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Carolyn Arends is a Contemporary Christian musician, songwriter, and author based in Surrey, British Columbiamarker, Canadamarker.

Musical career

Arends began her career as a songwriter at Benson Music Publishing. In 1995, Carolyn began touring and releasing albums as a singer and guitarist. Her debut release that year (I Can Hear You) was released through Reunion Records. I Can Hear You reached number 37 on Billboard Magazine's Contemporary Christian Chart in 1996. Feel Free peaked at number 10 on the chart in 1997. More recently her albums have been distributed by Signpost Music (Steve Bell's label). She is the winner of two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and six GMA Canada Covenant Awards. Carolyn co-hosted the 29th Annual Covenant Awards in 2007 (with Leland Klassen) and the 31st Annual Covenant Awards in 2009 (with Arlen Salte).




Year Single Chart Positions Album
1996 "This Is the Stuff" 3 23 I Can Hear You
"I Can Hear You" 7 18
1997 "Seize the Day" 29
"Do What You Do" 20 59 Feel Free


  • Feel Free (1997)
  • Living the Questions: Making Sense of the Mess and Mystery of Life (Harvest House, 2000)
  • Ragamuffin Prayers (2000, by Jimmy Abegg, contributions by Carolyn Arends and others)
  • We've Been Waiting for You (2002)
  • Wrestling With Angels: Adventures in Faith and Doubt (Harvest House, 2008)


  • co-wrote lyrics for "Diamonds From The Other Side" with Steve Bell on his album: Waiting For Aidan (Signpost, 2001)
  • co-wrote lyrics for "Not So Hip" with Bec Abbot on her album: Not So Hip (Signpost, 2005)

Notable appearances

  • Cornerstone Festivalmarker (July 1997)
  • Kingdom Bound (August 1997)
  • Cornerstone Festivalmarker (July 2002)
  • harmony vocals on "He Will Listen To You", "Rest", and "The Peace Of Christ" on Glen Soderholm's album Rest (Signpost, 2003)
  • duet on "One Heart" on Greg Magirescu's album Sweet Surrender (Angel Cake Café, 2003)
  • harmony vocals on "Approach My Soul The Mercy Seat" and "Come Ye Disconsolate" on Glen Soderholm's World Without End (Signpost, 2006)
  • vocals on Jacob Moon's "Winter Song", "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear" and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel", This Christmas (Signpost, 2007)

Songs in other projects

  • Vancouver Seeds VI, "No Trespassing" (1991)
  • Music You Can Believe In, "Seize The Day" (Reunion, 1995)
  • Noel, "What Child Is This", with Brent Bourgeois and Derri Daugherty (Via, 1995)
  • Noel, "Angels We Have Heard On High", with Jenny Gullen and Stephen Murray (Via, 1995)
  • Orphans of God: A Tribute To Mark Heard, "Love Is So Blind" (Fingerprint, 1996)
  • Within The Sound Of Your Voice by Amy Morriss, "Has To Be You" (Myrrh, 1997)
  • Songs 4 Life: Renew Your Heart, "Seize The Day" (Madacy, 1998)
  • Keep The Faith 2000, "Love Is Always There" (Chordant, 1998)
  • Awesome God: A Tribute To Rich Mullins, "Jacob And Two Women" (Reunion, 10 November, 1998)
  • Prince Of Peace, "Seize The Day" (Brentwood, 1999)
  • Sing Me To Sleep, Mommy, "You Bring Me Joy" (Brentwood, 27 April, 1999)
  • Yes I Believe In God, "Happy" (Reunion, 1999)
  • Songs For The Soul: Grace, "Seize The Day" (Madacy, 2000)
  • Songs For The Soul: Joy, "Happy" (Madacy, 2000)
  • Rock On Christian, "This I Know" (Madacy, 2001)
  • Rock On Worship, "Father Thy Will Be Done" (Madacy, 2002)
  • Signpost Collections, Vol. 1, "Dance Like No One's Watching" and "We've Been Waiting For You" (Signpost, 2003)
  • Sons & Daughters by Steve Bell and Sarah Bell, "Getting Ready For Glory" (Signpost, 2004)
  • 28th Annual Covenant Hits, "Something To Give" (CMC, 2007)
  • Sea to Sea: The Voice of Creation, "Land Of The Living" (CMC, 2007)
  • GMA Canada presents 30th Anniversary Collection, "Seize The Day" (CMC, 2008)
  • Sea to Sea: Christmas, "Angels We Have Heard On High" (Lakeside, 2009)

Awards and recognition

GMA Canada Covenant Awards
  • 2002 Pop/Contemporary Song Of The Year, "Dance Like No One's Watching"
  • 2003 Inspirational Album Of The Year, We've Been Waiting for You
  • 2005 Inspirational Song Of The Year, "Getting Ready For Glory, from Under the Gaze
  • 2005 Seasonal Album Of The Year, Christmas: An Irrational Season
  • 2006 Pop/Contemporary Song Of The Year, "Not So Hip" (co-written with Bec Abbot)
  • 2007 Folk/Roots Song Of The Year, "Everybody Wants Everything" (co-written with her brother Chris Jonat)
  • 2009 nominee, Female Vocalist Of The Year

GMA Dove Awards
  • 1995 Country Recorded Song Of The Year: "Love Will" (co-written with Connie Harrington and Michael James)
  • 1996 nominee, New Artist Of The Year
  • 1997 International Artist Of The Year

Juno Awards

Shai Awards (formerly The Vibe Awards)
  • 2003 Female Vocalist Of The Year
  • 2003 Inspirational Album Of The Year: We’ve Been Waiting For You
  • 2005 Female Soloist Artist Of The Year
  • 2005 Folk Album Of The Year, Under the Gaze
  • 2005 Inspirational Album Of The Year, Under the Gaze
  • 2005 Seasonal Album Of The Year, Christmas: An Irrational Season
  • 2007 Folk Album Of The Year, Pollyanna's Attic

Personal life

She has two children (Benjamin and Bethany) with her husband Mark.

See also


  1. GMAC 2007 Covenant Awards. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  2. 99.3 The Fox. Vancouver Seeds is an annual talent contest run by the Vancouver, BC, FM radio station The Fox
  3. She was the first Canadian to win this honour from the US-based Gospel Music Association.

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