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Acclaimed Gospel Artist Kelly Garner Releases Powerful New Album “It’s Not Over”

From Heart Felt Original Songs about Hope and Having Purpose to Personal Favorites and Original Worship Choruses

Acclaimed Gospel Artist Kelly Garner is pleased to announce the release of her new full-length album, It’s Not Over. The project blends her own personal originals with universal themes of faith, hope, and the power of music to heal and uplift. The project is a testament to her musical versatility, emotional depth, and her ability to create a meaningful and memorable musical experience for her audience and one she is excited at the opportunity to spread her mission through this powerful collection of songs, which are available now for download and streaming HERE.

Kelly Garner’s album, “It’s Not Over,” offers a diverse and deeply personal musical journey. The project begins with “Good Ole Gospel Sing,” an original song that warmly reminisces about her childhood experiences attending “Gospel Sings” at her grandparents’ church. This nostalgic track captures the joy and cherished memories associated with those formative years.

The album also contains the heartfelt original song “The Day I Get Home,” a poignant reflection on the passing of her mother in October 2022. This emotionally charged song allows listeners to connect with the artist on a profound level as she shares her personal journey of loss and longing.

In addition to these deeply personal tracks, “It’s Not Over” features original songs that explore themes of hope and purpose in life. These songs resonate with listeners, offering a sense of inspiration and motivation to navigate life’s challenges with optimism and determination.

Renditions of some of Kelly Garner’s favorite worship choruses, add a spiritual dimension to the collection. These well-loved worship songs contribute to the overall message of resilience and faith that permeates the album.

“‘It’s Not Over’ is a project that I hope helps people ‘hold on’ and remember that they still have purpose at whatever stage or position they are in life.  I’ve been in Nashville since 1990, and signed my first record deal in 1992. I could not have sung this record with as much passion or conviction back then as I can now.  I had not ‘lived’ enough!” exclaimed Kelly Garner. “Now, I can speak to issues everyone faces and tell each story from a very deep place of life experience.  This album is the album that I’ve always wanted to make!  Most of all, I hope it makes a difference in this world!”

Producer Kris Crunk shared, “I’m so proud of this project. The recording is epic and big in spots, tender and small in other places. But all along the way, it tells the message of hope and perseverance in the promises of God. It proclaims a message that ‘it’s not over if we keep our eyes on Jesus!’ The project is a ‘who’s who’ of Nashville’s best and an amazing culmination of the writing and performing career of Kelly Garner.”

It’s Not Over Track List:
1.    Good Ole Gospel Sing (Kelly Garner, Laura Treat)
2.    Waymaker (Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu)
3.    It’s Not Over (Kelly Garner, Deborah Keener)
4.    My God Is Still Good (Kelly Garner, Christina Degazio)
5.    It’s My Desire (Kelly Garner)
6.    The Day I Get Home (Amy Keffer Shellem, Kelly Garner, Jim Hill)
7.    Testimony (Amy Keffer Shellem, Kelly Garner)
8.    The Risen Lamb (Kelly Garner)
9.    Precious Lord (Thomas Dorsey)
10.  I Will Not Hope in Something Less (Marty Funderburk, Kelly Garner)
11.  Revelation Song (Jennie Lee Riddle)
12.  When I Call On The Name of the Lord (Kelly Garner, Rebecca Peck)
13.  Goodness of God (Ben Fielding, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram)
14.  Forgive Myself (Amy Keffer Shellem, John Lemonis) *Duet with Joseph Habedank

It’s Not Over Executive Producers were Martha Yancey Garner, James R. Garner and Kelly Garner. The project was produced by Kris Crunk and Kelly Garner. Randy Poole and Kent Hooper provided mixing and mastering.

Accomplished musicians worked on the project, including Rhythm Musicians Jim Hammerly (piano, B3 organ), Preston Shewbridge (bass guitar), Dave Cleveland (electric and acoustic guitars), Scott Williamson (drums and percussion) and Kris Crunk (additional programming and keyboards). Other musicians involved were David Davidson, Karen Winklemann, Janet Darnall, David Angell, Carolyn Bailey, Jenny Bifano and Connie Ellisor (violins). Continuing the list were Elizabeth Lamb and Monisa Angell (violas), Nick Gold, Keith Nicholas and Paul Nelson (cellos), Craig Nelson (string bass), Jennifer Kummer and Anna Spina (horns). Additionally, there were Steve Patrick, Tyler Jaeger and Preston Bailey (trumpets), Barry Green, Raymond Mason, Jonathan Salcedo and Matt Jefferson (trombones) and Neil Konouchi (tuba). Rounding out the list of talented musicians were Steve Patrick and Preston Bailey (flugelhorns), Jimmy Mason (tenor sax) and Kevin Gatzke (bari sax). Background vocalists included Janice Gaines, Harmonie Hall, Kala Balch, Devonne Fowlkes, Terry White, Ron Poindexter, Emoji Wilkins, Shelly Justice, Laura Cooksey, Ally Jackson and Will Hunt.

Kelly Garner has dedicated It’s Not Over to her mother, Martha Ewell Yancey Garner, who went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 28, 2022.

Stay current with Kelly Garner by following her on kellygarner.com, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. Watch videos by subscribing to her Official YouTube Channel. Stream and download Kelly Garner music on Spotify,Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music and YouTube Music.

About Kelly Garner:
Kelly Garner began her career as a gospel recording artist at Diadem Records after graduating from Belmont University in 1992. Her album was released and distributed by Brentwood-Benson in 1995 while touring extensively across North America. She became an exclusive staff writer for Niles Borop at Centergy Music Group from 1998 to 2003 where she wrote the first single for Legacy Five, “I Stand Redeemed,” a song that stayed at #1 for three months, receiving a Dove nomination for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year and BMI’s Most Performed Gospel Song in 2001.
She has since written songs for various artists, including Vestal Goodman, The Martins, The Perrys, Brian Free and Assurance, Greater Vision, Gold City, The Whisnants and has had hundreds of songs distributed in the church choir market as print publications. In 2001 she was also asked to teach Commercial Voice for Belmont University, and concurrently worked on a Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from Middle Tennessee State University, graduating in 2004. In 2006, she left Belmont and returned to industry work, building Yellow Tree Music Publishing and Big Dog Studios from 2006 to 2011.
In 2011 she moved to Miami to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree from Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Jazz Performance, with a cognate in Music Technology. While in Miami, she taught Jazz Voice and Commercial Voice for the University of Miami and Miami-Dade University. She has received two RIAA Gold records for her work as a background vocalist and six Downbeat Awards while a doctoral student at Miami.
After completing her D.M.A. in 2014, she moved back to Nashville and became Assistant Professor of Commercial Voice in the School of Music at Belmont University. From 2019 to 2022 she built a fully-accredited Commercial Music program and a Master of Music in Music Technology for Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She has been published as an author many times, including So You Want to Sing Country (NATS / Roman-Littlefield Publications – 2016), A Voice Teachers Cookbook: Cooking Up Popular Style and a Healthy Belt Voice (Meredith Music Publications / Hal Leonard – 2018), “Chapter 6: Professional Songwriting” in the 13th edition of Music Business Handbook and Career Guide by Tim Baskerville (SAGE Publishing – 2022) and Vocal Recording Techniques for the Modern Digital Studio, Diss. (TheUniversity of Miami Repository – 2014).
Dr. Garner is now back in the Nashville metro area at her home and studio in Franklin, Tennessee, pursuing her first love as a recording artist and content creator. On April 14, 2023, she released her most recent recording, a gospel album, It’s Not Over, co-produced with Grammy-nominated producer Kris Crunk. Her current radio single, “Forgive Myself,” is a duet with Grammy-nominated recording artist Joseph Habedank. Her music is available on kellygarner.com and on all DSP and streaming platforms worldwide.

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