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Here's the latest news -My new single "Avalanche" released in July is now LIVE! You can listen on the site wide player but also on Spotify, Apple, Youtube,.. wherever you stream music! http://linktr.ee/joydame

Also you can check out the Official Lyric video for "Avalanche" here - https://youtu.be/leE6IJlYy5w

..and click this  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6UnTKEUUBc38DSs38aqBpg?si=ea1060efe7a74e74

If you'd like to listen to a duet ( CCM style).. "I Have a Future" - a ccm/worship song w/Tom Taylor can be found on this playlists of Lake Çity Lights songs.. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6UnTKEUUBc38DSs38aqBpg?si=c6f97a9a60e94de8

He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” - C.S.Lewis

Lay the songs on the alter

for his glory alone...

 "Without a Loving Gracious Savior, I would have nothing  and I am nothing. Anything good that comes from my lips or my pen was not really mine to begin with"

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Lake City Lights Florida Retreat

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Feb 2023- I love hanging out with Christian Creatives.. We started something that's growing and God is moving!


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Thank you for taking this journey with me! Some new music of a variety of Christian genres is coming!  This is all to the Glory of God. I only hope to tell His story and my testimony while following His leading.  

Here're the official lyric video of MY NEW SINGLE AVALANCHE !



Charity Abbot is releasing "Light a Fire" on July 14th! This girl's chops are outstanding! Follow her on Tiktok!

This past year,  An EP of "THE WITNESS PROJECT" songs was recorded in Nashville- several vertical worship lyrics with a witnessing theme for unsaved and Christians alike. This project is recorded and is waiting on funds for finished production and release  as well as some worship songs below. Thank you for your prayers and support if God leads you. We are praying fervently for the release of several of these songs this year. You can donate at the top of this website by pushing the $ sign. Some topics dealt with in the songs are..How does God view Depression? Am I a Christian because my parents are? What is God's love like? How do I stop feeling empty? What happens when I find the way, the truth and the life? 

The Newest Releases Coming are several Collaborations- A Christmas Song in the works with Julia Schmidt, A Worship Song with Ryan Chew.

Thanks for giving my instagram AND Spotify a follow for more regular updates. http://www.instagram.com/joydamemusic 

Scott DeClairehttp://www.instagram.com/scottdeclaire released another single we wrote w/ Caleb Holgrem and Zach Jackson. To God's glory it made the top 40 list of New Christian Music Friday!so awesome to see these songs reaching hearts!- Wreckage is a song about God finding us in our need . Scott also released "Jericho's" on July 7th. This song was written by our Lake City Lights team at the 2023 FL retreat and Wreckage was also written by the team. You can find the music videos under Scott DeClaire Jr on youtube.

The Newest Releases COMING IN.. "THE WORSHIP INITIATIVE" are several Collaborations- A Christmas Song in the works with Julia Schmidt, A Worship Song with Ryan Chew ...and Cameroon's artist Cornel Gracehttp://www.instagram.com/cornelgrace will be releasing a worship song "City on a Hill" and asked to co-release it so be on the lookout soon for that(2 different versions-one for corporate worship).  Find him, follow, and  listen to his other releases streaming!

Josh Clayhttp://www.instagram.com/joshuaclaymusic find josh at joshclaymusic on instagram and his other music streaming on platforms. Josh's song "Fall for You" we wrote together and it was released May 12th, 2023 

If you like "Zach Williams" style .. you might like "Testimony" by Julia Schmidt and Zach Maurer released just a couple months ago and the music video has hit 15,000 streams already. Julia and Zach's voices are beautiful on this song and it was such a special write.

Katelyn Doyle will be releasing a co-write this year recently written about God's purpose through pain.

Steph Andrews (worship leader and indie pop artist) is releasing a project called "Dare to Behold".. so honored to have several of our co-writes with Nashville writer Jonathan Jackson as part of that project. She is fund-raising as well.

Julia Schmidt released a duet this summer she recorded with the talented Zach Maurer end of this May 2023. Check out the song and music video on YouTube  - the song was cowritten by the three of us on the subject of their testimonies.

Ryan Chew had his LIVE recording this summer with his choir  and "Bread of Life"is on all streaming platforms including a powerful LIVE video on YouTube !  He also plans to release another co-write this year( It's a surprise!) See clips of "Bread of Life" on Ryan's instagram http://www.instagram.com/ryanxchew but be sure to check out the YouTube video which 40,000 people have worshipped to.. along with 150,000 on social media.. God has truly gifted and anointed Ryan!


A cut by the talented Ellie Hope co-written by Ellie Hope, Cristaña Carlton and myself in a in 2020 can be found under Ellie Hope on Spotify, Apple and other streaming platforms and http://www.instagram.com/elliehopemusic

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NEW NEWS! LAKE CITY LIGHTS SONGWRITERS RETREAT was an amazing blessed time IN SOUTH MICHIGAN! All of the prayers God answered a resounding yes.. I prayed for a sweet spirit, a family atmosphere, bonded hearts, some amazing songs, artists who are recording the songs, and a Tim2:2 group with older and younger. We had three pastors, several worship leaders, and some older teens! Florida Retreat on February 9-12th, 2023 was the most blessed time and I just break into tears talking about all God did! I can't even begin to say what God did.. you had to be there.. but he worked, he healed , he moved and some beautiful songs were born that are being recorded by artists there. Michigan Songwriters RETREAT happens July 24-26  http://www.lakecitylights.com. The Florida Retreat will be open soon! Thanks for praying!Did you know.. Lake City Lights is now non-profit status and needs to raise funds to stay that way? Thank you for fervently praying with us to reach those in music ministry with this ministry. We need your prayers and support to continue this ministry. Join their email list as well at www.lakecitylights.com. link in above paragraph. All the Glory to God for the Great Things He Has Done and Will Do!

Behind the Lyrics of "Fight for You" 

"Fight for You" is based on the Bible verse Exodus 14:14. "The LORD will fight for you, you need only be still".  Several years ago, I was walking through a difficult season, overwhelmed, and fighting depression. I felt like no one was fighting for us. I felt alone in our struggles and like nothing was ever going to change. Then I was reading one day in Exodus chapter 14, and verse 14 jumped off the pages like it never had before.. just as God had been fighting for the Israelites, He was fighting for me!  I was again reminded that all I needed to do was 'be still' in my heart before my Father and Defender who held every tear I cried. That moment began the seed in my heart which over time grew into the song "Fight for You" written in 2017 and early 2018.  The lyrics also include the theme one of my favorite verses Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God." 

Why is this song so special to me?  I have personally seen God fight for me so many times. The 'God stories' in my life of His Sovereign hand, His providence, His provision, and His healing are reminders of the fact that He is always fighting for me. I finished "Fight for You" in January of 2018 and began to finally obey God as a full time songwriter in the fall of 2019. Having committed to attend a songwriting conference in Nashville in 2020, doubt set in when I suddenly lost my job as a piano teacher during the pandemic.  Despite my husband's support, I struggled about attending the conference due to finances and the world in chaos. Attendees of the conference needed to bring 2 complete songs to share and purchase their flight tickets and conference fees. 'I don't want to go ahead of God' I thought. I threw myself on the bed in complete desperation asking God again for wisdom I prayed.."Lord, if I even went to the conference.. what song would I bring?" Immediately, my phone lying next to me dinged with the verse of the day... and it was Exodus 14:14. That was my song I'd written!  "Ok Lord I'm going!" I cried out. The word "obedience" which is what motivates me to continue what God told me to do in songwriting while still in France. I have not always obeyed God right away and I've seen the consequences.

"Fight for You" was written from a first person point of view, as if God your Defender is speaking the words to your soul directly from His lips.  As the world attacks the faith of Christians, as disunity rises, as trials come,... I pray this song will bring comfort and encouragement that God is fighting for you. Moses spoke the words of Exodus 14:14 to the Israelites as they ran (for their lives) from the Egyptian armies before God parted the Red Sea.  I believe He wants us to know and remember that..He fights for us and He will fight for us. He is doing miracles and He is about to do more for His Glory!(Exodus 18:14).