Kari Brooke Jobe (born April 6, 1981) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. Since her first album in 2009, she has received one Grammy Award nomination and nine Dove Award nominations, four of which she won.
Kari Jobe was born in Waco, Texas to parents Mark and Caroline "Sandy" (née Bragg) Jobe and was raised in Watauga, Texas and Hurst, Texas. She has two siblings, Kristen and Caleb. Jobe first began singing at the age of three, and became a Christian at the age of five. As she grew older, she attended Oral Roberts University, Christ for the Nations Institute and Dallas Baptist University and obtained her degree in pastoral studies and psychology. In 2004, Kari Jobe came into the Christian music spotlight with her performance of "Revelation Song" while at Christ for the Nations Institute.
After graduation, Jobe accepted an invitation to serve as associate worship pastor at Gateway Church, where she'd been attending for six years. She worked alongside her father, Mark, in the church and has traveled internationally on mission trips to lead worship. Jobe was also a member of Gateway Worship, a Christian worship band associated with Gateway Church. Their live album, Wake Up the World, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart in 2008.
Aside from being a worship leader and pastor, Jobe released her first major label self-titled debut album in February 2009 by Integrity Music/Columbia Records/Gateway Create.
2009–2011: Kari Jobe
Jobe released her self-titled, debut album on February 10, 2009. The album shot to No. 67 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on Billboard's Christian music chart. A Spanish-language version of the album was released under the name Le Canto. Prior to releasing Kari Jobe, Jobe had released a compilation album, Kari Jobe, a live concert album, Throneroom Worship: Live Acoustic Worship, and a Christmas album, Bethlehem.
From her self-titled album, "I'm Singing" debuted at No. 13 on Billboard's Christian singles chart. Jobe's second single, "Healer" was released in 2009 and debuted at No. 33 on Billboard's Soft A/C chart. She released the single "Adore Him" in 2009, the song appearing as part of Integrity Music's compilation album Worship and Adore: A Christmas Offering.
She won two Dove Awards for Special Event Album of the Year and Spanish Language album and was nominated for New Artist of the Year.
In 2011, Jobe signed with EMI CMG Sparrow Records.
2012–2017: Where I Find You, Majestic, and Majestic Revisited
Jobe released her second recording project, Where I Find You on January 24, 2012. The album debuted at No. 75 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album also debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Jobe later released her first EP, The Acoustic Sessions (Live), later that year.
Jobe received her first Grammy nomination for Where I Find You as Best Contemporary Christian Album in 2012.
In May 2013, Jobe competed in season two of GSN's The American Bible Challenge, along with Sheila Walsh and author Lisa Harper. Their charity was The A21 Campaign, an anti-trafficking organization that aims to abolish slavery.
Jobe announced the recording of a live worship album that was recorded on November 20 and 21, 2013, at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas. Majestic was released on March 25, 2014, and was preceded by its first single, "Forever", on February 18.
Majestic Revisited was released on September 25, 2015. The album include songs from Majestic rerecorded in the studio and in different style.
2017–present: The Garden
The lead single, "The Cause of Christ", of an album to be released in 2017 was released on November 4, 2016. Three other singles, "Heal Our Land", "Fall Afresh" and "The Garden", were released before Jobe's fourth full-length studio album, The Garden, was released on February 3, 2017.
In August 2014, Jobe confirmed via Instagram that she became engaged to fellow Gateway Worship artist Cody Carnes. Jobe married Cody Carnes on November 21, 2014.
On the red carpet at the Dove Awards 2015, Jobe announced she and her husband were expecting a son. On February 18, 2016, Jobe gave birth to her son, Canyon Morrison Caine Carnes.
2012: The Acoustic Sessions (Live)
2008: "I'm Singing"
2009: "Adore Him"
2010: "You Are for Me"
2012: "We Are"
2012: "What Love Is This"
2012: "Steady My Heart"
2015: "I Am Not Alone"
2016: "The Cause of Christ"
2016: "Heal Our Land"
2017: "Fall Afresh"
2017: "The Garden"
Compilation with Gateway Worship
2005: Kari Jobe
Appearances on other albums
2003: "Meet With Me", "King of Majesty", "We are Hungry", "You are Worthy", "Come to Me", "Enough", and "Jesus Lover of My Soul", with Christ for the Nations Music on "The Meeting Place"
2004: "No Sweeter Name", "You, You Are God", "The More I Seek You", "Revelation Song" with Christ for the Nations Music on "Glorious"
2005: "You are still holy", "At the Foot of the Cross", "The More I Seek You", and "Alabaster Jar" with Klaus Kuehn on "Healing Waters"
2009: "Revelation Song" (Spanish version) with Danilo Montero on Devoción
2010: "Whom Shall I Fear" with Lincoln Brewster on Real Life
2011: "You are For Me" with C3 Church Global
2011: "Yahweh" and "Amazed (Obsession)" with Desperation Band on UPDATE:LIVE
2011: "Wondrous Love" with Aaron Shust on This Is What We Believe
2012: "Love Wins" with Jason Crabb on Love Is Stronger
2012: "My God" with Desperation Band on Center of It All
2013: "Crown Him (Majesty)" with Chris Tomlin on Burning Lights
2013: "Yours Forever" with Darlene Zschech and "Victors Crown" with Darlene Zschech and Israel Houghton on Revealing Jesus
2013: "Revelation Song" various artists on Passion: Let the Future Begin (Live)
2014: "Forever" with Bethel Music on "You Make Me Brave: Live at the Civic"
2014: "The One That Really Matters" with Michael W. Smith on Sovereign
2014: "Broken" with Lecrae on Anomaly
2016: "Surrendered" with Chris Quilala on Split the Sky
2017: "Til the End of Time" and "Rooms" with Cody Carnes on The Darker the Night / The Brighter the Morning
Awards and nominations
Kari Jobe's Gateway Church biography