Meredith Andrews to perform Friday, Oct. 19

Dove award-winning singer songwriter Meredith Andrews will perform at Union College for vespers on October 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Andrews, a worship leader at Chicago’s 12,000 member Harvest Bible Chapel, won two Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Assocation in 2011, one for “Praise and Worship Album of the Year” for As Long As It Takes, and “Worship Song of the Year” for “How Great is the Love” from the same album.

Born in North Carolina, Andrews began singing in her church at the age of six and was writing songs and leading worship services by the time she reached high school.

She studied family and child development at Liberty University, planning to work at an orphanage, but then felt God directing her toward music focused ministry. “Music has always been a part of my life, but I think I denied the fact that it would be my career up until my junior year of college,” she said in an interview on TitleTrakk, a website that spotlights Christian media. “I was leading out on ‘Sing to the King,’ and in that moment I just knew that worshiping God with my music and pointing others to Him through that music was what I was created for.”

A year after graduating university, Andrews joined the worship team at Chicago’s Harvest Bible Chapel and soon became involved in developing her first album, Mesmerized, released in 2005. After the release of her first Word Records album, The Invitation, in 2008, her ministry suddenly expanded and she began touring with other Christian artists such as Michael W. Smith. Her latest album, As Long As It Takes, is the result of several collaborations and is influenced by the lessons God has been teaching her.

Andrews’ goal is that her music can help direct others toward God through worship. “We were created to worship God,” she said to TitleTrakk. “If we are not worshiping God, something else in our lives is taking the place of Him. Worship goes far deeper than singing a song about the Lord on a Sunday morning. Worship is a way of life. Worship is about what we value most.”

Andrews was invited to perform at vespers by the college’s Union For Christ (UFC) director, junior theology major, Hector Melendez. “I was looking for someone to bring to Union College and my friend Jayme Anderson suggested Meredith Andrews,” he said. “I looked her up and was very pleased with her ministry. I believe these kinds of concerts are important because they allow the student body and those who are visiting to have a deeper worship experience. UFC vespers are something we want to make special. We want to create a spiritual atmosphere and environment for people to really seek God.”

Andrews serves at the Harvest Bible Chapel with her husband Jacob Sooter and their son Maverick. They are expecting the birth of their second son in February 2013.

While pregnant, she continues to perform and share her music with others to bring them to Christ. “My hope is that in these songs they’ll see the love of God more,” Andrews said on her website. “Maybe these songs will challenge them in their walk with the Lord and in turn, they’ll just run after Him. That’s my hope.”

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on October 19 in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church on the campus of Union College. The church is located at the corner of 48th and Prescott and the event is free and open to the public.