Karen Hornsby Performs at Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine
Singer/songwriter Karen Hornsby, a fan favorite from the ABC TV show Rising Star, recently joined former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow during this year’s annual Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine event. Hornsby performed at Jacksonville, Florida’s Christ Church location during the multi-venue, international event.
Night to Shine, an event pioneered by Christ Church in 2014, was sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and rapidly spread to communities across the country and around the world. More than 200 such events took place in 2016 in 48 states and 8 countries. “The event is a night for the churches to shine, the volunteers to shine, our honored guests to shine, and most importantly, God to shine!” according to the Tim Tebow Foundation website.
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, hosted by churches around the world, for individuals 14 years and older who have special needs. Every guest of Night to Shine enters the complimentary event on a red carpet to a cheering crowd and friendly paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and, of course, dancing! The highlight of the night comes when every one of the Night to Shine guests is crowned as a king or queen of the prom.
As sponsors of the worldwide movement of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation provides each host church with financial support, a detailed instruction manual, a prom kit complete with decorations and gifts for the guests, and individualized staff guidance.
The Tim Tebow Foundation, whose mission is to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need, and includes programs that minister to orphans, children with life-threatening conditions, special needs children and children undergoing treatment in hospitals, is an organization that is near to Hornsby’s heart. The singer/songwriter, whose husband and daughter are both cancer survivors, knows those challenges all too well.
“When I was writing songs for my debut project, we were in the midst of a lot of pain and suffering,” Hornsby recalls. “While I’m not completely past that, we’re in a much better place now. My husband’s cancer has been in remission for eight years, and our daughter Gabi is five years removed from her last cancer treatment. Not that the journey has been easy or without consequences. Gabi is now blind and has lost her ability to speak. We’re helping her to learn Braille, and teaching her to walk again.”
“I realize that we are very blessed and I’m now in a season of rejoicing,” she smiles. “The devil thought he was going to use our situation to tear us down, but through God’s amazing grace we have turned that around. I’m here to tell this hurting world that there is a purpose for all the suffering. God is developing our character to catch up to our call so we can show the world that the best is yet to come!”
In addition to her singing career, Hornsby is also in demand as a speaker at women’s events, youth conferences and even at the occasional fashion show. “I usually get to sing a few songs at the end of my speaking session,” she says. “People seem to be inspired by our story, and it takes the songs on my album to a whole new level.”
“Now I’m trying be faithful to take my songwriting to another level, to be intentional about taking every thought captive,” she continues. “I couldn’t do that when we first started walking through the heartache. I couldn’t see the favor of God back then. But now, God has surrounded me with so many amazing people. I just want to encourage and inspire others who are going through hell on earth, who may be sitting in a hospital room, or who may have just received bad news about a loved one. This is the message I believe God has charged me to deliver: There is victory in the midst of suffering. It’s almost morning. Hold on!”
About Karen Hornsby:
When Karen Hornsby took the microphone on ABC’s innovative reality show, Rising Star, she did more than wow the judges with her remarkable voice. She touched the hearts of viewers around the country with her poignant story. Not only had this young mother survived a horrific collision with a semi tractor-trailer that left her vehicle engulfed in flames, but she later endured her husband’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, and perhaps most devastating, her 2-year-old daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer.
From places of such deep suffering, Karen writes songs of encouragement for the brokenhearted. “Though weeping may endure for the night, God promises that joy will come in the morning,” Karen declares. She recalls performing “I Need You, Lord,” a song birthed after hearing a grim report from Gabi’s doctor. “When I opened my eyes, people were standing with their hands and voices lifted high, tears flowing down their faces. My song had validated their pain, and had given their souls a way to voice what had been locked up inside. That was the day when joy began to strengthen me, and I saw a greater purpose to all the suffering. Somehow, God could use my sorrow to unlock the souls of men.”
After getting a standing ovation on Rising Star, Karen made fans out of the host and judges, including superstars Josh Grobin, Kesha, and Brad Paisley, who invited Karen to join him on stage during his 2014 tour.
For more information about Hornsby and her self-title debut CD, visit karenhornsby.com.