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Everyone is faced with choices that impact their lives --sometimes subtly, other times profoundly. For nineteen-year-old, singer/songwriter Moriah Peters the way she chooses to live her life is a unique and bold declaration that provides the title, and first single, of her debut album I Choose Jesus, releasing April 17 (Reunion Records).

Im so excited about this project -- and that song in particular, she says with an infectious smile. Its the song that every other song was held up against. Its the song that represents who Im called to be, not only as an artist, but as a daughter of Christ. Im called to be bold. Im called to be strong and Im called to speak the truth in love about who God is and what Hes done in my life.

The stories behind this young artists songs are what make them so genuine, honest and easy to connect with. One day when we go to heaven God is going to say well done, my good and faithful servant, she says about the song Well Done. This song is about staying heavenly minded. It can be a hard thing to comprehend. When Im going through a crazy time, when Im frustrated, when Im down, I have to remember Im living for something above all this, something that will last for eternity. In the song, I say Im going to run this race to hear you say well done. The road is hard sometimes, but whatever I go through, at the end of the day, it will all be worth it to hear well done.

Moriahs passion for serving God infuses each track on her Reunion Records debut; whether shes encouraging others to make a difference by sharing her mothers selfless story in the opening track Know Us By Our Love or celebrating redemption in No Shame.

The overall theme of the record is about making a choice, she says. "All of these songs are songs about being in different circumstances and choosing Jesus in each situation. I know that God has a blueprint for every single one of our lives. He has a plan and a purpose, and He wants to make His Son known through us.

Though Moriah initially planned to become an entertainment lawyer, she also always had a love of music that began as a child. Music has always been a passion she says. I still have a notebook of songs I started writing in the fourth grade. Having a father who is a musician, she grew up soaking up a variety of sounds from Stevie Wonder to Crystal Lewis. I started singing when I was about six-years-old, she recalls. I remember going to my dads band practices. He played bass at my church. Id be sitting in the pews singing harmony and would sing really loud so they would hear me. Ive always loved singing. Even to this day people ask, Why are you singing all the time? Its just a natural thing. It just comes out.

Moriahs parents always encouraged her to use her gift. My dad always told me that if God has given you a gift, you are only holding it temporarily. Take care of it so that you can give it back to Him, she says.

As Moriah focused on high school graduation, her mother encouraged her to audition for American Idol. After five months of preliminary cuts, she came to a crossroads. The judges loved her voice but wanted her to be something she wasnt. Though she was hurt and disappointed at first, Moriah soon had a new opportunity that would allow her to be herself and stand up for what she believed in, while still getting to follow her musical dreams.

After the auditions, a man approached Moriah, commenting on both her talent and her heart for serving God. He connected her with a friend in Nashville which ultimately led her to a record deal with Provident Music Group. She soon began working on her debut album with acclaimed producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dave Barnes, Kari Jobe).
Preparing to record her first album, Moriah wrote or co-wrote more than 50 songs drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including her family, her own relationship with Christ and experiences shes walked through with other young girls while leading her high school Bible study. Know Us By Our Love is a song about my mother, she explains. She moved to California when she was 21. She barely got by and worked so hard she didnt have time for herself, but she seemed to always make time to serve others.

A marketing major at Grand Canyon University, Moriah is originally from Chino, California where she attended a large public high school. During this time in her life she frequently had to explain and defend her faith not only to classmates, but also to teachers.

I Choose Jesus is rooted in an experience my senior year of high school, she says. I was one of very few Christians. I was ridiculed, interrogated by my classmates. They got to me. I wasnt prepared to answer a lot of those questions. I grew up with Christianity, but I had never had to defend it before. I sought out answers to their questions. That strengthened my faith. Im grateful for those times. It gave me the opportunity to make my faith my own. As a result of this and other experiences, her convictions grew stronger and her songwriting became saturated with a wealth of personal experience and insight that has given her wisdom beyond her years.

The album's closer, "Bloom" is a final boost of encouragement to the listener. "I wanted Bloom to be the last song on the album; a final reminder to be patient and keep believing as God works through our lives and seemingly hopeless situations," Moriah says. "Sometimes we just see the surface of our circumstances not realizing that God has a wonderful plan for us.

I wish you could see you were made for more.
Your wildest dreams can't compare to what God's got in store.
Just keep believing you'll see a new season soon,
you're turning into something amazingyou were born to bloom.

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