Laura Story

 Friday, July 20, 2018 
8:15pm-9:45pm  
Hoover Auditorium

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Laura Story has made her mark in the world, not just by writing compelling and emotionally rich songs of worship, but by also sharing her vulnerabilities, exposing her soul and risking career success to share her message that God is not necessarily a God of happy endings. Instead, she wants to share that God is the God of every story.

“The truth is, I don’t necessarily understand the story God is writing in my life,” she said. “But, that doesn’t mean that God is any less faithful.”

Seven years ago, Story was offered a record deal only to find out that her husband, Martin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor 48 hours later. Just when she expected to travel and do ministry “with a nice tidy bow” on it, her plans were derailed. The personal struggle and joy that she has experienced is what inspired the poignant album God of Every Story, which released in 2013.

“We didn’t get a life with a nice tidy bow,” she said. “But, that’s what makes it so real.”

Her single, “Blessings,” a result of the intersecting tragedy and opportunity in her life, earned her a Grammy Award, a Billboard Music Award and three Dove Awards.

Another favorite on the album is “Keeper of the Stars,” which she describes as a continuation of “Indescribable,” a song she wrote and recorded with Chris Tomlin.

As a minister and eventually as a mother, Story’s music continued to grow with her; with her songs describing in vivid and honest detail how she accepts God and his direction into her life.

In 2017, she released Open Hands, and since then has given birth to twin boys, which brought the concept of that album to life for her as she juggled ministry and motherhood in a new way. Not coincidentally, this album is a fresh collection of originals that blend her signature style of congregational worship with details of the intimate moments of her life.

This album also featured a string of industry-leading songwriters, including Matt Maher, Mia Fieldes and Seth Mosley. Through the process of writing alone and with others, Story began to gradually see the common thread of surrender emerge.

“It was neat to step back and see that the theme of ‘open hands’ ended up presenting itself rather than me choosing it.”

The life of a songwriter is a sacred calling and one Story doesn’t take lightly whether she’s writing songs for her church, for a new record or simply for herself as a cathartic release. She may lead others in worship through song on stages both big and small, but on a daily basis, she is intent on loosening her grip and choosing to live with open hands as an ultimate act of praise.


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