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She may only be 16-years-old, but
Katelynne Cox sings of subjects as
diverse as integrity, self-respect,
personal empowerment and an
unshakable faith. Her Red Hammer
Records debut, One Girl, is also laden
with pop ingenuity, thanks in part to
Grammy-nominated producer Aaron
Rice, plus cuts penned by Sam Mizell
(Francesca Battistelli, Matthew West),
Chris Sligh, Joy Williams and Jamie
Moore (tobyMac, Ayiesha Woods).
Catch more from Cox as she chats
with CCM about her transition from
being bullied in her younger years to
becoming a confident and assertive
singer, who’s also a part time model
ccm: What are your musical goals
throughout One Girl?
Katelynne Cox: I would say my goal
with this album is to inspire others.
I’ve overcome many obstacles in my
life, including being the child of teen
parents and the victim of bullying
throughout middle and high school. I
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want my lyrics to reach others who
have shared the same experiences
so that they know they aren’t alone.
I’m excited to see what’s to come of
this project and truly hope my music
will make a positive impact on kids
and their families.
ccm: What are your top messages for
your teen listeners?
Cox: Be who God made you to be.
Don’t let others lead you astray.
Don’t give into peer pressure. Stand
up for what you believe in and keep
dreaming your dreams. Lean on
God, because He is the one with the
“master plan.” And finally, never
ccm: How has your time as an actress
and model helped you in your musical
Cox: I think all of the things
I’m involved in bring me more
confidence with the next. I’m
comfortable speaking and acting in
front of large crowds, which enables
me to put on a better show vocally.
The modeling has been a huge
confidence booster for me, as I have
learned to be super comfortable in
my own skin.
ccm: What type of advice would you
give to young girls hoping to follow in
Cox: I would advise them to always
keep their parents involved. Being
part of the music industry is not as
easy as it may appear. It’s a lot of
hard work, and I know I definitely
couldn’t do it without my parents’
unconditional love and support.
I would also tell anyone who is
pursuing their dreams not to give
After Petra staged its farewell
tour in 2005, it was unclear if
the group would ever get back
together, though much to the
delight of fans, the classic rockers
are returning (but with a unique
twist). The slightly retooled
moniker Classic Petra chronicles
a reunion of the group’s 1970s
and early ‘80s line-up when
heavy metal was king and these
trailblazers were crossing over
to the unchurched. Catch front
man Greg X. Volz, guitarist Bob
Hartman, bassist Mark Kelly,
keyboardist John Lawry and
drummer Louie Weaver on
the new studio CD Back To The
Rock, which is split between re-
recordings of old hits and a few
new tunes complete with plenty
of guitar-charged harmonies.