"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 Kaczor (pronounced kuh-ZOR) is a Contemporary Christian singer, songwriter, worship leader, and speaker from Nashville, TN, originally from PA. Her latest and fourth album, RESTORE ME, was produced by multi-Dove Award Winning Producer of the Year, Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets). Laura was named a Top 10 New Female Christian Singer by NewReleaseToday in 2012 and she has had 6 Top 20- 25 Billboard national radio hits with a Top 20 Billboard for 11 weeks in a row. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Founder of LifeThirst Worship and Concert Outreach Ministry. See LifeThirst Events Tab or www.lifethirst.org
SHORT BIO - Who is Laura Kaczor?
Laura Kaczor (pronounced kuh-ZOR) was born and raised in Pennsylvania and at 8-years-old she first sang at a neighbor’s tap recital, and at age 10 she wrote her first song for her neighbor dying of breast cancer. At age 14 she began voice lessons with Susan Dash and soon became active in theater and music programs at church and school while learning piano, guitar, violin and flute. Being raised in a Christian home, Kaczor has had a personal relationship with Christ since the age of 6 but her faith was deepened at Creation Festival when she was 17 and first experienced contemporary worship. Worship became her heart and passion, and it was at that moment she knew she wanted to pursue a music ministry. During her college years at the University of Pennsylvania, Kaczor performed in Full Measure, UPENN’s Christian a Capella group and led worship for Campus Crusade for Christ. She seriously started writing songs while serving as worship leader for the quarterly Jesus Fest that began as a vision in 2000 that drew 1000 and united 150 churches for 7 years and led to LifeThirst Ministries in 2010. It was during this time Kaczor recorded her first CD of all original songs, Wake Me Up in 2006. After graduating from college, Kaczor moved to Nashville and recorded an EP Wildflowers in 2007 with John Carter Cash (son of Johnny and June Carter Cash) at the Cash Cabin Studios. Three years later, Kaczor released Love Enough produced by 6-time Dove Award winner, and co-writer Don Koch that was distributed nationally through Universal Music Christian Group. Kaczor enjoyed her first #17 hit song on Billboard’s Soft AC chart with Alive in You that stayed on the chart for eleven weeks. She was named a Top 10 new female Christian singer by NewReleaseToday in 2012. She later recorded her fourth album of all original songs, Restore Me, with some songs co-written with Amy Lewis Strother, which was released in 2015 and produced by multi-Dove Award Winning Producer of the Year, Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets). Laura has to her credit 6 Top 20-25 Billboard Soft AC Chart hit singles, and a #5 in the UK. Many of the songs written on the album Restore Me were produced during the difficult time of her first child, Samuel's open-heart surgery for a large hole in the heart, which was successfully repaired. Samuel is doing wonderfully and she and her husband, Kelly recently have been blessed with a new baby girl, Sophie. They are forever grateful to Lord for His faithfulness and presence with them.Wendell Gafford, President of Creative Promotions says, “Laura Kaczor is one of the strongest up and coming artists on Christian radio today. Programmers have quickly embraced her music, as well as her heart and passion for the Lord, and are excited about partnering with her in ministry. In my 20 years as a radio promoter, I have had few artists embraced by Christian radio programmers as quickly as Laura Kaczor!"
Having written songs and led worship for thousands since a vision that started in 2000, Laura and her husband Kelly founded the national LifeThirst Worship and Concert Outreach Ministry ( www.lifethirst.org ) in 2010 that has toured the country with a heart for restoration, transformation and revival of a generation through the unconditional love of Jesus Christ and knowing who they are in Him
LONG BIO & ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM "RESTORE ME":
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 (pronounced kuh-ZOR) is a Contemporary Christian singer, songwriter, worship leader, and speaker from Nashville, TN, originally from PA. Her latest and fourth album, RESTORE ME, was produced by multi-Dove Award Winning Producer of the Year, Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets). Laura and Ian met at the Song Discovery Conference in Nashville, TN. All 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 and released on the label LifeThirst Music.
“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 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 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!
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 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 11 weeks in a row. She was chosen as one of the Top 10 new female Christian singers by NewReleaseToday (2010-2012) and 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, "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 and family focused Jesus Fest which united over 1000 from 150 churches quarterly for worship and evangelism for 7 years which later led Kaczor and her husband to found LifeThirst Worship and Concert Outreach Ministry in 2010 as a branch of her non-profit, Laura Kaczor Ministries, Inc. (see www.lifethirst.org).
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 also speaks at girls and women's events. "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 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, concert and evangelism 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 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 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.”