Faith Song Mission, Isaiah 12 Records & Studios, and Vital Force Publishing is a Christ-centered mission and ministry, developed in two specific areas: First, in production, publishing and release of Scriptural, testimonial, public and/or personal expressions of the Christian faith in each applicable, cross-cultural context, through music, audio, written and visual art forms; and second for support of research, teaching and/or information sources and outreach ministries.
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Songwriters/Producers/Founders Karen Johns and James Johns have written, arranged, and produced five contemporary Christian CD albums by the Karen Johns Band, released on Isaiah 12 Records, published by Vital Force (ASCAP); in cooperation with Faith Song Mission. James and Karen own and operate Isaiah 12 Studios, a professional 32+ track, digital, portable/mobile recording studio for use on location and in the mission field. The Johns couple are also currently producing a joint American/Canadian documentary film based on the sanctity of life. Music ministry, missions, production and research have taken James and Karen Johns (along with their two sons, Gabriel and Ezra) throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe [see Ministry and Missions page of this web site for details]. They are affiliates of the Gospel Music Association, and have recorded and performed with several leading session players in the national and international music industry.

Singer, songwriter, photographer Karen Johns, holds a Master of Arts degree in Religion from Canadian Theological Seminary (Christian and Missionary Alliance). She was born in Wenatchee, Washington, and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Karen was baptized, raised, and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. Trained extensively in singing, music, dancing and acting, by the time Karen was eighteen, she was State champion actress and singer, performing in professional musical theater and light opera. With a number of performing arts scholarships and awards to her credit, Karen attended San Francisco State University, and later transferred to University of Oregon in pursuit of her BA degree in Music, with a Journalism minor. In 1985, through the Danish International Studies program at U of O, she attended University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and traveled extensively to Israel, Russia, Czechoslovakia, East and West Germany, and Sweden. In 1987, Karen was crowned Miss Lane County, and holding first place in the talent competition with her classical singing, she finished Second Runner-up in the Miss Oregon Pageant, a preliminary to the Miss America Pageant. [More biographical details are contained in the Press Release by Louise Forrest on the Commentaries, Reviews, and Press page of this web site]. That year, Karen also began songwriting. In 1989, shortly after moving to Seattle, Washington, Karen met her husband, musician/songwriter/recording engineer, James Johns. James was born in Dover, Delaware, and raised in Yakima, Washington, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he graduated from high school. James‚ father was a Reverend in the Methodist Church, and his mother was an opera and gospel singer. James was baptized and raised in the Methodist Church. Like many American youth, James first began playing guitar and bass at a very young age, beginning with formal training and lessons, progressing into lead and rhythm performance with youth bands, later cultivating songwriting, and moving rapidly into professional recording, engineering, and record producing.

On their first date, James and Karen wrote two songs and soon afterward, formed an original rock band. To earn money for their own professional analog recording studio, Karen and James worked for one year on a commercial, fishing vessel in Bering Sea, Alaska. In 1991, the Johns couple moved to Nashville, Tennessee. There they formed another original band, and Karen recorded lead vocals for Stormworks Productions film soundtrack recordings. One of these ballads was featured in the Miramax motion picture film, Benefit of the Doubt. In 1993, Karen and James renamed their band Karen Johns Band, and produced their first contemporary Christian CD, Eternal Invitation. That same month, their son Gabriel was born. In 1995, the Johns couple began production on their second Karen Johns Band CD, Faith Song Mission. Produced on Music Row in cooperation with producer/engineer, Scott Baggett, this album was released in August 1996, one month after their son Ezra was born. Both of these CDs feature various professional Nashville and international session players including violinist Aubrey Haynie (Clint Black, Dolly Parton, Winnona Judd, Ricky Skaggs, George Jones, Martina McBride, Porter Wagoner and many others); drummer Chad Cromwell (Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Amy Grant and others); and pianist/keyboard player/conductor Ken Moore (Steve Earle...). In 1998, the third Karen Johns Band contemporary Christian CD, Recompense, was produced by the Johns couple and recorded in Nashville‚s Historical RCA Studio B. The CD was released in July of that year [see Music and Sound Gallery page for details on all CD albums].

August 1998, the Johns family relocated for four years to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, where James completed his BA degree in World Missions, graduating from Canadian Bible College in 2001. He began his Masters of Divinity degree in Intercultural Ministries at Canadian Theological Seminary, where Karen graduated with her MA degree in 2002. While living in Canada, James and Karen produced an international Christian, praise band comprised of musicians from Canada, Costa Rica, Kenya, and the USA. This new, international Karen Johns Band ministered throughout the Provinces. During that period, James was confirmed in the Anglican Church. He later interned as the Praise and Worship Pastor at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Regina. Karen was also received into Anglican communion. As well, the Johns couple began writing their fourth and fifth contemporary Christian CD albums, Mercy River (jazz/blues/pop); and Ballad of the Mission (country/folk/grassroots). On location in their home in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, James and Karen began recording preproduction for these two new projects with the new Isaiah 12 Studios.

In 2002, the Johns family departed Canada and returned to Nashville, Tennessee, USA. On location with Isaiah 12 Studios in their new home, they resumed final production of these two new CDs, Mercy River and Ballad of the Mission. For these two new recording projects, along with James and Karen, the Karen Johns Band was comprised of Nashville session players including drummer/engineer Mark Niemeic (Grammy Award Nominee, 2002); Mickey Raphael on harmonica (Willie Nelson); Jim Hoke on saxophone, accordion, autoharp, and classical guitar (Mark Knopfler, Alan Jackson, Billy Joel, Don Henley, Emmylou Harris, NRBQ...); keyboard/saxophone player Mark Horwitz; keyboard player Sonya Norman; violinist Daniel Carwile; bass player Luis Espaillat (Hot Action Cop, Lava/Atlantic); bass player Frank Fish; and Canadian flute player, Vania Levans. Gabriel Johns and Ezra Johns share their singing debut on Ballad of the Mission [see Music and Sound Gallery page for details].

In addition to songwriting and music production, Karen teaches private voice lessons, and James teaches guitar and bass. Mixing things up from time to time, Karen also plays bass, guitar and piano, and James sings. Occasionally, the Johns couple seminar and guest teach Biblical and Christian studies in the areas of sanctity of life, music ministry, and world missions. Together, they also own an arborist company in Nashville. Gabriel and Ezra enjoy home school and are actively involved with music, sports, and church. Psalm 23 is a family favorite committed to heart.