To the world of Christian music, Babbie Mason hardly needs an introduction.
A Dove Award-winning recording artist, Mason has performed for U. S. presidents, been a part of the Billy Graham Crusades and has even graced the stage at Carnegie Hall. She has been a part of the Gaither Homecoming music series, appearing on the Grammy-winning Kennedy Center Homecoming and performing at major Gaither events such as Praise Gathering and Jubilaté. And she hosts her own talk show, Babbie's House; teaches songwriting at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee; and hosts the Christian music seminar, Inner Circle. With such a demanding schedule, one might wonder how she has ever found time to write such hit songs and church standards as "All Rise," "Each One, Reach One," "Hallowed Be Thy Name," "Standing in the Gap" and "With All My Heart."
The daughter of a Baptist minister, Mason was born in Michigan, but she has resided in suburban Atlanta or rural Georgia since 1980. Her ministry has taken her to megachurches, such as Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California and New York's Brooklyn Tabernacle, but she is also quite at home in much smaller congregations. Through her impassioned performances and with her heart for ministry, Mason is bound to encourage, embolden and challenge her audiences, regardless of the venue or setting.
Her most recent endeavor is Embrace, a women's ministry which premiered on March 27, 2009 at the Church at Mirror Lake in Villa Rica, Georgia. Mason was kind enough to recently elaborate on Embrace, and our conversation is as follows:
GREG FREEMAN: Babbie, you clearly have a passion for women's ministry. Tell me what motivated you, a recording artist and songwriter whose music transcends gender and race, to get involved in women's ministry? And why do you think it's so important in this day and time?
BABBIE MASON: I suppose the '90s brought on a trend where women's conferences became popular. Upon receiving invitations, I began to lead worship, do special music and concerts at these women's events. On the flip side of that part of my motivation, I admit, is purely selfish. I absolutely love ministering to women. When I am a part of or attend Christian women's events, just like other women, I find myself laughing, crying, celebrating other girlfriends and drawing closer to Jesus. Every girl in the world needs that.