the pan,” says Kaczor. “But if it’s about ministry, there’s always work to be done.”
Laura is clear about her perspective on her career. “It’s never been about money; it’s never been about fame. It’s really only about using this ability to bring people to the Lord. That’s pretty much it, because everything else is just a lie—if you’re using your platform to gain notoriety—it’s just such a trap.”
It’s the stories that inspire her to continue on the path laid before her. “When people write notes like, ‘I just listened to your song, and it encouraged me through one of my darkest moments,’ it’s worth it all at that point—all the blood, sweat and tears and the frustrations and anxieties,” she says.
Whether through pop/worship music or connecting with teen girls, Laura wants to be someone’s Sara Groves. “Hopefully, the Holy Spirit speaks through the music and just reaches people right where they are. Because there have been artists in my life who have absolutely done that for me.”