Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Balancing Faith & Music ; Henderson Native Todd Ballard Finds Way to Stay Grounded

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Balancing Faith & Music ; Henderson Native Todd Ballard Finds Way to Stay Grounded

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Todd Ballard's story is more than just another tale about a local kid making it big in the music industry. His journey, while always grounded in faith, wove its way from one emphasis to another and back again, said his father, Mike Ballard.

The path started with aspirations of being a Christian "rock star," shifted to church ministry and then turned back to the call of music.

The 40-year-old Henderson, Ky., native, singer/songwriter and 18- year-veteran worship leader released his debut album, "Anthems" early in February, to critical acclaim - reaching Billboard's Top 10 list almost overnight.

Ballard, a 1991 Henderson County

High School graduate, will be in the Tri-State on May 3 for a concert at First Christian Church in Newburgh, he said in a recent telephone interview.

The 7 p.m. concert is open and free to the public, said Ballard, who now makes his home in Colorado. Proceeds of a goodwill offering will go to support the Potter's Wheel Ministry, an inner-city mission founded in Evansville in 2002 by his father, Michael Ballard.

"He has always served God; he has never given us one day of trouble," said Mike Ballard.

But Todd's interest in music wavered.

"We paid for guitar lessons when he was about 10 years old, and he came home after the second lesson, complaining that his fingers hurt," Mike Ballard said. "And that was the end of that."

Todd Ballard said he learned to play when he asked for and received a guitar for Christmas, when he was 21 years old and in college in Denver.

The notion of becoming a Christian music "rock star" took root, and back in the Tri-State he assembled a group of musicians and founded the Christian band, "No Shades of Gray" based in Owensboro, Ky. They played concert dates across the country for about four years, Mike Ballard said.

But something was not quite right, Todd Ballard said: "Every musician has illusions of grandeur, but when I got my first offer on a record deal, I turned it down."

God, he said, was calling him to a different path.

He moved back to Colorado in 2003, at age 29, and took a job as worship leader at the Abundant Life (Assemblies of God) Church in Denver. …

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