"Gift From God"
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Posted on Wed, Aug 13, 2008
A Testimony from Beth Ivey - written by Rachel Edwards
Beth Ivey, adopted at three months, would grow up accompanying other performers on the piano, but, at the age of four, she made her own singing debut. Beth’s Sunday school teachers had noticed how well she sang, and they asked her mother if Beth could sing for the church. On her first solo performance, she had planned to sing “He’s Still Working on Me,” but when she stood before the church, however, she just grinned at the congregation. Not a word came out. As time passed, though, she began to sing more frequently, and she was soon in the youth choir at her church.
As Beth gained more singing experience and confidence, she began to sing in the chorus at her school. Beth will always remember the day her grandpa bought her a piano. After providing her with music lessons for several years, he would finally have the family musician he had always wanted.
When Beth was a senior in high school, she applied to the School of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. While she waited for a reply, Grandpa died. Two weeks later, she was accepted. She received a degree in Music Education with a major in piano.
While Beth was a student, she entered the Miss North Carolina Pageant as Miss Martin County and played the piano for her talent. She became one of the ten finalists. Beth also entered the Pageant another year as Miss Topsail. Later, she went on a singing tour with East Carolina University to seventeen states. Beth credits these experiences as the source of her performance poise and stage presence.
One of the passages from the Bible that influenced Beth was the parable of the talents. In Matthew 25:14 Jesus tells the parable of a man who called his servants together and gave them talents to go out and augment. Two of the men doubled the talents, but the other hid his talent, and it was taken away.
Beth felt that she was multiplying her talent by serving God and fulfilling her family’s dream of having a musician. “I was told by my parents that I was a gift from God,” said Beth. “My music is my gift back to Him. I feel that music is a gift within itself, but when you go to church, and you listen to music with an open heart and an open mind, you can receive so much more,” she said. Beth has often been told by audience members that her talent for singing is also a gift from God.
When Beth graduated, she taught in Onslow County Schools. Later, she moved to Greene County Schools and became Teacher of the Year her second year there. Then she married her husband, Jeff Ivey, became pregnant, and moved to Martin County.
Beth was singing in a group at church when she decided to go solo. “I think this was the point where I learned to walk by faith and not by sight,” she said. “My husband, Jeff, told me that I was trying to do the driving, but I needed to sit in the back seat and let the Lord do the driving,” Beth commented. The time was right in January 2007 for the CD Beth had always wanted to do, so she started the project with one song a month.
In May 2007, Beth sang “The Cross Said It All” for both services at her church. When she turned around and looked, she saw the organist with a strange look on his face, and she caught a glimpse of the pianist as she went back to her seat. Her face was completely wet. By then the congregation were on their feet in a standing ovation. “I gasped for breath,” she said. “It literally took my breath away. As I was arriving at my seat, they were still standing”!
Beth finished her CD, In His Own Time, in October 2007. At the onset of her own gospel music ministry, things went slowly. In January of 2008 she was still not booked, but by the end of the month, she started getting calls. By March, Beth was booked to go to the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. She was one of the sixty-nine performers invited.
After attending performances at Myrtle Beach, Beth was booked as a performer. She had to give the manager there her CD and her card. She also had to rent a booth for her CD display. She acquiesced, and was scheduled to perform in the Singing in the Sun showcase in April of 2009.
On April 11, Jeff took one of Beth’s CD’s to Randy Stalls in Williamston, N.C. Randy asked Jeff, “Is she ready to go to Nashville? That’s where she needs to be.” Randy will work with Beth on a new album with ten original songs at Vision Quest Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee in July. He told her to be prayed up and ready to sing.
Grandpa’s money was never wasted on the piano lessons he gave his granddaughter, Beth Ivey, and she still teaches piano lessons on the piano he gave her. His spirit will live on in her voice as the Lord drives her down the road to her destiny.
Beth will be singing at New Hope on August 31 during the morning worship service.
Beth Ivey can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
hey mrs ivey nice music see u on tuseday on april 21 2009
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