Karen Davis (singer)

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Musical artist

Karen Davis is a Messianic music singer who is the worship leader of Kehilat HaCarmel (Carmel Assembly), a Messianic congregation built in Mount Carmel, in Haifa, Israel.[1]

Davis is considered "one of the most recognizable" and representative women singers in Messianic worship music.[2] She sings both in Hebrew and English, and many of her songs have been included in important Messianic music multi-artist compilations such as Galilee of the Nations' series: Adonai, Elohim, and Heart for Israel.[3]

Biography

First years

Davis was born in Detroit, United States and was raised in a Jewish reformed family that used to go to the synagogue only on holidays.[4] However, she describes that the predominant "religion" at home was humanism. She had classical music lessons in Philadelphia, and later went to New York City trying to find better chances in musical scene. There, she became member of a rock band.

Conversion

In New York, Davis was in a constant spiritual search. For a short period of time, she explored New Age and occult practices. She befriended a Christian woman named Camile.[5] One day after a conversation about her searching, Camile asked Davis if she would like to pray. They prayed what would be described by Davis as a kind of sinner's prayer. She stated that at that moment she did not really understand what had happened, because it was something that she had never done before, and was against any belief and prejudice she had against Christianity.[6] Nonetheless, she eventually experienced a spiritual awakening and would later start reading the New Testament, perceiving it as a continuation of the Old Testament story she had known as a child. She described that through reading the Bible, she felt as if God's love were transforming her entire life. Later she openly confessed Yeshua as Messiah and quit singing in the rock band, "tired" of singing songs about man-woman relationships.

Ministry

Karen married David Davis, a Christian pastor and author who was ordained in World Challenge, a ministry directed by David Wilkerson, whom the couple have also been related with.[7][8][9]

After the wedding, Davis had a strong desire to travel to Israel to preach the Gospel. She and her husband moved to Jerusalem as new immigrants. In 1990, they moved to the city of Haifa.

In 1989, Davis and her husband founded the ministry Aliyah, and later established a bible-based rehabilitation center Beit Nitzachon (House of Victory), with the purpose of helping Jewish and Arab drug addicts overcome their struggles.[10]

In 1990, the Davises met Peter and Rita Tsukahira, Japanese immigrants, and invited them to be co-founders and ministers of a new congregation. They accepted, and in 1991, after the Gulf War, they all founded the ministry Kehilat HaCarmel (Carmel Assembly).[11][12] The place is located in Northern Israel, and according to the Davises, the land was given for free by believers from England. Through the years, Beit Nitzachon has received many refugees and women who had been abused through many kinds of intrafamiliar violence.[13] Karen describes wars, satanism and New Age practices as "the main spiritual problems" in the land of Haifa.[14]

Messianic music career

Nowadays, Davis is known internationally[15] as one of the greatest exponents of messianic Jewish music. Her albums have been recorded in the Holy Land, and have been produced by longtime collaborator Gabriel Alonso,[5] who is also a producer of Christian French music (as "Andy et Gabriel Alonso") and who has arranged music for Paul Baloche and Michael W. Smith.

Davis is also featured as soloist in "highly acclaimed" messianic compilations such as Land of Israel, Adonai, Elohim, and Yeshua.[16] Billboard Magazine called the Adonai compilation a "stunning record", and described musicians such as Davis as "powerful artists".[17]

Discography

  • Shout From The Mountain (1997)
  • Yeshua (2001)
  • Sar Shalom: Breakthrough from the Land of Israel (2003)
  • Israel, My Beloved (2006)
  • The Lord Roars From Zion: Songs of the Warrior Bride (2009)
  • Songs in the Night (2011)

References

  1. http://promisedlandthemovie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Messianic-Times.pdf Reviews—BooksMusicFilm, page 21. Retrieved 25-01-2013
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-08. https://web.archive.org/web/20120608031213/http://www.galileeofthenations.com/album_677797005428. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-09. https://web.archive.org/web/20130409210412/http://derekprince.com.au/Groups/182585/Derek_Prince_Ministries/Australia/Conferences/Conferences.aspx. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  4. "Archived copy". http://www.carmel-assembly.org.il/karendavis.htm. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. https://web.archive.org/web/20120709234638/http://www.galileeofthenations.com/artist_karen-davis. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  6. http://www.hmmagazine.com/2012/04/karen-davis-releases-new-album/Template:Dead link
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. https://archive.is/20130216085117/http://www.israelandthenations.com/presenters/. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJb72lbufwM David Wilkerson speaks about Carmel Assembly
  9. David Davis: "Israel and the End TImes", Times Square Church, New York
  10. https://messianictimes.com/archives/reviews/cd-s-dvd-s/169-song-in-the-nightTemplate:Dead link
  11. Tsukahira, Peter (2008), "God's Tsunami", Bridge-Logos, Florida, [Introduction].
  12. "Archived copy". http://www.carmel-assembly.org.il/about-us.html. 
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aziLU0kBYEw Kehilat HaCarmel Carmel Assembly video (Israel Media)
  14. "Archived copy". http://www.carmel-assembly.org.il/piercingthedarkness.htm. 
  15. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-01. https://web.archive.org/web/20131101211237/http://www.communityhealingrooms.com/2012/04/karen-davis-from-israel-friday-april-27th-at-7pm/. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  16. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. https://web.archive.org/web/20140109183054/http://greetingsfromjerusalem.com/shop/index.php/sar-shalom-cd-br-em-karen-davis-em.html. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  17. Billboard 8 Ago 1998, Vol. 110,N.º 32, Nielsen Business Media, Inc., page 20. ISSN 0006-2510

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