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Music for The Soul Podcast

Becky Nordquist & Steve Siler

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Welcome to The Music for the Soul Podcast, where we talk honestly about difficult things, sharing the stories of guests from around the globe about the incredible hope and healing music provides. Inspired by human experience and the compassion of Christ, our episodes aim to bring light into the dark places.
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Sexual Trauma is a topic that we have covered many times here on the Music for the Soul Podcast. The impact of sexual abuse and the subsequent trauma is an event that truly reshapes the brain of the person who has to endure the horrible actions of another person. However, we always want to remind survivors out there that there is hope and healing f…
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We have spoken a lot about loss on the Music for the Soul Podcast and how it affects all of us on a deep level physically, mentally and spiritually. But how should we walk through continual losses? When it seems loss begets loss and we struggle to find any mountain tops in the valleys of grief? Well we are so blessed to welcome Lee Spotts to share …
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We all strive in life to find comfort in a job and settle into a routine with it. However, what should we do if we feel the Lord calling to us that our season is changing? How can we find comfort in moments of our lives that feel downright uncomfortable? We are so blessed to welcome Grammy-Nominated Singer and Songwriter Denise Carite to this episo…
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We've spoken before about the difficulties caregiving can present to those caring for a parent or child and the strain it can put on the relationships in a family. Sometimes it can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. So what can we do to find the beautiful in the ashes and pain of caring for a loved one? We are so blessed to wel…
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We've spoken a lot about abuse on this show and the lasting, traumatic impact it has on victims lives. So what does God say about abuse? What verses can we turn to when someone we know suffers from an abusive situation? We are so blessed to welcome Dale and Faith Ingraham from Speaking Truth In Love to this week's episode of the Music for the Soul …
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Getting good at any skill is something that takes practice. So, how can we learn to stay committed to our passions and refine them to the best of our abilities? Well, we are extremely blessed to welcome legendary musician, producer and composer, Jason Webb to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast. Jason speaks about his work in music start…
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On today's episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast, we are blessed to welcome Dove Award winning songwriter Belinda Smith as our guest. Belinda shares her journey into becoming a songwriter starting during her childhood in the church services led by her grandfather in West Virginia. She explains how in songwriting it is important to find ways pas…
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On this special episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast, we are taking time to talk about the life and impact of a dear friend to Music for the Soul, James Eric Myers. Eric tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident at just 49 years old. So today, we are going to speak about how extraordinary Eric was in transforming the lives of others. E…
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Losing a child is a grief that no parent should ever have to walk through. So what can you do if tragedy strikes and your child loses their life? We are so blessed to have Daphne Greer share her story on this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast. Daphne speaks about the tragic day in 2008 when she lost her 5 year old daughter in a car accident…
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Hymns are some of the most spiritually deep, emotionally charged songs in all of scripture. So how can these hymns provide hope to us in times of sudden or chronic suffering? We are so blessed to have author, speaker and singer Joni Eareckson Tada as our guest on today's episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast. Joni speaks about how she has becom…
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God is the guiding force in our lives in everything that we do and it is through His words that we can change lives for the better. But what exactly does that look like when it comes to songwriting or performing? We are so blessed to have Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter couple Sam and Becca Mizell on this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcas…
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Pornography addiction is something we've talked about extensively on this show and we've showcased the devistation it can have on someone's life, their relationships and their faith in God. So what leads people to pick up this addiction and how can they free themselves from it? We are so excited to have singer, musician and worship leader Michael O…
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When God calls us to follow His voice, we often don't know the paths He is taking us down. However, it is always so important to listen to Him when He speaks, because He takes us to places we could only dream about. That is why we are so blessed to welcome Recording Artist and Songwriter, Lisa Bevill, to this episode of the Music for the Soul Podca…
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Caregiving is one of the most challenging and intense experiences a parent or a child can face as they walk through life. Whether its taking care of an elderly parent or caring for a child with special needs, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help or when you should pass off caregiving to a full time team. That is why we are so grateful…
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We've talked about navigating very difficult situations a lot on the Music for the Soul Podcast. But how can we begin to lean into our identity as a child of Christ when so many of our questions don't seem to have concrete answers? We are so blessed to welcome the incredibly talented singer, songwriter, pianist and worship leader, Shannon Adducci t…
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Don't settle for shallow. Those are the words today's guest left with us as we concluded our discussion. At Music for the Soul, we write songs that speak honestly about some of life's toughest challenges, because we know that songs can help rescue a hurting soul. Our guest on today's show is Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, Grammy and Dove Award w…
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We've talked before on The Music For The Soul Podcast about the impact music can have on the lives of others and how you never know just how many lives you touch with your voice. That is why we are so excited to have singer, songwriter and composer extrodinare, Danny Mitchell, to share stories from his career working in music. Danny talks about how…
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We've talked many times on this show about how anxiety and depression are some of the fastest growing illnesses world wide and how debilitating they can be. What role does expression through song and art play in allowing us to reveal our true selves through who God has called us to be? We are so blessed to have singer-songwriter and worship leader …
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What if children and pre-teens had buttons and switches that allowed them to turn off or tone down negative emotions such as anger or hurt and turn up positive ones like love and compassion? How can we teach our children to understand not only the emotions they feel, but how to control them as well? We are so excited to welcome author and speaking,…
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On this inaugural episode of the new year, Steve Siler and Becky Nordquist talk about their resolutions for the new year, how they found healing in 2023, and why living by the fruits of the spirit should be a goal we all strive for as we enter into 2024. They share what they are looking forward to in this coming year and ways that they hope to grow…
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We are blessed to bring you podcasts every week that share stories from talented individuals. So, what does the Music for the Soul Podcast look like behind the scenes? What goes into making a Music for the Soul Podcast episode? Our podcast producer, Chris Bailey, joins us on this week's episode to talk about what it's been like producing the show f…
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We have often talked about the healing power of music and its ability to draw us closer to God to find hope and healing. Dancing offers another form of healing and grace to those facing physical, mental, or spiritual hardships. That is why we are so excited this week to talk with Choreographer and Assistant Director of the Wings to Fly Dance Compan…
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We have talked many times on this podcast about the transformational power songwriting holds. However, the same is true with the world of storytelling. Novels have the abilities to not only help us empathize with those living different lives for us, but can also help put into words what we are walking through ourselves. That is why we are honored t…
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As parents, we all want the best for our children as they grow up. So how can we learn to pray for our children not just in the current moment, but also for their future? We are so blessed to welcome Award winning songwriter and author Tony Wood back to the Music for the Soul Podcast. Tony shares details from his latest book Lord, Help Me Pray for …
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Creating music is rarely something that happens over night. It is a journey through a lifetime of connections, memories and experiences. So what does that journey look like for those who walk it? We are so excited to have Grammy nominated, award winning recording engineer Kent Hooper on today's episode fo the Music for the Soul Podcast. Kent breaks…
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On this week's episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast, hosts Steve Siler and Becky Nordquist talk about their absolute favorites during the Christmas season. They share their favorite Christmas cookies, Christmas movies, and their favorite Christmas memories. Steve and Becky also talk about how the Christmas season is a time that allows them to …
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On this week's episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast we welcome back audio engineer extrodinare Kent Hooper. Kent Hooper has been making Music for the Soul sound great for over 20 years. Today, Kent shares more of a behind the curtain look at audio engineering and what it has been like working for so many big names in the industry throughout hi…
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Reaching midlife can be a challenge for all of us. We become introspective and wonder "have I done all I've wanted to do with my life?" How can we transition into our midlife with confidence and find the courage to take charge of what God has in store for us? We are so excited to welcome Best Selling Author Dawn Damon back to the Music for the Soul…
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One of the most vivid and inspiring ways God reveals himself to us is through creativity. So how can we channel that creativity into our own lives? How can artistic media like painting, pottery, and songwriting create a deep spiritual connection with God? We are so excited to have Jeff and Linda Crossan on this week's episode of the Music for the S…
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One of the most difficult things people face when experiencing loss is processing the tsunami of emotions that flood their lives. That is why we are so blessed to have singer/songwriter Missy DuCharme on today's episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast. Missy shares her story of losing her daughter and how that led to her creating an organization …
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We all know that grief and tragedy are part of this fallen world we live in. So, what can we do to find ways to choose joy in the midst of the pain of grief? Our guest on today's show is photographer and musical artist Amanda Currie. Amanda tells her story of walking through grief for most of her life, including the loss of her younger brother when…
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What would you do if you heard your doctor tell your your child was "incompatable with life"? That is exactly what our guest on today's episode heard when she was expecting her first child, Faith. Julie Reuschel and her husband Chris walked through the tragedy of losing two children, both due to rare genetic disorders that called them home to Heave…
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On this episode of The Music for the Soul Podcast, Founder Steve Siler and Vocalist Becky Nordquist pull back the curtain to share stories behind some of their most impactful songs. Steve talks about what went into the inception and creation of The Broken to Bless Project, including Broken to Bless and Renee is Fourteen among others, and why he fee…
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Walking through the loss of a child is one of the greatest griefs a family can ever face. So how can mothers and families allow themselves to grieve this loss, but also find hope and healing in God's grace? Our guest on today's show is Author and Transformational Leader, Taushauna Burrel. Taushauna shares her story of having three stillbirths seque…
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Grief takes many different forms in our lives. Whether it's an unexpected diagnosis, the death of a loved one, or other personal traumas, walking through grief can feel overwhelming. That is why we are so blessed to have Todd Nigro, President of Ellie's Way, as our guest on this episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast. Todd created Ellie's Way af…
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On today's episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast, we are talking about a topic that can truly seem insurmountable to those walking through it, suicidal thoughts and feelings. So how can we find hope in those moments of darkness and create healing and restoration? What should we do if we suspect a friend or family member is suicidal? Becky Nordq…
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Since the pandemic lockdowns, social isolation is at an all time high. Feelings of loneliness and despair are at an all time high as many people feel trapped with very few people they can consider friends. So in times like these, where can we find hope? What is the way back to one another? That is why we are so excited to welcome today's guest, Lic…
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Sexual Assault is often an overwhelming trauma that leads victims to feel hopeless. Many of the offenders dodge prosecution and can leave victims' lives completely shattered in a matter of moments. However, there is always hope. That is why we are so blessed to have licensed professional counselor and EMDR trauma therapist, Lisa Saruga on today's e…
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On this week's very special episode of The Music for the Soul Podcast, we are delighted to break down the history of one of our favorite songs we've ever worked on, Twenty-Three. Twenty-Three is a glorious, uplifting rendition of perhaps the most beloved of all the Psalms, Psalm 23. We sat down with the Emmy winning vocalist Scott Krippayne, award …
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Pornography has permiated our society in almost every facet. With technology making it easier than ever to access graphic sexual content, what harm is being inflicted on individuals and families? How does pornography influence sexual exploitation and even sexual trafficking? We are blessed to have Vice President of Research for the National Center …
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Songwriting is an often underappreciated talent in the world of great music. Singers and musicians are celebrated for the emotion they capture in their performances, but songwriters can sometimes appear to be at the bottom of the music world's hierarchy. That is why we are so grateful to have Dove Award Winning Songwriter Sue C. Smith on today's ep…
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We are so blessed to welcome Emmy Award winning songwriter Scott Krippayne back for a second episode on the Music for the Soul Podcast. On this week's episode, Scott talks about his work on 36 songs with Music for the Soul, including being lead vocalist on 33 different songs.He shares insights on what it was like working on I Wasn't There, Prayer f…
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Many musicians live a varied and eventful life, especially if they tour around the country performing their music. So what does the life of a songwriter look like and what tips have they learned as they travel and perform? We are incredibly excited to welcome Emmy Award Winning Songwriter Scott Krippayne to this week's episode of the Music for the …
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When it comes to women who have had an abortion, guilt, shame and anger are often chains that hold them to their past. They feel that they have commited the unforgivable sin and that they will have to bear that burden for the rest of their lives. That is why we are so blessed to have Paula Ellefson as our guest on this episode of the Music for the …
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Creativity is the tool that allows anyone, including artists, songwriters, and musicians, to bring to life stories and ideas from their experience in a way that resonate with others. From music to movies to books to even conversations, creativity allows us to create in a way that people can understand and enjoy. So how do we encourage creativity in…
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Divorce is something that impacts children on a deep emotional and spiritual level. So how can parents work to help their children thrive after a divorce? We are so blessed to have Co-Parenting Coach and Counselor Tammy Daughtry as this week's guest. Tammy shares her stort growing up as a child with two families after her parents divorced and how t…
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Authenticity is an emotion that seems to be missing from so many places today. Churches can often suffer from inauthenticity, creating environments where pastors have to appear as individuals who are almost "above" the sins and struggles that people face. So how can we bring authenticity back into the church? That is why we are delighted to have so…
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The art of visual storytelling is one that allows emotions, experiences, and memories to be captured on screen. It can allow individuals who have experienced a traumatic event to put their pain into a perceptible form and find healing in the message it provides. That is why we are so excited to have CEO and Creative Director of Storytelling Picture…
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Hearing a moving song allows for us to feel so much emotion that can be difficult to express otherwise. In the struggles and trials we face in life, music and song have a way of helping us move through those emotions. Hearing someone sing can open the door to us finding restoration and hope. That is why we are so grateful to have recording artist a…
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Percussionists are often an unsung hero when it comes to song composition. Their performance adds flair and impact to parts of a song that help accentuate the theme and pace. That's why we are thrilled to have Percussionist Scott Williamson as our guest on this week's episode of the Music for the Soul Podcast. Scott talks about growing up surrounde…
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