Writing her first song as a get-well gift to a friend was a turning point for Laura Kaczor. She was ten years old at the time, and her friend’s response was an affirmation to Laura that her music could impact people.

Laura is still inspiring, encouraging, and uplifting others through her music. Her song “Alive in You” recently peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard charts—an unheard of feat for an independent artist. The song and her latest album, Love Enough, were produced by Don Koch, well-known producer of Christian Contemporary Music acts Newsong, 4Him, and Phillips, Craig & Dean.

Laura’s obedience to God’s calling has also led her to pursue a second passion—ministering to teenage girls. Lift Up U-niversity events are an offshoot of LifeThirst conferences and concert events, founded by Laura and her husband Kelly.

When did you know that music was to become an important part of your life?

After I sang my very first solo at church, I knew it would be a part of my life in some way forever. And that was even before I wrote my first song. As a child, I was always singing and learning instruments and writing songs, so I  suppose I knew all along.

How does your faith play into your work?

I write primarily Christian music, so my faith in Christ is the central element to most of my songs.

Please tell us about your latest CD, Love Enough (LifeThirst/IE/Universal MCG). Who produced it? Did you write the songs?

Love Enough was produced by Don Koch, and I co-wrote nine out of the ten songs with him and other writers. Chad Cates, Carl Cartee, & Brian White were other collaborators on the album.

What was the catalyst for LifeThirst Ministries and Lift Up U? Please tell us about them.

I seem to attract young people and I have a natural audience with them. I see their struggles and my heart longs to share the love of Christ with them, to help them see their identity in Him and not through the world. So, LifeThirst and Lift Up U are ministries I started to give me a platform to minister to young people around the country and share my heart and the heart of God with them. It has to be relevant, fresh, fun, and uncompromising in its message.

A few fun questions:

What’s your favorite comfort food and why?

My husband makes the most amazing green beans. And they’re only prepared around holiday time—so it reminds me of family and great memories.

Any New Year’s resolutions?

Not really.  I resolve to do things every day!

This website features authors as well as musicians. What kind of books do you read?

I read like it’s going out of style! I think I may have been one of the first people in the world to have an electronic reader, because I was going to the bookstore so often my husband wanted to save me time and give me a way to download them!

I love great fiction. I just finished Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Saffron Foer, and loved it. I love series like The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. I love Joyce Meyer, Beth More, Paula White, and Beverly Lewis. I also love Malcolm Gladwell and books like Outliers and Tipping Point. If a book gets a strong recommendation, it’s going to be read!

In the story that is your life, are you the strong, female lead; the girl next door; the mysterious woman behind dark glasses; the super heroine; or the little girl trying to walk in high heels?

In a way, I suppose I’m the little girl trying to walk in high heels. I have a great vision for my life and ministry, and now I’m walking in faith and waiting for God to open bigger and bigger doors. So—I’m growing into my shoes, so to speak. And there’s something so hopeful and inspiring about that image. I see great women of God, doing great things for the kingdom, and I know I am that woman and I’m being prepared by Him to do even greater things!

I’m a dog lover. Please tell us about your pets and/or a favorite pet from the past.

My husband and I have a 9 lb. Toy Fox Terrier named Zeke. We love him like a little baby! He wears clothes, he sleeps with us, we take him everywhere we go. He was on a plane at twelve weeks old! My parents have a 120 lb. yellow Lab named Rocky, who I also love. He’s old and neurotic when he’s left alone, but he’s the sweetest, smartest dog and is seriously my dad’s best friend.

Thank you, Laura. It’s a pleasure to have you as a guest at DivineDetour.

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For more information about Laura, visit www.laurakaczor.com or www.facebook.com/laurakaczormusic.

For more information about LifeThirst Ministries and Lift Up U, logon to www.lifethirst.org.

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