Facets of Faith: Kari Jobe to perform in Baton Rouge _lowres

Kari Jobe will perform Thursday, Oct. 16, at Bethany Church's South Campus in Baton Rouge.

Kari Jobe is in a majestic season.

Her album “Majestic,” released in March, won Praise and Worship Album of the Year at the Dove Awards on Tuesday night.

Her Majestic tour will stop in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Oct. 16.

And oh yeah, she’s recently engaged.

“I am getting married in November,” said Jobe, who will be moving to Scottsdale, Arizona, where her fiancé, Cody Carnes, is a worship pastor with Gateway Church.

On her album “Majestic,” Jobe wrote with many of the big names in worship music, including Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche and Reuben Morgan.

Redman and Tomlin were instrumental in the title song.

“They had already started ‘How Majestic.’ And they just kept feeling like I needed to hear it and finish it with them,” Jobe said.

“So they sent it to me. At the very same time, I was planning on doing my album — the ‘Majestic’ album — at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas. I was like ‘Wow. God is amazing.’”

Jobe and Tomlin finished the song together and sent it to Redman. “He was like ‘I love it, I love it. Go record it,’” Jobe said.

When asked about writing with the well-known artists, she said, “They’re such godly men and women, and I love to get to be a part of writing songs for the church. It’s pretty exciting.”

Tomlin and Redman, she said, are “the real deal. They minister to so many people, and they are writing for the church. In private and in friendship, they are godly and love their wives. It’s amazing just to watch and be mentored by them, too.”

Other songs on the album include “Forever,” which “would be my strongest song I wrote on there,” Jobe said.

“I also wrote ‘I am Not Alone,’ just a real ministry type song reminding people that in the midst of stuff, in the midst of the storm, we are not alone. The Lord goes before us, he is fighting for us, which I think is a truth that we can never get enough of.”

Jobe’s Baton Rouge tour stop is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Bethany Church’s South Campus, where she has performed several times.

“I love Bethany. They’re such a worshipping community and really go after the Lord,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a really strong night of miracles, and some people just really meeting with God.

“I would love for people to come and worship with us at Bethany. Just come and expect to meet with the Lord.”

Jobe’s family attended a nondenominational, charismatic church, “And I just fell in love with watching what God does when he shows up and when we are open to his spirit coming and moving in a room,” she said. “Not just singing songs but really coming with an expectancy to meet with God. I just got pretty changed from the inside out and just knew I wanted to do music that would do that for the rest of my life. So I just stuck with it.”

That grew into her ministry of leading worship at her home church as well as on the road.

“I’m just a girl from Texas,” Jobe said. “I love the Lord with all my heart, and I write songs more for church and congregational worship.”

She described her tour stops as “nights of worship. It’s just about meeting with God, connecting with the Lord and experiencing the presence of God, not just a concert.”

And in the midst of all the travel and work, there are plans.

“I’m very focused on this marriage season but working on an acoustic-type album next. That’s been kind of fun to dream about that,” Jobe said.