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 and actress. 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 What’s NeW by andy argyrakis With… Katelynne Cox 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 give up. ccm: How has your time as an actress and model helped you in your musical pursuits? 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 your footsteps? 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 up… the Christian ClassiCs 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. 12 CCM