BEDFORD, Ky. (April 2004) A five-month audition process that
included hours of interviews, a five-page application and the recording
of a demo tape has landed singer Sherri Wallace of Bedford with a
recording contract. Wallace, 32, was notified in February that she
was chosen by Incubator Creative Group, an Oregon-based Christian
record company, to join its elite group of developing music artists.
Originally from Madison, Ind., Wallace has lived for nine years in
Bedford with husband Paul Wallace, a supervisor at North American
Stainless in Carrollton. The couple has two children, Cole, 5, and
Loren, 2. Wallace worked for eight years at Ford Motor Co.s
Kentucky truck plant in Louisville before she decided more than a
year ago to stay home with the kids.
Wallaces interest in music began to blossom a decade ago when
she joined the choir at First Assembly of God in Madison. Ive
always loved to sing, and I wanted to get involved in a ministry,
Before joining the church choir, Wallace had no musical training and
had never sung by herself in front of an audience. It didnt
take long, however, before she was chosen to sing a solo in the churchs
Shes been real faithful and committed to the choir as
a group and has sang in a lot of seasonal productions, said
First Assembly Pastor Steve Perry.
Singing at church was about as far as it went for Wallace until last
year when she heard about a Trinity Broadcast Network talent contest,
which she decided to enter. As the years went by, I felt that
the Lord was telling me its time to take it further, said
Wallace recorded a demo of the song, I Thank You Lord,
by Lauren Talley at Moms Music in Jeffersonville, Ind., and
sent it to TBN. She didnt make it into the finals, but her demo
was played on the internet for about a month.
During that time, talent scouts from Incubator heard Wallaces
demo and last September contacted her for an audition. She admitted
to being surprised by the invitation.
I knew that it was only going to be on (the Internet) for a
month, and it was at the end of the month so I didnt expect
to hear from anyone, Wallace said.
Incubator representatives asked Wallace if she was interested in pursuing
a music ministry. She said yes immediately. I figured
there was no harm in at least seeing what they were about, she
Incubator Creative Group, comprised of two record labels, a music
publishing division and an artist relations division, was founded
in 1989 by Nathan L. Sakany. A 20-year veteran in the field of artist
development, Sakany quickly grew the company from a locally focused
Seattle record label to a nationally recognized company. Incubator
has since served in the development of hundreds of emerging Christian
music artists, like Wallace, who have moved forward in part-time and
full-time music ministry.
Wallaces decision to audition with Incubator led to a five-month
period during which the company required her to make an additional
demo, provide character and performances references and answer extensive
interview questions. Fortunately, the process was done through correspondence
and over the phone and did not involve extensive travel.
The result of the lengthy process has been an artist development contract
with Incubator that will allow Wallace access to the companys
resources including recording, booking and management. Paul Wallace
said he wasnt surprised that his wife was offered a contract.
She worked really hard, he said. Not just at this
but at whatever she does.
A long-time friend, Rachel Allen, sang with Wallace in the First Assembly
choir before moving to West Lafayette, Ind., about a year ago.
She has grown immensely, said Allen, who believes Wallaces
honesty and sincerity come through in her music. She believes
what she sings and what she says, said Allen.
Wallace admitted that, while at first it was all a little overwhelming,
she is now very excited about the future. Her next step will be to
work with a vocal coach and decide upon the main focus of her ministry.
They lead you in the right direction for everything youre
going to need, said Wallace. She hopes her contract with Incubator
will lead to a full-time music ministry, which would include performances
in churches throughout the area and eventually nationwide.
I think her ministry could be real encouraging to people in
churches, said Pastor Perry. Were just real happy
and thrilled for her and wish her the best. Shes really come
a long way.