Lipscomb University alumna Amy Stroup brings her faith to life through her music. She is currently busy touring and recording her third independent release entitled Chasing Greenlights. She has released two other albums: Solidity and Here I Am. Her single “Almighty God (Here I Am)” was included in Provident Music Distribution’s 2004 PULSE CD project and Rocketown Records invited Stroup to be a part of its Gloria Christmas Album in 2004. Stroup has also opened for many nationally touring acts as well as played for conferences, student ministries and special events.
A list of her recording and touring accomplishments, however, doesn’t accurately portray who Stroup is. Stroup is a songwriter who wants to make people think about God’s love and hope. “I write or co-write everything I do,” Stroup states. “The heart of who I am as an artist is a songwriter.” She seeks to make her songs relevant to people who are seeking after God for the first time in their lives or who are seeking to continue to grow in their faith. She uses her words to weave together truths about life, love and spirituality.
Stroup is also a dreamer with her aspirations rooted in her faith. She knew at an early age she wanted to be a singer and a songwriter. Like many other little girls, she dressed up with friends and started a band named Greenleaves. But Stroup wasn’t dreaming of the glory and riches she might gather for herself. She named her band Greenleaves because of the words of Proverbs 11:28: “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.” Stroup wanted to be open to God’s promises. “I wanted to be a righteous person,” Stroup claims. “I wanted to thrive like that.”
Stroup is also a student who isn’t afraid to face the questions she has in her life and isn’t afraid to go after an answer. She graduated from Lipscomb in 2005 as a marketing major with a minor in guitar. She chose to be a marketing major even though she had already started her singing/songwriting career. “I had been singing and writing songs,” Stroup admits, “but I didn’t know anything about the business aspect of my career or how to make things work.” She wanted to seek answers to her business questions, but also wanted the answers to come through conversations about faith as well as marketing.
Stroup is also a servant. In 2005, she served as a worship leader through Brio Missions. She led hundreds of teens in worship as they served in Panama. Stroup learned conversational Spanish so she could spread God’s word cross-culturally. She has performed in Baja, Mexico, and Panama City, Panama. “I believe I have a gift from God to do what I do,” Stroup acknowledges, “and I want to use my giftedness to serve the body of Christ musically.” She sees the needs of others and serves on the local and international mission field.
Stroup is also surprising. She can quote I Corinthians, St. Augustine, Thoreau and C.S. Lewis while having breakfast at Fido, a trendy café and coffee shop located in Nashville’s Hillsboro Village. She refers to herself as a “sister of joy” and shows that joy through her songs and her smile. She quotes statistics from the music industry and stops to check e-mails sent by fans. She likes French pedicures and summer rains. She is uniquely Amy Stroup living out her faith joyously and courageously.
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