Music for the Soul Podcast

Becky Nordquist & Steve Siler

Welcome to The Music for the Soul Podcast, where we talk honestly about difficult things, sharing the stories of guests from around the globe about the incredible hope and healing music provides. Inspired by human experience and the compassion of Christ, our episodes aim to bring light into the dark places.

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Angels and Idols, A Journey of Songwriting and Adoption with Regie Hamm
5d ago
Angels and Idols, A Journey of Songwriting and Adoption with Regie Hamm
This week on The Music for the Soul Podcast, we are thrilled to have award-winning singer and songwriter, Regie Hamm, as our guest. Regie talks about his unique introduction to the world of music, the highs and lows of his career, and how ultimately he reconciled his relationship with Christ through his love of writing music, rather than performing it. Regie shares the moment he began questioning "was I ever actually in love with music? Or was it just because I was raised doing this?".  From this, he became disheartened and really struggled to find joy in music the way he had early on in his career. He then realized around 2020 was if he stayed in the process of making music, that was where the true soul healing came from. It was in the joy of creation that brought him clarity of God's grace and love, and it is something that he truly enjoys. Regie also speaks about the journey of adopting his two children, including their daughter from China, and how deep and fatherly his love for his children is. He breaks down the challenges adopted children and their adoptive parents face, and what solutions look like for parents to help children walk through them. This episode shares both how the creation of music and the creation of a family through adoption can blossom God's love and blessing in so many people's lives. It is truly one that you don't want to miss! Who is Regie Hamm? Regie Hamm is a multi award-winning songwriter and artist with over 20 #1 hits under his belt. He even penned the 2008 American Idol/David Cook smash hit “Time Of My Life”.  While he still writes and performs, he’s since become a prolific blogger with over 10,000 page views per month. He is also the author of Angels and Idols, a story that shares a journey that put him in the company of Angels and Idols--a journey that would test not only his physical resources but also his faith. In Angels and Idols Regie recounts his rise, his fall, and his ultimate surrender to God's will. In addition to his performance and writing career, Regie is devoted to helping the causes of both adoption and Angelman Syndrome, the genetic disorder that affects his daughter, Isabella. Resources: Our listeners can reach out to Regie and get all of the latest news on his projects by visiting his Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/people/Regie-Hamm/100057795590046/ Also check out Regie's Book, Angels and Idols, at the link here: www.amazon.com/Angels-Idols-Regie-Hamm/dp/1616634405 Thank you so much for listening to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast! If you haven't already, please leave us a five star rating and review wherever you get this podcast. We are so grateful to bring you this powerful story and many more like it in the future.
Angels and Idols, A Journey of Songwriting and Adoption with Regie Hamm
5d ago
Angels and Idols, A Journey of Songwriting and Adoption with Regie Hamm
This week on The Music for the Soul Podcast, we are thrilled to have award-winning singer and songwriter, Regie Hamm, as our guest. Regie talks about his unique introduction to the world of music, the highs and lows of his career, and how ultimately he reconciled his relationship with Christ through his love of writing music, rather than performing it. Regie shares the moment he began questioning "was I ever actually in love with music? Or was it just because I was raised doing this?".  From this, he became disheartened and really struggled to find joy in music the way he had early on in his career. He then realized around 2020 was if he stayed in the process of making music, that was where the true soul healing came from. It was in the joy of creation that brought him clarity of God's grace and love, and it is something that he truly enjoys. Regie also speaks about the journey of adopting his two children, including their daughter from China, and how deep and fatherly his love for his children is. He breaks down the challenges adopted children and their adoptive parents face, and what solutions look like for parents to help children walk through them. This episode shares both how the creation of music and the creation of a family through adoption can blossom God's love and blessing in so many people's lives. It is truly one that you don't want to miss! Who is Regie Hamm? Regie Hamm is a multi award-winning songwriter and artist with over 20 #1 hits under his belt. He even penned the 2008 American Idol/David Cook smash hit “Time Of My Life”.  While he still writes and performs, he’s since become a prolific blogger with over 10,000 page views per month. He is also the author of Angels and Idols, a story that shares a journey that put him in the company of Angels and Idols--a journey that would test not only his physical resources but also his faith. In Angels and Idols Regie recounts his rise, his fall, and his ultimate surrender to God's will. In addition to his performance and writing career, Regie is devoted to helping the causes of both adoption and Angelman Syndrome, the genetic disorder that affects his daughter, Isabella. Resources: Our listeners can reach out to Regie and get all of the latest news on his projects by visiting his Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/people/Regie-Hamm/100057795590046/ Also check out Regie's Book, Angels and Idols, at the link here: www.amazon.com/Angels-Idols-Regie-Hamm/dp/1616634405 Thank you so much for listening to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast! If you haven't already, please leave us a five star rating and review wherever you get this podcast. We are so grateful to bring you this powerful story and many more like it in the future.
Overcoming Apathy and Stepping into God's Calling For Your Life with John Chisum
Nov 16 2022
Overcoming Apathy and Stepping into God's Calling For Your Life with John Chisum
This week on The Music for the Soul Podcast, we are diving into the topic of hardships, apathy and truly understanding that Jesus Christ is with us in ALL things. Our guest on today's episode is founder of Nashville Christian Songwriters, John Chisum. John shares his story of moving to Nashville in 1983 to take a church job that ultimately fell through, leaving him and his newly wed wife with $40 in their pockets and no place to live. From there, he wound up becoming a mentee to the legendary Gary McSpadden which sparked his journey to write songs and perform all over the globe. However, in 2015, John ended his ministry job in Michigan and returned "home" to Nashville, where he said it was like 1983 all over again.  Through these periods of tumultuous highs and lows, John moved into having a "soul of shame". As he became more apathetic, he realized that apathy doesn't mean that you simply don't care but it means that you CAN'T care, you lose your capacity to care. However, it was in these moments of abject hopelessness that John shares his turnaround was walking around his neighborhood everyday. It was in those walks that everything began to fall away to the one thought of "I and my Father are ONE". From there, John knew that he was not exercising even the inate human powers that Christ has given us. Thus, his mindset began to shift and he began to step into God's true calling in his life by founding Nashville Christian Songwriters. John's story is a raw, real look at how God often uses the deepest valleys of our lives to tell us to step up into who He has called us to be, and how He gives us the tools to accomplish that. This is an incredible episode for anyone who feels they are also walking in a place of apathy or depression and shows us that there is hope in ALL things through Christ. Who is John Chisum? John Chisum is a well-known worship leader, songwriter, publisher, and long-time music industry leader. With over 400 of his own songs published in his 30-year career, he is best known for his songs recorded by CCM Artists Larnelle Harris, Steve Green, The Cathedrals, The Gaither Vocal Band, First Call, Don Moen, Ron Kenoly, and on dozens of Integrity’s Hosanna! Music Series recordings. His songs have also been featured in hymnals, on Time-Life Music products, and on his own catalog of worship recordings. His Integrity Music album “Firm Foundation” is a worship classic that has won the hearts of listeners worldwide. Resources: Our listeners can learn more about John's 31 day "modevotional" email list, podcast and more through his website: www.johnchisum.com You can reach John on all of his social media channels: @JohnChisumOfficial You can also learn more about his ministry, Nashville Christian Songwriters, by visiting their website: www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com Thank you so much for listening to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast! If you haven't already, please leave us a five star rating and review wherever you get this podcast. We are so grateful to bring you this powerful story and many more like it in the future.
Finding Hope and Healing from Sexual Abuse with Dawn Damon
Nov 9 2022
Finding Hope and Healing from Sexual Abuse with Dawn Damon
Welcome to the first episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast, where we talk honestly about difficult things and share stories about the transformational healing that music can bring to peoples lives. Our guest on this inaugural episode is Author Dawn Damon. Dawn shares her experience of sexual abuse at a young age and talks about how the song Dead Hearts Don't Cry was so meaningful in her journey of recovery. She explains that Dead Hearts Don't Cry meant so much to her because she was so numb from her abuse for so many years that she couldn't find the words to truly process her grief. Dawn saw the revelation that what had happened to her as a child was not over just because it was over. The unresolved trauma of it was living on inside her and her body was telling on her with a list of physical symptoms. However, she still struggled to find words to properly grieve for her trauma and move past it. Dawn emphasizes that is why music is such a transformational tool for trauma, because it gives victims melodies and lyrics as tools in the hands of victims to begin healing. This episode is so important to those who have suffered sexual abuse in any stage of their life, and we hope that you will find peace and restoration listening to Dawn's story and Dead Hearts Don't Cry. Who is Dawn Damon? Dawn Damon is an influencer, global communicator, podcaster, high performance coach, and best selling author. Her 5 award-winning books, include When a Woman You Love Was Abused, When the Woman Abused Was Me, The Freedom Challenge: 60 Days to Untie the Cords that Bind You, Redemption Press, and The Freedom Challenge for Men: 60 Days to Untie the Cords that Bind You. Dawn is the founder and CEO of New Dawn Rising and the BraveHearted Woman, an enterprise and a non-profit designed to cultivate the vision of women dreamers, and equip them to live their best life. Dawn and her husband Paul Damon reside in the Grand Rapids, MI area and have a full family of three married children, two college-age sons, and eleven grandchildren. Resources: Our listeners can learn more about Dawn and all of the resources she offers for abuse victims on her website: www.dawndamon.com For access to all of Dawn's books, check out her website www.dawndamon.com/books or her Amazon Store Page You can also find her on all social media channels. Her handle on all social media sites is @DawnDamon If you want to reach out to Dawn by email, you can email her at dawn@braveheartmentor.com Thank you so much for listening to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast! If you haven't already, please leave us a five star rating and review wherever you get this podcast. We are so grateful to bring you this powerful story and many more like it in the future.