Leading in worship on Summer Music Sunday, August 16, will be Kyshona Armstrong, musician and TedX speaker, along with Ryan Madora, bass guitarist. Kyshona will share the message in word and song.
Kyshona Armstrong is a musical therapist and solo artist who gives her voice to those often silenced and forgotten. She is also a familiar voice during Fall for Greenville. Kyshona began her career as a music therapist, writing her first songs with her patients—the students and inmates under her care. She soon found the need to write independently and find her own voice, an endeavor which led her to the fertile ground of the Nashville creative community and songwriting culture. Since then, she has learned how to balance her music career with her passion to heal the hurting. Audiences will find a common thread of empowerment, overcoming adversity, and finding hope in her work.
In February, Kyshona released Listen, co-produced with Andrija Tokic (St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) and recorded mostly at his famed Nashville studio The Bomb Shelter. Kyshona blends roots, rock, R&B, and folk with lyrical prowess to uplift the marginalized and bring awareness to the masses. It’s for every silent scream, every heavy load, every fearful thought, and the simmering sense of anger that the silenced, the lost, and the forgotten try to hide from the world. After her powerful performances, concertgoers often ask, “What can I do?” Her response? “Listen.”
Ryan Madora is no stranger to First Baptist Greenville. She has appeared in worship and in a Facebook Watch Party with her husband, Craig Haller. Since moving to Nashville in 2012, Ryan has worked with some of Music City’s most talented artists and producers, including Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, Pat McLaughlin, Alicia Michilli and many others, touring with guitarist Robben Ford to promote his new album. She has backed up artists such as Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker, Lady A, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Marren Morris. She has served as Musical Director for the annual “Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots Million Dollar Show at The Ryman” to benefit St. Jude’s and has made appearance on the 3rd-5th seasons of the TV show “Nashville.” In addition to all of this, she is an avid educator and writes columns for the online bass magazine, No Treble.