Michiana's Homegrown Hits--Michiana Radio

Barb Ford


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From a young child I was totally turned on to music. When I was about seven I remember listening to my dad and his band on WIRX on Wed nights. It was the only school night Mom would let us stay up a bit later to listen. My brother, sister and I also used to make “shows” for my mom and we would put an album on and lip sinc with it. We also used to imitate Hee Haw, plug our jump ropes into the desk drawer and announce that “I’m Buck” and “I’m Roy” and you’re watching HHEEEEEHAAWWW! As I got older my love for music grew with me. By the time I was in high school I was very active in music. I joined the choir and auditioned for any musical or play going on. I had my first solo in 9th grade. It was a Jim Croce song called “I’ll have to say I love you in a song” and all I sang was the first 2 lines. You would have thought that I had to sing the whole thing as nervous as I was! When the song was done I was hooked!

When I was 15 yrs old my dad asked if I wanted to sing with him in his band. Two of his brothers were also band members so I felt totally comfortable joining up with them. At first I only knew one song. The folks who were at the bar kept requesting that I get up and sing some more so for the first couple of weeks I sang that one song at least 3 times a night! I never got so sick of one song! As the years past I realized that the bar rooms were not where I wanted to be, although I wanted to continue to sing. Being in that kind of atmosphere was a major contribution to an already rocky marriage and I knew that I couldn’t continue on no matter how much I loved music. It was affecting my health as well. The smoke was terrible in those places and the stress just took it’s toll on my body. There was another major factor in the decision to quit. I often thought, “What if Jesus came back and I was sitting in this bar singing these songs about cheating, drinking, ect.” and “what kind of role model am I to my children?”

I started reading the Bible and trying to learn about Jesus and how to improve my life. I finally accepted Christ in 1997. We started attending church and before long I sang my first song. I have to say though, I was so nervous I thought I would puke several times on the way to the church that night. I knew that first, I was singing for God and second, the folks who were listening were sober and all eyes were on me. But oh how blessed I was afterwards. The folks really liked it, and low and behold a lightening bolt didn’t strike me, and I didn’t hear God thunder….STOP…YOU’RE HURTING MY EARS! 13 yrs later I still get excited when I have the privilege to sing and share the message of God’s love for us and be an encouragement to others. I still get a healthy dose of stage fright though…and it’s just as scary as the solo in high school but I know God will equip me to do what He has called me to do. He is the reason I sing!

CD's are for sale at my website   www.barbford.org

 

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