Carson Valley Christian Center to offer concert |

Carson Valley Christian Center to offer concert

Staff report

Amy Shreve, a singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tenn., who also plays a full-size concert harp, is on tour and will give a concert in the Carson Valley.

The public is invited to hear Shreve perform on April 16 at 6 p.m. at the Carson Valley Christian Center, 1095 Stephanie Way, Minden.

Shreve and her husband, Gary Wixtrom, share writing influences that range from Irish folk (Enya) to modern folk/rock (Counting Crows). Throughout her most recent recording, “Haven” (WMG), the lyrics express her longing for the Protector and a spiritual home.

“We are continually trying to find experiences that give meaning to our lives,” Shreve said. “We question our existence. ‘Why am I here? What is life really all about?’ Looking for happiness by obtaining more stuff will ultimately disappoint us. What we search for may well be a spiritual home. A safe place. A place where we don’t need to hide behind ego, abilities or profession to cover our failures or flaws.”

The lyric to the song, “Afraid of the Dark,” came to Shreve as she was reflecting on her early childhood.

“Being afraid of things unseen is a common fear, but as I understand how the Father cares for me as one of His children, my fears begin to dissolve,” she said. “‘Afraid of the Dark’ is an encouragement to all ages about the surety of God’s presence and sovereignty, even in the midst of danger. The God of the Bible is a safe God. I can hide in a safe place.”

The single and title track, “Haven,” made the CCM top 30.

Coming this winter is a new record written and arranged by Shreve called “Winterlude” on Word/Unison. It will be available at Wal-Mart and other large chain stores. Shreve signed her first record deal with Sparrow, which was distributed by Capitol Records worldwide. Shreve captivates the audience as she sings her insightful and heartfelt lyrics while tastefully accompanied by the harp, mandolin, guitars and percussion.

“The harp is such a peaceful instrument,” Shreve explained. “I would like for my music to minister to everyone who faces the fast-paced pressure of day to day living.”