Amanda-Vernon_HeadshotAmanda Vernon, 25, the oldest of seven children from Grand Rapids, Mich., sings “Soulful pop.” Her home parish is the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Submitted photo)

Meet Amanda Vernon, Feb. 9

She will perform a concert for all ages at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. Peter, 208 E. Washington St., Slinger.

Amanda Vernon is only 25, but she has a decade of experience in studio recording and live performance. The oldest of seven children, who was homeschooled through grade 12, began singing in church at age 5 and playing the piano at age 7.

Win her music!

Get a free download of Amanda Vernon’s recent single, “I went to Paris” and a chance to win her latest CD, “Living His Story” by sending a photo of a hero in your life and telling us why in no more than 100 words to by Friday, Feb. 15. Each person who enters will receive a free download of her song, some of the best entries will run in our April 25 issue and the top entry will receive Vernon’s latest CD, “Living His Story.”

Today, the married mother of a son and daughter under age 3, is working on her fifth, full-lenth album, “Interior Gaze,” which will be released in June and features 10 new, original songs inspired by Blessed John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.”

After six weeks of studying at Marquette University, Vernon decided to pursue music ministry full-time and has been a regular guest on EWTN global broadcasts and performs worldwide at parishes, youth conferences, concerts and World Youth Days.

She never had a formal voice lesson before she entered and won first place for the 13-17 age bracket in a contest in Michigan in 2001, releasing her first album, “Shine Thru Me,” just two years later with help from her parish. She also released “God Cries Too” in 2004, “Something Worth Saving” in 2006 and “Living His Story” in 2008.