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Stacey Mathers appreciates ‘privilege’ of sharing her music

Mathers is named Best Local Music Soloist in Moffat County

Michael Neary

Stacey Mathers was named Best Local Music Soloist in Moffat County for 2016.

— Stacey Mathers has been singing just about all her life, but 10 years ago or so her singing began to take a more public turn.

"I accepted Christ as my savior," she said. "That was the turning point."

She described the effect this acceptance had on her music.

"It really kind of brought me out of my shell — being able to sing Christian music. I call it a God thing, because you're called to share your gift."

Mathers, named Best Local Music Soloist in Moffat County for 2016, is also the co-owner of Cornerstone Realty — and she recalls singing as far back into her childhood. Born in Florida, she moved with her family to Alaska when she was about 10 years old and then returned to Florida later. She moved to Craig in 1992.

She divided time between high school in Alaska and Florida, and she recalls singing for vocal groups and choir during those high school years.

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"I've always loved music," she said. "I think music is kind of the universal language for most people. Most people can connect to music in some form."

Mathers describes music as a powerful force that, once it wells up inside a person, can be hard to turn away.

"It's something you can't just shake off and put over to the side," she said. "It's like you have to sing. It propels you."

Mathers said she sings gospel music for her church, Calvary Baptist Church, every Sunday. She's sung in other situations, as well.

"I was fortunate enough to record an album in 2013 in Nashville," she said.

She recorded the Christian-themed album, called "It's About Love," with Rio Vida Music in 2013. She said one of the people she worked with was Tony Elenburg, the executive producer who wrote a number of the songs on the album — songs that allow the strong and graceful qualities of Mathers' voice to emerge.

"Several of the musicians who played on the album played for Reba (McEntire), played for a lot of the big-name country artists," she said. "There's so much love and talent that went into that."

Mathers also sings for Stonecroft, which she described as a women's ministry — a network of Christian women throughout the country.

"My business partner Sari (Cobb) — she speaks, so we do a speaking-singing combo and travel around to different women's groups," she said. "Word has gotten out about our speaking and singing, and it has evolved to where we travel a couple of times a month to different venues."

Mathers is slated to lead the music activities in Breckenridge this September for Stonecroft's annual retreat.

Music has always played a strong role in Mathers' life, but she said her approach to music has evolved from the days when she was singing as a child.

"It's definitely bigger," she said.

Mathers speaks slowly and thoughtfully about sharing her singing, and watching the effect it has on other people.

"When you're sharing your gift and you see the reaction on people's faces with how it touches them," she said, "it just ends up being such a blessing that I'm able to share that. It's a privilege to share it."

Contact Michael Neary at 970-875-1794 or mneary@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.